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Global financial wobbles reinforced the case for gold this week

Global financial wobbles reinforced the case for gold this week but the uncertainty factor caused by the US sharemarket shake-out put a dampener on most sectors of the market and only a handful of gold miners managed to post gains while just about everything else fell. Surprise star of the week was Dacian Gold, a stock that some investors had written off weeks ago after operational problems at its Mt Morgans mine. It added 14c to $1.26, taking its gain since early June to 87c and putting it within sight of its pre-sell off price of $1.59.

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Gold dominated financial markets and news flow this week as the world stumbled towards a significant economic slowdown

Gold dominated financial markets and news flow this week as the world stumbled towards a significant economic slowdown, but in the background were early signs of another metal on the move. Nickel, which has been edging towards a price break-out for much of the year rallied strongly early yesterday, moving above $US7 a pound, and briefly trading at $US7.50/lb, its highest in more than four years, before settling around $US7.06/lb. In early July, nickel was selling for $US5.30/lb which means that at its high point yesterday the metal had risen by more than 40% in two months.

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The gold price took a knock yesterday when the US central bank delivered half the interest rate cut investors wanted, with the sliding share prices that followed a warning shot for investors making the trek to next week’s Diggers and Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie.

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Rare earths and potash returned to the winner’s circle this week as the first whiff of a correction wafted across the gold and iron ore sectors

Rare earths and potash returned to the winner’s circle this week as the first whiff of a correction wafted across the gold and iron ore sectors, while two industry leaders, BHP and Rio Tinto, paid a heavy price for annoying their supporters. On a “follow-the-money” basis, it was hard to overlook the flow of funds into two emerging rare earth companies, Arafura and Northern Minerals, which attracted $30 million and $23.2 million respectively to advance their projects.

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Uranium tried to snatch the headlines this week courtesy of intervention by the US President, Donald Trump

  Uranium tried to snatch the headlines this week courtesy of intervention by the US President, Donald Trump, but it was a far richer American, Ray Dalio, who picked the winner when he said gold was the place to be in an unstable world. Ranked as the world’s 58th richest person with a fortune estimated at $US18.4 billion, Dalio is the founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s biggest investment funds, and not a person who has previously been associated with gold.

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The pendulum swung both ways on financial markets this week with gold relishing the prospect of a fall in US interest rates

The pendulum swung both ways on financial markets this week with gold relishing the prospect of a fall in US interest rates and base metals declining because lower rates signal slowing economic activity. Much of what’s just happened could set the tone for the rest of the year with the US expected to make deep cuts into its interest rates, especially if the trade war with China worsens.

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Iron ore and gold marched higher this week for different reasons

Iron ore and gold marched higher this week for different reasons and while a continuation of gold’s upward move seems assured, the first sign of an end to the iron ore boom came in the form of a forecast from a big bank that the commodities super-cycle has returned. Westpac, Australia’s oldest bank, said growth in the domestic Chinese economy coupled with the rise of India and Indonesia seemed poised to launch the next phase of the super cycle.

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Load up with gold and head for the hills or rush into industrial metals and oil

Load up with gold and head for the hills or rush into industrial metals and oil. That seems to be your choice from Monday, when a new financial year kicks off and we’ll know whether Trump and Xi shook hands and smiled – or not! The handshake the world wants to see could occur today or tomorrow when Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to have a face-to-face meeting with US President, Donald Trump at the G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka.

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