Failure to remain above this level will allow the market to move lower towards the $1680 region where it can be expected to find some buying support.
To get the least bit of excitement going, gold will have to clear $1740 and remain above that level before it rattles anyone other than the most short-term bears.
Today, a story out of the financial press indicated that demand for Gold had fallen somewhat over the 3rd quarter. The World Gold Council indicated a drop of 11% over the same period last year. That seemed to spook some buyers. Throw in the fact that crude oil was lower, in spite of the simmering tensions in Israel (crude stocks are building significantly due to the pathetic condition of the economy), and any fears of inflation took a back seat today.
It also did not help the cause of the metal with the S&P 500 continuing to reel under selling pressure. Today was not a good day for Apple and that set the tone for most of the market.
We'll see how the metal closes out the week tomorrow.