Military Action Against Syria Placed on Hold, Gold Drops $22

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On Tuesday, gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) futures for December — the most active contract — fell 22.70 to close at $1,364 per ounce, while silver (NYSEARCA:SLV) futures dropped 70 cents to finish at $23.02.

Both precious metals experienced selling pressure as the Obama Administration agreed to consider a proposal that would force Syria to turn over its chemical weapons by allowing international inspectors full access. The move is widely being considered as a delay in taking military action against Syria. The sound of the war drums have aided investments such as gold and oil in recent weeks.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid canceled plans to schedule a test vote on wether Congress would approve a strike against Syria. He said international discussions were ongoing and it was not important to “see how fast we can do this.” He added that, “We have to see how well we can do this.”

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