Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Potential end of dollar-based oil deals

Potential end of dollar-based oil deals? Is this the ultimate bearish signal about the dollar? From contrarian stand point -- dollar seems like reaching to an ultimate point of maximum pessimism for the short term(1-2 years).

TOKYO (MarketWatch) -- Growing speculation over the potential end to dollar-based trading in the oil market may be part of the reason gold prices have rallied beyond $1,020 an ounce to stand near their highest level in 18 months.

And the strength was kept even as several top officials, including Saudi central bank chief Muhammad al-Jasser, denied the report.

Gulf Arab states, along with China, Russia, Japan and France, are planning to put an end to dollar-based trading in the oil market, according to an exclusive report published Tuesday in the U.K. by The Independent.

"News on gold's expected future role in oil transactions between these trading partners has sent the price past $1,020," said Peter Spina, chief investment analyst at

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