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Gold rose to a 3.5 month high of $1,433.31 an ounce last week, but has since retreated. CNBC's Bertha Coombs has the details.
Stocks closed out a choppy session in the black on the first trading day of September, thanks to a handful of upbeat economic reports, but ongoing worries over Syria kept a lid on gains.
U.S. stock index futures were sharply higher Tuesday, after positive global PMI (purchasing managers' index) data and as President Barack Obama opted to seek congressional authorization for military action against Syria.
The dollar rose to a six-week high against major currencies on Tuesday after stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data bolstered expectations the Federal Reserve will start scaling back stimulus this month.
Paul Day, chief strategist at Market Securities, charts the performance of the dollar index and the EUR/USD.
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Chris Tedder, Research Analyst at FOREX.com expects more weaker data out of Australia that will weigh on the AUD.
The dollar rose to a one-month high against the safe-haven yen on Monday as worries about a military strike against Syria diminished, while commodity currencies edged higher.
Stocks closed near session lows on the final trading day of August, with the Dow and S&P 500 posting their worst monthly declines since May 2012, as investors held off making large bets ahead of a long holiday weekend amid escalating worries over Syria.
U.S. stock index futures hovered around the flatline Friday as month-end buyers stepped in and as fears of imminent military action against Syria eased.
The U.S. dollar reached a four-week peak against a basket of major currencies on Friday as investors sought its safe-haven status on the possibility of a U.S. military strike on Syria.
CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Energy and metals were lower on a stronger dollar. The situation in Syria continues to preoccupy traders, even though military action does not appear to be imminent.
Gold is on pace for a 7 percent gain in August, reports CNBC's Bertha Coombs. However, the metal snapped a 5-day winning streak due to a Syria threat seemingly less imminent.
CNBC's Rick Santelli, and Andy Brenner, National Alliance Securities, discusses whether the Fed's bond-buying program is stifling economic growth.
Stocks finished in positive territory Thursday but closed off session highs as lingering worries over Syria put a damper on gains.
Boris Schlossberg, BK Asset Management, and Howard Ward, Gabelli Funds, provide insight on how the Syrian crisis is impacting stocks and currency prices.