Tuesday, October 9, 2012

December Gold Drops Over $10 an Ounce

Some commodity prices were under pressure Tuesday after a report from the International Monetary Fund revealed it slashed global economic growth for the year from 3.5 percent to 3.3 percent.
Gold for December delivery dropped $10.70 an ounce to settle at $1,765. December silver was down 3.2 cents an ounce to $33.985. January platinum fell $3.50 to settle at $1,695.30 an ounce.
Unsurprisingly, the IMF confirmed the leading economies of the world are at risk of recession, although the reality is we've really never emerged from latest recession, and there has been no recovery.
Those commodities moving up on the day included energy, palladium and wheat. Soybeans fell a penny to $15.50 a bushel. Palladium climbed to $658.20, up $1.25 an ounce.

Concerns over supply because of a slowdown in production in the North Sea and rising tensions in the Middle East were behind the rise in energy prices. Recent fires at a refinery in the U.S and another in Russia has also added price support in some energy segments.
Benchmark crude oil futures climbed $3.06, or 3.4 percent, to settle at $92.39 a barrel in New York. That is the highest level in over a week. Brent crude closed at $114.50, jumping $2.68, or 2.4 percent.

Heating oil increased by 5.89 cents to $3.2032 a gallon, and wholesale gasoline was up 6.56 cents to $2.9587 a gallon. Natural gas was up by 6.4 cents to $3.467 per 1,000 cubic feet.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 110 points to close at 13,473, a loss of 0.8 percent. The S&P 500 Index dropped to 1,441, losing 14 points or just under 1 percent.

The ICE dollar index climbed to 80.023, up from Monday's 79.595.

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