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Analysis Topic: Commodity Markets - Metals, Softs & Oils

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Commodities

Friday, November 02, 2007

Crude Oil Approaching $100 - Dynamics of the Oil and Energy Markets / Commodities / Oil Companies

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs oil prices continue to forge higher highs in a seemingly inevitable journey to the $100/barrel mark, it becomes more important for individuals to understand the dynamics of the oil and energy markets. Typically, people think of the price of oil and related energy products from an expense perspective. They worry about how rising gas prices will affect their budget for instance. Or, for those who use oil to heat their homes, they struggle with the ever-increasing cost of heating oil pre-pays. However, there is some good news here also. It is possible for rising energy costs to affect the income side of your personal ledger too. Since oil prices are constantly in the headlines these days, it seems timely to discuss some of these investment possibilities in greater detail.

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Commodities

Friday, November 02, 2007

Reasons for Investing in Gold - Part 2 / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleToo much money looking for a home.
Cast you mind back to previous currency declines in currencies other than the $, so bad that the national authorities of those nations believed they needed intervention to hold up or down exchange rates [Deutschmark - Pound - Lira etc]. These happened in the early seventies, eighties, nineties and the noughties we're in now, so this is by no means new to the currency world. For instance, the Bundesbank repeatedly had to back off holding the Deutschmark down, as speculators matched their intervention, in the seventies. Later the Bank of England paid a very heavy price before it just had to give in to the attack on Sterling [thanks to George Soros]. Then, in the Eurozone area, remember the Lira pegs of Europe's Exchange Rate Mechanism? Well it ain't over yet! Lately we're seeing it on the Persian Gulf O.P.E.C. states and now in Hong Kong].

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Commodities

Friday, November 02, 2007

Major Base Metals, Copper, Zinc, Nickel, Lead and Aluminum, Are All in the Midst of Spectacular Secular Bull Markets / Commodities / Metals & Mining

By: Zeal_LLC

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe global commodities bull has sure been flexing its muscles in recent years. And this is a result of our growing world's insatiable demand for the hard commodities that feed widespread industrialization and modernization. Since these commodities are finite in nature, an economic imbalance has emerged that has showcased incredible market activity.

Supply has simply not been able to keep up with fast-growing demand. And when you have more capital chasing after fewer goods, prices are naturally going to rise. The industrial metals or base metals that are indispensably used in virtually every aspect of physical infrastructure, from structural to mechanical, have displayed this basic economic principle to the highest degree.

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Commodities

Friday, November 02, 2007

Gold Remains Strong with Near Record Crude Oil Prices and Near Record Low Dollar / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Gold_Investments

Gold
Gold was down $1.50 to $790.20 in New York yesterday. It has traded sideways in Asian and European trading and is trading at $793.50 at 1200 GMT. Gold has corrected in other major currencies and is trading at £380.42 GBP (down from £381.50) and €547.50 EUR (down from €549.46) but remains near record nominal highs in terms of GBP and EUR respectively.

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Commodities

Friday, November 02, 2007

Gold Rises Again as Credit Crisis Whacks Stocks; But Could Making the Headlines Signal a Near-Term Top? / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Adrian_Ash

THE SPOT GOLD PRICE rose steadily in London on Friday morning, adding $6 to its overnight bounce to trade above $794.50 per ounce as stock markets across the world continued to fall hard, led down by banking shares.

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Commodities

Friday, November 02, 2007

Uranium Stocks Neutral on Bad News - Technically Uranium with Merv / Commodities / Uranium

By: Merv_Burak

With the “bad news” one reads in the media about the rough time the largest uranium companies seem to be having it's a wonder that the Merv's Daily Uranium Index has not totally collapsed. However, cooler heads prevailed and the Index held it's ground. The Index lost 0.037 points or 0.75% on the day.

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Commodities

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Goldman Sachs Manipulation of Commodity Prices - Gasoline and Crude Oil / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is still open season on Goldman Sachs. Ditto for JP Morgan and the clique of Wall Street firms, who enjoy untold tremendous privilege. Well, Goldman is at it again, playing games, abusing their role, and making money, all legally. One should say, rather, all without prosecution. One puts life and career at risk when revealing the hidden actions of the military and security organizations running in this land. However, taking aim at the Wall Street bank sector parasites is deemed a harmless exercise, regarded much the same as a fly or mosquito flirting around the USGovt torso. The ugliest example of illicit publicly noticed activity by Goldman Sachs in my opinion was the late summer 2006 change to the GS Commodity Index. They lowered the unleaded gasoline weight from 9% to 2%, forcing the sale of $7 billion in gasoline contracts. Nevermind motive, focus on execution. With $100 billion in indexed funds invested in the GSCI, Goldman knew what would happen. Gasoline fell sharply in price. GSax profited heavily, all legal, not even a prosecutable violation.

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Commodities

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Gold $800! Hard Money Wins Again! / Commodities / Resources Investing

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry Edelson writes: They called it "a relic of the past."

They described its last major price surge as an "anomaly."

They said it would "never hit $800 again."

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Commodities

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Inter-market Analysis- All starts with the Fed rate cut - Technical Speculator Nov 2007 / Commodities / CRB Index

By: Donald_W_Dony


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKEY POINTS:
• Rate cut spells more weakness for U.S. dollar, but upward pressure for major currencies continues
• Gold first to increase, followed by CRB Index
• Utilities and U.S. bonds respond favourably to rate reduction
• Long-term effect of dollar decline is building inflation
• Intermarket actions still favour tangible overweighting in portfolios
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Commodities

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Peak Oil and Gold Short Squeeze / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Mike_Clark

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGold
Gold was up $7.30 to $791.70 in New York on Tuesday. Then, gold sold off initially on the FOMC's 0.25% interest rate cut but then turned around and rallied to new record highs at $798.80. It has drifted lower in Asian and European trading and is trading at $792.50 at 1200 GMT. Gold has again rallied in other major currencies and is trading at £381.50 GBP (up from £379.16) and €549.46 EUR (up from €543.86) and remains near record nominal highs in terms of GBP and EUR respectively.

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Commodities

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Gold Dips 0.8% from $799 in London ; Breaks New 17-Month High for Euro Investors as Oil Surges Once More / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Adrian_Ash

SPOT GOLD PRICES came within $1 of $800 per ounce overnight in Asia on Thursday, rising 2.7% from the week's lowest point so far before slipping below $792 by mid-morning in London .

European stock markets also dropped, losing 0.5% in early trade as the Dollar bounced from Wednesday's new all-time record lows on the currency markets.

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Exploding the Myth of Unbacked Silver Certificates and Phony Silver Storage / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Professor_Emeritus

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleExecutive summary

Analysts put their own construction on facts coming out of the class-action suit between Morgan-Stanley and 22,000 of its clients involving costs associated with the storage of precious metals. They jump to the conclusion that metal supposedly backing outstanding silver certificates does not exist and never has. Storing silver on clients' account is a farce. From this they conclude that the net short commercial interest in silver on the COMEX, allegedly naked, must further be increased by adding the amount of unbacked silver certificates and phony storage, which they conservatively estimate at one billion ounces.

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

This Crude OIl Chart Will Scare You / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article Sean Brodrick writes : I just got back from a scouting trip to an oil and gas explorer in the Gulf of Mexico. The company I visited is small but promising. And it perfectly illustrates what the U.S. needs to do to protect itself from a massive energy crisis — drill in its own backyard.

I'll tell you more about this explorer — Bayou Bend Petroleum — in just a moment. First …

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Gold Bull Resliant As US Dollar Falls to Record Lows / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Gold_Investments

Gold
Gold was down $4.20 to $784.40 in New York on Tuesday. Since closing in New York it traded sideways in the New York Access market, in Asia and early in Europe rose slightly to trade at $785.90 at 1100 GMT.

Gold is trading at £379.16 (GBP) and €543.86 (EUR). It is thus near record nominal highs in terms of GBP and EUR respectively.

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

US Economy - Into the Night / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: David_Vaughn

Well, gold continues its upward trek. Now coming closer to 800 an ounce. Where oh where now are gold's detractors.

Oil now has closed above 90 and ounce. Nearing its all time high. Saber rattling over Iran 's nuclear armament program receives renewed scrutiny by the Bush administration. Just a matter of time before US troops find their selves marching into Iran .

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Gold in " Bull Run " Ahead of US Interest-Rate Decision; Japan Remains in Post-Bubble Depression 18 Years Later / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Adrian_Ash

SPOT GOLD PRICES rose sharply late-morning in London on Wednesday, recovering an overnight drop in Asia to break above last week's 27-year closing high above $785 per ounce.

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Agricultural Foods Price Changes Since Feb 2002 / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePreparing comments on any investment topic day before FOMC announces U.S. interest rate policy is probably a futile gesture. That the announcement comes on Halloween provides an opportunity for cutesy comments which will be avoided. However according to the UN FAO, the world consumed 18.774 million tonnes of pumpkins, squash and gourds in the latest reporting year.

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Commodities

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Weakness Developing in Energy / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Today's weakness in the Energy Select SPDR (AMEX: XLE) coupled with the developing downtrend in my daily RSI pattern suggest strongly that last week's near-vertical advance indeed was a vicious counter-trend climb to a lower-high, rather than a new upleg.

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Commodities

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Gold vs. Sterling : New All-Time High for British Investors / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"...If you think the US Dollar's losing ground against gold, just take a look at what's happening to Sterling..."

WHAT WILL IT TAKE for the mass of investors to wake up and buy gold?

Are they still waiting for a new all-time high perhaps, even after watching the metal beat stocks and bonds for more than six years?

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Commodities

Monday, October 29, 2007

Crude Oil Nearing Major Peak / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Time to consult with the very long-term chart pattern in crude oil, from the December 1998 low at $10.35, which has a very bullish pattern, into today's high, but also a pattern that is in its final few percentage points of making a multi-month if not a multi-year high. All of the action off of the Jan 12, 2007 pullback low at $49.90 represents the final upmove in the larger 1998-2007 upleg. The relationships between the various legs during the most recent 10-month upmove point ot a target zone of $97 to $102, or an additional 4%-10% climb in crude oil prices prior to the anticipated peak and reversal.

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