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Commoditites Rally on Bernanke Comments, Gold Joins Rally

February 3, 2012 at 4:28 by Vladimir Vyun

Commodities rallied as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said yesterday that he expects the US economy to grow with faster pace this year. Gold joined the rally and was further boosted by prospects for quantitative easing if such outlook would prove to be wrong.

Bernanke explained how external influences, like the earthquake in Japan and Europe’s crisis, hurt the US economy in 2011, but added:

Fortunately, over the past few months, indicators of spending, production, and job market activity have shown some signs of improvement; and, in economic projections just released, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) participants indicated that they expect somewhat stronger growth this year than in 2011.

Positive performance of the US economy isn’t guaranteed, though, as Chairman explained:

The outlook remains uncertain, however, and close monitoring of economic developments will remain necessary.

Such comments leave place for additional stimulus that may be beneficial for gold prices.

The economic situation in the United States is balance in a unique way as both improvement and deteriorating of the economy may prove positive for the precious metal. Prices for gold reflected that by climbing by 11 percent in January.

Gold traded at $1,756.70 as of 4:23 GMT today on COMEX after jumping from $1,745.10 to $1,759.50 yesterday.

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