In a region where Weimar inflation and German deflation led to social unrest and the rise of Hitler, peace and stability are more important than triple-A credit ratings.
Prices sink as owning the metal in other currencies becomes more expensive.
Prices struggle to gain steam as a stronger greenback keeps a lid on gains.
Prices continue on a downtrend as investors wonder whether a eurozone solution will help or hurt the metal.
Despite TARP's success in the US, people still despise it as a bailout. No wonder European politicians aren't eager to support something similar.
Prices get a boost from a softer US currency and expectations that an EU rescue plan may lead to money printing by the European Central Bank.
The fact that Europe's rescue plan hinges on this small country's vote reveals some big problems with the EU system.
Alcoa also sees economic weakness in Europe and Asia. Slovakia rejects expanding Europe's bailout fund. The Dow slips, but technology shares help the S&P 500 and Nasdaq end higher. Apple tops $400. Gold moves lower, but crude is higher.
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