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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!


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.”

See also:

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


Gold Gets Boost From Weak U.S. Data

Posted by on February 26th 2014 in Bitcoin, CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Janet Yellen, JPMorgan, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, U.S. Congress, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


Silver took a breather on Tuesday, ending off 0.1%, while gold added 0.4% to hit a fresh four-month high, reports Reuters, “after disappointing U.S. consumer confidence and a lackluster gain in home prices fueled concerns over the U.S. economic recovery.” To that point, Dan Norcini writes that “As long as US interest rates are not rising and investors/traders are of the opinion that the Yellen-led Fed is not going to hike interest rates anytime soon, the dollar is going to have some trouble and that means gold should continue to see rather good support on dips in price. The big key will be any economic data that comes out on the strong side – that will put a firm bid back into the dollar almost immediately and should pressure gold so anyone trading this stuff will need to pay close attention to nearly every single important economic data release.”

See also:

Barron’sGold is up 12% – Has a new bull market begun?

Hard Assets Investor:  Rising gold still contrarian play as bears outnumber bulls

SafeHaven:  All eyes on gold & China when silver could be the tipping point

SilverSeek:  The coming silver storm – The public is not prepared

Reuters:  U.S. senator presses CFTC nominees to rein in banks in physical market

CBS News:  Major bitcoin exchange goes dark, prices tumble

Metals Gain on Yellen; Falling Treasury Yields Seen Boosting Gold

Posted by on February 12th 2014 in China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, India, Janet Yellen, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, U.S. Congress, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


Spot gold and silver were up 1.4% and 0.9% respectively on Tuesday following Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, in which she said “the recovery in the labor market is far from complete.”  According to one strategist quoted by Bloomberg, “Yellen’s acknowledgement that more needs to be done to restore the labor market is helping gold. While she said that tapering will continue, she made it clear that it’s not on any pre-set course.”

But Dan Norcini writes that while traders “are convinced that the doves are going to dominate the Fed…. from my perspective the reason gold continues to move higher is because longer-term rates continue moving lower.  You might recall that from the beginning of November last year through the end of December, the price of gold fell from $1350 all the way to below $1200. It was no coincidence that as this was taking place, the yield on the Ten Year ran from near 2.45% all the way to above 3.00%.  As yields have moved lower for the Ten Year, especially due in great part to the fears surrounding the emerging market concerns, gold has responded by moving higher.”

See also:

Mineweb:  Gold may already be heading for the next up cycle; The Chinese gold consumption conundrum – where’s it all going?

Financial Times:  China’s 500-tonne gold gap fuels talk of stockpiling

Reuters/CNBC:  India’s trade deficit narrows on 77% drop in gold imports; Is India ready to curb gold controls?

Seeking Alpha:  Will silver continue to rally?

MarketWatch/Washington’s Blog:  Scary 1929 stock market chart gains traction; Is history repeating … or throwing a head fake?

Washington Post/Washington Times:  How John Boehner decided to give up on the debt limit fight; Conservative group calls for Boehner’s head

Frontline – “To Catch a Trader”

Posted by on January 8th 2014 in Quants, Short Sellers, U.S. Congress, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


The producers of Frontline‘s look at insider trading prosecutions, which premiered Tuesday evening, took questions in an online chat.

Metals Drop on Profit Taking, Taper Talk

Posted by on December 12th 2013 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Goldman Sachs, Janet Yellen, JPMorgan, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, U.S. Congress, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


As a former gold bear turns bullish — see above interview — gold and silver ended down 2% and 3.9% respectively on Thursday.  One explanation given was profit taking, while positive retail sales data and a likely U.S. budget deal were also seen increasing the prospects that the Fed will pull the taper trigger at next week’s FOMC meeting.

Bloomberg quotes one analyst as saying that “it looks plausible that gold eases back towards $1,220 as we move toward the Fed decision. However, looking at next year, we are not so overly bearish as interest rates will continue to be a record low and QE will continue for a while even if it will be gradually reduced.”  This as MarketWatch‘s Matthwew Lynn argues that “QE and zero rates are going to be around for a lot longer than most investors have yet realized.”

See also:

Zero Hedge:  The complete, unabridged confusion over the Fed’s [December|January|March] taper

SafeHaven/James Kunstler:  ‘Taper’? Not yet; Timing is (not) everything

Mineweb:  ‘Volcker Rule’ could hamstring big banks’ gold and silver trades

Dan Norcini/WSJ:  Gold and silver decline yields a victim – Eric Sprott

Koos Jansen:  China prepares for financial warfare

Obama Nominates New CFTC Head

Posted by on November 12th 2013 in Bart Chilton, CFTC, Gary Gensler, Gold, JPMorgan, Short Sellers, Silver, U.S. Congress, Uncategorized, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


President Obama announced on Tuesday that he’s nominating Timothy Massad to replace CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler, whose term ends in January. Massad currently heads the Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Stability (OFS), which oversees implementation of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).  The nomination follows last week’s announcement by commissioner Bart Chilton that he’s resigning at the end of this year.

Former Sen. Ted Kaufman, an outspoken critic of the Obama Administration’s handling of the financial crisis, told Politico that “One of my concerns when Gensler said he was leaving is that his replacement would be someone like Tim Massad, who I think will not make sure we live up to the promises of Dodd-Frank with regard to the fact that derivatives will be transparent and that they’ll be regulated.  Massad is much more in the Jacob Lew-Tim Geithner  philosophy of regulation of the banks from everything I saw in the Senate and as chair of the congressional oversight of the TARP.”


Top 10 Reasons to Buy Gold and Silver

Posted by on November 6th 2013 in China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Monetary Policy, Silver, U.S. Congress, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

Mike Maloney Counts ‘Em Down….


Fed Maintains Stimulus; Taper Speculation Begins Anew

Posted by on October 30th 2013 in China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, U.S. Congress, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


In a statement released following its two-day FOMC meeting, the Federal Reserve “maintained its massive bond-buying stimulus program at the current level, citing still-high unemployment, a slowdown in the housing market and an economy held back by fiscal policies,” reports the Los Angeles Times.  But following the announcement stocks, bonds and gold fell, although Zero Hedge notes that “Gold and silver knee-jerked lower but bounced back somewhat.”

A Reuters article fingers “a slightly less-dovish-than-expected statement” for the drop, quoting a Wells Fargo portfolio strategist as saying that “The Fed was dismissive about how higher mortgage rates are affecting the housing recovery. They also removed the statement about their concerns regarding a deterioration in financial conditions. This sets the stage for an easy start to taper in December.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that “the Fed isn’t taking a December adjustment to the bond-buying program off the table. But that comes with the strong caveat that it depends on whether the economy is living up to its expectations.”

News & Views

Dan Norcini/Barron’sTea leaf reading time again; As Fed days go, a snoozer

WSJ/SGT Report/Reuters:  Fed balance sheet not seen returning to normal until at least 2019; David Morgan: If Bernanke was a helicopter, Yellen will be the Concorde!; Yellen feared housing bust but did not raise public alarm

Washington’s Blog:  Is the dollar really losing its reserve currency status … If so, what will replace it?

Reuters/Bloomberg:  Chinese gold prices at a discount on credit crunch fears; Worst cash crunch since June signal of economic rebound

MarketWatchWhat will China buy? Beijing goes shopping in the U.S.

Reuters/Gulf News:  Gold premiums stay at peak ahead of Indian festivals; UAE gold sellers call on India film stars for Diwali

Bloomberg:  Dubai’s DGCX to list spot gold contract as regional demand jumps

The Golden Truth/GATA:  The Wall Street Journal published blatant lies about the gold market; Chris Powell: Gold price suppression — why, how, and how long?

BullionVaultSilver use – Changes and outlook

Zero Hedge:  Citi warns of “disconcerting disconnects” In U.S. markets; It’s official – U.S. is ‘dirtiest’ dirty shirt in global macro

Bloomberg/Legatum Institute::  U.S. drops out of top 20 in annual economic prosperity index

Reuters/StarTribune:  In new U.S. budget talks, Republican proposal has flipped the script; What if the GOP raised taxes and nobody noticed—not even the GOP?


Ted Butler: A ‘Very Big Change’ in Silver Futures

Posted by on October 29th 2013 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, JPMorgan, Monetary Policy, Quants, Short Sellers, Silver, Ted Butler, U.S. Congress, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


In an excerpt from his newsletter to subscribers, Ted Butler points out that “the concentrated long position of the four largest Comex silver traders is higher and closer in size to the concentrated short position of the four biggest shorts (obviously different traders) than any time in my memory. I’m not sure what this means, but I am always sensitive to anomalies and changes in Comex silver as it might signal an end to the manipulation. The four big longs in Comex silver hold 29,040 contracts long and the 4 big short traders are short 35,378 contracts. Never have these respective concentrated positions been so evenly matched.”

Butler goes on to note that historically, “the big 4 shorts’ position was anywhere from 2 to 4 times larger than what the 4 big longs held in Comex silver. To see them this evenly matched is a very big change, along the lines of seeing JPMorgan holding an unprecedented long market corner in Comex gold –  something way out of the ordinary. It would seem the big 4 longs in silver are in the commercial swap dealers category (with perhaps a managed money long thrown in). One thing that comes to mind is that either someone big may be taking JPMorgan on, or that JPMorgan is the buyer in a different reporting name. Is there anyone remaining who doesn’t assume the worst when JPMorgan is involved?”

News & Views

MarketWatch/USA Gold:  Gold falls 0.5%, with Fed ‘distraction’ for bull, bears; silver off 0.2%; Gold pulls-back modestly, but impetus remains to upside

Zero Hedge/Mineweb:  Gold tests 5-week highs – Citigroup:  Gold and silver should continue pushing higher; David Levenstein – Gold prices to stay volatile despite beginnings of new positive trend

Gold Silver Worlds/Jesse’s Café AméricainPlaceholder gold vs. physical gold – Spot the massive disparity; Size of gold futures & OTC market vs. physical market for gold

CNBC/Roll Call: Yellen to be more dovish than ‘Helicopter Ben’ – CNBC survey; Sen. Lindsey Graham threatens nominations logjam over Benghazi

Zero Hedge:  Head of world’s largest asset manager says taper “imperative” to end “Bubble-like markets”; CNBC’s Santelli stunned as Nobel winner Fama explains Fed unwind “is no big deal”

Hard Assets Investor/GoldSwitzerland/Daily ReckoningInflation, not QE, will be what ignites next big rally in gold prices; Inflation attacks the Dollar Menu

Sovereign Man:  Congress to eliminate debt by not counting it anymore…; Treasury’s deceit exposed by this ballsy government official

Telegraph:  BIS sees risk of 1998-style Asian crisis as Chinese dollar debt soars; JP Morgan sees ‘most extreme excess‘ of global liquidity ever

Reuters/Forbes/Matt Taibbi:  JPMorgan’s $13 billion deal hits stumbling blocks – sources; The Madoff chickens are coming home to roost at JPMorgan Chase

AFP/IBT:  Bankers afraid to leave Switzerland amid U.S. tax crackdown;  The Edward Snowden of the banking world

WSJ/APWhose side is your broker on?; Deadbeat gamblers as economic indicator


‘Quanticipation’ – Metals Weigh Fed Prospects

Posted by on October 28th 2013 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, GATA, General Economy, Gold, India, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, U.S. Congress, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


Comex gold and silver futures ended down slightly on Monday, but “Quanticipation is back, and gold says the Fed won’t taper QE or change anything else on Wednesday,” according to BullionVault‘s Adrian Ash.  And while he cautions that gold might “dip after the announcement itself … Electronic money printing now looks a permanent fixture.  It’s hard to see the markets being better prepared [for a taper] than they were by September. Yet still the Fed lost its nerve, even after setting the stage for more than six months.”

And noting that in the past two weeks “gold has gained about 6 percent as weak U.S. data and budget battles in Washington looked set to deter the Fed from scaling back asset purchases,” Reuters quotes one asset manager who observes that “What we’re seeing now is a subtle shift in underlying technical and psychological sentiment for this market.”

News & Views

AP/Bloomberg:  Factory output rises just 0.1% in September; Factory output slowdown shows U.S. has little traction

Reuters/GATA:  Fed to hold its fire this week, wants clearer economic view; Sunday New York Times front-pages an appeal for lots more inflation

CNN Money/Bloomberg:  QE3 on track to be Fed’s largest stimulus program yet; Yellen poised to rival Obama with financial power;

BullionVault/The Hindu/Got Gold Report:  Urge to “dump gold” finished as U.S. Fed “turns dovish”, Diwali begins; Playing catch up, CFTC releases COT report for October 1

Zero Hedge:  Mark Faber fears “stocks could be dead money for a while” but “gold has bottomed

Seeking Alpha/GoldSeek:  12 reasons why gold will rebound in 2014; Aden Forecast – As good as it gets… For a buy

Gold Silver Worlds/USA Gold:  How gold ETF demand could lift the gold price dramatically higher

GATA/USA GoldFinancial Times‘ John Dizard notes potential strain on paper gold; Screen-traded fiat gold could get very violent wake-up call

Koos Jansen:  Central banks bullish on gold at LBMA conference

Bloomberg/Mineweb:  Russia reduces gold holdings for first time in a year; UBS – Indian gold demand soldiers on despite govt intervention

Got Gold Report/KWN; CPM Group alleges whistleblower Andrew Maguire has no metals history; Maguire & Eric Sprott refute allegations & discuss war in gold

James Kunstler/Of Two MindsTwo forces and three bears; The gathering storm

Gallup/CNN Money:  In U.S., fewer believe “Plenty of opportunity” to get ahead; Growing precentage of middle-class Americans plan to work until they die

CBS News/LA Times:’s problems – technical and political – run deep;  More legal trouble for Affordable Care Act


Rational Rationale: ‘Belief in Math’ Argues for Gold

Posted by on October 25th 2013 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, U.S. Congress, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


Santiago Capital CEO, Brent Johnson, tells CNBC that he wouldn’t be surprised to see gold back at $1,500 or $1,550 by the end of the year. “My kind of unofficial tagline is: You either believe in math, or you believe in magic,” says Johnson.  “I happen to believe in math. And the projection that our U.S. debt level is on is starting to go exponential — and the way the system is designed, it’s going to increase even more.”

Acknowledging that “there’s still a lot of negative sentiment out there,” he refers to firms “saying ‘sell gold,’ that it’s a slam dunk sell,‘ and that “there are a lot of shorts out there.”  But he also points out that “You can get a bit of a pop, and all of the sudden those shorts start to cover, people start to realize that QE is here to stay and not going anywhere, and things can change very quickly. I mean, gold can go up just as quickly as it came down.”  More from Johnson in his presentation on “Gold: A Tale of Two Markets.”

News & Views

GoldSeek/Reuters:  Gold and silver gain almost 3% on the week; Gold up on weak economic data, deferred tapering of Fed stimulus

BullionVault/Market Pendulum:  Gold prices get best week in 11 on “short-covering” and “Diwali demand”; Primary trends – XAU & GLD

Zero Hedge:  Stocks and gold soar as macro slumps; Consumer confidence plunges to lowest in 2013; UBS – “We see upside surprise risks on gold and silver in the years ahead”

SilverSeek:  Silver launchpad; Silver in a deflationary crash

Financial Sense/Mineweb:  Silver to hit new highs despite bearish forecasts

Jesse’s Café Américain/TF Metals Report: JPMorgan’s odd warehouse deliveries; More deception at the Comex

GoldCore/Global Research: China’s gold reserves at least 2.5 times higher than reported; China, gold prices and U.S. default threats

CNBC/Politico:  Source – Sen. Rand Paul threatens to hold Yellen nomination; Paul ‘not there yet‘ on Yellen hold

Bill Bonner:  Alan Greenspan’s shock revelation; Daily Show interview

BullionVault/New York:  Finance – Too much product; The age of bullshit investments is back

Bloomberg:  Tentative JPMorgan pact said to hit snag over FDIC funds; Simon Johnson – JPMorgan is too big to whine

BBC/Real News Network:  European Parliament votes to suspend sharing financial data with the U.S.; Constitutional law attorney – U.S spies on its allies for business intel, not for national security

Washington Post/Of Two Minds:  Officials alert foreign services that Snowden has documents on their cooperation with U.S.; As status quo crumbles, the state responds in the only way it knows


Silver Seen ‘Working Through Aggressive Consolidation’

Posted by on October 24th 2013 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, GATA, General Economy, Gold, Goldman Sachs, India, JPMorgan, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, Ted Butler, U.S. Congress, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


SilverSeek CEO Peter Spina asks: “So what will re-ignite the silver bull? Will we see $50 again?” He argues that silver’s still in “a long-term secular bull market working through an aggressive consolidation…. Just like with the gold market, the current prices are working through these negative market factors which could continue for many months. The reversal will come once fear has exhausted itself and fundamentals re-exert themselves.” Spina concludes that “silver investors who can take advantage of the price decline in silver will be rewarded in the years ahead as we retest former record highs.”

And in an “Ask the Expert” interview with Sprott Money News, James Turk fingers the U.S. Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund as the “higher authority” that the CFTC bowed to in dropping its five-year investigation into silver market manipulation, which Ted Butler predicts could end sooner than later.

News & Views

MarketWatch/Reuters:  Gold settles above $1,350 at five-week high; Gold up 1% after U.S. jobless claims; silver adds 0.8%

InvestorPlace/Dan Norcini:  Weak U.S. dollar, stronger China send gold higher; So much for China concerns

Jesse’s Café Américain:  U.S. dollar valued in gold since 1718; Gold and silver charts – Straining at the leash

Zero Hedge:  Gold hits 1-month high in aftermath of Goldman’s (and Gartman’s) “slam dunk sell” advice; SocGen warns there is “possibility” Fed may increase QE next week

Wharton/Bloomberg:  Janet Yellen – What’s ahead for the Fed?; Central banks drop tightening talk as easy money goes on

CFTC/The Hill:  Delayed COT reports to resume Friday; Report – Sequester leaves CFTC workers facing two-week furloughs

Sprott Group/Koos Jansen:  A piece of the gold puzzle falls into place; Switzerland has never exported this much gold

Barron’s/Mineweb:  World Gold Council responds to Eric Sprott’s open letter

BullionVault/Arabian Business:  India’s gold coin import ban “will stay,” smuggling surges; $1.9m of gold found in flyDubai plane toilet

MarketWatch/STA Wealth Management:  Is the U.S. stock market overvalued or not?; Are we entering the 3rd stage of the bull market?

PBS Newshour/WSJ:   More than 25 million Americans still can’t get a full-time job; Don’t blame health law for high part-time employment

AP/FINalternatives:  Fed proposes big banks hold more cash, assets; Prosecutors move towards Madoff charges against JPMorgan

Silver Investing News:  CPM Group, GATA to go head-to-head on manipulation at Silver Summit