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  Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 10:51 AM ET

Why Ben Bernanke Hasn't Helped Commodities

Posted By: Anthony Grisanti
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke
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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke

It seems the Fed has failed to spark a spike in commodities.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke strongly reiterated the value of qualitative easing in his semi-annual testimony before Congress last week. He made it clear that QE, the Fed's low interest rate policy, could continue well into the future. What makes this significant is that there has been some dissension within the Fed, and some seem to believe that the policy should end early.

So if QE is the Fed's policy, why has the U.S. dollar been so strong of late, and why has gold failed to hold above $1,600?

(Read More: Gold's 'Death Cross' Could Tarnish the Yellow Metal)

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  Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 10:42 AM ET

Why This Metal's Fall Is Bad for Stocks

Posted By: Jim Iuorio
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It's a metal whose performance tends to track the S&P 500 — copper. And over the past two weeks it's been falling like lead.

So with stocks soaring, what's the problem?

(Read More: Stocks Lower on China; AAPL at 52-Week Low)

Well, copper futures have been driven down by attempts by the Chinese government to take the air out of an impending real estate bubble. Stricter down payment ratios and higher taxes on speculative property are among several measures that could be implemented.

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  Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 3:04 PM ET

Pro: Too Many Headwinds Facing Crude Oil

Posted By: Drew Sandholm

Facing a myriad of headwinds, Brent crude oil slipped to a six-week low below $110 per barrel on Friday, prompting some professional traders to think black gold will likely suffer further declines.

From U.S. dollar strength to weak economies in Europe, pro trader Anthony Grisanti said there are many factors driving oil prices lower.

(Read More: Brent Crude Slips to $110 on Global Growth Worries)

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  Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 11:36 AM ET

Are You Buying or Selling Crude Right Now?

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Brent crude oil slipped to a six-week low below $110 per barrel on Friday, weighed down by growth worries as political gridlock brought the prospect of massive U.S. government spending cuts and on disappointing European industrial data.

(Read More: Technical Indicators Turn Traders Bearish on Crude Oil)

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  Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 11:04 AM ET

Pro: Crude Could Fall Further

Posted By: Rich Ilczyszyn
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It seems crude could fall further.

The price of crude oil dropped sharply Friday morning after seeing new swing lows and a close below the 200-day moving average. This market is poised for another leg lower, as the U.S. dollar is making new swing highs, and putting extreme pressure on commodity prices.

(Poll: Are You Buying or Selling Crude Right Now?)

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  Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 3:57 PM ET

Technical Indicators Turn Traders Bearish on Crude Oil

Posted By: Drew Sandholm

Brent crude slipped again on Thursday, posting its steepest monthly drop since October, having declined by around $7 a barrel in the last three weeks. To some traders on the floor of the exchanges in Chicago and New York, it seems as though crude will only continue to fall.

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  Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 11:27 AM ET

Will Bonds or Stocks Break First?

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Stocks moved between small gains and losses Thursday, with the Dow within 100 points of hitting an all-time closing high, as investors digested a batch of mixed economic reports and following two days of sharp gains.

(Read More: Even in 'Weak Link' February, Rally Continues)

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  Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 11:04 AM ET

Pro: The Level of Truth for Gold

Posted By: Rich Ilczyszyn

If the stock market continues to move higher, gold could continue to struggle.

In the last couple of days, we have identified a important correlation between the two. When the S&P 500 index plunged from 1,524 to 1,484 on February 25, we noticed a rush for safe havens, including bonds, the U.S. dollar, the yen and finally, gold.

(Read More: Gold On Track for Record Monthly Losses)

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  Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 5:28 PM ET

Traders Get Bullish On Gold as Fed Defends QE

Posted By: Drew Sandholm

Gold traded above $1,600 an ounce on Tuesday, its biggest one-day gain in three months, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke defended the U.S.'s bond-buying stimulus.

(Read More: CNBC Explains Central Banking)

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  Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 11:13 AM ET

Pro: Why It's Time to Get Into Nat Gas

Posted By: Jim Iuorio

Natural gas has been trading in a serious downtrend starting in November, but Monday's upside action constituted a clear breakout from that trend.

So what's behind the strength?

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