Weekly Gold & Silver Market Recap – 1/24/2014

GOLD REMAINS AT SIX-WEEK HIGH

Lower equities and a weaker U.S. dollar buoyed Precious Metals at the beginning of the week. Though gains were modest, Gold futures traded at their highest levels in almost six weeks. “I think the worst of the outflows is behind us,” Danny Laidler, head of ETF Securities’ Australia and New Zealand business, said. “A lot of our clients are still holding onto Gold as a risk-event hedge.” Gold bugs will continue to eye metals prices as Chinese demand ahead of the Lunar New Year, coupled with other economic factors, could continue to boost the yellow metal.

INVESTORS ANTICIPATE EARNING RESULTS FOR FOURTH QUARTER

The U.S. stock market closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. However, it was expected investors would be focused Tuesday as earnings season continues and several Dow Jones Industrial companies were slated to announce fourth quarter results. Strong earnings reports were needed to boost stocks as poor industrial output and weak employment data have weighed on equities to start 2014.

PRECIOUS METALS PRESSURED FROM QE SPECULATION

Precious Metals prices headed downward through mid-day trading Tuesday, giving back gains earned at the end of last week. Speculation of continued quantitative easing (QE) tapering, a stronger U.S. dollar and a downbeat price forecast for Gold this year have weighed on Precious Metals. Mike Cullinane, head of Treasuries trading with D.A. Davidson in St. Petersburg, Florida, said, “The view out there is there’s going to be continued tapering on a gradual basis. Another $10 billion in tapering is a logical way to go.”

THREE RISKS POSED TO STOCK MARKET

MarketWatch’s Jeff Reeves wrote about three risks that could crash the stock market  in 2014, the first being disappointing jobs numbers. Reeves wrote that December’s disappointing report (released at the beginning of this month) was an outlier due to the bad weather, but “of course, the second option is that December’s jobs numbers weren’t a fluke… Friday, Feb. 7 [is] going to be a big day for the markets when January jobs data hits.” The second risk is bad earnings. “Profit margins have been at record highs for a while and haven’t cracked, so why would they this earnings season? Or the next? That’s the million-dollar question, and a huge risk to watch.” A lending drought is also a large concern for the markets. “If reports continue to show slowing lending in the U.S. and around the world, it could get painful for investors.”

PLATINUM REMAINS STRONG AS STRIKES BEGIN

Precious Metals prices fell slightly Wednesday as the U.S. dollar and equities strengthened over the course of the day, which encouraged some profit taking. Gold has already felt pressure this year as the U.S. economy continues to reflect growth and stability, along with concerns of further stimulus reduction measures. The next Federal Reserve policy meeting is set for January 28-29, and the market predicts that the Fed will announce its second round of tapering. Platinum, on the other hand, was the only metal with positive performance Wednesday, due mainly to Impala Platinum shutting down production at all of its South African operations a day ahead of planned strikes concerning wages.

EUROPE TO EXIT DEBT CRISIS SOON

Europe’s financial crisis has been a major concern for several years; however some economists suggest they may be exiting their fiscal issues soon. For instance, Switzerland appears to have escaped its recessionary bonds and may begin to show growth again. Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO at WPP Group and noted British businessman, said, “I think the answer is yes-ish. There are two Europes. There’s a Western Europe and there’s an Eastern Europe. I’m very bullish about Eastern Europe,” which includes Germany, Poland and Russia. German economist Axel Weber said, “Everyone expects the eurozone to grow, so that’s good. After several years of crisis, it’s quite normal to look on the bright side of things, to get excited about improvements. It may be too one-sided of a view.”

WEAK JOBLESS CLAIMS SUPPORTS GOLD

The Gold price overturned Wednesday’s losses on Thursday as a weaker U.S. dollar and a flat jobless claims report indicated economic growth is not as robust as predicted. Federal Reserve policymakers look to employment numbers as an overall gauge of domestic economic growth and use the data to determine the future of their quantitative easing (QE) program. This week’s downward revision of jobless claims projections marks the second week in a row that employment expectations were altered. As next week’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting approaches, jobs data will remain central to Fed officials’ decision to perpetuate QE or not.

GOLD PRODUCTION TO BE CUT IN 2014

As U.S. investors look to employment numbers, stock momentum and the Federal Reserve to gain insight into the future of Precious Metals prices, last year’s price drop has affected production of physical Gold. “The miners were mining at the highest possible cost because the Gold price was going up and when it stopped going up, they had to reduce that. So that means that they will mine less Gold,” Peter Hambro, chairman of Russian Gold mining company Petropavlovsk, said. With smaller scale mining operations closing up shop, larger firms like Petropavlovsk are cutting production back significantly this year. The diminished supply of physical Gold prompted Reuters to predict the yellow metal would be unable to slip much below current levels.

GOLD TRADING FLAT, STILL SET FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WEEKLY GAIN

Precious Metals prices took a slight pullback Friday, though Gold was still poised for its fifth straight weekly gain. Even with today’s decline, an approaching Fed meeting and speculation that India will lower its import duty, many investors still have a positive outlook on Gold. Jeffrey Wright, managing director at H.C. Wainwright, said, “The existing pullback in equities markets has led to some ‘safe-haven’ buying, the potential for an increase in Gold imports to India if they lower the import duty, along with efforts in Europe to continue their own quantitative-easing policies are all supportive of Gold at the present time.”

 

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Weekly Gold & Silver Market Recap – 5/24/2013

GOLD BREAKS LOSING STREAK

This week brought an upward change the Gold price hasn’t seen in weeks. Gold & Silver experienced a dip Monday morning, but quickly recovered as technical trading gained positive momentum. “As the market started to come up, it was hitting [short-seller] stops and then that old huge level of support [for Silver], that low [traders] would put all their buy stops there. Once [prices] hit that, that’s when it did that parabolic move up,” RJO Futures senior commodities broker Phil Streible said. “All those shorts that got in this morning, they’re all covering, and all the longs that got blown out get back in on the long side.” Gold is also regaining confidence as there have been considerable selloffs in both Japanese stocks and the global equity markets. Investor sentiment quickly shifted toward the safe haven asset once economic concerns began to brew in Europe and Japan. “I think the feeling on the market is at the moment — considering how there’s been almost like a one-way street for equities over the last few months — will this just be a couple of days blip and then the buyers will return?” Ole Hansen, head of commodities strategy at Saxo Bank, said in a phone interview from Copenhagen. Gold’s negative correlation to the stock market was on display this week, as the yellow metal is heading for its best week in the past month. Mitsubishi analyst Jonathan Butler said, “The conditions are favourable for a continued role for Gold. Those loose economic policies aren’t coming to an end just yet, though there are some voices in favour of a more hawkish stance in the United States.”

ALL EYES ON THE FED

This week loomed very large in the United States, as Chicago’s Federal Reserve President Charles Evans spoke Monday in front of Congress on the outlook of the economy. “This series of events certainly has the potential to overshadow what is likely to be a relatively quiet start to the week for fundamental macroeconomic indicators out of the US, but the big question is precisely when we’ll see the market react to the imminent tighter monetary conditions,” GFT Markets market strategist Fawad Razaqzada said. Many believed the Fed would announce the slowdown of their easing program which could drastically change the global economic landscape. However, after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke on Wednesday it was clear that the easing will continue for now. When Bernanke speaks, the Gold market listens. Wednesday was no different when he said it was too early to slow down the central bank’s easing program based on current economic conditions. “The correlation of the dollar with Gold has been quite strong lately, and today’s weakness in the U.S. currency after Fed officials said it may be too early to be pulling back of QE (quantitative easing) certainly helps the metal,” Societe Generale analyst Robin Bhar said. While Gold enjoyed a positive week, not all financial markets can say the same. Ongoing concern surrounding the future of quantitative easing (QE) and weakness in Asian markets weigh on equities markets as stocks continue to trade down heading into the weekend. “Positive durable goods sales were unable to bring in any lasting support and instead may be having the opposite effect, providing more evidence for the Fed to begin tapering QE,” CMC Markets’ senior market analyst Colin Cieszynski said. This week’s markets slump could disrupt a four week winning streak for both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average.

At 4:45 pm (EDT), the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1387.00, Down $7.80.
  • Silver, $22.45, Down $0.17.
  • Platinum, $1453.60, Down $5.10.
  • Palladium, $730.30, Down $10.40.

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