News Bites Even if Bitcoin Is The Rising Star, Gold Is Still King

(Kitco News) - Even if bitcoin – known to some as digital gold – is stealing the metal’s spotlight, one analyst points out that the cryptocurrency has a longs way to go before it catches up to bullion, at least in market cap. In dollar terms, bitcoin has surpassed gold prices by a landslide, recently hitting an all-time high above $4,000; meanwhile, gold prices continue to hover near $1,300 an ounce. However, if we look at the market cap of both these markets, gold is still king. “It's ...
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Fed says stimulus wind down to begin ‘relatively soon,’ leaves rates unchanged

The Federal Reserve laid the groundwork Wednesday to begin winding down shortly the massive stimulus program it embarked on to rescue the economy from the financial crisis. As expected, the Fed also unanimously declined to raise interest rates this month. After its two-day policy meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee released a statement containing key language that points to starting the move in September. At that time, the central bank will begin rolling off the $4.5 trillion portfolio...
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Oil Surges Above $49 as Supply Draw Shows Market in Better Shape

Oil closed above $49 a barrel for the first time since May on growing optimism OPEC’s supply cuts are trimming a supply glut. Futures climbed 0.6 percent in New York for a fourth day of gains. Kuwait joined the U.A.E. in promising to pump less oil after Saudi Arabia called on OPEC producers to cut more supply. U.S. crude inventories declined by 7.21 million barrels last week to the lowest level since early January, according to the Energy Information Administration. The market is digesting...
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Oil Climbs as U.S. Supplies Shrink to Lowest Since Start of Year

Oil surged to an eight-week high after the government said U.S. stockpiles shrank to levels last seen at the start of the year. Futures rose 1.8 percent in New York. Crude inventories declined by 7.21 million barrels last week to the lowest since Jan. 6, according to data from the Energy Information Administration Wednesday. Gasoline stockpiles fell for a sixth week to the lowest level since December, the data showed. “The primary driver behind the rally is that you’ve got more inventory d...
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Saudi Arabia Turns Off the U.S. Oil Tap

At last, Saudi Arabia seems to be doing what it takes to reduce the world's most visible oil glut: the one in the U.S. Unfortunately, its renewed vigor comes as OPEC's deal to reduce excess crude stockpiles starts to show signs of unraveling elsewhere, a subject that will be wrestled with by the group's oil ministers as they and other producer nations meet in St Petersburg on Monday. Saudi Slump Weekly U.S. crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia have fallen sharply since early June So...
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Amber Waves of Grain

Of the 14 commodities we track closely at U.S. Global Investors, wheat rose to take the top spot for the first half of 2017, returning more than 25 percent. The grain was followed closely by palladium—used primarily in the production of catalytic converters—which gained 24 percent. To view our ever-popular, interactive Periodic Table of Commodity Returns, click here. Between the start of the year and June 30, the Bloomberg Commodity Index contracted 4.03 percent, with energy weighi...
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His Gold Calls Have Been Quite Accurate; Now He’s Calling The Bottom

(Kitco News) - It seems the best way for investors to make money in the gold market lately is by being on the bearish side, but according to one analyst with a strong track-record, this trend could change. “Gold dropped 5 weeks in a row after my May 29th bearish call. All indicators tell me that a trend reversal is imminent,” noted Lejun James Shao, founder of www.myIRAs.net, in a Seeking Alpha post Wednesday. So far this year, Shao’s gold calls have been “quite accurate,” as he put it. ...
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The Federal Reserve is divided over its longer-term path

While almost all members of the Federal Reserve voted to raise interest rates in June, the central bank appears to be divided over its longer-term plans as data continue to show that the economy is not vigorously responding to its rate increases, released minutes from the Fed’s closed-door June meeting reveal. Even among Fed officials who supported increasing the benchmark interest rate in June, several “indicated they were less comfortable” with the Fed’s longer-term plan for raising rat...
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Big Oil Is Back: Exxon, Chevron Triumph in Crude Resurgence

Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. easily swept aside analyst estimates as the battered giants of the U.S. oil industry shook off two-and-a-half years of low oil prices and reported surging profits in the first quarter. Exxon, the world’s biggest oil producer by market value, earned 95 cents a share, outperforming all but one of the 19 analysts’ estimates in a Bloomberg survey. Chevron, the second-largest U.S. driller, swung to a profit in a big way, scoring its largest quarterly gain since ...
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Oil and gas exec Gerard is pumped about industry prospects under Trump

For Jack Gerard, the outlook for U.S. energy security has never been brighter, with domestic supplies of oil and natural gas increasing, dependence on foreign supplies declining and a new Republican president and Congress keen on promoting fossil fuels. “In this new year and at the start of this new Congress, we have an opportunity to change the national conversation when it comes to energy policy,” the president of the American Petroleum Institute said the other day in his annual “State of A...
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