Gold and equity markets are both poised to advance in the event the European leaders announce a plan to bail out Spain and curb further contagion. Spain has requested further euro zone support in buying its sovereign debt. Germany continues to be resistant to this notion and this does set up a clash of wills as German finance officials prepare to meet with U.S. Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner. Mr. Geithner has stated that the euro zone crisis is the biggest threat to the U.S. economy, so it is expected he will put pressure on Germany to take additional action.
The economic picture in Spain continues to worsen as their recession deepened in the 2nd quarter. Tough new austerity measures were enacted and this did take a toll on overall demand and consumer prices. Consumer prices rose 2.2% year over year. All in all, this paints a difficult picture for Spain to climb out of their budget deficit.
At 9 AM EST the APMEX precious metals prices were:
- Gold price – $1,618.00 – down $2.20
- Silver price – $27.78 – up 19 cents
- Platinum price – $1,410.70 – up $2.50
- Palladium price – $582.50 – up $9.60