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Commodities Drop, Gold Escapes Unscathed

November 2, 2011 at 2:44 by Vladimir Vyun

Most commodities fell as concerns about the debt crisis in the European Union and the slower economic growth of China and the United States made traders wary and unwilling to invest in risky assets. Gold was an exception, running to the upside.

The concerns about the upcoming referendum in Greece can be easily explained. Most Greek citizens are strongly opposed to the austerity measures required by the rescue plans for Greece and very probable negative vote will likely lead to a default of the European country.

There was another report suggesting about a faltering economic growth in the USA. The Purchasing Managers’ Index of the Institute for Supply Management dropped to 50.8 in October from 51.6 in September. Analysts promised an increase to 52.1. The index is dangerously close to the 50.0 level and a drop below this level would mean that the US manufacturing is starting to decline after 27 consecutive months of expansion.

Gold price rose today to $1,726.20 from $1,726.21 today as of 2:35 GMT on COMEX, following yesterday’s advance from $1,716.80 to $1,721.50. Palladium traded today near $638.0 per ounce after yesterday it dropped from $644.0 to $637.0 per ounce. Copper settlement was down from $3.5540 to $3.5130 per pound on yesterday’s trading session.

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