ECB president’s comments boost euro, Gold


Uplifting comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi have boosted the euro for the second straight day, and Gold is following suit. BNP Paribas analyst Anne-Laure Tremblay said that positive news from the eurozone may not be the only thing supporting the Gold price. “Yesterday’s move above $1,600 an ounce was driven by more positive sentiment towards Gold on the back of growing anticipation for QE (quantitative easing). A move above $1,630 an ounce would be the sign of a more durable upward trend,” Tremblay said.

American stock futures are also higher on Draghi’s comments. Miller Tabak strategist Peter Boockvar said, “We’re seeing another instance of central bankers trying to save the day with the threat of their printing machine. Whenever Draghi talks about ‘policy transmission’ being hampered, it’s his Morse code for restarting their bond buying program.” In his comments, Draghi said the euro is irreversible, reaffirming his stance to save the common currency from breaking up.

United States jobless claims historically tend to be volatile in the month of July, and 2012 has been no different. The report today showed a larger than expected drop in new claims, though many economists aren’t sold on the good news. Bob Baur of Principal Global Investors said, “I’m not sure we can see a clean number for another week or two yet. I look at the labor market and see it’s gradually healing, just healing very slowly.  Businesses are reluctant to do anything.” The less volatile four week moving average dropped, as well, and is currently at its lowest level since March.

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

  • Gold, $1,615.60, Up $5.50.
  • Silver, $27.69, Up $0.14.
  • Platinum, $1,411.10, Up $11.70.
  • Palladium, $573.80, Up $7.50.

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