18.04.2013 - Falling commodity prices, slowing global growth stir deflation thoughts
The sharp drop in gold prices in the past few trading days has overshadowed some general weakness in the commodity sector and coupled with lower-than-expected U.S. inflation data, some market watchers are beginning to talk about the possibility of deflation. Gold rebounded slightly on Tuesday and Wednesday from the sharp drop in prices on Friday and Monday, but still remains 17% off the high for the year and 28% from the all-time high, based on the June Comex contract’s settlement Tuesday of $1,387.40 an ounce. But other commodity markets are also weaker for the year, including crude oil, down 5%; copper, down 10%; and corn, down 8%, all based on Tuesday’s settlements for the most-active futures contracts.......................................Full Article: Source