Gold jumps over 3 percent on EU deal

Gold jumps over 3 percent on EU deal, logs monthly gain (CNBC)

Consumer Spending in U.S. Stalls as Hiring Weakens: Economy (Bloomberg)

S&P Posts Best Day This Year (WSJ)

What Really Happened at the European Summit? (BusinessWeek)

Gold Prices Jump Most in Four Weeks on Europe Relief Plan (BusinessWeek)

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EU shocker sends precious metals higher

Precious Metals prices moved noticeably higher in early morning trading as the dollar weakened against the euro on news of a European plan to lower eurozone member nations’ borrowing costs. Economist Vishnu Varathan said, “It still falls short of a concrete solution, but the removal of severe pessimism over what’s going to come out of the EU summit is driving markets higher.” Meanwhile, the news has led analyst Lynette Tan to offer a positive year end outlook for Gold. She said, “In the long run, we’re still bullish on Gold. It’s still likely to hit last year’s high of $1,920. The global economy is not doing well, and we expect safe haven demand to be back for Gold.”

Eurozone leaders came together and hammered out a surprising compromise plan to help member nations. There are still issues to be worked out, but going from “no hope” to at least a road map of a plan on which everyone agrees has been a boost to global markets. The biggest shock of all was Germany’s agreement to a majority of the provisions. Banker Holger Schmieding said, “The summit result offers no ‘silver bullet’ to solve the euro crisis once and for all. … It is another attempt to buy some extra time for the underlying fiscal repair and structural reforms to show results. All in all, there is some progress.” However, strategist Charles Diebel stated what many investors are probably thinking: “It is one step on a very long road. But we don’t have any details, and arguably the detail is where the risk lies, because the market will start to pick holes in it, as we’ve seen previously.”

At 9:03 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,598.50, Up $46.60.
  • Silver, $27.73, Up $1.38.
  • Platinum, $1,428.00, Up $40.20.
  • Palladium, $580.00, Up $15.10.
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Gold edges up ahead of EU summit, trading quiet

Gold edges up ahead of EU summit, trading quiet (Reuters)

Global stocks up on U.S. data, oil; euro slips pre-summit (Reuters)

US durable goods orders up but trend, outlook weak (Reuters)

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Gold waits on summit, euro in survival mode

The Gold market continues its holding pattern on the eve of the European summit. The yellow metal started the day on an upswing and has now settled down as investors await news from Europe. Matt Zeman, head trader with Kingsview Finance in Chicago summed it up by stating, “There‘s no clear-cut direction (for Gold), everybody is waiting for the EU summit. You probably are seeing some positioning ahead of that.”

All eyes are focused on the European summit tomorrow, which will address the main topics of economic reform and recovery. The problem may not lie in the numbers; it may be in the leadership’s ability to work together. “The euro crisis is in some ways mind-bogglingly simple to solve … because it isn’t economics, its politics,” Jim O’Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management commented. “If Angela Merkel and her colleagues stood there together with the rest of the euro area … and if they behaved as a true union this crisis would be finished this weekend,” he added.

In the United States there is still major concern surrounding the future of the economy however, there are signs that point toward the positive. The durable goods report for May came out, and the numbers have improved for the first time in three months. The increase in durable goods is seen as an indicator that businesses have faith in the U.S.A. economy even with a lowered employment forecast and the struggles in Europe.

At 1:00 p.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1576.80, Up $0.40
  • Silver, $26.98, Down $0.18
  • Platinum, $1412.80, Down $16.00
  • Palladium, $581.00, Down $13.70
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Euro region unusually divided before summit

Precious Metals are trading lower this morning, thanks to investors moving to the sidelines ahead of the European Union summit, which starts tomorrow.  Michael Turner of RBC Capital Markets said, “This could be a reasonably long holding pattern until the headlines start to flow from the European Council’s heads of state summit tomorrow.”  The wait-and-see approach has currencies like the U.S.A. dollar and the euro trading mostly flat.

While summer is likely to not hold any big moves by policymakers in the U.S.A., Europe, or China, Deutsche Bank analyst Daniel Brebner believes one thing could support gold.  “…I think we’ll continue to see very steady buying by central banks, which have been in the market for the last couple of quarters or so.  That should help gold prices from weakening…” he said.

European leaders aren’t exactly agreeable ahead of the summit.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in response to euro bonds being a potential solution to the debt crisis, said that she doesn’t expect that to happen in her lifetime.  With borrowing costs in Italy and Spain reaching dangerous levels, the leaders of those countries are calling for assistance, and Merkel wasn’t keen on that idea either.  Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said, “The most urgent issue is the one of financing.  We can’t keep funding ourselves for a long time at the prices we’re currently funding ourselves.”

At 9 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:

  • Gold – $1,567.30 – Down $9.10.
  • Silver – $26.80 – Down $0.36.
  • Platinum – $1,409.70 – Down $19.20.
  • Palladium – $580.10 – Down $14.60.
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