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Recovery Concerns Push Gold Higher, Oil & Copper Lower

August 11, 2010 at 1:32 by Vladimir Vyun

Concerns about the global recovery and the recovery in the US pushed gold prices higher today. A decision of the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates at record low levels and speculation that the US government would continue to print money to support economy increased concerns about sustainability of the US economic expansion and drove traders to seek safety, increasing appeal of gold. Previously gold declined as the dollar strengthened. December futures for gold delivery reached $1,207.60 per ounce by 15:12 on COMEX.

Some other commodities, particularly crude oil and copper, reacted much more negatively on pessimistic sentiment across markets. Demand for crude oil depends on the global economic health, and with grim outlook for recovery demand will likely wane. Copper prices were hit not only by news from US, but also but expectations of lower imports in China. Spot price for crude oil was $80.36 per barrel on NYMEX, while copper futures fell $0.0415 cents (1.2 percent) to $3.3125 per pound as of 13:28 on COMEX.

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