Gold turns down

London (Feb 22)  Gold turned lower in choppy dealings on Friday, flirting with a seven-week low after the euro zone discussed extending the Greek bailout by just four months, while prices headed for their fourth straight weekly drop.

A draft text on extending Greece’s bailout from its international creditors proposes prolonging the program by four months rather than a previously suggested six, officials from Greece and other euro zone states said on Friday.

Spot gold turned down 0.7 percent at $1,198.55 an ounce by 2:49 pm EST (1949 GMT).

The metal has lost 2.5 percent so far this week, dipping to its lowest in six weeks at $1,197.56 on Wednesday, when hopes for a successful resolution to Greece’s debt talks boosted investor appetite for risk. US gold futures for April delivery settled down $2.70 an ounce at $1,204.90 on the day.