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Speculators Bought Gold

Hedge Funds increased their net-long position by 4.1 percent to 35,691 futures and options, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data for July 9 show. Net holdings expanded even as speculators increased short bets to a record. Net-bullish wagers across 18 U.S.-traded commodities retreated 3.4 percent as investors became the most bearish ever on corn. They ...

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Australian Dollar Higher After China Growth

Australia’s dollar strengthened after a report showed China’s economy grew 7.5 percent in the second quarter, matching economists’ estimates. The Australian currency dropped last week after Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said this year’s expected growth rate is 7 percent and China can reach that.

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France lost its top credit rating at Fitch Ratings

France was cut by one step to AA+ from AAA, Fitch said today, joining Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s in removing France from the shrinking club of top-rated governments. The outlook is stable. Read more in Forex

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Gold end the week higher

Gold is higher this week with the precious metal rallying 4.74% to close at $1280 on Friday, its largest weekly gain in nearly 2 years. The advance comes amid a larger correction in the U.S. Dollar which came under tremendous pressure mid-week after the release of the minutes from the ...

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China’s GDP growth down to 7.5 percent

China’s GDP growth slowed in the second quarter to 7.5 percent year-on-year as weak overseas demand weighed on output and investment, lining up a test of Beijing’s resolve to revamp the world’s second-biggest economy in the face of deteriorating data. Other figures showed industrial output in June rising slightly less ...

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Greek debt crisis

Greece, agreed to sell two banks as part of an effort to appease its international lenders and consolidate its beleaguered banking sector, says the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund has chosen Eurobank (the fourth largest lender) to buy New Hellenic Postbank. The irony: The rescue vehicle owns 100% of Postbank and ...

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EUR/USD Technical Analysis

Daily targets-signals Short Euro at 1.3089 stop loss at 1.3124 Long euro at 1.3036, stop loss at 1.3002

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USD/JPY

The dollar fell versus the Japanese yen and Asia stocks jumped. The dollar tumbled after the Bank of Japan lifted its assessment of the economy, but cut growth and inflation views. The dollar had already been pushed lower after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank won’t be ...

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Greece: New unemployment record at 26.9% in April

Greece: New unemployment record at 26.9% in April Unemployed increase by almost 195,000 more in one year from April 2012 – Employed declined by approximately 160,000 The unemployment rate in Greece rose to even higher levels, highlighting in the most vivid way that this problem, at least for now, is ...

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Miners higher, FTSE 100 to one-month high

Oil producers and mining firms posted solid gains in London on Thursday on an increase in commodity prices, while Associated British Foods PLC rallied after a well-received trading update. The FTSE 100 index (FTI:UK:UKX) rose 1% to 6,572.05, on track for its highest closing level since June 4.

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