Chart of the week: US Treasury yields spike as 30 year bond bull market comes to an end

For around 30 years US government bonds have been in a major bull market. The yield on the 10-year note made a low in July 2012 at around 1.4%, however thanks to the recent breakout above major overhead resistance it is looking increasingly likely that the multi-decade bull market in US government debt has come to an end.

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Examining the HUI: Which gold stocks have held up best?

Over the past six months the HUI index, which tracks the performance of the largest gold companies, has fallen by 42.8%. However, of the 16 companies that comprise the index, several have held up somewhat better. This article looks at which stocks have held up better than the HUI and which ones might begin to do well if and when the price of gold begins to rise.

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When Hedge Funds Go Short, Gold Goes Up

This article illustrates how a news organization can shape the tone of a story. Bloomberg chooses to focus on the bear market in precious metals, framing the record level of bearish hedge fund bets as, well, bearish. But the data could just as easily be the basis of a bullish story, since whenever hedge funds get massively short the price of gold and silver soar.

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247Bull Trading Portfolio: Technology, materials & industrials give buy signals on breakouts & sector rotation

Until last month the technology, materials and industrials sectors within the S&P 500 had been trending down while other sectors such as health care, consumer staples and utilities had been trending up. Now however, the trend appears to be reversing and the sectors that had lagged behind are breaking out to new highs, something which presents a buying opportunity for traders and investors.

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Weekly Market Wrap: 19 April 2013 – The case for owning gold is as strong as it ever was

This regular column reviews the condition of several different markets including: stocks, commodities, currencies and precious metals. This week focuses on gold, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, crude oil, copper, and the British pound.

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Weekly Market Wrap: 15 February 2013

This regular column reviews the condition of stocks, commodities and precious metals. This week focuses on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Wilshire 5000, the Reuters-CRB commodities index, and the recent divergence among the precious metals.

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