Posts Tagged ‘palladium’

Gold Hits 4-week High as Cenbank Meets and Brexit Vote Shakes Stocks

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Gold hit its highest since mid-May today, Monday (June 13), driven higher by a retreat of the dollar and as stocks were knocked by rising risk aversion before key central bank meetings this week and a June 23 vote on whether Britain should leave the European Union.

The pound fell to a two-month low against the dollar, pushing gold denominated in sterling to its highest in nearly three years at 909.83 pounds an ounce, up 1.9 per cent.

Spot gold was up 0.8 per cent at $1,283.66 an ounce at 09.40 GMT, off an earlier peak of $1,284.50. U.S. gold futures for August delivery were up $11.10 an ounce at $1,287.00.

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Commodities slump after sharp dip in oil markets

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Oil barrelLate trading on Monday saw oil prices plummet briefly as the benchmark WTI price lost $4 in a few minutes, fuelled by rumours of a possible release of stocks from USA strategic reserves.

Coming in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s latest round of quantitative easing, with which Chairman Bernanke has promised to inject a further $40 billion monthly into mortgage-backed securities until employment figures improve, this latest shock underlines the skittish state of commodity markets.

Prices across energy and precious metals markets had been rising in anticipation of last Friday’s FOMC announcement, with gold peaking above $1770 before retracing 0.7% on the London spot market in the space of 22 minutes. Silver fared worse, with a 1.6% decline.
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