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Gold ends Thurs little changed; Bill Gross points to US recession

From Chris Mullen at

The Spot Gold Market gained in choppy trade in Asia and London on Thursday and rose near $665 by early trade in New York before dropping $5 per ounce and closing around $659 for a gain of 0.15%.

Silver rose near $11.85 by late trade in London before it fell back off for much of trade in New York and closed with a gain of 0.60%. The Euro Price of Gold remained at about €487, platinum lost $3 to $1,235, palladium gained $4 to $322, and copper gained over 4 cents to about $3.33.

Gold and silver equities saw over 1% gains at the open, but they then fell off to find  1% losses by late morning in New York and remained at about that level for the rest of the day.

In the economy, US jobless claims dipped for the weekending 18th August but less than expected. Friday at 08:30 EST brings the Durable Goods Orders report for July, expected to show 1.0% growth, and at 10:00 is the New Home Sales report for July, expected at 825,000.

Crude oil on Thursday gained but still closed below $70 for the third day in a row as the focus of the energy market turned back to the world economic outlook and its impact on demand.

The US Dollar index again fell despite further weakness in the Yen as the Euro continued to gain on the outlook that Europe will raise interest rates while the US Fed seriously considers rate cuts in the Dollar.

US Treasuries fell at the open, but they found gains by the close on worries about an oncoming recession in the US. The Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P opened higher on encouraging news that Bank of America bought a $2 billion stake in Countrywide, the nation's largest mortgage lender, but all three indices fell off to find losses by the close on recession worries as Angelo Mozilo and Bill Gross were just two of several notable names raising the possibility of a severe slowdown in the US in the near future.

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Adrian Ash

Adrian Ash, BullionVault Gold News

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the world-leading physical gold, silver and platinum market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and he has now been researching and writing daily analysis of precious metals and the wider financial markets for over 20 years. A frequent guest on BBC radio and television, Adrian is regularly quoted by the Financial Times, MarketWatch and many other respected news outlets, and his views from inside the bullion market have been sought by the Economist magazine, CNBC, Bloomberg, Germany's Handelsblatt and FAZ, plus Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore.

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