PMs Gain on Jobless Claims; Russian APCs Enter Ukraine

Posted by on August 15th 2014 in Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Silver was back in positive territory on Thursday and gold inched up again as U.S. jobless claims rose more than forecast, clocking in at a six-week high of 311,000.  “Concerns about the labor market are back,” according to one broker quoted by Bloomberg, who added that “safe-haven bids continue to come in because of the geopolitical developments.” Those bids were likely tempered on Thursday by Russian President Putin toning down his rhetoric on Ukraine. But that was before reporters for the Guardian and the Telegraph wrote of spotting Russian armored personnel carriers and support vehicles crossing the border into Ukraine.

Picture 9And concerning a report from the World Gold Council that Q2 demand for gold fell by 16% from 2013, USA Gold points out that “While not as strong as the seemingly insatiable demand seen in 2013, 964 tonnes is still a pretty darn good number; better than Q3 and Q4 of last year. As Jim Rickards noted in a recent interview, ‘[B]ig banks looted the GLD warehouse,’ of 500 tonnes in 2013. That’s a one-time event. ‘You can’t do that twice,’ said Rickards.”

 See also:

Jesse’s Café Américain:  Gold and silver charts – Take your stinking paws off our monetary metals

Mineweb:  Global gold demand returning to positive long-term trends; Russia may become world’s #2 gold miner this year

Reuters/Daily Reckoning:  Putin says Russia should aim to sell energy in rubles; The three biggest problems of the “dollar standard

Seeking Alpha:  Gold, the Fed and the inflation shuffle

Reuters/Brietbart.com:  White House loosens restrictions on lobbyists; Study – You have ‘near-zero’ impact on public policy

Tim Iacono:  One more thing to worry about

Russia, Ukraine Stand Off; U.S. Shoppers Stand Down

Posted by on August 14th 2014 in CFTC, China, ECB, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Iraq, JPMorgan, Middle East, Russia, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Silver futures finished off 0.3% on Wednesday, which is what gold ended up, with the impetus being July’s flat retail sales, described as “an appalling number” that “has faded the notion of a hike in the interest rate by the Fed, at least today.” And while U.S. data held sway over geopolitics, fighting resumed between Israel and Hamas, U.S. troops are on the ground in Iraq, and the Russian aid convoy headed to Ukraine has gone to ground at a Russian military base,  some 300 miles from its Ukrainian destination of Luhansk.  This as Ukraine’s Interior Minister declared that “No Putin ‘humanitarian convoy’ will be permitted to travel through the territory of Kharkiv region.”

See also:

Zero Hedge:  Stocks up, bonds up, gold up, oil up, dollar up, f’d up; Saxo Bank warns of 3 ‘other’ geopolitical risks investors are ignoring

ReutersCommodity future – Islamic State militants grab new weapon – Iraqi wheat

BullionStar.com/Profit ConfidentialSilver scarce in Shanghai, futures curve in backwardation; The world supply of gold bullion is shrinking

The Gold Report:  Jim Rickards and Peter Schiff discuss global gold markets

Reuters:  U.S. Mint to use new silver benchmark for coin sales, purchases; London gold fix lawsuits to be consolidated in New York

bookcoverWall Street on Parade:  How high up did the Madoff fraud go at JPMorgan?

Read the first chapter of  JPMadoff: The Unholy Alliance Between America’s Biggest Bank and America’s Biggest Crook

All Roads Lead to Trouble

Posted by on August 13th 2014 in China, ECB, General Economy, Gold, Iraq, Middle East, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Silver futures lost about one percent on Tuesday but gold inched up as Ukraine again took center-stage over the question of access to the country by a Russian humanitarian convoy of almost 300 trucks. But that’s not all.  According to one analyst quoted by Reuters:  “Improving gold prices are due to escalations of Ukraine-Russia tensions and Iraq conflicts, but traders are also worried about Europe’s snail’s pace recovery.”  An economic survey released Tuesday showed that German analyst and investor confidence plunged to an 18-month low. Also, Japan reported a 6.8% annualized drop in 2nd quarter GDP and a collapse in consumer spending.

See also:

MarketWatch:  Gold fear spike may be on its way

Financial Times/Sharps Pixley:  Banks wait on sidelines for new silver benchmark

SRSrocco Report/SilverSeek:  How the global financial system will collapse; Don’t be surprised if silver is the target

Jesse’s Café Américain: No silver for Mexico, but perhaps gold for Eurasia

Book review and excerpt: “China’s second continent – How a million migrants are building a new empire in Africa”

Spiegel/Vice News:  The disturbing rise of the Islamic state

Mises Canada:  The privilege of watching war

‘Cautious’ Investors Seen Keeping Gold Fashionable

Posted by on August 12th 2014 in China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, India, Iraq, Middle East, Russia, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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The value of an Indian businessman’s new gold shirt was virtually unchanged Monday, while silver, a more practical wearable, gained 0.8%.  Gold’s flatness was attributed to “rising global equities, and an apparent easing of tensions over Ukraine and the Middle East,” with stock markets said to have “largely ignored news Russia would send an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine, a move Western officials have said could serve as a pretext for an invasion.”

But “world inserurity” is still seen as likely positive for gold, according to former Bank of England governor Mervyn King.  And, as one analyst quoted by MarketWatch points out:  “Interestingly, while the yen has unwound, other safe-haven assets such as gold haven’t seen much movement at all. Perhaps this highlights the degree of cautiousness investors are still exercising at the moment.”

See also:

Bullion Vault/Casey ResearchSilver vs. gold investing; Top 7 reasons I’m buying silver now

BullionStar.com/Gold Silver Worlds:  Chinese gold demand 1094 metric tons y-t-d, silver premium at record high; Is gold demand in China really collapsing?

SafeHaven/Gold Scents:  Potpourri of chartology – Precious metals, U.S. stocks and energy;  Are stocks finally starting the topping process?

Confounded Interest/CSMThe Gilded Age: A tale of the Federal Reserve; Wall Street – Whose bull market is it?

GoldSeek/Mineweb:  Dennis Gartman – Gold vs. The Force; Gartman reckons end-game for gold price management could be nigh

Guardian/Daily Beast/Vox:  U.S. denies role in alleged plot to oust Iraqi prime minister; U.S. bombing its own guns in Iraq

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

Besieged Iraqis Added to Chaotic Global Mix

Posted by on August 8th 2014 in ECB, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, India, Iraq, Middle East, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Silver futures finished off 0.2% on Thursday while gold futures added 0.3%, with Bloomberg attributing the gain to a decline in U.S. stocks on “concern that escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine will hurt the global economy,” and quoting one analyst as saying that “Some money is flowing into gold from equities because of concerns about Europe.” Comex gold futures for December delivery settled at some $1,312 an ounce.

And Reuters adds Iraq to the mix:  “Bullion climbed after the New York Times reported that U.S. President Barack Obama was considering air strikes and emergency relief airdrops to help 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq, who are trapped on a mountaintop after threats by Islamic militants.” Both the Times and McClatchy report, according to Kurdish and Iraqi sources, that airstrikes have begun, but the Pentagon denies that the U.S. carried out the strikes.

See also:

MarketWatch: Dow closes at 3-month low as investors move into gold and U.S. Treasurys

USA Gold/Hard Assets Investor:  Gold back above $1,300 on geopolitical risks, but dollar limits

Seeking Alpha/Jim Rickards:  Russians at the gate – buy gold; Cold War 2.0 is a financial war

Motley Fool Canada:  4 reasons I prefer investing in silver to gold

TradePlacer/Bill Bonner:  Is the mother of all bubbles about to burst in 2014?; Three signs that never fail to predict a bear market

Mineweb/Financial Express:  Gold – Been down so long it looks like up to me!; Gold delivery on India’s MCX hits highest since April last year

The Denver Channel:  Hundreds make mad dash to buy gold JFK coins at U.S. Mint in Denver

 

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

Silver and Gold Decouple; Silver Coin Sales Rebound

Posted by on August 6th 2014 in CFTC, CME Group, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, JPMorgan, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Spot gold and silver prices decoupled on Tuesday, with the latter off 1.8% while gold added 0.2%, reports Reuters, “as a tumble in U.S. equities and worries about escalation of military action in eastern Ukraine helped bullion recover earlier losses driven by bullish U.S. economic data. Silver and gold were both pressured early by a higher dollar, and according to one analyst quoted by Bloomberg, “there is little physical demand for silver.”  But while the article points out that the U.S. Mints’s July sales of silver coins were off 27 percent from June, Coin News reports that the mint’s bullion coin sales advanced for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, and silver coin sales are almost double last week’s total of 335,000 ounces.

See also:

BullionVault:  Gold investment sentiment rises for first time since February; Silver – 3 new tech uses to grow 275% by 2018

Bloomberg/Dallas Morning News:  Gold seen reaching $1,400 by USA Gold as U.S. inflation quickens

David Stockman:  Market maven warns Fed’s 3rd bubble this century heading for 20% tumble

GATA/IRDFinancial Times repudiates explanation for removal of gold manipulation report; The CFTC’s Commitment Of Traders data is rigged after all

Zero Hedge:  4 million fewer jobs: How the BLS massively overestimated U.S. job creation

CNN/The InterceptNew leaker disclosing U.S. secrets, government concludes

The Fall of Gold and Silver

Posted by on August 5th 2014 in China, ECB, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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With gold and silver futures off about a half-a-percent Monday, after dropping for each of the last three weeks,  Tim Iacono asks:  “Could a return to positive seasonal trends be in store for gold and silver?“  Referencing the above chart, showing that gold “has recently made a mockery of the regular seasonal patterns by moving opposite the norm over each of the last four months,” he cautions that the August-to-November period “may not follow the favorable seasonal trend either, particularly with the growing list of bearish factors that have emerged,” including the prospect of rising interest rates and the waning of safe-haven demand.

But more optimistically, he also argues that “as summer vacations come to an end, the outlook should improve, particularly if last week’s stock market rout turns into something much worse and the dollar rally fades.”  Add to that the fact that “gold and gold stocks remain two of the best performing asset classes this year and this has not escaped the notice of institutional investors and hedge funds who, in recent months, have been buying gold stocks when the broad stock market falters. If this carries over into the underlying market for gold and silver, a return to following very positive seasonal trends this fall could be in store.”

See also:

Got Gold Report:  Total Chinese reserves reach 15,000 tonnes

Louise Yamada/Mike Shedlock:  Gold chart – False breakdowns and breakouts suggest indecision; Saxo Bank economist-  Gold and silver major buy signal coming up

The Gold Report:   Tocqueville fund managers – Buy gold like it’s 1999

King One Eye/Bloomberg3 bullish facts for precious metals and miners; Gold industry takeovers climb to highest level in three years

MarketWatch:  That plunge in stocks is just the beginning; Brett Arends – Watch out for the corporate debt bomb

Zero Hedge/Washington PostDe-dollarization continues – Russian oligarchs shift cash to Hong Kong dollars on sanctions concerns

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?

Stocks’ ‘Wash and Rinse’ Drenching Dampens Metals

Posted by on August 1st 2014 in Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Middle East, Quants, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Spot gold and silver fell 1% on Thursday, which was only half as bad as stocks, with the three major indexes falling between 1.9% and 2.1%, including a 317 point plunge for the Dow. “So what happened today?,” asks the Café Américain‘s Jesse:  “Today was ‘laundry day’ at the U.S. markets, as the foamy stock peak of the past month took a hard turn in the old ‘wash and rinse’ cycle, that blew off the froth. That’s what it was.  Pure and simple… The ‘tell’ was the selling of gold and silver along with stocks today.  This was no flight to safety of cash on geopolitical jitters.”

See also:

USA Gold/Forex.com:  Gold drops as dollar jumps to 10-month high; Gold battered by buck’s surge, but short-term support sits at 1272

Zero Hedge: Elliott’s Paul Singer on gold, inflation & the global monetary delusion

Bloomberg/Mineweb:  Gold ETPs halt outflows as buyers return amid price slump; Lawrence Williams – Hold some gold. Better safe than sorry

Peak Prosperity:  The West’s reckless rush towards war with Russia

USA Today/CNN:  West Bank grows restive as war in Gaza continues; Analyst – Most Arab states are actively supporting Israel against the Palestinians

Haaretz:  The common denominator of Gaza and Ukraine: Outsiders who make things worse

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!

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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