Gold Pushes Higher as Base Metals Retreat

During the last month precious metal prices remained the same or moved higher as non-ferrous base metal prices decreased across the board. The dollar also improved against all other currencies, which was based more on problems in the Euro Zone than an improving American economy. Accelerated electronic trading sent the Dow Jones Industrial average into a 1,000-point freefall over the course of five minutes on May 6 before the exchange halted trades. The market righted itself and regained some losses.

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Copper Prices Keep Climbing

All of the mined commodities listed on the E&MJ Price Index showed positive improvement over last month. Copper posted one of the largest gains. By the end of March, copper prices reached $7,786/metric ton (mt) or $3.54/lb, a 10.5% improvement over last month’s $7,046/mt ($3.20/lb). One year ago, copper prices stood at $3,946/mt or $1.79/lb.

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