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Wednesday, July 2, 2008 Morning Update

The FTSE is currently indicating a sharply higher open, as traders are betting that the Construction spending data which will be released at 8.30am today will be better then expected. While this will be another month that spending slowed down in the sector, we believe that most analysts are being extremely bearish, especially after yesterdays huge miss by the manufacturing numbers.

Oil should continue its volatile trade as traders are awaiting the US inventory numbers. Some expect the inventory to fall for the sixth time in seven weeks, as consumers have been cutting back on all unnecessary and some necessary trips. Gold continued its advance as traders continue to buy precious metals as a hedge against the weakening US dollar.

We expect gold to touch 950 dollars per ounce.