Spot gold fell more than 1 percent to $1,586.74 as nervous investors seek safe havens
Gold dropped to a four-month low on Wednesday, pressured by a weaker euro as investors fretted about the political upheavals in Greece that threaten to sink the country into chaos and endanger the euro zone's efforts to end the debt crisis.
Spot gold lost more than 1 percent to a four-month low of $1,586.74 an ounce, extending a 2-percent slide from the previous session. It stood at $1,588.64 by 0413 GMT.
US gold also dropped to a four-month trough, at $1,589.50.
The left wing leader who was mandated to form a government in Greece has so far failed to do so after Sunday's election, as his opposition to a bailout deal seen crucial for the economy alienated mainstream parties and shook market confidence that the euro zone will pull itself out of the debt crisis.
Nervous investors sought out safe haven assets such as the dollar and German Bund, while gold remained lock-stepped with the euro and riskier assets.
The euro was headed for its eighth straight session of losses against the dollar and fell close to a recent three-month low.
"The situation is Europe is difficult, but what's happening is that anything that's slightly tainted with risk is being sold, even though the real risk associated with that product is less than one could justify by its price movements," said Nick Trevethan, senior metals strategist at ANZ in Singapore.
Analysts expected the next level of support for gold to be $1,580 after it broke through $1,620, the lower end of the price range it had held for a month and the psychologically important $1,600 level in just one day.
Dealers spotted a pickup in physical buying in the Asian market, as market participants sought to take advantage of the sharp slide in prices after weeks of largely range bound prices.
"There is a lot of buying on the physical side despite the fact that prices are still sliding, as people are comfortable buying at prices below $1,600," said a Singapore-based dealer.