The metals sink as a rallying US currency drags down commodity prices.
These managed funds offer a more nuanced approach to navigating an uncertain sector.
Prices rally as investors seek protection amid mounting sovereign debt concerns in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Commodities aren't moving based on supply and demand. They're moving on trader and political demand.
As debt worries weigh on the euro, the yellow metal's relative strength amid a surging dollar may cheer bulls.
The sell-offs in silver, oil and stocks are necessary for markets to go higher on the basis of reality.
The CME is raising the amount of upfront capital required to trade crude oil contracts. While the modest increase is being downplayed in the media, it could pressure oil lower.
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