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Analysis Topic: Commodity Markets - Metals, Softs & Oils

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Commodities

Saturday, April 21, 2012

China Economy Dragging Commodities Lower / Commodities / Commodities Trading

By: Zeal_LLC

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCommodities have been sinking like stones since late February, an unusual divergence from the rallying stock markets.  This relentless weakness has wreaked havoc on commodities sentiment, leading traders to abandon commodities stocks.  As we all try to make sense of this surreal bloodbath, one catalyst keeps coming up.  Western perceptions of the Chinese economy have been a real drag on commodities.

China is indeed one of the major drivers of this past decade’s secular commodities bulls.  As the world’s most-populous country, it has over 1.3b people who collectively consume vast amounts of resources.  China sports the fastest-growing major economy on the planet, which has recently catapulted it to become the world’s second largest after the US.  China is also the second-largest importer on Earth.

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Commodities

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Silver Price Seen Over $40/oz in 2012 – Store of Value Remains Undervalued / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: GoldCore

Gold’s London AM fix this morning was USD 1,640.00, EUR 1,246.30, and GBP 1,018.25 per ounce.
Yesterday's AM fix was USD 1,642.00, EUR 1,249.91 and GBP 1,022.73 per ounce.

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Commodities

Friday, April 20, 2012

Inflation and Hidden Gold Taxation Historical Case Studies / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Dan_Amerman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe number one reason investors buy gold is to protect against the government policies that create inflation. However, the government has "rigged the game" in such a way that the higher the rate of inflation, the more of a gold investor's net worth ends up with the government instead of the investor.

An examination of three historical case studies of long-term gold investment during a time of substantial inflation shows how under existing law and tax rates, the US federal government used the 1-2 combination of inflation and taxes to not only take all gold investor profits, but to confiscate part of the investors' starting net worth as well. These three real world analyses explore gold acting as a perfect inflation hedge, gold experiencing asset inflation, and gold experiencing asset deflation.

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Commodities

Friday, April 20, 2012

How to Profit from the Bakken Crude Oil Shale Boom / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: Did you ever wish you'd been around for the California gold rush of 1849? Or the Texas oil boom of the early 1900s?

Maybe you can't go back in time, but you don't have to.

The Bakken oil shale boom going on in North Dakota right now is just as big-if not bigger.

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Commodities

Friday, April 20, 2012

COMEX Reduces Silver Margins Yet Again / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

After raising margin requirements for silver futures contracts eight times last year, the CME Group has decided to lower margins yet again, after having last lowered them on February 13th. 

Last year’s margin requirement hikes increased the cost of holding silver futures positions by 80 percent and was one of the key factors contributing to silver’s sharp decline last May.

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Commodities

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Return to the Gold Standard, or Gold Behind Currencies / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Julian_DW_Phillips

This is the fourth part of a five part series on how gold will return to the monetary system globally but not in the form of the defunct Gold Standard.

"Dirty Float"

Today we have a set of circumstances that are totally different to those times. All currencies are in a "dirty float" that sees exchange rates moving relatively freely, being the subject of market forces, including manipulation by their own governments. The days of revaluation and devaluation are things of the past. So no amount of systemic change will see the re-imposition of fixed exchange rates. Any new monetary system or adjustment to the present system will have to accept this reality.

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Commodities

Friday, April 20, 2012

Gold Miners, Buying Gold at Discount / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: William_Bancroft

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleChina has been trying to diversify her foreign exchange reserves for some time. We are all familiar with the figures released by the likes of the World Gold Council about Chinese gold investment demand, as well as statistics showing official gold imports through Hong Kong into the Chinese mainland. Chinese reserves contain only 2% gold, compared to nearly 10% for India and Russia, and figures in the 70th percentile for developed nations such as the USA and Germany.

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Commodities

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gold Still a Long Term Hedge and Less Volatile than Equities / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: GoldCore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGold’s London AM fix this morning was USD 1,642.00, EUR 1,249.91, and GBP 1,022.73 per ounce. Friday's AM fix was USD 1,646.50, EUR 1,258.41and GBP 1,030.80 per ounce.

Silver is trading at $31.57/oz, €24.06/oz and £19.69/oz. Platinum is trading at $1,582.50/oz, palladium at $657.20/oz and rhodium at $1,350/oz.

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Commodities

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Generational Low for Natural Gas / Commodities / Natural Gas

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Natural gas is in the midst of the establishment of a generational low, when everything appears extremely bleak fundamentally. This is a classic commodity capitulation period. From my perspective, the extended falling wedge type pattern once again is in a position to do serious damage to the well-entrenched shorts -- that is, if the price structure finds a way to hurdle 2.015-2.030 . . . 6.60 in the ProShares Ultra DJ-UBS Natural Gas (BOIL).

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gold/Platinum Ratio Suggests Much Higher Gold Prices Are Coming Soon / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Hubert_Moolman

There is an interesting pattern developing on the Gold/Platinum Ratio. This pattern is similar to a previous pattern on the silver chart. Below, is a graphic which features the Gold/Platinum Ratio chart (top) as well as the silver chart (bottom) (charts courtesy of stockcharts.com):

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gold Silver and Bear Raid Breaks Momentum / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe paper money munchkins and metal bears are making their stand for gold at $1650 and silver at 32. That seems fairly obvious. They will hold it until they cannot, and then will fall back to defend a slightly higher price level. I like to think of it in American football terms. The bulls are going for a first down, and the bears are trying to hold them back.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"Waning Enthusiasm" for Gold and Silver as Prices Drift Lower / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Ben_Traynor

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSPOT MARKET gold bullion prices drifted lower in Wednesday morning's London trading, hitting $1640 an ounce ahead of US trading – a 1.1% fall on the week so far – while stock markets also fell and commodities were broadly flat.

Silver bullion fell as low as $31.52 per ounce – broadly in line with where it started the week.
UK government bond prices dipped – while German bunds gained as Eurozone concerns continued to focus on Spain.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Central Banks Favour Gold as IMF Warns of “Collapse of Euro” and “Full Blown Financial Markets Panic” / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: GoldCore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGold’s London AM fix this morning was USD 1,646.50, EUR 1,258.41, and GBP 1,030.80 per ounce. Friday's AM fix was USD 1,652.00, EUR 1,255.51 and GBP 1,035.54 per ounce.

Silver is trading at $31.61/oz, €24.16/oz and £19.78/oz. Platinum is trading at $1,577.25/oz, palladium at $656.90/oz and rhodium at $1,350/oz.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gold and Silver Price Manipulation and How They Do It / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarshall Swing writes: This article is about what I call classic gold and silver manipulation by the commercial banks.

I list steps in the commercial process that ends in commercial positions profiting and speculator positions with losses or no gains:

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WTO Suit Won't End China's Rare Earth Monopoly / Commodities / Metals & Mining

By: Critical_Metals_Repo

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWashington misses the point about rare earth element supply, says Jeffery Green, founder of J.A. Green & Co. With the Departments of Energy, United States Trade Representative and Department of Defense each approaching China's near monopoly from different angles and Congress more divided than ever, it takes an expert like Green to illuminate the structure of this complex global market. In this exclusive interview with The Critical Metals Report, Green explains the fragmented policy developments in this space and pending WTO action, arguing that the U.S. needs to develop a domestic supply chain in order to remain competitive.

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