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  Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 | 10:48 AM ET

Pro: Why Gold is Still a Short

Posted By: Rich Ilczyszyn
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Gold failed to punch through the $1,696 - $1,696 major resistance level on Wednesday to show $1,700 once again. The inability to do so alone caused investors and traders to lighten up long positions, as we saw a very sharp sell-off at the close in Europe.

(Related: Will Gold End 2013 Higher or Lower?)

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  Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 2:52 PM ET

How Futures Pros Are Trading the Gasoline Rally

Posted By: Drew Sandholm

Gasoline futures soared to the highest level in nearly three months on Wednesday.

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  Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 12:16 PM ET

Which Energy Is the Best Bet for 2013?

When Oil Will Hit $100: Pro

Brent crude oil held steady above $112 a barrel on Wednesday, as investors awaited inventory data from the United States for clues on the demand outlook of the world's largest oil consumer.

Brent crude rose 9 cents at $112.50 a barrel. U.S. crude for March dropped 13 cents at $96.55, off a four-month high of $96.90 hit earlier.

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  Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 | 4:04 PM ET

Why Doug Kass, Marc Faber Remain Bearish on Apple

Posted By: Drew Sandholm

Facing increased competition in the technology sector, it seems Apple is poised to report its first year-over-year decline in net income since 2003, Seabreeze Partners founder Douglas Kass told CNBC on Tuesday.

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  Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 | 10:52 AM ET

If the Weather Outside is Frightful, Buy Nat Gas: Pro

Posted By: Jim Iuorio
Engineer testing natural gas pipeline.
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Engineer testing natural gas pipeline.

It gets cold in Chicago. I'm convinced that many people live their lives without feeling the painful bight of wind coming off the lake on a zero degree January morning. Fortunately, I was able feel that weather earlier this morning, and it served as reminder that the value of natural gas is not going away.

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  Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 3:28 PM ET

Shiller: Housing Malaise Could Resemble Japan’s Lost Decade

Posted By: Lee Brodie

Lately, housing data has seemed to get better and better. But esteemed economist Robert Shiller worries that data may be a bit misleading.

In a live interview on Futures Now , esteemed economist Robert Shiller, co-founder of the Case Shiller Index, expressed concerns about US housing even though new data suggests the recovery is well underway.

"Yes, there have been a lot of positive signs in housing," Shiller conceded in a live interview on CNBC, but it's only been that way for 6 months.

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  Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 11:47 AM ET

How Soon Will Oil Hit $100?

Commodities traders on Thursday were focused on the sharp move higher in the price of oil . In early trade the price of WTI rose as much as $1.10 cents to $95.34 a barrel, at least a 4 month high.

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The gains stem in part from new data which showed a surprise fall in crude inventory in the United States, which is the world's biggest oil consumer.

Specifically, U.S. crude stocks fell by 951,000 barrels to 360.3 million barrels last week as imports dropped - that's according to weekly data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed on Wednesday.

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  Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 10:37 AM ET

Gold Bugs Look for a Breakout: Top Futures Pro

Posted By: Rich Ilczyszyn
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iiTrader Founder & Chief Market Strategist Rich Ilczyszyn reveals key levels he's watching during Thursday's session to determine whether or not gold is trying to make a bullish breakout.

Ilczyszyn's Analysis

Gold pulled back to hold a higher low at $1676.2 Wednesday night as the market chopped around.

Today, gold must move through the $1684.9 highs, which is also where a secondary trend line sits. After hitting this wall all week, futures and commodities traders will start to get jittery and look to exit longs or outright sell without a further move higher.

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  Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 4:48 PM ET

Debt Fight May Not Spill Over Into Markets: Pros

Posted By: Drew Sandholm

Although U.S. lawmakers are waging a high stakes battle over how much the government can borrow, analysts told CNBC that a debt ceiling showdown may not have a cataclysmic effect on markets.

Barely two weeks after Washington narrowly steered the economy away from the "fiscal cliff" — mainly by postponing a resolution until March — some investors are already becoming rattled by the prospect of a new battle over the debt limit.

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  Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 12:04 PM ET

Which Metal Will Have the Best 2013?

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Platinum prices rallied to three-month highs on Tuesday after the number one producer of the metal, Anglo American Platinum, said it would mothball two South African mines and sell another, cutting output by around 400,000 ounces.

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