Metals Rebound as Jobs Report Underwhelms

Posted by on November 8th 2014 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Interest Rates, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, USD, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


Spot gold and silver gained 2.8% and 1.9% on Friday, following a weaker-than expected October jobs report that led to the dollar suffering its biggest drop in three weeks. But dismissing the prospect of a sustained gold rally, one trader told Reuters that following such a big selloff, “some speculators are covering their shorts after the worse-than-expected non-farm number. I think that’s all it is at this point.” This as Hong Kong fund manager William Kaye describes how a short squeeze in gold, could unfold.

Trading in gold futures on Friday was more than double the 100-day average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, which also points out that “Gold’s 14-day relative-strength index in the previous five sessions was below 30, a level that suggests to some traders who study technical charts that prices may be poised to rebound. The gauge climbed to 36 today.”

And Coin News reports that weekly sales of gold coins “were the highest since mid-January when new 2014-dated American Gold Eagle and American Gold Buffalo coins ignited buying. Silver coin sales were on a tear until mid-week when the U.S. Mint announced that its Silver Eagles sold out.”

See also:

Jesse’s Café Américain:  Gold and silver charts – Short squeeze

GoldMoney/Reuters:  Weekly market report – Precious metals hit by strong dollar; COT Report – Speculators push long U.S. dollar position to largest since 2008

Bullion Star/SilverSeek:  Lower silver prices spark unprecedented demand; Silver and powerful forces

Bloomberg:  China gold buying means price floor to Standard Chartered

Koos Jansen/Ron Paul:  Beijing financial forum – New global financial order is essential; Ron Paul – Watch out when people start to distrust our money

The Diplomat/Zero Hedge:  Time to take the Russia-China axis seriously; Russia nears completion of second “holy grail” gas deal with China

Toronto Star/AP:  Ukraine says hundreds of rebels killed as truce crumbles; Accuses Russia of sending dozens of tanks

Sorry, For the Moment

Posted by on November 8th 2014 in CFTC, CME Group, Gold, JPMorgan, Media, Quants, Short Sellers, Silver, Ted Butler, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

By James Cook

President/Investment Rarities

It’s hard to extoll the virtues of silver in the face of a price decline. We anticipate gains for our clients and are disappointed in the recent results. A lot of people rely on our advice and we don’t want to let them down. We all do better when our clients experience gains.

That said, are we ever going to get to the promised land? Right now the byword is patience. A clear understanding of what’s causing the recent decline will be helpful in plotting the future. As you know, we rely on silver analyst Theodore Butler to chart our course and fashion our advice. I happen to know that all his personal investments are in silver so he is definitely eating his own cooking. Because of his all-out bullishness on silver we have to stress that he operates with a care and cautiousness befitting of a mature and shrewd analyst. He understands the futures market like few others. Despite his profound and pioneering analysis of silver, surprisingly few gold and silver editors have embraced his breakthrough opinions. Either because of ego or stubbornness other precious metals analysts are invariably barking up the wrong tree. Mr. Butler has for years been the sole purveyor of the truth about silver….Read More »

Ted Butler’s Silver Sales Pitch

Posted by on November 8th 2014 in CFTC, CME Group, Gold, JPMorgan, Quants, Short Sellers, Silver, Ted Butler, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

This memorandum was written by Ted Butler

for the  Investment Rarities’ broker staff on October 28, 2014

ted-butlerThere is a flip side to everything and mainly as a result of the terrible beating it has taken over the past few years, the upside cycle for silver appears to be at hand. Not only is silver at a stupid cheap price, it has everything necessary to rally sharply and soon. This week, for the first time in my memory, the CEO of a leading silver miner, First Majestic, called on fellow silver miners to withhold production to break the back of the manipulation. If there’s one clear signal that a commodity’s price is too cheap, it is just that.

To an investor, a cheap price means low risk and a good time to buy. But what about the reasons for silver to rally and rally soon? Start with the largest speculative short position in history. You’ve heard me complain about a massive silver short position by JPMorgan and other banks for years, but I’m talking about something different now. While there is still a very sizable commercial paper short position on the COMEX, that is separate from the new historical short position in COMEX silver held by technical funds or traders who rely on chart signals alone to buy or sell….Read More »

Greenspan: On Gold, Uncut

Posted by on November 8th 2014 in Federal Reserve, Gold, Monetary Policy, USD | Be the first to comment!


Gillian Tett: Do you think that gold is currently a good investment?

Alan Greenspan: Yes… Remember what we’re looking at. Gold is a currency. It is still, by all evidence, a premier currency. No fiat currency, including the dollar, can match it.

Metals Take Break From Fall; G/S Ratio Near 5-Year High

Posted by on November 7th 2014 in CFTC, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Interest Rates, JPMorgan, Short Sellers, Silver, U.S. Congress, USD, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


Spot silver and gold recovered slightly on Thursday, adding a few-tenths of a percent, after Wednesday’s rout “tempted some buyers back to the market and as the dollar dipped on profit-taking,” reports Reuters.  It quotes one gold trader as observing:  “We’re holding steady today but nobody wants to make a big move ahead of the employment numbers tomorrow morning. If there’s a positive number, they (the bears) may take a run at it.” This as Bloomberg reports that the gold/silver ratio hit a five-year high earlier this week, topping 76 before ending at 74.1 on Thursday (see above chart). And in a separate article, on American Silver Eagles selling out, Bloomberg notes that assets in ETFs and other exchange-traded products “backed by silver rose to a record last month, defying a slump in gold ETP holdings to the smallest since 2009.”

See also:  Silver and gold are severely oversold; Will they get worse before they get better?

Zero Hedge:  Physical gold shortage worst in over a decade – Gold forward rate most negative since 2001

Barron’s/GoldSeek:  Will the Swiss referendum turn around gold?

Pragmatic Capitalism/Sprott Money:  What if the Fed isn’t the wizard behind the economic curtain?; Federal Reserve counterfeiting approaches 100%

NY Post/Of Two Minds:  GOP should start fixing the Fed; If you think it matters which party controls the Senate, answer these questions

NY Times/Rolling Stone: Matt Taibbi spotlights a JPMorgan whistleblower; The $9 billion witness – Meet JPMorgan Chase’s worst nightmare

Metals Tumble as GOP Wins Boost Dollar

Posted by on November 6th 2014 in CFTC, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, India, Interest Rates, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, U.S. Congress, USD, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


Spot gold and silver ended off 1.8% and 3.6% respectively on Wednesday, reports Reuters, as the U.S. dollar rose, “extending multi-year highs after Republicans in mid-term elections won control over both chambers of the U.S. Congress for the first time since 2006, lifting investor expectations for more pro-business policies.”

While one analyst suggested that “Conservatives by nature are more hawkish and that is pushing the dollar higher. People do not see the need for gold,” another said that “Republicans might be harder on the Fed and loose policy. There’s little reason to hold gold when forward interest rates are going in one direction.”

And in response to a Wall Street Journal article, headlined “Good Morning, Ms. Yellen, Rand Paul on Line One,” USA Gold points out that “Yellen will advocate aggressively for continued Fed ‘independence,’ but I remind you of the recent statement made by former Fed chair Alan Greenspan: “I never said the central bank is independent!

See also:

Reuters/Coin News:  U.S. Mint temporarily sold out of Silver Eagles amid huge demand

GoldCore:  “Global scramble” for silver – coins “hard to get”, “premiums likely to jump”

Zero Hedge:  Paul Singer – Gold, bonds and “maybe history has stopped”; Russian ruble plunges to new record low as central bank hints at gold sales

Forex Live/Bloomberg View:  BOJ Minutes: Will keep easing until 2% inflation stable; William Pesek – Is Bank of Japan’s governor a genius or a madman?

Resource Investor/Market Realist:  Indian gold bullion imports hit 17-month high; Why India’s gold imports are increasing

Mineweb/Reuters/Politico:  U.S. miners may profit from GOP election blow-out; Energy seen getting biggest boost from Republican Senate; Elections give Keystone a filibuster-proof majority

Ted Butler: Tight Physical Market Leaves Shorts Vulnerable

Posted by on November 5th 2014 in CFTC, China, CME Group, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Interest Rates, JPMorgan, Quants, Short Sellers, Silver, Ted Butler, USD, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


“All of the things I look at in silver seem to be aligned for a sharp move up,” says Ted Butler, in an interview with Investment Rarities’ President Jim Cook.  Butler explains that “The big commercial traders, led by JPMorgan, have managed to get all the technical hedge funds to plow into the short side of COMEX silver. The technical funds must buy back their thousands of short silver contracts since they can’t possibly deliver real silver.”

And in a more extended conversation, with Peak Prosperity‘s Chris Martenson, Butler reiterates that the technical funds “have no ability whatsoever to deliver physical metal and at the same time they’re shorting like crazy into a physical environment where there’s nothing but indications that the market on a wholesale, physical basis is very tight. And that’s a combination that you can just blow sky high in price.”

See also:

Reuters/SafeHaven:  Gold rises as dollar drops, breaks 4-day fall; Yen massacre and gold muscle Star:  Chart – Silver price weakness won’t last; Insatiable Chinese gold demand continues unabated

Jim Rickards:  The difference between currency wars & financial wars

Zero Hedge:  Interest rates cannot rise – here’s why; Goldman shows “equity bust” risk highest since 2008

Bloomberg:  Singer’s Paul Elliott Says U.S. growth optimism unwarranted as data ‘cooked’

Sharelynx/Money MetalsGold manipulation at the LMBA fixes; Why your stockbroker hates gold – The ugly truth

Metals Hover Near 2010 Lows; Coin Sales Continue Climb

Posted by on November 4th 2014 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Interest Rates, JPMorgan, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, USD, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


With silver and gold futures inching up and down respectively on Monday, paper and physical continue to diverge as explosive demand for bullion coins is being seen in both the U.S. and Europe.  According to a German coin dealer quoted by that country’s Gold Reporter:  “On Thursday and Friday people had to draw numbers in order for us to control the run. On both days we sold each around 40,000 silver ounces – incredible. Demand is back – and hysteria as well.”

And Coin News reports that U.S. Mint “bullion coins rallied to start November with gold coin sales jumping 14,500 ounces and silver coin sales advancing 736,000 ounces. Gains extended from an exceptional October when gold coin sales were the highest since January 2014 and silver coin sales were the highest since January 2013.” This as Sprott’s John Embry contends that “silver remains as undervalued an asset as I have ever seen.”

See also:

InvestorIntel/ReutersWorld demand for gold is strong, despite a price drop to the lowest level in four years

Seeking Alpha:  Markets misreading of Fed statement is opportunity in gold; Gold and QE – Setting the record straight

USA Gold/Zero Hedge:  The reinvention of Alan Greenspan; Greenspan to Marc Faber: “I never said the Fed was independent

Silver Seek/SafeHaven:  A silver primer – Where are we now?; A sunny silver forecast: Low price today means high price tomorrow’s gold strategy; ETF outflows – Is that where all that gold going into China is coming from?

Bloomberg/Wall Street on Parade:  JPMorgan faces U.S. criminal probe into currency trading; Despite criminal history, JPMorgan holds $1.7 trillion in QE bonds

Thanksgiving: Metals Over October After Down Day, Week, Month

Posted by on November 1st 2014 in China, Federal Reserve, GATA, General Economy, Gold, Interest Rates, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, USD, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


Gold futures were off 2.3% on Friday and silver doubled that decline, with both hitting four-year lows on the day and having their worst week since April 2013.  “Japan basically pushed gold over the edge as it triggered a major risk-on move,” according to a Saxo Bank commodity strategist, citing Japanese stimulus, the Fed ending QE and dollar strength as being “more than the market could cope with this week.”

“The main reason for gold’s fall is the strength in the dollar after the BOJ’s desperate efforts to weaken the yen,” said the head of one asset management firm, and while predicting that “Gold could fall further in the short term as the dollar could rise,” he also thinks “gold should eventually benefit as a hedge against the uncertainties and economic turmoil brought by central-bank actions.”

While in the realm of the coins, Silver Eagles had their best month of the year in October, and with sales of some 38 million this year, they’re only about one million behind the pace of 2013’s record-setting year.

See also:

Jesse’s Café AméricainGood morning, Fiat Nam!

Dan Norcini:  Hedge funds feasting on small specs in silver; Gold bears nail hedge fund sell stops

Seeking Alpha:  Putting the gold selloff into perspective

Mineweb/Bullion Star:  Gold and silver dive yet Chinese demand keeps rising; The great Chinese silver market debate

The Gold Report321 Gold‘s Bob Moriarity – Flock of black swans points to imminent stock market crash

KWN/Sprott Global:  Eric Sprott says the stock market will crash, not gold; What Greenspan’s latest talk means for gold

GATA:  Here’s what the World Gold Council is doing today amid the war against gold

Silver Slump Gives Ratio Bump

Posted by on October 31st 2014 in CFTC, China, Euro, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Interest Rates, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, USD, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

SilverSlumpsRatioBumpsFollowing better-than-expected U.S. GDP growth of 3.5% for the third quarter, spot gold and silver fell 1% and 3.4% respectively on Thursday, and futures were hit even harder, tumbling 2.1% and 4.9%, on what was “a rough day for the precious metals, with the financial powers-that-be trying to prove that the end of QE III need have no negative effects on their financial engineering of The Recovery™.”

With silver hitting a 56-month low, the gold/silver ratio is now pushing 73, a 66-month high, but if an in-depth chart analysis published by SilverSeek — “Time Running Out on Silver Bear” — proves correct, that could change in weeks, not months.  It predicts that November is “the time for the present silver bear market to end, and for silver to begin its next leg higher within its primary bull market.”

See also:

Zero Hedge/Businessweek:  Broken stocks, battered bullion, and bruised crude; Did the U.S. just ‘steal’ GDP growth from the fourth quarter?

James Grant/Eric Parnell:  Complexity – The hidden cost of central bank actions; A once-in-a-generation change for stocks

Bullion Star/Mineweb:  China stocks up on oil & gold while prices are low; China’s ‘new normal’ still global metals demand driver

Bloomberg/ Russia buys most gold for reserves since 1998 financial crisis; Pushes forward plans to mine the moon

CNBC/Grant Williams:  Currency traders eye Swiss vote on gold holdings

GoldCore:  U.S. Mint gold coin sales near 60,000 ounces in October – Swiss gold initiative leading to increase in demand?

QE Ends; Greenspan Goes All Gold Bug

Posted by on October 30th 2014 in Federal Reserve, Gold, Interest Rates, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, USD, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


Spot gold and silver fell some 1.4% and 0.8% on Wednesday, with most of the drop following the FOMC announcement that it was ending it’s QE program, but that it would also keep interest rates low for a “considerable time.” The U.S. dollar rose on the announcement, which was said to have also “put downside price pressure on gold.”

But according to former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan, during an appearance Wednesday, QE “didn’t do much for the real economy.” And as Zero Hedge points out, Greenspan “has suddenly had an epiphany and now has a very different message from the one he preached during his decades as the head of the Fed:  ‘Mr. Greenspan said gold is a good place to put money these days given its value as a currency outside of the policies conducted by governments.'”  And USA Gold’s buying it:  “With the price of gold down in reaction to today’s policy statement, now might be the perfect time to heed the former chairman’s investment advice.”

Silver’s $ Volume said to Top Gold’s

Posted by on October 29th 2014 in Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Interest Rates, Short Sellers, Silver, USD, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!


October sales of the U.S. Mint’s 2014 Gold and Silver American Eagles surpassed September’s sales this week, reports Coin News. Gold Eagles saw their best month since January, and the 4.36 million Silver Eagles sold in October was more than in any month since March. And given the outsized gold/silver ratio, which stood at 71.46 on Tuesday, Patrick Heller writes that “it should surprise no one that demand for physical silver by American investors is so strong in the U.S. that the dollar volume of retail sales by coin dealers of silver exceeds that for gold. Over the past month, demand has been especially skewed in favor of silver.”

See also:

MarketWatch/InvestorPlace:  Gold and silver futures creep higher ahead of Fed decision

Confounded InterestThe Night of the Living Fed!

Hard Assets Investor:  Fed’s halting of QE may mark gold’s bottom; Don’t get bullish on gold until it breaks $1,350

SilverSeek:  Why silver and gold are the good news metals

Gold Report/Mineweb:  Analyst says peak gold is here to stay; Hong Kong gold exports to China pick up strongly but…

Deviant Investor:  Gold vs. paper – A Tale of Two Cities