All eyes on the Fed


 

The primary topic of discussion today will be the release of the minutes from last week’s Federal Reserve meeting. Ahead of that announcement, speculation will abound. Some investors will want more quantitative easing, while others will want more of what we have been getting: inaction. Speaking on CNBC, Art Cashin, director of floor operations at USB, said, “You’re going to need a translator for these minutes.”

The Gold price hit a three month high in overnight trading, going as high as $1,645. Since 2009, central banks have been net buyers of Gold, regardless of the spot price. According to the World Gold Council, central banks bought 158 tons in the June quarter. The ever present eurozone crisis and never improving American financial situation has presented central banks across the globe with a situation in which the yellow metal is the perfect safe haven for their currency reserves.

At 9:09 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,640.40, Down $1.00.
  • Silver, $29.48, Down $0.06.
  • Platinum, $1,522.00, Up $13.20.
  • Palladium, $631.50, Up $5.80.

 

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