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Investors Discover Gold (Again); Media Ignore Silver (As Always)

Posted by on July 12th 2014 in CFTC, CME Group, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Janet Yellen, Media, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

SilverShunned

Although basically flat on Friday, both gold and silver logged their sixth straight week of gains, reports Reuters, “as many remained concerned about violence in the Middle East.” That sentiment is echoed by a research consultant who Reuters quotes as saying that “Investors have discovered gold again as an asset class that could provide some protection, after last year they clearly preferred the stocks market and risky assets.”

SilverSecret

And as silver ends the week with its best run in three years, it’s also up more than 10% since the start of the year, when “most analysts were calling for further price falls,” reports GoldCore, reminding that “Very few market participants and investors know about silver’s outperformance as silver gets little or no media attention. There is a huge focus given to the record highs in U.S. and some other stock markets. Therefore, silver remains the preserve of relatively few contrarian investors and store of wealth buyers.”

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Jesse’s Café Américain:  Gold and silver charts - Poised on a knife’s edge

Seeking Alpha/Midas Letter:  Yellen’s inflation dismissal unleashes massive gold & silver futures buying; 5 things that need to happen for $2,000 gold and $50 silver

Gold Silver Worlds/Futures Magazine:  Gold and silver price hugely diverting from commodities

BloombergCME/Thomson Reuters to run replacement for silver fixing

Financial Sense/MarketWatch:  Central banks moving “herd-like” into stock market; Murderer turned stock picker is ‘Oracle of San Quentin

New York Times:   Despite exposure of Madoff fraud, new Ponzi schemes emerge

Metals Gain on Fed; Faber ‘Bugged’ by Media’s Gold Jargon

Posted by on June 19th 2014 in Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Janet Yellen, Media, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Gold and silver ended up a fraction of a percent on Wednesday, and added to gains after the Fed announced that while it will continue tapering, and hinted at a slightly accelerated pace for raising interest rates, it also dialed back economic expectations, which was seen as a positive for buillion.  Its forecast for GDP growth this year dropped from 2.8% to 3% in March, to 2.1% to 2.3% now.  The above chart from Alhambra Investment Partners, shows how things have fallen off since the FOMC predicted an annual growth rate pushing 4% last September.

FaberBugged

With the Fed cooling on the economy, things heated up on CNBC, where Marc Faber called out the financial mainstream for its negative attitude towards gold.  He tells the anchor that investors are shunning gold “because the media doesn’t like gold, nobody at CNBC owns gold. Nobody at Bloomberg owns gold. Gold is being constantly talked down by the media, and Fed officials, and economists, who also don’t own any gold. They’re all stocked up in equities ….When people talk about people who are optimistic about gold, they call them ‘gold bugs.’ A bug is an insect. I don’t call equity bulls ‘cockroaches.’ Do you understand? There is already a negative connotation with the expression of ‘gold bug.’”

Metals Extend Gains; Iraq Seen Giving Bulls Upper Hand

Posted by on June 14th 2014 in CFTC, China, General Economy, Gold, Iraq, Media, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

IraqGivesBullUpperHand

While futures in gold and silver posted small gains of Friday, both climbed for the fifth-straight session to post multi-month rallies. But pouring cold water on the prospect of continued Iraq-related advances, Reuters, pointing out that gold was unable to sustain Thursday’s one-percent rise, cites the belief of some traders that “security conditions in Iraq will improve soon.” That sentiment wasn’t reflected in oil prices, which hit nine-month highs on Friday, nor in Iraq, which “edged closer to the prospect of full-blown civil war Friday,” according to a USA Today dispatch, “as a top Shiite Muslim cleric issued a call to arms against Muslim extremists who are continuing their military campaign to supplant the government.” It’s making for some strange bedfellows, and it’s also why metals traders are afraid of being caught short going into the weekend. (scroll down)

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Zero Hedge:  Stocks suffer worst week in 2 months as black & yellow gold surge

GoldSeek/Alasdair Macleod:  Gold and silver gain almost 2% & 4% on the week; Market report – Bottoming out?

Business Day/The National:   Silver remains undervalued while gold is bound to rise; Predicted rise in gold price may yet have silver lining

KWN:  The secret reason why the Chinese are buying so much gold

GATA:  If it ever asked the right question, the Financial Times would make itself a contrarian indicator

David Stockman/Politico:  Good riddance to Rep. Eric Cantor – Bagman for Wall Street & the War Party; Chelsea Clinton paid $600K by NBC

ICIJ:  How an island paradise became a haven for dirty money

The Fix Is In—Court

Posted by on May 7th 2014 in CFTC, China, GATA, General Economy, Gold, Janet Yellen, Media, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

TheFixIsIn—Court

During a 40-minute hearing in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Monday, “lawyers for more than 20 plaintiffs … gathered to coordinate their linked lawsuits against the five banks that make up what is known as the London gold fix,” reports the New York Times. “The lawsuits — and there are still more being filed — center on two main aspects of the gold fix: the fact that it is unregulated and that member banks can trade gold, and gold derivatives, during the call,” which is held twice a day.  The afternoon fix call, at around 3 p.m. London time, has drawn the most scrutiny.

The Tocqueville Gold Fund’s John Hathaway holds out hope that the legal proceedings “will finally demystify the inner workings of the London gold market.  Ukraine is obviously the headline grabber right now and for good reason, but, to me, one of the key longer term catalysts for gold is to shed daylight on the connection between the physical market and the synthetic market for gold.” The five banks being sued are Barclays, SocGen, ScotiaBank, HSBC and Deutsche Bank, which last week announced that it was giving up its gold and silver fix seats without finding a buyer.

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Gold Silver Worlds:  Gold price manipulation reaches mainstream media; GATA to NY Times – We’re “a little more serious than the ‘offbeat activists’ of your description.”

Coin News: Gold dips, silver rises, U.S. Mint bullion coins gain

Got Gold Report/Investing.com:  U.S. dollar index breakdown attempt?; Will Yellen save the dollar?

Zero Hedge:  And the first thing Ukraine will buy with IMF money is…

Guardian/Reuters:  Ukraine crisis worsens amid intense fighting and warnings of civil war

Gallup: 24% Still See Gold as Best Long-Term Buy

Posted by on April 22nd 2014 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Media, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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“The mainstream media, for whatever reason, continues to believe that it can scare potential gold owners away with its consistently negative coverage,” writes USA Gold’s Michael Kosares. “but as a recent Gallup Poll suggests, such tactics no longer work all that well. That poll ranks gold the second best option among long-term investments behind real estate and tied with stocks. What makes gold’s poll performance interesting is that it reflects public opinion on gold after a more than two year decline that began in 2011 and at a time when real estate and stocks have enjoyed strong performances…. Polls notoriously reflect the ebb and flow of public opinion and for gold to still rank second after a two year drought indicates a swing in the public’s long-term attitude toward gold.”

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GoldSeek/Coin News:  Gold and silver end slightly lower; Gold falls, US Mint 5 oz silver bullion coins temporarily sell out

Dan Norcini:  Gold holds $1280 support – Remains rangebound

Zero Hedge/Hard Assets Investor:  China goes dark: PBOC to keep goldbugs clueless about its gold buying spree

Steve St. Angelo/TF Metals Report:  Silver continues to drain from the Shanghai Futures Exchange; The empty vaults of London

Reuters/Bloomberg:  Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender; Why Putin isn’t scared by $115 billion of debt

New York Sun/Demo MemoPikkety’s gold?   When did men’s income peak?

Paper Gains Slow; Bullion Sales Grow

Posted by on April 17th 2014 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, India, JPMorgan, Media, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Gold and silver futures added a fraction of a percent on Wednesday, with gold benefiting from “some mild short covering and bargain hunting,” according to one analyst cited by Coin News, which also reports “another day of wide bullion gains,” based on numbers from the U.S. Mint, “adding to already strong figures with sales so far this week at 13,500 ounces in gold coins and 1,122,000 ounces in silver coins. Those top last week sales of 9,000 ounces in gold coins and 1,050,500 ounces in silver coins.”

Dan Norcini sees gold “being batted back and forth between two opposing forces at the moment. The negative force continues to be the slowing Chinese economy with traders fearing a slackening of demand from that key consumer. The positive is escalating tensions in the eastern part of Ukraine.” Bloomberg quotes one commodities broker as saying that “As long as there’s uncertainty in Russia, having some exposure to gold makes sense. With the selloff yesterday, it seems like cheaper insurance today.”

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Tim Iacono/MinewebReuters omits the grey areas about China gold demand;  China gold blogger Jansen sticks by demand figures

WSJ:  India continues to bring home the gold despite import restrictions

SilverSeek:  David Morgan interview on silver market, silver price manipulation & the coming global monetary reset

Michael Pento/Wall Street on Parade:  Fed rigs markets, not the Flash Boys; Insiders tell all: Both the stock market & the SEC are rigged

Zero Hedge:  Atlanta Fed asks “Where are the jobs“; Dallas Fed’s Fisher admits, “Fed policies have made the rich much richer

Metals Gain as Dollar Drops, Ukraine Tensions Rise

Posted by on April 9th 2014 in China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Media, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

RenewedUkraineTensions

Gold and silver futures both added 0.8% on Tuesday to close above $1.300 and $20 an ounce respectively, with the gains attributed to a lower dollar and renewed tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine.  “The unrest in the Ukraine and the escalating rhetoric from the U.S. is creating fear of an armed conflict, so safe-haven demand is definitely driving up gold prices today,” according to one analyst quoted by Reuters, which notes that gold was “also underpinned by official-sector buying after Iraq’s central bank said it might buy more gold in the next few months, having bought 60 tonnes over the past two.”

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Jesse’s Café Américain:  Gold and silver charts – Metals take back their levels

Bloomberg:  Hedge funds get gold timing wrong on rebound; Interview with Jim Rickards – Should investors prepare for a dollar doomsday?

SilverSeek:  Monetary collapse and silver’s not so orderly rise

The Economist/David Stockman: Central banks will be financing governments on a permanent basis; The ugly truth behind “jobs Friday

Mineweb/WSJ:  Gold manipulation – ex US Treasury top gun tells us how and why; Tocqueville Gold Fund says London probe could scare off institutional investors

Matt Taibbi interviewed on “The Daily Show,” and on NPR discussing his new book – “The Divide”

Gold and Silver Flip AM Script

Posted by on April 3rd 2014 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, JPMorgan, Media, Monetary Policy, Quants, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, U.S. Congress, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

MetalsFlipMorningScript

On Wednesday, silver futures gained 1.8% to finish above $20 an ounce for the first time since March 24, and gold futures added 0.8%.  Both went vertical at the open, and as Zero Hedge noted:  “Instead of the smack-down that we have seen around the 8 a.m. ET time each of the last 10 days, today gold and silver are spiking. It is unclear what the catalyst is – just as it is never clear what the catalyst for the monkey-hammerings are – but the timing with Putin’s retaliation threats (specifically against a major bank with a mysteriously active gold vault) suggest some causation.”

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TF Metals Report/IRD:  Putin plays a golden card; The world slowly waves “good-bye” to the petrodollar

Wall St. Cheat Sheet/InvezzHere’s why you should buy silver; Commerzbank – Silver price decline may just be corrective

Peter Schiff/Bill Bonner:  The stealth rally – Gold under the radar;   America’s credit supercycle: The end is near

Reuters:  Bullion market eyes e-platform to revamp London gold benchmark

Bloomberg/Barron’s: Katsuyama, Narang, Lewis debate speed trading; Hedge funds are the real losers from high-speed trading

Mike Shedlock:  Supreme Court removes campaign caps; Worst congress money can bribe; Expect more divisive politics

 

Analyts Diff’r on Gold ‘Sentiment’

Posted by on April 2nd 2014 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Janet Yellen, Media, Monetary Policy, Quants, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

AnalystsDiff'rOnGold

With gold and silver futures both slipping 0.3% on Tuesday, as stocks rose on what was described as “a record Fed-assisted window dressing operation,” Bloomberg cites an HSBC note concluding that the “near-term sentiment for gold appears negative,” with its recent decline “largely explained by the combination of receding geopolitical tensions and the Fed’s guidance for higher interest rates.” But according to two precious-metals strategists at UBS, gold’s “correction has been relatively orderly and interest to buy the dip is evident. This reflects the underlying improvement in sentiment towards gold – investors are acknowledging the value of holding gold to diversify portfolios and insure against tail risks and are therefore looking for opportunities to get in at better levels.”

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321goldGold versus Silver

CNBC/Mineweb:  Why gold bears are watching U.S. payrolls; Analyst – Recent gold price decline surprising

John Rubino/Bloomberg:  Debt makes you dumb, Japanese edition; Yellen’s real-life examples of unemployed omit criminal records

New York/Zero Hedge9 gripes from a leading high-frequency trader about “Flash Boys“; HFT debate devolves into epic screamfest in milliseconds

Michael Lewis interviewed on “Fresh Air” and CNBC

Gold Surprises; Michael Lewis Takes On HFTs

Posted by on March 29th 2014 in Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Media, Monetary Policy, Quants, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

FlashBoys

Although gold and silver ended down 3% and 2.5% on the week after logging a slight gain on Friday, gold beating U.S. stocks was seen as one of “The Top 10 Surprises of the First Quarter.”  And before spot gold closed at $1,294 on Friday, one analyst, looking ahead to next week, told Reuters that “If we don’t close below $1,290 today, we could see some consolidation around these levels ahead of the ECB on Thursday and U.S. nonfarm payrolls on Friday.”

And as it’s argued that last April’s gold smash was more about high-frequency trading, than say, garden variety market manipulation, Michael Lewis takes aim at the former in his new book, “Flash Boys,” which will be published on Monday. Lewis will be interviewed on “60 Minutes” this Sunday, and CNBC has some excerpts from the book, in which Lewis likens HFT’s to card counters in casinos, who only play when they have an edge:  “That’s why they were able to trade for five years without losing money on a single day.”

Gold Gains On Ukraine Tensions, Weak Chinese Data

Posted by on March 11th 2014 in China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Media, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

ChineseExportDataGold and silver ended mixed on Monday, with gold’s 0.3% gain tied to “signs of a deepening crisis in the Ukraine,” reports Bloomberg, citing an analysis by  Commerzbank Ag analysts that “gold should be in demand as a safe haven given the geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine.” Gold was also said to be supported by what a Reuters article describes as “disappointing Chinese export data,” which showed that February exports were down 18% year-over-year. One possible explanation is a drop in credit growth that leads a SocGen analysis to conclude that “The season of weak Chinese data has just begun.”

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Telegraph/MNI:  Top German body calls for QE blitz to avert deflation trap in Europe

Jesse’s Café Américain/KWN:  Ukraine gold reserves said to be put on plane for safekeeping in the U.S.

GoldSeek:  Where do gold and silver prices go from here and do the experts have a clue?

Casey Research/SafeHaven:  Gold is seasonal – When it the best month to buy?; Monetary metals supply & demand report

Silver Coin Investor:  The mainstream grapples with the last manipulated asset class

China Gold: A Tale of Two Headlines

Posted by on February 27th 2014 in China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Media, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

MinewebVsBloombergChinaGold

Mineweb‘s Lawrence Williams asks readers to compare the headlines of the above articles “for effectively the same story using exactly the same figures…According to the Bloomberg interpretation of the latest gold import and export figures from the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, the special administrative region exported a net 83.6 tonnes of gold to the Chinese mainland in January.

As Bloomberg rightly notes this is a fall – albeit a fairly small one – of around 9% from the 91.9 tonnes in December – so far so good.  But gold trade between Hong Kong and Mainland China can be seasonal so perhaps the better comparison should be to compare this with the net exports from Hong Kong to mainland China in January last year – which came to a very low 19.6 tonnes – hence the 326% rise noted in the Mineweb headline.  Incidentally Hong Kong net gold exports to the mainland were 96.7 tonnes in December 2012 – so the December figures for 2012 and 2013 were broadly comparable, but the January ones certainly were not!”….Read more >>>

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MarketWatch/GoldSeek:  Gold ends with a loss, its first in four sessions; Gold and silver fall about 1% and 3%

Zero Hedge:  Silver slumps to worst day in 2 months as BofA says “sell gold”

Gold Silver WorldsGold and silver outlook – Recovery, recession, deflation or seasonality?

MarketWatch:  Matthew Lynn – Three warning signs from higher gold prices

GATAFinancial Times story on gold price rigging was erased deliberately