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Syrian standstill sinks markets

This week, tensions eased between Syria and the United States as it looked like a Russian-brokered deal might lead to peaceful removal of chemical weapons. The potential for peace caused a sell-off in gold, crude oil, and related commodities.

September 13, 2013 12:14 pm

Beans bounce on frost fears

The USDA released a monthly report on Monday showing the U.S. soybean crop would be notably smaller than expected, though still large by recent standards. The shrinking crop expectations started a rally that lasted all week, with soybeans climbing by as much as 90 cents (up 7.6 percent) by F…

August 17, 2013 12:00 am

Corn grinding lower, petroleum jumps on Mideast unease

Despite the poor weather conditions earlier this spring that delayed planting across much of the Midwest, America’s farmers likely planted a record corn crop, according to USDA estimates. A report released Wednesday projected a total corn crop of more than 14 billion bushels, a jump from the…

June 14, 2013 12:23 pm

Metals march higher

Precious metals advanced in trading this week, boosted by an announcement by the Federal Open Market Committee that suggested more economic stimulus may be on the way soon. In the past, Fed action to stimulate the economy has often been interpreted as stoking inflation, causing the price of …

August 25, 2012 12:00 am

World awaits Greek fate

In an election that once again calls into question the fate of euro currency, Greek voters will hit the polls this Sunday. This weekend's vote was scheduled after a May 6 election failed to give any of Greece's seven main political parties enough votes to form a functioning coalition government.

June 15, 2012 3:05 pm
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