Gold has a history of pausing around these even or round numbers, retreating, consolidating a bit, and then pushing through and moving to the next resistance level on the charts.
It looks to me like the weakness in the gold mining stocks in today's session, which are feeling spillover from the generally lower stock market, is enabling the capping action at $1700. I would personally like to see the HUI power through the 460 level as I think it would enable the gold bulls to beat back the bullion bank selling at the highs of today's session.
Incidentally, Euro Gold, or gold priced in terms of the Euro, is within a mere 20 euros or so of its all time high!
Silver is once again leading Gold to the upside as this market is now running on pure momentum as hot money pours in chasing prices higher. I am looking at $32.50 as a resistance level that needs to be cleared if silver is going to mount a push to the all-important $35.00 - $35.50 region. So far silver has pushed within .07 or 7 cents from $32.50 where the sellers showed up. Bulls however as of yet show no signs of growing weary and are buying dips in price. Support is rising and comes in at $31.50 near today's low and then $30.00 - $30.25