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Old Apr 25, 2011, 8:24am   #1
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Gold & Silver

Spot gold hit a lifetime high on Monday, extending a record-breaking rally to its seventh consecutive session, buoyed by a weak dollar that languished around its three-year low amid increasing tension in the Middle East and North Africa.

Silver, dubbed as the poor man's gold, surged nearly 4 percent on the U.S. futures market to a 31-year high of $47.90.

Spot gold [XAU= 1515.5601 12.01 (+0.8%) ] hit a record high of $1,513.70 an ounce, and had eased to $1,511.85.

U.S. gold futures [GCCV1 1517.60 13.80 (+0.92%) ] also hit an all-time high, at $1,514.50, and was trading at $1,512.50.

The dollar [.DXY 74.10 -0.01 (-0.01%) ] index, a measure of the greenback's strength against a basket of currencies, rebounded slightly from a three-year low, as investors await policy signals from a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting later in the week.

Fed chief Ben Bernanke is set to hold a news briefing on Wednesday after the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee meeting, which is expected to affirm a plan to complete the $600 billion bond purchase program.

The escalated violence in Syria and Yemen over the weekend also helped lift gold, seen as a safe haven during time of turmoil.

Silver Shine, Leading Commodities

U.S. silver futures [SICV1 48.955 2.896 (+6.29%) ] rose to a 31-year high of $47.87 an ounce, and eased to $47.83.

Spot silver [XAG= 47.91 1.24 (+2.66%) ] hit $47.88, highest since 1980 when silver rose to a record high near $50 as the billionaire Texan Hunt brothers cornered the market.

Spot silver has climbed a remarkable 55 percent so far this year, leading the commodities complex and outperforming the 10-percent gain in the 19-commodity Reuters-Jefferies CRB Index by a large margin.

The Relative Strength Index on spot silver both rose above 90, its highest level since 1987, suggesting the market has been heavily overbought.

Yet buying interest in silver still runs strong, as the higher leverage in silver attracts speculators.

Big speculators including hedge funds further extended their long position in COMEX gold futures as prices raced to new record highs and held onto their silver positions in the week to April 19, and regulator data showed.
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