Gold Prices

The Dow Jones Industrial Average Plummets 161 Points After Malaysian Plane Crash

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average was hammered on Thursday and the S&P Volatility Index soared after a Malaysian Airlines plane crashed in a Ukrainian war zone on suspicions it was struck by a missile. In addition, multiple big name brands slumped heavily after failing to meet second-quarter earnings expectations.

Commodity prices in gold, oil, and agriculture saw strong gains as investors fled to hard assets.

Here is where U.S. markets closed on Thursday, plus the top stories that affected the stock market today...

Commodities Prices 2014: The Halftime Report

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After a disappointing 2013, commodities prices came roaring back, with returns for the first half of 2014 outperforming the S&P 500 by more than 4% and 10-year Treasury bonds by more than 6%.

With money flowing back into commodities, the market is finally trying to reverse the downtrend that we've been up against since 2011.

Now let’s take a look at how individual commodities – including gold, oil, and more – have fared during the first half of 2014...

What's Behind Gold Prices' Biggest Daily Drop of 2014

Gold Prices' Biggest Daily Drop of 2014

Gold prices today (Monday) fell sharply by 2.3% for the biggest one-day drop of 2014.

U.S. gold futures for August delivery were down $30.70 at $1,306.70 an ounce - their biggest one-day drop since December. Spot gold fell $33.50 at $1,305.50 an ounce. The sell-off happened quickly following the Comex futures market open in early U.S. trading according to Kitco, suggesting a big sell order hit the futures market at that time.

Read the article to view our new gold price chart that reflects the sell-off, and watch our Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald breakdown what was behind today's drop...

Gold Market Shift: Third-Biggest Gold-Producing Country Shocks with New Data

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The landscape of the gold market has been changing dramatically in the last decade in terms of the dominant gold-producing nations. For example, for nearly a century, South Africa held the top spot for gold production. But in 2008, China took over, and since then, South Africa has sunk down to the fifth spot.

This week marked another surprise for the top five…

New Gold Price Chart: Fed Minutes and Middle East Solidify Gold Above $1,320

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Gold prices today (Wednesday) finished back over $1,320 an ounce after the release of the latest U.S. Federal Reserve minutes, and amidst turmoil in the Middle East.

Take a look at our new gold price chart that reflects the current June-July rally, and get the latest on gold futures, spot gold price per ounce, and news driving up the price of gold...

The Price of Gold Today and Where It's Headed

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The price of gold fell Thursday after stronger-than-expected jobs data showed that U.S. economy added another 288,000 jobs in June. Also weighing on the precious metal was a drop in the official unemployment rate to 6.1% - its lowest level since September 2008 - and the Dow Jones breaking through 17,000 points to set a new high.

Here are current gold prices, and where the yellow metal is headed in the latter half of 2014…

Here's Why Gold Stocks Are on the Rise – Plus Three Picks That Will Benefit

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Gold stocks are poised for an upswing.

Just recently, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced a new policy to promote lending and, ultimately, inflation in the Eurozone. The move sent investors flocking to precious metals like gold and silver. And a recent election in April saw the seating of a new government in India. On account of the platforms of these new leaders, the Indian press has indicated to expect a considerable decrease in import duties.

With the upward pressure on gold prices, here are three gold stocks that can benefit from a potential price spike...

What's Moving the Gold Price per Ounce to a Fourth Straight Weekly Gain Today

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Gold price per ounce was on track for a fourth straight weekly gain today (Friday) - our up-to-date gold price chart reflects that the yellow metal is floating around its highest price since mid-April, achieved earlier this week...

Today, gold for August delivery was up $0.50 at $1,317.50 per ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Spot gold price per ounce was nearly flat, down $0.10 at $1,317.25. The London a.m. gold fix is up at $1,315.25 compared to the previous p.m. fixing of $1,311.75.

Here’s the top market news affecting gold prices right now…

The Best Types of Gold to Buy Now

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Investing in gold is a great way to diversify investment portfolios, hedge against a financial crisis, and even protect against inflation. But with so many different types of gold to buy, finding the right gold investment can be a difficult task for retail investors.

Money Morning's Resource Specialist Peter Krauth is a 20-year veteran with special expertise in precious metals.

He recently gave our readers a snapshot at the best ways to invest in gold...