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Gold Has Best Quarter in 25 Years

Gold is set to have its biggest quarterly advance since September 1990, Bloomberg noted.  Thanks Ms. Yellen!

From Bloomberg:

Gold headed for the biggest quarterly advance since September 1990 as demand for haven assets surged to make the metal this year’s best performing major commodity.

Bullion for immediate delivery rose 0.5 percent to $1,230.86 an ounce by 3:22 p.m. in Singapore, according to Bloomberg generic pricing. The metal is up 16 percent since the start of January in the first quarterly gain since June 2014.

Gold rallied this year as it cemented its status as a store of value amid financial market turbulence and concern about the global economy, which led to speculation that the Federal Reserve would pause on tightening monetary policy in the U.S. A gauge of the U.S. currency headed for the biggest quarterly loss since 2010 after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday the central bank will act “cautiously” as it looks to withdraw stimulus. Investor holdings in exchange-traded products have expanded by about 300 metric tons this quarter, the most since March 2009.

“The dovish remarks by Yellen earlier this week which reinforced the Fed’s stance to proceed gradually and cautiously with rate hikes this year have weighed on the U.S. dollar index, which is a positive for gold,” Vyanne Lai, an economist at National Australia Bank Ltd., said by e-mail. “Investment demand for gold appears to be holding up.”

China Nabs Another U.S. Company

China continues to grab up U.S. companies, helped in large part by financing from the country’s centrally-controlled banks.  After the close of trading Wednesday it looks like they are well on their way to get another one. Terex Corporation (NYSE: TEX) said it will move forward with negotiations after it received a revised $31/share cash offer from China-based Zoomlion.

Over the past six years, state-owned Bank of China said it has extended $56.3 billion worth of loans to fund 188 overseas acquisitions. Continue reading “China Nabs Another U.S. Company”

Trump Stumps for Border Lockdown after Brussels Attack

In his usual ‘say what everyone else is thinking’ style, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said the U.S. should lock down its boarders following the Brussels airport and metro train attack that has left at least 26 killed.

“I would close up our borders to people until we figure out what’s going on,” he said on Fox News.