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Precious metal

A precious metal is a rare, naturally occurring metallic chemical element of high economic value; this normally excludes natural polonium, radium, actinium and protactinium, which are radioactive and require special handling.[citation needed] Chemically, the precious metals are less reactive than most elements, have high lustre, are softer or more ductile, and have higher melting points than other metals. Historically, precious metals were important as currency, but are now regarded mainly as investment and industrial commodities. Gold, silver, platinum, and palladium each have an ISO 4217 currency code.

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Articles About Precious metal

Solution to Your Old Unwanted Phones Comes with MobileMuster Scheme

By IBTimes AU

MobileMuster will be recycling up to 127 tonnes of old unwanted phones over the next five years (Jul 27)

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Senior refinery technician Vincente Sandoval puts a gold "button" into a furnace to be further refined to form gold dore bars at Newmont Mining's Carlin gold mine operation near Elko, Nevada May 21, 2014. The dore bars contain approximately
Chinese Govt Tightens Control on Gold to Curb Imports, Could Drop 400T from 2013 – Report

By IBTimes AU

Regulatory controls laid down by the Chinese government on gold financial deals will mostly curb the country's imports of the yellow metal, a consultant told Reuters on Thursday. (Jul 04)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, INVESTMENT

A saleswoman arranges a gold necklace inside a jewellery showroom in the southern Indian city of Kochi in this April 16, 2013 file photo.  Battling a huge trade deficit and a weak currency, the government has taken various steps this year to make it harde
Gold Nudges up but Still Near Seven-week Low on Strong US Data

By Reuters

Gold steadied on Wednesday after two days of losses but the precious metal continued to stay near its lowest in seven weeks as strong U.S. factory data boosted optimism about economic growth, diminishing bullion's safe-haven appeal. (Apr 02)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, DEUTSCHE BANK, SILVER

Australian Stock Market Report – Midday 3/19/14

By Comsec

The Australian sharemarket is modestly higher at lunch, with the All Ordinaries Index (XAO) up by 0.1 per cent. Investors are remaining on the sidelines as the U.S. central bank is halfway through its two-day monthly meeting. (Mar 19)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, FEDERAL RESERVE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AUSTRALIA, UKRAINE

Pedestrians pass by an electronic board displaying stock prices, which are reflected in a polished stone surface, in Tokyo
Asian Shares Find Support Amid China Uncertainty

By Reuters

Asian markets were finding their feet on Tuesday after a rocky ride the previous session, though uncertainty about the true state of China's economy kept the mood brittle and commodity prices depressed. (Mar 11)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, DOW JONES, JAPAN, BANK OF JAPAN

Gold prices to oscillate next week ahead of US jobs data
Gold Steady after Slide as Ukraine Fears Ease

By Reuters

Gold was little changed on Wednesday following sharp overnight losses as safe-haven buying cooled on easing fears of imminent military action by Russia in Ukraine. (Mar 05)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, GOLD PRICES, RUSSIA, UKRAINE

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Gold Steady Ahead of Fed; Stimulus Outlook in Focus

By Reuters

Gold was steady on Tuesday after a sharp slide the session before, with investors worried the U.S. Federal Reserve could make further stimulus cuts at a meeting this week. (Jan 28)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, FEDERAL RESERVE, EMERGING MARKETS

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Australian Stock Market Report – Midday 1/14/14

By Comsec

Sellers have been mobilised from the outset in today's session and have encountered little resistance from buyers along the way in early trade. The fall on Wall Street overnight has been too difficult to look through for local investors. (Jan 14)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, STORM

Gold Prices to Oscillate Next Week As Investors Await Federal Reserve QE Taper Decision
Gold Notches Biggest Annual Loss in Three Decades

By Reuters

Gold fell to a six-month low in thin year-end trade on Tuesday, notching up its biggest annual decline in 32 years as prospects for global economic recovery prompted investors to switch to riskier assets. (Jan 01)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, FEDERAL RESERVE, NEW YORK, INVESTMENT, SILVER, LONDON

Gold on Track for Biggest Annual Loss Since 1981

By Reuters

Gold staged a modest rebound on Tuesday after falling more than 1 percent in the previous session, but the precious metal was still heading for its biggest annual decline in more than three decades because investors shifted money to equities. (Dec 31)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, FEDERAL RESERVE, RETAIL, EMERGING MARKETS, INVESTMENT, LONDON