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Gold Falls on Renewed Hopes for EU, Oil Down on US Inventories

December 8, 2011 at 3:19 by Vladimir Vyun

Gold fell today, following yesterday’s advance, as the optimism for the eurozone again emerged. The European Central Bank will hold the monetary policy meeting today and many analysts believe that the Bank will cut its interest rates to reduce the pressure on the most indebted economies of the European Union. The precious metal rallied yesterday as France and Germany again showed disagreement in their approaches to battling the debt crisis. Gold was down today from $1,742.00 to $1,737.70 per pound as of 3:04 GMT on COMEX, following the advance from $1,730.60 to $1,741.00 per pound yesterday.

Oil hasn’t profited from the reemergence of the optimism as the US crude oil inventories unexpectedly rose last week. The stockpiles grew 1.3 million barrels to 336.1 million barrels. Forecasters predicted a decline by 800,000 barrels. January futures for delivery of crude oil rose $0.19 to $100.30 per barrel in electronic trading on NYMEX. Brent was down from $109.60 to $109.35 today on ICE after it fell from $110.70 to $109.50 yesterday.

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