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Analysis Topic: Commodity Markets - Metals, Softs & Oils

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Commodities

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Great Gold, Silver Price Manipulation Conspiracy Explained / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Mike_Shedlock

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGold and silver prices have crashed. Ted Butler, Rob Kirby, James Conrad and others are all blaming manipulation. Let's take a look at those manipulation theories starting with Ted Butler.

Lessons of a Lifetime
Here are a few excerpts from Ted Butler's Lessons of a Lifetime .
The drastic sell-off in silver (and gold) is further proof of an ongoing manipulation to the downside.

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Commodities

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Natural Gas Constructive Bullish Pattern / Commodities / Natural Gas

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Purely from a technical perspective, U.S. Natural Gas Fund (AMEX: UNG) weakness after its pre-open high at 41.00 to 38.91 represents a "gap-filling" expedition"' -- at least, so far. The fact that selling pressure filled the entire up-gap this morning and then buyers re-emerged to push up prices to 39.62, as we speak, warns us that the action is a correction within an underlying advance off of Monday's low at 35.67. As of this moment, the UNG pattern remains constructive within the overriding bullish potential indicated by hurricane Gustav.

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Commodities

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Real Silver Price Based on Paper or Silver Bullion? / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Peter_Degraaf

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOnce-upon-a-time, in ‘never-never' land, there were two competing silver prices. These two silver prices were at loggerheads with each other. Every time the ‘real' silver price began to rise, a ‘paper' silver price would show up in large quantities and scare some of the holders of real silver to dump and run.

Silver miners and coin dealers with ‘real silver' in inventory, instead of being organized, and using supply and demand to determine the price of silver, would look at a computer screen, check to see what ‘paper silver' was doing and meekly accept that as the price at which to sell silver.

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Commodities

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fannie and Freddie Failure Would be Catastrophic for Global Financial System / Commodities / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mark_OByrne

Gold finished trading in New York on Friday at $819.30, down $7.60 and silver was down 14 cents to $13.36. Gold and silver traded sideways in Asian trading prior to a sell off in early European trading this morning. Gold is trading at $811.30/811.70 per ounce (1030 GMT).

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Commodities

Thursday, August 28, 2008

U.S. Mint Rations Gold Eagle Coins / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: John_Lee

The U.S. Mint announced Monday that it would resume taking orders of American Eagle coins on a limited basis after last week's sales suspension. At this very moment in time, orders on gold coins are taking weeks or even months to fill. From

Reuters' report (full version available here ):

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Commodities

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Gold Heading for a Lower Low? / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Joe_Nicholson

“Bull or bear, call it what you will, the fate of precious metals seems to rest with the U.S. and European economies and the extent to which the monetary base will have to be inflated to prevent a deflationary spiral. The rally off the July 15 lows in stocks has shown the market tends to overreact in these situations. And in this case, the cause for the selloff is rather tenuous at best, and based on some uncertain assumptions.” ~ Precious Points: Bye-bye Bull? August 15, 2008

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Commodities

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Holiday Season Stocks and Commodities Trading / Commodities / Financial Markets

By: Dominick

The low volumes and relatively low volatility posted over the last several days is proof that many traders are on vacation, or at least biding their time before getting back into the market, whichever side they might choose. And even though I personally took some time off to move my oldest child to college, the closest I've come to a vacation in the last three years, that didn't stop TTC members from getting accurate and timely charts and taking some profits out of the humdrum summer market.

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Commodities

Thursday, August 28, 2008

How Richard Nixon "Goldfingered" the World: Operation Melt Down, Part I / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFear, Mr. Bond, takes gold out of circulation and hoards it against the evil day. In a period of history when every tomorrow may be the evil day, it is fair to say that a fat proportion of the gold dug out of one corner of the earth is at once buried again in another corner...– Ian Fleming's Goldfinger (1959)

FIFTY YEARS AGO – just as the fictional 007 was thwarting Auric Goldfinger's plan to empty Fort Knox and take America's gold to Soviet Moscow – the US Treasury feared a very genuine loss of its real gold reserves.

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Gold Bounce from Oversold Levels / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Merv_Burak

Gold was basically in a bounce mode this past week but unfortunately closed on the down side on Friday. It needs a lot more upside activity or lateral strength building to prove that it is back on a roll.

GOLD - LONG TERM : Although the week was somewhat positive nothing from the long term has changed. The message of the P&F chart has remained as shown last week although we now have a column of 4 Xs.

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Commodities

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Trading Gold Silver Arbitrage / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: David_Morgan

In economics and finance, arbitrage is the practice of taking advantage of a price differential between two or more markets: striking a combination of matching deals that capitalize upon the imbalance, the profit being the difference between the market prices. When used by academics, an arbitrage is a transaction that involves no negative cash flow at any probabilistic or temporal state and a positive cash flow in at least one state; in simple terms, a risk-free profit. An entity such as a bank or brokerage firm that engages in arbitrage is called an arbitrageur. The term is mainly applied to trading in financial instruments, such as bonds, stocks, derivatives, commodities, and currencies. (Source Wikipedia.)

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Commodities

Friday, August 22, 2008

Gold Wild Trading Technical Signals / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGold Signals seem to be popping up everywhere this week in our collection of gold exchange traded funds . This is a quick gold sector updated on the current price action of some of the best gold exchange traded funds.

How to Find Low Risk High Return Gold Signals

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Commodities

Friday, August 22, 2008

Commodities Investors Shaken By Dollar Rally / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Peter_Schiff

In football, when a running back intends to cut to the left, he often first fakes right. This move is designed to make the defense commit their resources in the wrong direction. It is my experience that markets often follow a similar path. Just prior to a major move in one direction, markets often make a sharp move in the opposite direction first. With respect to the dollar, gold, oil and other commodities, many on Wall Street have bought into the head fake, and will soon be watching in amazement as the runner sprints to the end zone.

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Commodities

Friday, August 22, 2008

Freddie Mac's Loss is Gold's Gain / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: John_Lee

Sometimes people are so caught up in short-term action that we don't look at the long-term picture.

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI have said it before: gold goes up not because of inflation (defined as money supply growth), but because of a loss of confidence of in the paper money system. Loss of confidence can occur for several reasons, from creeping up cost of living, rising commodity prices (aside from gold), or feelings that the integrity of the money system is compromised.

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Commodities

Friday, August 22, 2008

Stock & Commodity Markets Analysis and Commentary / Commodities / Commodities Trading

By: INO

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe STOCK INDEXES Stock Market Analysis
The September NASDAQ 100 closed lower on Thursday extending this week's decline and spiked below the 20-day moving average crossing at 1893.90. The high-range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI are turning bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near-term. Closes below the 20-day moving average crossing near 1893.90 would confirm that a short-term top has been posted. If September renews this month's rally, the 75% retracement level of the June-July decline crossing at 1994.18 is the next upside target.

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Commodities

Friday, August 22, 2008

Gold Coin Shortage Locks Out New Buyers  / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTHE SPOT PRICE OF GOLD in the international wholesale market slipped below $825 early on Friday in London , but stayed on track for its sharpest one-week gains since 2001 after losing $150 per ounce from the end of July.
 
"Demand is up and premiums are rising throughout the globe," said a professional gold dealer to BullionVault by email today.

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Commodities

Friday, August 22, 2008

U.S. Government Mint Sells Out of Gold Coins and Suspends Sales / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Mark_OByrne

Gold finished trading in New York yesterday at $833.30, up $23 and silver was up 73 cents to $13 76. Gold and silver remained firm in Asian trading and have given up some of the gains in early European trading . Gold i s trading at $ 831.30/831.70 per ounce (1 100 GMT).

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Commodities

Friday, August 22, 2008

Gold Priced at the New York Comical Commodities Exchange / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Alex_Wallenwein

Be prepared for further, even deeper losses in the imaginary price of gold at the New York Comedian's Exchange for precious metals. Why?

Look at it this way: If you were an institutional investor in paper gold contracts, would you want to buy them from the comedians, even at depressed prices, if you knew that your chances of getting delivery on them when it counts are virtually nil?

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Commodities

Friday, August 22, 2008

Gold, Crude Oil, Resources Bull Markets NOT Over! / Commodities / Resources Investing

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry Edelson writes: Gold continued to drop earlier this week, breaking below $800 an ounce, falling to as low as $780. How much lower will it go? Does the decline mean the bull market in gold is over? What significance does gold's decline have for inflation, the dollar, and the natural resource markets?

These are all questions on investors' minds right now, and I'll answer them for you.

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Commodities

Friday, August 22, 2008

China Beats West to Iraqi Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Jason Simpkins writes: China and Iraq will sign a deal next week to develop the Ahdab oil field, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, at time when political gridlock and security concerns have cast doubt over several pending short-term contracts.

The new agreement, valued at $1.2 billion, is a variation of a deal struck with the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. in 1997, when Iraq was in the clutches of Saddam Hussein.

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Commodities

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Amateur Precious Metals Investors Panic on Derivatives Deleveraging / Commodities / Gold & Silver

By: Richard_J_Greene

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt's no wonder precious metals investors are unloading despite swearing they would not be fooled into panicking when the financial system began to come apart at the seams.  Make no mistake; what we are seeing in the gold and silver markets is an all out attack by the financial powers that increased in intensity on July 15th when it became apparent that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are, for all intents and purposes, insolvent. 

Gold investors have been let down in a big way by supposed experts that comment on the gold and silver markets but can not see the most obvious of price suppressions in the history of the financial markets. 

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