Gold Prices Slightly Lower in Overnight Trading

 

 

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.

 

European stocks are currently trading higher on the hopes of the European Central Bank stepping in with additional measures, while U.S. stock futures are trading lower as they await potential action.

 

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

 

 

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Precious metals rally on quantitative easing talks domestically, as well as internationally

 

Precious metals rally on quantitative easing talks domestically, as well as internationally. Gold in particular is continuing its upward movement as a result of the easing talks. Commodities manager Jeffrey Sherman said, “The gold market has been looking for any hints of any quantitative easing program. You are seeing this big bounce today off the fact that there could be something going on in euroland.” The ECB is potentially going to create new money to help sovereign bailouts within the eurozone, a potential boost to gold prices.

New home sales have fallen, creating a bit of a setback to the nominal housing market recovery. The drop was primarily due to a huge setback in the northeast. Economist Yelena Shulyatyeva said, “Housing will continue to recover gradually throughout the year, but fundamentals are not supportive of a fully fledged housing market recovery.” Meanwhile, fundamental data still suggests a marginal recovery as economist Joel Naroff said, “It is hard to believe that the market is turning downward when the home builders’ confidence index jumped in July to its highest level in over five years. Either developers are clueless or the data have yet to catch up with reality. I am on the side of the latter.”

Meanwhile concerns continue to grow over eurozone debt fears as a number of high ranking officials and even prime ministers are set to hit the European holiday season. After issuing a statement yesterday blasting bond traders for driving up Spain’s borrowing costs, Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble is now on a three week vacation. However, Germany’s Schaeuble and Prime Minister Angela Merkel are supported by gains in German bunds markets. The top two German officials’ vacation plans have investors looking elsewhere for crisis management.

At 5 p.m. (EDT) – the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,605.30, Up $27.10.
  • Silver, $27.39, Up $0.49.
  • Platinum, $1,400.40, Up $13.80.
  • Palladium, $566.00, Up $3.40.

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Gold Bounces Back Along with the Euro

 

Gold is recovering from recent losses along with the euro this morning. A policymaker from the European Central Bank hinted that Europe’s rescue fund could get a banking license, allowing easy access to cheap funding from the ECB. While just a small mention from one policymaker, it has been enough to snap a five-day losing streak for the euro.

Germany, which has long been the strong point in the eurozone, is starting to feel the heat from the rest of the eurozone, said Mike Jones of Bank of New Zealand. Jones said, “The economic weakness in Europe is spreading from the periphery to Germany. Even the engine of European growth is starting to lose steam, and that’s undermining European sentiment.”

The United Kingdom is also in a bad spot. Nick Parsons of National Australia Bank in London said that, by the end of the year, he expects an interest rate cut in the country and “more quantitative easing is going to be needed.” The U.K.’s economy shrank more than expected in the second quarter, showing that Britain has “deep-rooted economic problems,” Finance Minister George Osborne said.

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

  • Gold, $1,602.40, Up $24.60.
  • Silver, $27.34, Up $0.44.
  • Platinum, $1,403.60, Up $17.00.
  • Palladium, $567.60, Up $5.10.

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Credit Outlook Dims for Germany; U.S. Fiscal Cliff Looms

 

Precious metals continue to hold firm in the serious head winds afflicting other commodities markets. Gold in particular has been relatively range bound but in the current market conditions, that’s not an entirely bad thing. Analyst Hayden Atkins said, “Markets sold off really heavily yesterday, and gold held up pretty well against that. It is maybe the one thing that has really stayed solid against some pretty solid headwinds elsewhere.” Meanwhile the issues facing the euro have actually helped Gold in the eurozone as evidenced by Commerzbank’s note to investors which read, “Thanks to the euro’s depreciation vis-a-vis the U.S. dollar, gold in euro terms has been making gains for some time now. Since mid-May an upswing has become evident which in the current market environment should take the yellow metal on a further upward trajectory.”

Meanwhile Moody’s downgraded the credit outlooks of a few of the remaining Aaa rated countries in the eurozone. Those countries are Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Basically the main countries that would provide assistance to other countries in the region that may need financial assistance. The service released a statement saying, “Moody’s now has negative outlooks on those Aaa-rated euro-area sovereigns whose balance sheets are expected to bear the main financial burden of support — whether because of the need to expand the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) or the need to develop more ad hoc forms of liquidity support.”

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has already begun speaking towards the potential outcome of kicking the can down the road with the current fiscal situation. In an interview yesterday he said, “Many people who look at this say that, yes, you’d at least get a recession out of this. The cumulative size of those cuts – tax increases and spending cuts – are very, very large relative to the economy.” He also warned that any governmental failure could be quite damaging, relating it to the negative impact of losing the U.S. credit rating last year over debt ceiling talks. He said, “You saw huge damage to consumer confidence, to business confidence, and to confidence around the world in the United States because you had people in public office threatening to default on our nation’s obligations.”

At 9:00 a.m. (EDT) – the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,579.90, Up $1.00.
  • Silver, $27.06, Down $0.08.
  • Platinum, $1,397.60, Down $1.30.
  • Palladium, $569.40, Down $2.60.

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Investors look for monetory easing

The global economy is slowing, and that is driving a higher demand for Gold. Economic issues have been abundant lately. The situation in Europe has shown no signs of improvement. China’s economy has slowed to a pace not seen in almost three years. The reports in the United States also show a slowdown in key economic areas. “Issues surrounding Europe’s debt crisis and a slowing economy in the U.S. and China will offer support to (Gold) prices,” said Sun Yonggang at Everbright Futures Co.

On the European front, many observers say that Germany holds the key to economic recovery for the entire region. While that might be true, don’t expect the German people to agree to that theory. “Right now, people are making the same mistake and assuming that what is good for Volkswagen and BMW is good for Germany. But that isn’t true, either. The voters have already caught on. Whatever bailout their leaders might agree to at one of the endless ‘save the euro’ summits will simply get thrown out at the ballot box,” said Matthew Lynn, the founder of Strategy Economics.

In the United States, much talk has been about the lack of action taken by the Federal Reserve. With the reports of manufacturing and employment slowing, the conditions could be pointing toward another round of monetary easing by the Fed. “Extending Operation Twist was a less overt move for the Fed to keep interest rates low, but I think economic conditions are moving in a direction that it could become necessary for the Fed to pump money into the system in a more obvious way through QE3,” said Tom Schrader, managing director at Stifel Nicolaus.

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

  • Gold, $1,581.30, Up $0.00.
  • Silver, $27.27, Up $0.32.
  • Platinum, $1,430.10, Up $0.40.
  • Palladium, $584.00, Up $6.50.
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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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