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  • Gold prices making a comeback

    The gold bugs have come out to play.

    Gold bounced back Monday after taking a massive beating over the past week or so.

    Early Monday, gold prices popped back above $1,400 for the first time in a week. Prices are still a far cry from their record $1,900 level but the modest bounce is encouraging for gold bugs.

    It was exactly one week ago that gold prices plunged more than 9% in their MORE

    - Apr 22, 2013 12:02 PM ET
  • I lost $50,000 in Bitcoin crash, but I'm still a believer

    Simon Lang of Staffordshire, England, began investing in Bitcoins in 2011. Despite the recent price swings, Lang plans to hang onto his investment.

    At the start of the year, Simon Lang was about $1,000 in the hole on his initial Bitcoin investment. But as the price of the digital currency ballooned to an all-time high of $266 last week, Lang found himself $60,000 richer.

    But that didn't last very long.

    As Bitcoin prices MORE

    - Apr 18, 2013 6:43 AM ET
  • Gold plunges 5%, below $1500

    The outlook for gold does not look so shiny all of a sudden.

    So much for that weak dollar, huh? The Bitcoin craze may finally be peaking and now another "alternative" currency is plunging too: gold.

    Gold, which in its defense is at least a tangible asset, sank 5% Friday and fell below $1500 an ounce. Gold has fallen out of favor lately as stocks have continued MORE

    - Apr 12, 2013 4:00 PM ET
  • Wall Street sours on gold

    Gold prices have dropped more than 10% during the last six months, and Wall Street analysts don't think a rebound is in the cards.

    Wall Street is turning its back on gold.

    Both Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank lowered their year-end forecast for the precious metal this week, citing an improving U.S. economy.

    Goldman slashed its target to $1,545 per ounce for 2013, down from its previously estimate of MORE

    - Apr 10, 2013 2:06 PM ET
  • Gold bugs are back ... sort of

    Gold is making a comeback, at least for today.

    The precious metal shot above $1,600 an ounce Monday, as rattled investors looked for safe spots to park off while Cyprus sorts out its banking issues. Over the weekend, it seemed like the tiny nation was going to get its 10 billion euro bailout and it would be business as usual.

    But then the strings were attached, in the form of a tax MORE

    Mar 18, 2013 1:23 PM ET
  • Gold drops to 7-month low, flirts with 'death cross'

    Click the chart for more on the price of gold and other commodities.

    Gold prices dropped to a 7-month low Wednesday, and are on the verge of hitting a technical level that could signal more bearishness ahead.

    Gold, which has tumbled more than $200, or 12%, since early October is close to forming a so-called death cross, the term for when the 50-day moving average breaks below the 200-day MORE

    - Feb 20, 2013 2:27 PM ET
  • Gold bugs dancing on the debt ceiling

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    There is a common misconception that gold is only a great thing to own when investors are in full-blown Chicken Little panic mode. But gold has enjoyed a decent rally in the past few weeks MORE

    - Jan 24, 2013 11:56 AM ET
  • Gold bugs scoop up American Eagle coins

    Gold bugs stocked up on their favorite coin last month in a post-election pop.

    Sales of American Eagle gold coins, a popular investment among retail buyers, jumped 130% in November.

    The U.S. Mint sold 136,500 ounces worth of American Eagle gold coins in November, up from 59,000 ounces in October.  The coins come in various sizes ranging from one ounce to a tenth of an ounce.

    The surge in demand came immediately after MORE

    - Dec 11, 2012 1:01 PM ET
  • Gold demand slips ... but not for long?

    The weak global economy took a toll on demand for gold in the third quarter, according to an industry report released Thursday.

    The World Gold Council said demand for the precious metal fell 11% in the three months ended Sept. 30, down from record high levels in the same period a year ago.

    The decline was driven by a sluggish market for gold bars and coins in the United States and Europe. MORE

    - Nov 15, 2012 10:56 AM ET
  • Gold bugs love fiscal cliff fears

    Most investors may be fearing the looming fiscal cliff -- but not those who have loaded up on gold and other precious metals.

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, and Abbott Laboratories, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    If Congress and President Obama hurl America over the fiscal cliff, some MORE

    - Nov 13, 2012 12:44 PM ET
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