Gold pulled on both sides; eurozone disappoints again

U.S. stock futures are trading higher this morning, while the Gold price is relatively flat again. The yellow metal’s price continues to be pulled in different directions due to the looming fiscal cliff dilemma. On one hand, investors see Gold as a safe haven, and the uncertainty facing the U.S. in the coming months has those investors concerned. On the other hand, there could be a “liquidity-driven risk event,” according to Daniel Brebner of Deutsche Bank, which would cause investors to cash out of Gold to hold the U.S. dollar.

Disappointing news in the eurozone continues, as a report showed that factory output in the region fell by the most since January 2009. Germany, normally a strong point for factory output, fell by a substantial amount. Expectations that the eurozone will see another recession (the second in three years) are rampant, and this report only makes it worse.

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

  • Gold, $1,729.80, Up $3.00.
  • Silver, $32.64, Up $0.09.
  • Platinum, $1,585.20, Down $1.40.
  • Palladium, $644.00, Up $6.40.

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GDP Report Boosts Dollar; Greece in More Trouble

Gold and Silver are trading flat as the U.S. dollar is being fueled by an improving GDP number released this morning. The U.S. economy grew 2.0 percent in the third quarter, thanks to improving home building and higher spending. This is the final report regarding economic growth before the presidential election next month, and was eagerly awaited by investors.

More trouble in the eurozone is helping the dollar’s rise. One eurozone official stated, “It is clear that Greece is off track and there is no chance they will cut the debt to 120 percent of GDP in 2020 as envisaged. It will be rather 136 percent, and this would be under a positive scenario of primary budget surplus, a return to economic growth, and privatization.” Reports out of the region say that Greece will need even more aid, this time to the tune of about $39 billion.

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

  • Gold, $1,713.30, Down $0.20.
  • Silver, $32.13, Up $0.03.
  • Platinum, $1,559.00, Down $7.30.
  • Palladium, $604.00, Down $1.50.

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Gold and equities markets down again on world growth outlook

 

Trepidation continues to weigh on investors as the U.S. stock market opened to early losses this morning. A meager outlook for global growth and reduced earnings are the catalysts for market dips in recent days. “We have had a number of large companies reporting poor visibilities and that is going to continue,” said Michael O’Sullivan, head of portfolio strategy at Credit Suisse Private Banking in London. “Revenue growth is simply weak because the U.S. economy has slowed, the Asian economy has slowed and Europe is in recession.”

Gold is down this morning as negative forecasts for global economic expansion weigh on Precious Metals markets as well. Though Gold has realized three straight sessions of losses, the metal rallied to 11 month highs in the third quarter peaking at $1,795 an ounce. Long term investors are still seeking the security presented by the yellow metal as uncertainty remains pervasive in equities markets. “The long-running rally is intact, however, and we expect that Gold prices will revive after a period of consolidation,” said analysts at HSBC bank.

At 9 am (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1760.00, Down $2.50.
  • Silver, $33.92, Down $0.08.
  • Platinum, $1670.40, Down $21.90.
  • Palladium, $651.50, Up $7.70.

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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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Housing and Consumer Confidence Reports Due

 

Stocks are holding their own Tuesday morning as investors are waiting for housing and consumer confidence data. At 10 a.m. (EDT), the July home-price index and the September consumer-confidence index will be released. Christian Tegllund Blaagjerg, Chief economist at FIH Erhvervsbank, said, “I think we’re going to see a very bullish housing market. I think the bottom was reached awhile ago. We’re not on a Ferrari-like recovery path, but still more like a Chevy pickup truck, [with] stable and continuing improvement.”

Gold is gaining ground against a stronger dollar today. The move was in response to data that central banks added to their Gold holdings in July and August. The countries leading the charge were South Korea with an increase of 16 tonnes and Paraguay with an addition of just over 7.5 tonnes. Gold is on a four-month positive trend, up 4.6 percent in September alone. Daniel Smith, an analyst at Standard Chartered said, “Ultimately, I think it’s quite likely we will get above $1,800 before the year-end, so maybe a month of sideways trading possibly and then generally trending higher in the next six months to a year.”

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

  • Gold, $1,773.60, Up$10.00.
  • Silver, $34.39, Up $0.40.
  • Platinum, $1,635.50, Up $12.50.
  • Palladium, $641.30, Down $4.20.

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Stocks Still Gaining After QE3; Gold Outlook Positive

Global markets continue to rally today following Thursday’s announcement of the United States’ aggressive bond-buying plan. News of the program lifted the S&P 500 to its highest single day peak since January 2, 2008. The market reaction is not unexpected. Investors will await the long-term effects of the latest round of quantitative easing (QE3) as the Federal Reserve announced it will inject $40 billion dollars a month into the U.S. economy until the jobs market realizes prolonged growth.

Bullish investors are still impeded by one final obstacle as Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy continues to delay acceptance of the European Central Bank’s stimulus package which was announced last week. Economists continue to assert that a bailout is inevitable and necessary for the country which currently renders one out of four workers jobless. Rajoy “needs to bite the bullet on aid while the going is relatively good,” Derks said, in a note. “The current market calm is merely a facade created by a fortuitous alignment of various forces. Better to get pen to paper now, rather than be forced kicking and screaming in a few months time.”

As expected, the announcement of QE3 caused a significant spike in the gold price on Thursday. Though it has traded relatively flat today, analysts predict continued upward movement for the metal as the Fed gears up to indefinitely pump funds into the struggling U.S. economy. “You’ve got gold, a fixed quantity, and central banks printing more money. Ergo, gold becomes more expensive,” Richard Cookson, global chief investment officer at Citi Private Bank, told CNBC Friday. “The cost of holding gold is zip, because interest rates are effectively zero. So you print more currency, and the gold price goes up because you price in that extra currency.”

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

  • Gold, $1,773.90, Up $2.80.
  • Silver, $34.71, Down $0.08.
  • Platinum, $1,714.60, Up $34.10.
  • Palladium, $701.20, Up $12.20.

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Stocks report mild gains in anticipation of QE3

 

U.S. stocks are reporting modest gains today as investors are guarded in anticipation of potential quantitative easing (QE3). Thursday will conclude a two day session of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) after which many analysts foresee Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke potentially announcing further government stimulus. Economists are expecting the announcement following 43 consecutive months of unemployment above 8% and an economy that grew less than 2% in the second quarter of 2012. A poll of economists who put the chances of QE3 above 50% resulted in 39 out of 51 predicting action on the part of the Fed during this week. “Monetary stimulus will ‘shore up’ a fundamentally weak economy, as opposed to helping the U.S. economy attain a significantly faster underlying rate of growth,” said John Lonski, economist at Moody’s Investors Service.

Gold futures are also realizing humble gains as a German court ruling has allowed Berlin to ratify a final euro zone rescue fund along with news from the FOMC. “With the market’s main focus on this week’s [Fed] meeting…prices were buoyed by a stronger euro,” said strategists at HSBC. The next 24 hours could prove to be eventful for precious metals markets.

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

  • Gold, $1,732.30, Down $1.60.
  • Silver, $33.12, Down $0.46.
  • Platinum, $1,649.20, Up $41.20.
  • Palladium, $679.10, Up $4.30.

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