As Twitter, FB, Google Get Crushed, Is Precious Metals Turn for Real?

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Risk is still to the downside and for those looking to go long based on days like Tuesday, it may be best to be in and out of positions quickly because it is not an environment to expect a sustained rally. The only rally that may be coming is in the precious metals.

Goldbugs, I feel your pain. Every rally since 2011 has failed. There were major rally attempts in 2016 and 17, both failed. Gold has been in a tight range of roughly 350 points since July 2013.

It’s a long time and starting to remind many people of the 1990s when it stayed in a tight range for three years until it came to its final bottom. They more than made up for it for about 10 years.

Here’s the good news. For all the heartbreak, the low has been holding since 2015 and they made a higher low in 2016. If the low right now were to hold, it would be another higher low.

Why are we talking about precious metals? There is an incredible vibration on the GoldMoney (XAU) mining stocks at 138 weeks off the January 2016 bottom at 38.37. It’s always amazing when this stuff works, so there are a lot of amazing conditions in the market. But its even more amazing when it starts to work in a large time frame.

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PRECIOUS-Gold prices slip as trade, emerging market worries lift dollar |

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* Gold may fall to $1,190/oz -technicals
* Palladium hovers near 11-week highs hit on Monday (Recasts, adds comment) By Sethuraman N R BENGALURU, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Gold prices inched down on Tuesday as the dollar hit a one-week high on the back of intensifying global trade tensions and economic worries in emerging markets.
Gold prices are down about 8 percent this year amid rising U.S. interest rates, trade disputes and the Turkish currency crisis, with investors parking their money in the dollar which is being viewed as a safe-haven asset. Spot gold was down 0.1 percent at $1,199.20 an ounce at 0347 GMT, while U.S. gold futures had dropped 0.1 percent to $1,205 an ounce. “The emerging market economic crisis is making currencies very weak and benefiting the dollar, which continues to pressure gold,” said Peter Fung, head of dealing at Wing Fung Precious Metals in Hong Kong. The dollar index , which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, was up 0.1 percent at 95.182.
A firmer U.S. dollar makes gold more expensive for holders of other currencies, with safe-haven demand for gold this year overshadowed by the metal’s relationship with the greenback. “Gold should track the dollar’s movement very closely and interest rate expectations too are weighing on the metal,” Fung said. Markets are closely watching U.S. economic data, including a manufacturing survey on Tuesday and an employment report on Friday, which could influence gold’s moves as investors look for clues on the pace of U.S. interest rate increases. Meanwhile, worries over an escalation in trade conflicts between the United States and other countries have kept participants in broader markets on edge. “With all the noise building around the trade dispute, along with unsettling economic prospects for Turkey and Argentina that will likely drag on more emerging market economies … gold should be in demand,” said Stephen Innes, Asia-Pacific trading head at OANDA.
After a 16-percent slide in the peso last week, Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Monday announced new taxes and steep cuts to spending in an “emergency” bid to balance next year’s budget. Meanwhile, Turkey’s central bank signalled on Monday it would take steps to combat “significant risks” to price stability, comments seen as hinting at interest rate hikes. Spot gold may fall to $1,190 per ounce, as suggested by its wave pattern and a projection analysis, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao. Spot silver dropped 0.2 percent to $14.43 on Tuesday, after falling to an over two-week low at $14.37 on Monday. Platinum was up 0.4 percent at $786.70, while palladium was down 0.1 percent at $977.50, after hitting an 11-week high of $985.50 on Monday. (Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru Editing by Richard Pullin and Joseph Radford)

 

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Reducing the global burden of poor oral health through school-based programmes | International Journal of Epidemiology | Oxford Academic

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Globally, dental caries and gingivitis negatively impact upon the health and quality of life of countless children.1,2 Caries is the commonest preventable infectious disease affecting children worldwide.3 The causal agent, Streptococcus mutans, thrives in an acidic environment where sugar is available.4 Bacteria are trapped in deposits of plaque on the gum line and cause gum inflammation and chronic periodontal disease.

Factors predisposing children to this health burden include poverty, poor nutrition and a lack of knowledge about the relevance of oral health and how to clean their teeth as a preventive measure. Those from disadvantaged populations suffer disproportionally, yet much of the pathology and…

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Gold Prices Push Into Positive Territory As U.S. Core PCE Hits 2% | Kitco News

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landis refining, dental industry, scrap metal, purchase gold, purchase dental scrapsKitco – Gold prices have pushed into positive territory after inflation pressures have officially hit the Federal Reserve’s target.

Thursday, U.S. Department of Commerce said that its Core Personal Consumption Expenditures Index, increased also increased 0.2% in July, in line with expectations. Annually, core inflation, which is the Fed’s preferred inflation measure increased a tick higher to 2%, up from June’s reading of 1.9%.

This is the first time inflation has hit 2% since 2012.

headline inflation, increased 0.1% last month, in line with expectations. For the year, inflation pressures increased 2.3%.

Gold prices were in negative territory ahead of the data and has pushed into the green in initial reaction. December gold futures last traded at $1,211.90 an ounce, up 0.03% on the day.

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E-Cigarettes May Damage DNA in Oral Cells | Dentistry Today

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Though touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes may modify the DNA of oral cells and increase cancer risks, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.

“E-cigarettes are a popular trend, but the long-term health effects are unknown,” said Romel Dator, PhD, a postdoctoral associate at the center. “We want to characterize the chemicals that vapors are exposed to as well as any DNA damage they may cause.”

“It’s clear that more carcinogens arise from the combustion of tobacco in regular cigarettes than from the vapor of e-cigarettes,” said Silvia Balbo, PhD, lead investigator and a member of the center.

“However, we don’t really know the impact of inhaling the combination of compounds produced by this device. Just because the threats are different doesn’t mean that e-cigarettes are completely safe,” Balbo said.

To characterize chemical exposures during vaping, the researchers recruited five e-cigarette users. They collected saliva samples before and after a 15-minute vaping session and analyzed them for chemicals that are known to damage DNA.

To evaluate possible long-term effects, the team assessed DNA damage in the cells of the volunteers’ mouths. They used methods based on mass spectrometry that they had developed previously for a different study of DNA damage caused by alcohol consumption.

The researchers identified three DNA-damaging compounds—formaldehyde, acrolein, and methylglyoxal—whose levels increased in the saliva after vaping. Compared with people who don’t vape, four of the five users showed increased DNA damage related to acrolein exposure.

The type of damage, called a DNA adduct, occurs when toxic chemicals such as acrolein react with DNA. If the cell does not repair the damage so normal DNA replication can take place, cancer could result.

The researchers plan to follow up this preliminary study with a larger one involving more e-cigarette users and controls. They also want to see how the level of DNA adducts differs between e-cigarette users and regular cigarette smokers.

“Comparing e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes is really like comparing apples and oranges. The exposures are completely different,” said Balbo. “We still don’t know exactly what these e-cigarette devices are doing and what kinds of effects they may have on our health, but our findings suggest a closer look is warranted.”

The results of the study were presented at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, August 20, in Boston.

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Gold Bears Not Letting Up; No Low In Sight As Prices Remain Below $1,200 | Kitco News

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(Kitco News) – Bearish speculative investors continue to hold the gold market in a death grip and are in complete control of the price action, according to the latest trade data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

While analysts continue to wait for the ever-elusive short squeeze to breathe new life in the yellow metal, the market’s speculative short side continues to expand hitting new historical record on a weekly basis. Net speculative short positions have increased for seven consecutive weeks.

“Speculative financial investors remain the primary factor weighing on the gold price. In the last reporting week alone, they sold 53.5 tons of gold via the futures market,” said analysts from Commerzbank. “Selling since the end of June now totals almost 260 tons – equivalent to nearly a month’s worth of global gold mining production.”

The CFTC’s disaggregated Commitments of Traders report, for the week ending Aug. 14, showed money managers decreased their speculative gross long positions in Comex gold futures by 1,046 contracts to 104,803. At the same time, short bets rose by 16,162 contracts to 188,127.

Gold’s net-short positioning currently stands at 83,324contracts, a 26% increase from the previous week. During the survey period, gold prices continued to test critical support at $1,200 an ounce.

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Metals feel the heat of Turkey crisis, US-China trade war – Livemint

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Metals are bearing the brunt of global risks, which only seem to be mounting every month. August saw the US ratchet up trade tensions with Turkey, setting off a rout in emerging market currencies as investors took refuge in the dollar. Earlier, trade tensions between the US and China and economic sanctions on Russian entities roiled metal markets.

One could argue that the events triggering these falls are external to the industry and once they calm down, prices will regain lost ground. While that may be true, the tensions show no signs of calming down. Meanwhile, the fall in prices will hurt producers, who will now earn less than what they did a quarter ago.

Lower earnings will see investors slash their profit expectations, in turn affecting valuations. A bigger fear is that these tensions will slow global economic growth, causing lasting damage.

Those studying the economic effects may have their eyes on Dr Copper and whether it has got it right this time. The metal, nicknamed so for its apparent ability to predict economic conditions, has gone below $6,000 a tonne on London Metal Exchange and is down by 17.6% so far in 2018.

Copper also had some bad news of its own to report. The workers’ union at the world’s largest copper mine, Escondida, Chile, approved the terms of a new wage contract, last week. The possibility of a strike at the mine was one of the hopes that copper prices were holding on to, which has been dashed now.

If that settlement poses a supply risk, the market fears a demand risk as well. Fears that the Chinese economy may slow down still linger. Industrial output rose by 6% in July compared to the expected 6.3%, said a Reuters report. Fixed asset investment grew slower than expected at 5.5% in January-July compared to expectations of 6%.

China’s economic health is vital for commodities. In 2018, demand for refined copper is estimated to have risen 1% till April from a year ago, according to the International Copper Study Group. This was made up by China’s demand growing by 3%, with ex-China usage declining 1.5%. With the market showing a slight surplus, any slowdown in China could worsen the demand-supply balance.

These fears are what have led to a 29% decline in zinc prices in 2018 so far and by 10% in aluminium prices. Aluminium is a special case where the US sanctions on United Company Rusal Plc saw prices zoom on fears of a supply crunch and then fall back.

Domestic metal companies are likely to feel the heat from the decline in metal prices. However, producers will benefit from the depreciation of the rupee against the dollar. But their imports will become expensive, so those importing coal or other raw materials may pay more.

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Why just using a normal toothbrush is not enough :Dental Tribune USA

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landis refining, dental industry, kids, cleaning kids teethWhen we think about keeping our teeth and gums healthy, what comes to mind for many of us is a gentle toothbrush, a good brushing technique and some fluoride-containing toothpaste. True, these are the main ingredients in keeping the largest part of our teeth and gums healthy. However, as our understanding of the oral flora progresses, we have come to realise that conventional brushing methods still fail to access a neglected part of the mouth: the interdental space.

The interdental space is the most inaccessible and vulnerable part of the mouth and as such the perfect place for disease-causing bacteria and plaque to accumulate and cause eventual damage to the teeth, periodontium and gingivae. Even more so than dental floss, mouthwash and the bristles of conventional toothbrushes, interdental brushes have proven to be the most effective tool in removing virulent bacteria from these spaces between our teeth.

“In a 2017 study, we managed to collect over 16 billion virulent bacteria from each interdental space in young, healthy adults using interdental brushes, proving them to be the most efficient tool for cleaning interdentally,” said Prof. Denis Bourgeois, dean of the University of Lyon’s dental faculty in France, and a pioneer in research on oral prophylaxis, interdental biofilm management and interdental brushing techniques. Unfortunately, the use of interdental brushes has not yet become commonplace.

Bourgeois continued, “Interdental brushes are relatively new. The same way dentists in the 1950s had to explain to their patients that brushing their teeth with a normal brush is necessary, people nowadays need to be informed that brushing interdentally is just as important. Both historically and traditionally, dental floss has been the tool of choice for cleaning narrow spaces, as it has been somewhat of a market leader, as well as the only way to access the interdental space for people with healthy gums. However, using dental floss is no longer preferred as, unlike using interdental brushes, its use is not supported by conclusive scientific evidence. And, with today’s fine interdental brushes, we have the most efficient means to access 98 per cent of all interdental spaces in healthy people!”

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Wednesday Sector Laggards: Precious Metals, Non-Precious Metals & Non-Metallic Mining Stocks – Nasdaq.com

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stock marketIn trading on Wednesday, precious metals shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 5.1%. Helping drag down the group were shares of Tanzanian Royalty Exploration ( TRX ), off about 10.3% and shares of Hudbay Minerals ( HBM ) down about 8.6% on the day.

Also lagging the market Wednesday are non-precious metals & non-metallic mining shares, down on the day by about 4.3% as a group, led down by Reto Eco-Solutions ( RETO ), trading lower by about 10.8% and Century Aluminum Company ( CENX ), trading lower by about 10.3%.

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7 Options for Affordable Dental Care | Family Finance | US News

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landis refining, dental industry, brushing teeth, cleaning teeth, dental careIf you don’t have dental care coverage provided through work, you may be hesitant to buy individual coverage, with premiums reaching nearly $100 a month or more for some family plans. That may be why 74 million Americans didn’t have dental coverage at the end of 2016, according to the National Association of Dental Plans.

What’s more, even those with Medicaid may need to pay for care since many states don’t include adult dental benefits as part of their plans. Most policies also have caps that can be as low as $1,000 on benefits and pay only a portion of the cost for crowns, root canals and similar procedures. That means those who have a dental emergency or require extensive work could find themselves facing bills for thousands of dollars, even if they have insurance.

 

“It’s quite expensive, and it doesn’t cover much,” says Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland.

Without coverage, people may skip annual cleanings, which can be crucial for detecting dental problems early on and addressing them before they turn into expensive emergencies. Plus, poor oral health can lead to serious health problems like heart disease. If you’re lacking dental care and looking for an affordable alternative, here are seven cost-effective options.

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