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Metals Still Not Moving Much; Fed Split on Rate Rise

Posted by on August 21st 2014 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, India, Janet Yellen, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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By one account, gold and silver prices “seem determined to hold on here,” as they continued to trade in a narrow range on Wednesday, with spot silver up 0.2% and gold off 0.4%.  Reuters attributes the drop in gold to gains in the dollar, “on economic optimism after the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting showed the U.S. central bank has seen progress in the U.S. labor market.” But MarketWatch, describing “a growing division within the Fed” over the health of the labor market, reports that “a majority still don’t believe there’s been enough progress to consider altering interest rates soon.” The July minutes were also dismissed as “a market diversion until Jackson Hole.”

See also:

Zero Hedge: Jackson Hole – ‘Tremendous’ downside risks if Yellen doesn’t go full-dovish

Street Talk Live:  The illusion of strength; Alternative measures suggest weaker economy

Reuters/Seeking Alpha:   Fading volatility promises long period of gold stagnation; Silver prices will remain rangebound

Got Gold Report:  Heckle if you want, but be prepared for anything in gold and silver

Hard Assets Investor/Casey Research:  Gold/silver ratio says silver is cheap, but it can get cheaper; Silver – As close to a no-brainer investment as it gets

Business Insider:  Ten countries hoarding enormous piles of gold

Hot Spots Give Gold Floor, But Don’t Send it Through the Roof

Posted by on August 20th 2014 in CFTC, China, CME Group, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Iraq, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

Gold&GeopoliticalRisk

“Gold obviously didn’t like the U.S. CPI and housing data, which boosted the dollar,” said a Saxo Bank manager, speaking about a 0.1% increase in the monthly inflation rate, and July’s 15.7% jump in U.S. home construction.  But despite that, spot gold was off only 0.2%, while spot silver took a 1% hit. And according to an analyst quoted by MarketWatch, gold will likely remain in a narrow trading range, “unless by some miracle, all the tensions in the world are sorted out. A doubtful scenario.  I hasten to add that gold is not the perfect safe haven, far from it, but it does knee-jerk react to headlines, and as such, the downside should be limited for the time being.”  But that said, gold is also not going through the roof during this period of global tensions, as evidenced by the above chart. Grant William’s looks at what’s behind “Gold’s sudden ignorance of geopolitical risk.”

See also:

Jesse’s Café Américain:  The paper metals are a charade

Reuters/BullionStar.com:  China said to allow 3 more banks to import gold; East Asia geared up for renminbi gold trading

GoldSeek/GATA:  The U.S. gold in Fort Knox is secure, gone, or irrelevant?; U.S. gold reserve likely has been leased out, Grant Williams tells KWN

CEO.caBig move brewing for gold

Of Two Minds/Tim Iacono:  Are capital inflows propping up U.S. markets?; Stocks or bonds – Which has it right?

Bloomberg:  Only rich know wage gains with no raises for U.S. workers

ProPublica/TomDispatch.com:  The best reporting on federal push to militarize local police; One nation under SWAT

Gold Up and Down on Crises Fluctuations

Posted by on August 9th 2014 in ECB, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Iraq, Middle East, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ted Butler, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Reuters reports that before ending off 0.3% on Friday, “gold rallied to a three-week high on news U.S. aircraft bombed Islamic fighters marching on Iraq’s Kurdish capital of Arbil.  But safe-haven buying dried up after Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had finished military exercises near its border with Ukraine.” And after also losing a fraction on Friday, silver was down 1.8% for the week, while gold logged a 1.4% gain. But when it comes to 2014 bullion coin sales, silver’s thumping gold.

See also:

BullionVault/Yahoo Finance:  The dollar, gold & Middle East oil; Why this is the moment of truth for the gold trade

Dan Norcini:  Ukraine events supporting gold, but for how long?

Bloomberg/Time: World war on Russia’s mind when U.S. duels over Ukraine; Putin’s popularity soars to 87% in the face of adversity

Bloomberg/Telegraph:  Draghi says geopolitical risks to economy increasing; Germany close to recession as ECB admits recovery is weak

GATA/Zero Hedge:  Alasdair Macleod:  No market crashes anymore, just currency risk; Marc Faber – By printing money, the Fed has delayed the inevitable ‘cleaning’ process

King One Eye/Ted Butler:  Two precious metal must-sees; Oh, Oh – The dangers inherent in gold and silver pool accounts

Coin News/Numismaster:  U.S. Mint suspends in-person sales of Kennedy gold coin; JFKa Ching – First four gold Kennedys go for $20,000

Silver Snaps Loss Streak; Eagles Heat Up

Posted by on August 7th 2014 in CFTC, China, ECB, General Economy, Gold, Monetary Policy, Quants, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Concerns about the situation in Ukraine boosted gold futures 1.8% on Wednesday and silver futures added 1% to snap a four-session losing streak. Silver fared better in the spot market, rising 1.7% compared to gold’s 1.6% increase.  Gold was also said to have benefited from data showing that Italy slid into recession in the second quarter, for the third time since 2008.  And, American Silver Eagle gained for the the third straight day, reports Coin News, surpassing 27 million for the year “to maintain a pace that is the second quickest in the coin’s 29-year history.”

See also:

SafeHaven/Got Gold ReportSilver pyramid power; Right or wrong, a great spot for a silver bounce

Mineweb:  Central banks continuing to boost gold reserves

Bloomberg/Telegraph: Russia sanctions accelerate risk to dollar dominance; Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions

Jesse’s Café Américain: Currency wars and the inevitable banquet of consequences

Ciovacco Capital/Peak ProsperityScenarios for a vulnerable stock market; Is this decline the real deal?

Reuters/WSJ:  High-frequency trading takes root in U.S. securities class actions; How one whistleblower turned the tables on high-frequency traders

Job Gains, 209,000; Wage Gains, 1¢

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

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Metals’ futures ended mixed on Friday with silver falling 0.2% and gold adding 1% on what was seen as a “disappointing” jobs report that sent the dollar “broadly lower” against other major currencies. And while the 209,000 new jobs was the first time since 1997 that the U.S. has added 200,000+ jobs for six straight months, the report also showed an increase in part-time workers and stagnant wages, with the average hourly rate gaining a mere penny. This, according to economists cited by Bloomberg, supports Fed Chair Yellen’s view that “there’s still plenty of slack left in the labor market, bolstering the case for continued stimulus.”

And with the U.S. stock market suffering its worst week in two years, one metals’ trader tells MarketWatch that “You would expect some fund flow into the metals, with the equity price plunge, but it’s conceivable that the market’s dinosaur brain perceives a 2008 event occurring, which suggests a rush to cash.”  He adds that gold and silver “may also be the victim of investors caught in the equity market who are trying to raise cash, due to margin calls; gold remains the most liquid asset for that purpose.

See also:

SRSrocco Report:   Chinese silver inventories nearly 90% depleted at Shanghai Futures Exchange

Acting Man/BullionVaultRisk pops in to say hello; Numb to risk, oblivious to gold

USA Gold:  The fallacy of the inverse correlation between interest rates and gold; The gold owner’s guide to the rest of 2014

GoldCoreGold’s sweet spot – strongest months are August, September, November & January

Alasdair Macleod:  U.S. dollar Fiat Money Quantity carries on growing despite tapering

Comstock Partners/Daily Reckoning:  This is what happens when the Fed tightens; Six major flaws in the Fed’s economic model

MarketWatch/Bloomberg:  Behold, the 17,000% overdraft charge; With ‘protection‘ like this, who needs enemies?

Metals Shrug Off GDP Beat, Fed Taper

Posted by on July 31st 2014 in Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Janet Yellen, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

MetalsShrugOff

Repeating Tuesday’s pattern, silver and gold were little changed on Wednesday, edging up and down respectively, despite 2nd quarter U.S. GDP growth of 4% that beat expectations and the Fed continuing its tapering plans. As for GDP, CNBC notes that “there were detractors the minute the report came out. A lot of inventory building, some complained. But most felt the numbers didn’t change their outlook for the second half dramatically. Barclays is a good example: ‘We do not view the outperformance in this report as a signal that the outlook for growth has improved,’ they said.”

And before Wednesday afternoon’s FOMC statement, in which the Fed signaled that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates, Bloomberg quoted one analyst’s take on gold:  “Investors would want to see whether or not the central bank is starting to think about some sort of a timetable as to when it will conceivably raise rates. However, the unsettled geopolitical backdrop makes us reluctant to short the metal at this stage.”

See also:

CNBC/Of Two Minds:  Markets could begin to ignore Fed; The Fed’s failure complicates its endgame

Coin News:  Gold dips, Silver Eagle bullion coins top 26 million

USA Gold/GoldCore:  Richard Russell says stick with gold and silver; Ron Paul- Gold could go to infinity

FastMarkets:  Mitsubishi Corp. – India may hold key to higher gold prices

ZeroHedge/ValueWalk:  Social media is making people dumber, fears Elliott’s Paul Singer; Warns of social unrest if inequality unaddressed

Wall Street On Parade:  WSJ reporter:  “The entire United States market has become one vast dark pool

Metals Prepare to Run News ‘Gauntlet’

Posted by on July 30th 2014 in CFTC, ECB, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, IMF, Janet Yellen, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

NewsGauntlet

Gold and silver futures inched down and up repectively on Tuesday in advance of Wednesday’s “gauntlet” of GDP and Fed news. Gold was also said to have been pressured by a rise in U.S. consumer confidence — debt collectors be damned! and a stronger U.S. dollar, which hit a 2014 high against the euro on Tuesday. Wondering “if gold would be able to hold $1280 should the euro fall accelerate,” Dan Norcini opines that “the only thing currently holding gold higher is geopolitical tension. Were it not for those events ( and who knows how all this is going to end) gold would be lower, especially with the dollar strength we are witnessing. Those events should continue to bring some safe haven buying into the yellow metal for the time being which will work to mitigate any sharp drops in price that could occur.”

See also:

BullionVault/Mineweb:  Gold prices move “sideways” ahead of “auto-pilot Fed” and US jobs data; Watch U.S. GDP, jobs reports, not Yellen for gold impact

Telegraph:  Sharp interest rate hikes could trigger global growth shock

David Levenstein/MarketWatch:  While other currencies emerge as an alternative to U.S. dollar, gold will also benefit; Foreigners complain about the dollar but keep buying it

SafeHaven/SilverSeekSilver set to star; Silver prices – megaphone patterns

Zero Hedge:  Jim Grant- Gold is the ultimate inoculation against harebrained central bankers”

Conflicts Seen Supporting Gold for ‘Next Several Years’

Posted by on July 23rd 2014 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Iraq, Middle East, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | 1 comment

WorldOfProblems

Silver futures were flat on Tuesday and gold ended modestly lower, at just over $1,300 an ounce, on what was seen as a number of technical factors, such as profit-taking and chart consolidation, as well as “less risk aversion in the market place.” But according to the CPM Group’s Jeffrey Christian, the latter could be short-lived. He’s quoted by Reuters as saying that without the current crop of international conflicts, “gold probably would be down around $1,240 – $1,280 at present.”  But he also points out that these conflicts “all fester without a joint international effort to help resolve them. This means more problems being more difficult to resolve, which probably means that more investors will seek gold as a portfolio diversifier and safe haven over the next several years than otherwise.”

See also:

USA Gold/Dan Norcini:  Gold supported by geopolitical risk, even as stocks, dollar gain; Euro currency breakdown

Sharps Pixley/Mineweb:  Gold & silver – Geopolitical tensionsLawrence Williams – Escalating Ukraine crisis could blow gold sky high

Casey Research/Bloomberg:  The truth about China’s massive gold hoard; Middle East seen gaining gold share as trading expands

Telegraph:  How a golden shield can work for investors; Have central banks been breaking the law?

Zero Hedge:  Portugal president admits Espirito Santo failure could be systemic; NY Fed slams Deutsche Bank (and its €55 trillion in derivatives): Accuses it of “significant operational risk”

SRSrocco Report:  How derivatives will trigger a bond market melt-down

 

Squeezing the Shorts — ‘Watch For It’

Posted by on July 22nd 2014 in CFTC, China, CME Group, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, India, Janet Yellen, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

WatchForShortSqueeze

“You know, if someone with quite a lot of firepower were to take a good look at the Swap Dealer combined positioning in gold and silver, and exploit that by pressing the metals a bit, they sure might have a squeezing good time of it,” writes Got Gold Report‘s Gene Arensberg, in a comprehensive analysis of the current COT set-up. He goes on to predict that “Most anything can happen short term, but at some point gold and silver are going to catch a tail wind strong enough that those attempting to prevent runaway breakouts could be overwhelmed.  It is in such cases that the trader community on the COMEX becomes its most cutthroat and merciless.  If the other traders sense a trapped large trader or group of traders, you know, maybe one with a way-too-huge-short position in a rising price environment as an example … well, let’s just say that all traders consider it a duty to pile on and make them pay.  Watch for it.”

See also:

Reuters/Coin NewsGold rises above $1,300 on heightened tensions, S&P drop;  Gold rises 0.3%, silver advances 0.6%; US Mint bullion coins gain

CNBC/Zero Hedge:  David Stockman – Market’s teetering on edge, beware of Black Swan; Saxobank – “Be warned” of delayed market reaction to “escalation of global turmoil”

MarketWatch:  Bank of America Merrill Lynch – The worst for gold may be over;  Yellen encourages ‘fully-fledged equity bubble,’ says Jeremy Grantham

Bloomberg:  Fed’s junk loan bubble-busting faces trouble as sales jump; Yellen wage gauges blurred by Boomer-Millennial shift

The BRICS Post/The Telegraph:  BRICS bank capital might not be held in U.S. dollars; The dollar’s 70-year dominance is coming to an end

Financial Times:  U.S. dollar clearing rules make gold the new green

Metals Off as Rate-Rise Talk Trumps Turmoil

Posted by on July 19th 2014 in Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Uncategorized, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

GazaTurmoil

Spot gold and silver were off about 1% Friday with the drop attributed to profit-taking and the prospect of an accelerated interest-rate increase, reversing Thursday’s gains and trumping events in Ukraine and Gaza.  Investigators were reportedly denied access to the Ukrainian crash site by “heavily-armed” rebels, and the U.S. is now claiming that Russia may have helped launch the missile that brought down the plane. This as Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Israel is prepared to “significantly widen” its Gaza ground offensive, as it authorized the call up of an additional 18,000 reservists, and both sides are thought to be “in this for the long haul.”

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As for ongoing speculation over the timing of an interest-rate increase, it was further stoked on Thursday by St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, when he predicted that the Fed might have to raise short-term interest rates “sooner rather than later.” But with mortgage applications at 13-year lows, as illustrated in the above chart, Zero Hedge asks:  “Just what happens if interest rates ever rise?

Metals Up After 2-Day Drop; Indian Gold Surge

Posted by on July 17th 2014 in China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, India, Janet Yellen, Monetary Policy, Quants, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

IndianGoldSurge

Both spot gold and silver were up a fraction on what Reuters describes as “bottom-picking” following two down days, but gold’s rally was said to have “faded after data showed U.S. manufacturing output rose at its fastest pace in more than two years in the second quarter,” and following a talk by Dallas Fed President Richer Fisher in which he said that the Fed was “likely” to start raising interest rates early next year. Over at Bloomberg things were shinier for gold as it highlighted a report that Indian imports surged 65% year-over-year in June.

See also:

The Gold Report:  Editor- Upward trend a silver investor’s friend

Mineweb/GATA:  Bulls might take heart from latest gold smashdown failure; The more obvious they are, the closer the day of deliverance

Bullion Bulls CanadaThe end of the paper-gold market?

Zero Hedge/CSM:  Shocking first – Mainstream media rushes to defend dollar reserve status; Can BRICS development bank become a rival to the World Bank?

Jesse’s Café Américain/Nanex:  The stock market is rigged, with details

Wall Street on Parade:  Sen. Warren lets Yellen know she’s had it with Fed’s charade about too big to fail

Metals Hit by BRICS or ‘Bubbles’?

Posted by on July 16th 2014 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, IMF, India, Janet Yellen, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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As Jim Sinclair weighs in on Monday’s market shenanigans, spot gold and silver ended off 0.6% and 0.3% respectively on Tuesday.  Gold “was weakened, opined analysts, by strength in the U.S. dollar,” reports Coin News. “The greenback saw gains after Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen testified before Congress and said the U.S. economy is improving but still needed support.” This as other analysts, and some traders, also saw her testimony as “largely neutral for the gold market,” and “tended to blame the price decline on factors such as another large sell order that reportedly hit the market, sell stops, long liquidation by funds and a reaction to outside markets.”BubblesTestimony

Echoing that notion, while also downplaying the role of Yellen’s testimony, the proprietor of Jesse’s Café Américain opines that “Most would think that the slam on the metals, and that is clearly what it was, is coincident with Bubbles Yellen and her appearance before the Congress. I was thinking it was more related to the BRIC meeting in Brazil,” where, reports Newsweek, the countries “announced the long-awaited bank and contingency fund, a clear move away from the dominance of the West in global economics and the dire consequences of an unstable dollar.”