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PRECIOUS-Gold firms as US budget talks progress lifts stocks

Reuters India - 4 Hours ago

* U.S. lawmakers inch towards deal on "fiscal cliff" * European stocks rise towards 2012 highs, supporting gold * Chinese demand for gold seen picking up before Lunar New Year (Updates throughout, Gold firms as US budget talks progress lifts stocks Business Recorder

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PRECIOUS-Gold bounces on U.S. dollar but near 4-month low

Reuters India - 3 Hours ago

SINGAPORE, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Gold regained strength on Wednesday as the U.S. dollar weakened against the euro, but the metal was still within sight of its weakest in nearly four months after signs of Gold Bounces on US Dollar but Near 4-Month Low CNBC Gold bounces on U.S. dollar but near 4-month


Nikkei 225 Leads Asian Stocks Higher as Yen Falls on Policy Bets

Washington Post - 3 Hours ago

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks advanced to the highest since February and the yen weakened amid confidence U.S. lawmakers will reach a budget deal and the Bank of Japan will add to economic stimulus. Nikkei 225 Leads Asian Stocks Higher as Yen Falls on Poli Bloomberg

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That site was down earlier today.

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Plan to promote Chinese investment in farms

Australian Financial Review - 3 Hours ago

A plan to help Chinese investors develop agriculture in northern Australia will be unveiled on Thursday i in a joint Australia-Chinese report that could reignite debate about foreign purchases of farms.

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Crude Stays Below $90 as US Budget Talks Falter

CNBC - 5 Hours ago

U.S. crude futures fell on Thursday, remaining below $90 a barrel, as investors took profits from recent gains after talks to avoid a fiscal crisis in the United States stalled. The new front-month contract Crude Below $90 as US Budget Talks Falter CNBC


Silver Vaults Stuffed Mean Prices Rising 29% in ’13: Commodities

Washington Post - 4 Hours ago

Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Silver Bullion Pte, one of Singapore’s largest suppliers of coins and bars to retail investors, says sales tripled since October,

Bullion Market

Comex silver futures are valued at about $22.6 billion, compared with $72.4 billion for the bourse’s gold contracts, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Members of the London Bullion Market Association handled an average of $34.7 billion of gold a day in October, and $3.26 billion of silver.


Investors own 18,760.34 tons through ETPs, less than 1 percent below the record set on Nov. 15. Morgan Stanley predicts they will add a further 500 tons in 2013. The bank said in a report Dec. 6 that silver is among its top commodity picks for next year, along with gold, corn and soybeans, because it will be boosted by investor demand and a weaker U.S. currency.

Central banks are seeking to boost growth through printing money, increasing investor concern the actions will debase currencies and spur inflation.

The Federal Reserve said Dec. 12 it would buy $45 billion of Treasury securities a month from January, adding to $40 billion a month of existing mortgage-debt purchases. Silver jumped about 53 percent during the first round of so-called quantitative easing from December 2008 through March 2010, twice the gain in gold. It advanced 24 percent in the second phase that ended in June 2011, about three times more than the other metal. The central bank bought $2.3 trillion of debt in total.

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Gold, silver rise as stocks and crude oil fall


San Francisco Chronicle - 3 Hours ago

Investors sent prices for gold, silver and some key agricultural commodities higher on Friday, even as they sent stocks down. In metals, silver for March delivery rose nearly 2 percent, climbing 52.5

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Forex Forecasts: Gold Prices at Risk Despite Ultra-Dovish Fed in 2013

Yahoo! Xtra Business - 59 Minutes ago

Gold prices sold off ahead of the New Year despite an ultra-dovish US Federal Reserve, and gold will face further headwinds in 2013 as outlook for global growth deteriorates. The highly accommodative

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Pimco’s Gross Sees Low Returns on Slow Growth as Fed Impact Ebbs

La Repubblica - 12/31/2012

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Bill Gross, manager of the world’s biggest bond fund, said he expects stocks and bonds to return less than 5 percent in 2013 amid a sluggish

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Futures add gains after jobs report

Reuters - 109 Minutes ago

U.S. stock index futures added gains on Friday after the latest jobs report showed the pace of hiring by U.S. employers eased slightly in December, pointing to a lackluster pace of economic growth that


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Commodities start 2013 with a bang after fiscal cliff deal

Business Recorder - 7 Hours ago

Commodities mostly rallied last week on investor relief as US lawmakers clinched a last-gasp deal to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts in the United States, stoking optimism over demand.

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