There are worries that one of the biggest consequences of more easing is inflation.
As investors look to the Fed chairman for direction, the immediate one is upward price momentum.
Many have held out hope for gold-mining stocks, but negative technical signals actually warned of this week's high-volume decline.
In an election year, politicians are likely to avoid tough choices and go for the easier solutions, which are good for the yellow metal.
Recent price action in gold futures and ETFs suggests heightened volatility and further declines, making the risk prohibitively high now.
The lightness of the correction in gold is very bullish for the metal as well as its ETF vehicles, and as this drought ends, the next big leg up may soon begin.
The company is seen as the next likely candidate in the biotech sector's takeover hit parade.
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