Somebody knows it's still money: Gold rush tears up patch of Amazon jungle

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By Michael Astor
Associated Press
Saturday, February 3, 2007

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070203/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/amazon_gold_rush;_...

It's a gold rush in the Amazon jungle, driven by the Internet.

Speeding past unbroken walls of foliage, a motorboat packed with gritty prospectors veers toward the shore of the Juma river and spills its passengers into a city of black plastic lean-tos veiled by greasy smoke.

A tale of two markets, and two futures

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11:58a ET Saturday, February 3, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GATA's friend Mark Wallace writes:

"I think that what is instructive and lends support to GATA's hypothesis is the way gold has been advancing.

"The advances come in sudden bursts, with little opportunity to get on board. The powers that be are making sure that there is no steady advance, because that would garner widespread support from ordinary investors.

Chinese president takes his African tour to copper-rich Zambia

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By the Associated Press
via International Herald Tribune, Paris
Saturday, February 3, 2007

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/02/03/africa/AF-GEN-Africa-China.php

LUSAKA, Zambia --Chinese President Hu Jintao on Saturday brought his eight-nation African tour to copper-rich Zambia, where the Asian giant's growing clout has prompted charges of exploitation and emerged as a volatile political issue.

Unconventional St. Louis money manager invests only in mining companies

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By Greg Edwards
St. Louis Business Journal
Friday, February 2, 2007

http://stlouis.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2007/02/05/focus1.html?b=...

Money manager Wistar Holt, who invests exclusively in companies that mine gold, shakes his head when he talks about his lonely outpost in the St. Louis investment community.

"Gold has been the top-performing sector five of the last six years, yet I don't know anyone else in St. Louis who is even recommending it," he said. "Could you imagine the commotion Wall Street would make if any other sector -- particularly the tech sector -- had that same performance?"

St. Louis Business Journal notes GATA's work

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Gold Says Central Banks
Suppressed Gold Prices

By Greg Edwards
St. Louis Business Journal
Friday, February 2, 2007

http://stlouis.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2007/02/05/focus2.html?b=...

Wistar Holt says he believes the price of gold has been kept artificially low by what amounts to an international price-fixing conspiracy. It's not a mainstream view, but he's not alone.

Neal Ryan's research note turns into essay at MineWeb

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4:25p ET Friday, February 2, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

MineWeb had Blanchard & Co. research director Neal R. Ryan elaborate on his research note GATA dispatched to you yesterday. It is now an essay headlined "The Reasons Why Proposed IMF Gold Sales Won't Happen" and you can find it here:

http://www.mineweb.net/american_notes/606828.htm

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

Fishy stuff in gold market is making it into news reports

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4p ET Friday, February 2, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Even as gold is down, it's a great day when GATA sympathizers constitute the majority of analysts quoted in the CBSMarketWatch report on the gold market, as was the case today in the report appended here, quoting, among others, GoldSeek's Peter Spina, Blanchard & Co.'s Neal Ryan, and Peter Grandich of the Grandich Letter. Ryan notes the "counter-intuitive moves" in gold -- that is, fishy stuff -- and Grandich cites the enduring coincidence of bear raids on gold whenever U.S. employment figures are announced. With a little help from our friends, the world is figuring it out.

Congressional investigators to report on credit derivatives

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From Reuters
Thursday, February 1, 2007

http://yahoo.reuters.com/news/articlehybrid.aspx?storyID=urn:newsml:reut...

WASHINGTON -- Investigators for the U.S. Congress on Thursday pledged to issue a report by June 27 on the use of information technology in the credit derivatives market, responding to a request from lawmakers concerned about trade confirmation backlogs and economic stability.

Blanchard & Co. research note: IMF can't scare gold anymore

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By Neal R. Ryan
Blanchard & Co., New Orleans
Thursday, February 1, 2007

Gold is breaking out of a range between $640-650. We should see prices continue rising toward to the $680 range with little resistance and then need a new period of consolidation before setting off to challenge the May 2006 highs of $730.

So the big news out yesterday after the FOMC non-event meeting was the recommendation from the International Monetary Fund's panel of distinguished current and former central bankers calling for the IMF to sell 400 tonnes of gold to help plug the IMF's operating budget deficits. There are a number of reasons why this probably won't happen, but should it still come to pass, it will give the gold market yet another bullish signal on prices.

FNArena notes IMF gold sale idea and GATA

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10:31a ET Thursday, February 1, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

FNArena's Greg Peel takes note of the latest IMF gold sale idea and GATA's reaction to it in commentary headlined "IMF May Sell 400 Tonnes of Gold," which you can find here:

http://www.fnarena.com/index2.cfm?type=dsp_newsitem&n=7BAE3DD5-17A4-1130...

Or try this abbreviated link:

http://tinyurl.com/2rvjxy