LONDON: Gold fell to near its lowest in almost four weeks on Wednesday, on a stronger dollar and hopes for progress in the Greek crisis after the country told international creditors Athens could accept their bailout offer if some conditions were changed. The Greek situation has failed to spark robust safe-haven bids for gold, with bullion investors still focused on an expected increase in US interest rates after more strong economic data.
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council is expected to unanimously adopt on Thursday a French-drafted resolution aimed at ending violence in Burundi that many fear could escalate into Rwanda-style mass killings.
NEW YORK: Crude futures hit 3-week lows on Monday as Greece shut its banks and imposed capital controls, causing widespread risk aversion, while Iran looked likely to extend nuclear negotiations with the West to export more of its oil into an oversupplied market. The dollar initially surged against the euro on the Greek jitters, but it later retreated, limiting the downside for oil. A softer dollar makes commodities priced in the greenback more affordable for holders of other currencies.
With everyone watching and analyzing US jobs data on Friday, there were a number of other news reports showing steeper contractions in much of the world. Let's start off with a look at the rapidly deteriorating eurozone.
Markit Eurozone Composite PMI® – Final Data
Markit reports Eurozone downturn continues at start of Q3 2012
By Parsimony Investment Research:As bad as the debt problems in Europe seem, we have a bad feeling that the situation is even worse than any of us expect. Last Friday, Standard & Poor's downgraded their ratings on nine Europen countries as efforts to fight the crisis have fallen drastically short. Most notably, S&P lowered the top ratings of France and Austria one level to AA+, leaving Germany the Euro area's only stable AAA grade.