This week was one of contrarian messages. On one hand, there were forces indicating that the economy had turned the corner and would continue to improve. Presidents Obama’s State of the Union Address certainly painted such a picture. There was also supporting economic data, such as Friday’s GNP report. On the other hand, news surfaced that continued to inflame concerns about the global debt crisis. Japan’s long term debt rating was downgraded by Standard & Poor’s. It is apparent that the US Unemployment Rate is not going to improve significantly anytime soon. All week long, news of rioting and societal unrest in Egypt surfaced, reaching a fever pitch in the media on Friday, driving stocks down and precious metals prices up yet again.
No matter your opinion of the President’s State of the Union Address, it was decidedly more pro-business and most definitely upbeat on the economy. It was criticized for lack of details, although President Obama did propose a five-year freeze on non-discretionary defense spending. Most analysts depict this as “spare change” and an avoidance to tackle the more serious issues like raising taxes and cutting entitlement programs. The stock market began to move up and precious metal prices moved down. Perhaps the President should have coordinated better with the Federal Open Market Committee because the afternoon after he gave his speech, they came out with a more pessimistic view of the economy. Precious metal prices immediately began to surge.
By Thursday the pendulum had swung once again. The market once again developed a taste for risk so the stock market went way up and precious metals went way down. Never mind that the applications for jobless benefits went up.
Friday began slowly with a distinct downward pressure on precious metal prices. By mid-morning, the rumblings going on all week about riots in Egypt received more serious attention and began to strike fear in the heart of the risk takers. Money began to flow out of the stock market and raced towards more safe haven investments. Gold had its biggest jump in 12 weeks.
Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,343.40. The high during the week was on Monday, January 24th, at $1,354.00, while the low for the week occurred on Friday, January 28th, at $1,309.10. Gold ended the week down $3.80 at $1,339.60. This week, the most popular Gold bullion products were 2011 Gold American Eagles, 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Gold Bars, 2010 1/4 oz. Gold American Eagles and 2011 1 oz. Gold Maple Leafs.
Spot Silver prices opened this week at $27.56. Silver reached a high of $28.03 on Friday, January 28th, while this week’s low for Silver occurred earlier on Friday, January 28th, at $26.30. Silver ended the week up $0.47 at $28.03. The most popular Silver products on APMEX.com this week were 2011 Silver American Eagles, 2011 Silver Maple Leafs, and 1 oz. Silver Buffalo Rounds.
Spot Platinum prices opened this week at $1,829.70 and ended the week down $32.50 at $1,797.20. Popular Platinum products this week included, 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Platinum Bars, 1/10 oz. Platinum American Eagles, and 1 oz. Platinum American Eagles.
Spot Palladium prices opened this week at $823.40 and ended the week down $5.40 at $818.00. Palladium investors preferred 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars and Palladium Canadian Maple Leafs this week at APMEX.com.
Featured Bullion Product:
Each week, APMEX will review a different bullion product for the benefit of our readers. This week, we will review the Mexican Gold Libertads.
While coin collectors all over the world have long admired the beauty of the Mexican Gold Libertad bullion coins, many people are not familiar with the love story that inspired the coin’s striking design.
According to a Pre-Columbian legend, a warrior named Popocatepetl fell in love with Iztaccihautl, a king’s daughter, and earned a tentative marriage blessing from the king, on the condition that he win a battle against a rival tribe. While the battle delayed the warrior, a rival suitor started a rumor that Popocatepetl had been killed in the battle, and the fair maiden died of a broken heart.
Upon finally returning as the victor from the battle, Popocatepetl discovered the fate of his lover and buried her on top of a mountain range that assumed the shape of a sleeping lady in honor of the dead maiden. Grief-stricken, Popocatepetl climbed an adjacent mountain in order to keep eternal watch over his beloved.
To memorialize these legendary lovers, the Gold Libertad depicts a graceful angel and Popocatepetl and Iztaccihautl, the two iconic Mexican mountain peaks named after the lovers, on its obverse. Moreover, the Gold Libertad, also known as an “Gold Angels,” further celebrates the Mexican heritage on its reverse by featuring the Mexican Coat of Arms symbol of an eagle perched on a cactus, clutching a serpent in its beak.
Showcasing the design of the angel and the “Lovers’ Peaks” since 1991, the Libertad not only radiates beauty, but also preserves a Mexican legend of love and romance. A gem for collectors and investors alike, this gold coin contains 99.9% fine gold and is available in convenient 1/20 oz., 1/10 oz., 1/4 oz., 1/2 oz., and 1 oz. weights. For its reflection of Mexican tradition and its gold value, the Libertad is a gold coin worth adding to any coin collection.