The Dow nearly hits 11,000 but ends off 19 points. Investors cheer Alcoa results. Retailers see decent September sales. Analysts see the U.S. jobless rate rising to 9.7%.
After hitting a new high early in the day, prices pull back as investors lock in profits ahead of Friday's employment data.
Prices rally again as the private sector unexpectedly sheds 39,000 employees.
Demand for copper has helped drive its price to extraordinarily high levels.
Concerns over the dollar and yen send prices rallying to new highs.
Calling for a ceiling on gold prices makes for better television than investment advice.
Prices lose steam after hitting a record high on Friday. Gold stocks and silver prices also drop.
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