USD 73.1522

-0.62

EUR 85.9246

-0.9

BRENT 45.34

+0.72

AI-92 43.35

+0.01

AI-95 47.6

+0.01

AI-98 52.99

-0.08

Diesel 47.92

+0.01

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Gold Dropped Over $6

Precious metals plunged sharply Thursday, amid surging...

Precious metals plunged sharply Thursday, amid surging U.S. dollar and a steep drop in crude oil.

June gold tumbled as much as $5.70 to $422.20 on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, while July silver lost 13 cents to
$6.965.

"We had a direct and clear reaction to the surge in the dollar," said Jim
Steel, director of futures research in New York with Refco.

The dollar, which had a strong tone on Wednesday due to a narrowing of the
U.S. trade deficit, got another shot in the arm from robust retail sales first
thing Thursday morning.