Prices falter as the dollar rallies and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange raises the deposit required to buy silver contracts.
General Motors reports its third straight profitable quarter despite losses in Europe.
Concerns about Ireland trip markets. First-time unemployment claims drop more than expected. The trade deficit narrows. Gold and oil retreat from their highs.
A day after cracking $1,400, gold prices continued to rally on concerns over eurozone debt, while silver surged 5.4%.
Energy and materials stocks gain after gold and oil hit highs. Chevron will buy Atlas Energy for $4.3 billion. Yahoo shares rise on buyout report.
Prices hit a record high as the yellow metal continues to rally off the Federal Reserve's $600 billion asset-purchase program.
The dollar gains against the euro amid concerns about Ireland's ability to pay debt. Gold prices top $1,400. Boeing and Home Depot lead the Dow lower. AOL may consider a deal with Yahoo.
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