Gold and Silver Prices Decline in Morning Trading

 

Two forces are affecting Gold and Silver prices this morning. One is profit taking as traders take a portion of their profits off the table. The second is the rising U.S. dollar relative to the euro and other currencies. Investors are still digesting Friday’s jobs report, which stemmed the tide of the falling dollar. Today’s meeting of Europe finance ministers will be closely watched. Spain and Greece will be the hot topics. No decisions are expected today, but discussions will be the prelude for the next meeting in Brussels on Oct. 18-19 that will answer whether Spain will ask for a bailout and what to do about the Greek debt.

The situation in Greece has become so volatile that special preparations are being made for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit on Tuesday. Chancellor Merkel’s call for austerity measures is not popular with the Greek populace. Greece is preparing for two days of strikes with over 7,000 plainclothes police and hundreds more undercover agents. Snipers will be stationed on rooftops throughout the city.

Despite recent strong gains in the U.S. stock market, investors are bracing for the worst earnings season since 2009. Analysts are expecting earnings to decline, after 11 quarters in a row of gains. These poor results are attributed to the slower than expected U.S. economic recovery and the overall economic slowdown worldwide.

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

  • Gold, $1,771.90, Down $8.40.
  • Silver, $33.96, Down $0.62.
  • Platinum, $1,684.40, Down $19.80.
  • Palladium, $653.50, Down $10.70.

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Gold & Silver Prices Slightly Off in Morning Trades

Markets continue to monitor news coming out of the euro zone. Greece wants a new deal with less austerity, but there are no signs Germany is willing to give in. Of course, Greece is not the only problem. Investors will watch Spanish banks for any signs of additional weakness. There are those who are concerned there could be runs on the banks.

Euro zone leaders will meet informally in Brussels this week and French President Francois Hollande is expected to propose the idea of a Eurobond. A Eurobond would be jointly underwritten by all euro zone members. Germany is reluctant to support such a measure until other member states have their financial houses more in order. If these bonds were to written, it would place Germany in a position of financing the debt of other states.

The leaders of the G-8 met over the weekend at Camp David. They all agree that Greece should stay in the euro zone and they all agree “on the importance of a strong and cohesive euro zone for global stability and recovery.”

The continued uncertainty in Greece has caused the euro to give up the small gains it had achieved against the dollar. This largely accounts for the weak openings for gold and silver.

At 9AM EST the APMEX precious metal prices were:

  • Gold price – $1,589.20 – down $4.20
  • Silver price – $28.31 – down 48 cents
  • Platinum price – $1,461.80 – up 50 cents
  • Palladium price – $613.30 – $7.70
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