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Gold Heads for Biggest Weekly Gain in Two Years

12 Jul

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday that the overall message from the central bank was that a “highly accommodative policy is needed for the foreseeable future”.

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Gold rose for a fifth session on Friday, on track for its biggest weekly gain in nearly two years on easing fears of an early end to US monetary stimulus that as boosted bullion’s appeal as a hedge against inflation.

Fundamentals

Spot gold had climbed 0.1 percent to USD 1,286.21 an ounce by 0016 GMT. It touched close to USD 1,300 on Thursday, its highest in three weeks.

Bullion has gained 5 percent so far this week, on course for its largest weekly climb since October 2011.

Comex gold and silver were also trading near multi-week highs hit on Thursday.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday that the overall message from the central bank was that a “highly accommodative policy is needed for the foreseeable future”.

Financial markets, which had tumbled after Bernanke said last month that the Fed’s USD 85 billion in monthly bond purchases could be scaled back this year, jumped on Thursday with the Dow and S&P 500 indices hitting all-time closing highs.

Gold, still down nearly 25 percent this year, could face further headwinds as some investors jump to rallying stocks, dumping holdings in gold-backed exchange traded funds.

Investors pulled USD 998.8 million from commodities and precious metals funds, up from withdrawals of USD 92.6 million the prior week, data from Thomson Reuters’ Lipper service showed on Thursday.

Gold traders in India, the world’s biggest buyer of the metal, refrained from fresh purchases as prices climbed to their highest level in more than two weeks.

Market News

The US dollar fell to multi-week lows against the euro and yen on Thursday as traders scaled back expectations the Fed would slow its asset purchases in the coming months.

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Oil edges down to $103/bbl, supply worry eases

9 Jul

NYMEX crude for August delivery was down 16 cents at USD 102.98 a barrel by 0018 GMT, after settling down 8 cents at USD 103.14 on Monday. It touched a 14-month high of USD 104.12 on Monday.

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US crude futures retreated to just below USD 103 a barrel on Tuesday, pressured by the return of a Libyan oilfield and Iraqi pipeline that eased concerns about global oil supplies.

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Fundamentals

NYMEX crude for August delivery was down 16 cents at USD 102.98 a barrel by 0018 GMT, after settling down 8 cents at USD 103.14 on Monday. It touched a 14-month high of USD 104.12 on Monday.

London Brent crude for August delivery was down 34 cents at USD 107.09 a barrel, after settling down 29 cents.

Libya’s major Sharara oilfield will resume operations after an agreement was reached with the armed group that shut it down last month, a senior Libyan oil source said on Monday.

A pipeline from Iraq to the Turkish port of Ceyhan will also resume operations in two to three days following an interruption caused by a leak, two sources in Iraq’s state-run North Oil Company (NOC) said on Monday.

Clashes in Egypt that left at least 51 people dead heightened geopolitical risk, but there has been no impact to ports and shipping through the Suez Canal.

Egypt will hold new parliamentary elections once amendments to its suspended constitution are approved in a referendum, the interim head of state decreed on Monday, setting out a time frame that could see a legislative vote in about six months.

US commercial crude oil stocks likely fell by 3.3 million barrels last week, a Reuters poll showed on Monday. Distillate stocks likely rose by 1.3 million barrels, while gasoline stocks were seen up 1.2 million barrels.

Market News

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 0.53 percent on Monday, edging closer to its all-time high set in May.

The dollar paused in its rally as investors bought beaten-down currencies such as the Australian dollar on Tuesday, although its broad uptrend is seen intact as the market tries to position for when the US Federal Reserve will start to slow its stimulus.

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