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February 15, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Tension gripped the finish area and, quite likely, an entire nation. Alex Bilodeau stood in the place where his Canadian countrywoman Jenn Heil watched her gold medal wind up in the hands of an American freestyler on the last run of the night. Less than 24 hours later, fate reversed field and, at the same time, reached out and touched an unheralded American on Sunday at Cypress Mountain just before 6:20 local time. Gold, Canada. Bilodeau, a 22-year-old from Montreal, won the men's moguls gold medal, which was the first ever for Canada when it was hosting the Olympics.
November 30, 2005 | Tom Petruno and Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writers
Gold, the fashion accessory that became grossly out of style on Wall Street in the 1990s, passed a new milepost in its comeback Tuesday. The metal traded above $500 an ounce, a price last reached in 1987, extending a rally that has made it one of this decade's star investments. However, holiday jewelry shoppers may be insulated from the latest price surge, which has lifted gold from $460 an ounce at the start of the month.
December 10, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The Vatican denied that it received gold looted from Gypsy concentration camp victims and stood by its refusal to open archives covering the Nazi period. At a London conference on Nazi gold last week, a delegation of Gypsies, also known as Roma, said nearly $2 million was seized from Roma people killed in Croatian camps and sent to the Vatican. The group provided no evidence for its claim and did not say whether it believes that the Vatican still has the gold.
October 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gold is making a run for $800 an ounce, a level it hasn't visited in 27 years. Near-term gold futures in New York rose $5.20 to $789.10 an ounce on Monday, the highest closing price since January 1980. "It is extremely likely gold will get through $800 in the short term -- over the next few weeks -- maybe even sooner," said Peter Richardson, strategist at Craton Capital, a South African investment firm. Gold has risen $100 in the last two months alone.
February 9, 2003 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
Gold is the answer to a riddle that might have been posed in the 1990s if anyone had cared enough to bother: Name an asset that is always in fashion, yet grossly unfashionable. As an ornamentation, gold never has and probably never will go out of style with humankind. But as an investment, very little fared worse than the yellow metal in the final decade of the last century. Its price fell 29% in the 10 years ended in 1999, a period in which the Dow Jones industrial average returned 439%.
May 14, 1993 | CHRIS KRAUL
Buying gold can be an unprofitable experience for the unwary. Here are some tips to make you a smarter investor: * Know your options. Gold coins and bars come in denominations ranging from 1/20th ounce up to a kilogram (2.2 pounds). The most commonly sold new coins in the United States are the American Eagle, the Canadian Maple Leaf and the Australian Kangaroo Nugget.
This is the astonishing story of Victorio Peak, a minor mountain with major history in the sandy southern deserts of New Mexico. Under its rocky and road-scarred topsoil lies one of two things: either a king's ransom in hidden gold bars--upwards of $2 billion, maybe--or the dusky nothingness of empty limestone caverns.
April 9, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The June 2 auction in New York of a 56-pound gold nugget found in Australia is in doubt because the metal may have been taken out of the country illegally. The anonymous owner of the nugget did not apply for an export license to send it to New York, where it is scheduled to be auctioned by Sotheby's, said an Australian government spokeswoman. Sotheby's said the planned reserve price for the nugget was between $250,000 and $300,000.
August 10, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Demand for the precious metal in most major markets rose 13% to 663 metric tons in the second quarter, according to a World Gold Council report. Rising demand was helped by continued strong investments in Japan and a steady expansion in the United States, the council said in a report that covered markets estimated to represent about 75% of worldwide demand. Demand rose 18% in developed countries to 234 metric tons and climbed almost 11% to 429 tons in developing countries, the report says.
The weekend after Hurricane Hugo hit the South Carolina coast, James Lamb, coin director of Christie's, the New York auction house, made a secretive trip to a Southern port city. Lamb won't name the city but will say that he went there to see what has become the talk of the coin community: the horde of gold coins and bullion pulled from the wreck of the SS Central America before the hurricane struck. "It was very, very exciting," Lamb said. "I spent (a day) down there.
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