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As We Close in on the Alibaba IPO, Here's What You Need to Watch For

It isn’t often that a really “hot” initial public stock offering lives up to the pre-deal hype.

But Thursday’s IPO of China e-commerce heavyweight Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE-WI: BABA) is shaping up to be everything the most ardent market mavens have been saying.

Alibaba is on track to become the largest U.S. initial public offering ever.

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  • Silver Prices Today Could Slip on Jobs Numbers Investing in SIlver 2014

    Precious Metals News: Silver prices today could slip if the December jobs report comes in higher than expected.

    Silver prices traded in tight range Thursday ending the day a touch higher, up $0.076, or 0.31%, at $19.61 an ounce. But the price of silver fell Wednesday after strong ADP data. The ADP report showed 238,000 jobs were added in December, above the 200,000 expected. The U.S. dollar index edged higher following the ADP report, and metals were clipped.

    After a solid start this year, silver prices have since slipped...
  • Investing in Silver a Winning Move as India's 'War' on Gold Continues India started a “war” on gold when it raised the tax on gold imports to 8%. But you know who is winning? Those investing in silver. Read more... To continue reading, please click here...
  • Silver Prices: The Best is Yet to Come Silver ingot Silver prices this year have left me thinking of the good old days, when prices wouldn’t stop climbing. But, here’s why this low phase is temporary. To continue reading, please click here...
  • Investing in Silver: Price Outlook for 2013

    Believe it or not, investing in silver right now could double your money.

    Think about it: In April 2011, silver prices rose by 170% in just 7 months. Anyone investing in silver during that period pocketed huge gains and spent a lot less than they would on buying gold.

    And right now, it looks like the silver market is on the cusp of doing the same thing all over again.

    According to our research, the next stop for silver prices could be $40 by year's end, and $60 by 2014.

    And much higher after that.

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  • A Beginner's Guide to Buying Physical Silver We get a lot of great questions from Money Morning Private Briefing readers. But there's one in particular I want to share with you today.
    Andy F. writes:
      “Bill, I know this is a very basic question, but you have me interested in silver. My question is … what kind of silver? I like the 999.9% rounds and bars, but is it better to purchase coins with 40% to 90% content? Then, if I go that route, do I buy cull, junk or do I need to learn collector values? ... I am enjoying your work, thanks!” – Andy F.
    This is an important question; I hear some iteration of it all the time from my subscribers, especially as the fear of inflation sets in. Here’s the answer. Read More...
  • Gold and Silver Prices Boosted by These Global Moves Gold Price trends this year

    Gold and silver prices both marched toward their largest gains in more than a week Tuesday joining the uplifting mood on Wall Street. As the Dow Jones Industrial Average reveled in a historic rally that took the benchmark to a record high, commodities also soared. 

    Gold prices settled Tuesday's trading session up $2.50, or 0.2%, at $1,574.90 an ounce, supported by stimulus chatter and a weaker dollar. The safe haven metal had reached as high as $1,585.80 an ounce intraday, on course for its biggest leap since Feb. 26.

    Year-to-date, gold has dipped 5.7%. The commodity logged its fifth consecutive month of declines in February, marking its longest stretch of declines since 1997.

    Silver prices rose 1.7% to $28.97 in early trading, their biggest gain in more than a week. The white metal ended the day at $28.81.

    While silver's slip since January has been more modest than gold's, it's well below the $34.89 it traded at during the same period a year ago.

    But loose monetary policies worldwide, geopolitical uncertainties, rising oil prices and renewed fears of inflation should support, if not boost, both gold and silver prices in the months ahead.

    Aggressive Global Stimulus Here to Stay

    Driving gold and silver prices higher Tuesday were comments from Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen.

    At the National Association for Business Economics conference Monday, the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) Yellen defended the bank's $85 billion a month of bond purchases.

    "At this stage, I do not see any (risks) that would cause me to advocate a curtailment of our purchase program," Yellen said.   

    Yellen's sentiments mirror that of Fed Chief Ben Bernanke, who thinks continued stimulus will be good for the U.S. economy. Acknowledging there are risks from the Fed's aggressive efforts to stoke the anemic U.S. economy, Yellen added there are also risks from not being aggressive enough.

    This news from overseas is also bullish for gold and silver prices...

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  • Buying Silver Coins: All You Need to Know

    Investors have been buying silver coins at a lightning-fast pace this year. The U.S. Mint even sold out of 2013-dated American Silver Eagles in early January.



    January Silver Eagle sales hit a record 7,498,000. After suspending sales Jan. 17, the U.S. Mint has allowed investors to resume buying silver coins, but with limits on how many coins dealers can order.

    The good news: You can still cash in on buying silver coins. But before you buy, you need to know the best deals out there - and the ones to avoid.

    That's why Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III explained everything you need to know about buying silver coins in this accompanying video.

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  • How to Buy Silver Coins Currency USD liberty

    Silver is one of the hottest investments this year, leading many investors to ask how to buy silver coins before the white metal soars to new highs.



    Indeed, investors have been buying silver coins at such a rapid pace, the U.S. Mint announced Jan. 17 it had sold out of 2013-dated American Silver Eagles - just 10 days after opening sales to authorized dealers.

    Opening day sales for the hugely popular bullion coins on Jan. 7 hit a record 3,937,000 coins. The tally of total sales over the 10 days the coins were available exceeded 6 million.

    Sales resumed Jan. 28 after the Mint replenished its inventory, but on an allocated basis with limited orders. The Mint used the same method in 2009 and 2010 when demand among people buying silver coins also outstripped supply.

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  • Silver Prices Getting Huge Boost from these Chinese Market Shifts

    Twenty years ago China was a very minor factor when estimating the direction of silver prices.

    Now, the country is a major force both on the demand and supply side of the silver market.

    In fact, a recent report issued last month by Thomson Reuters GFMS for the Silver Institute outlined how China's supply and demand was a major developing factor guiding silver prices in 2013 - and the news is great for those investing in the white metal.

    Let's take a look.

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