11 Apr '11, 10pm

Euro eases, gold strikes new record

NEW YORK: The euro eased against the US dollar on Monday as Portugal prepared for debt rescue talks, while investors sent gold to new highs. Gold topped $1,478 an ounce in London, as speculators found little attraction in unclear economic trends and the small movements of currencies, even traditional safe-havens like the dollar and yen. At 2100 GMT the euro slipped to $1.4436 from $1.4484 late Friday, still holding at near 14 month highs. News backing US inflation bears - those less worried over rising prices and more concerned about the high jobless rate - held sway on Monday, undermining somewhat arguments that the Federal Reserve might soon tighten monetary policy. An IMF report suggested that global food commodity price jumps were likely short-lived, suggesting that there was no need to move soon to raise dollar interest rates. In addition, Fed vice chair Janet Yellen ...

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