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October 4, 2006

How have suppressed oil prices affected the gold market?

Oil War Economy

"Gold, little changed in New York, may rise as rebounding oil prices boost the appeal of the metal as a hedge against inflation.

The price of gold has dropped 21 percent from a 26-year high of $732 an ounce on May 12, partly because crude oil has declined 24 percent from a record in July. Oil yesterday fell below $60 a barrel to a seven-month low, triggering the biggest decline in gold in three months.

"Gold is definitely following oil around,'' said Frank Lesh, a trader at FuturePath Trading LLC in Chicago. ``Right now, that's the main driver.'' "

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