Gold Climbs Higher


Gold prices have made a significant move upwards today due to uncommonly positive news from Europe. Andrey Kryuchenkov, an analyst at VTB Capital summed it up by saying, “The (European Central Bank) comments that the (European Stability Mechanism) can eventually get a banking license and a pronounced euro rebound against the U.S. dollar drove gold prices to 2-1/2 week highs.”

The good news out of Europe today could be short lived. Reports from Spain and Greece are far from positive. In Spain the debt is getting to the point of needing a full bailout. In Greece, the problem is paying on the bailout they have already received. Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was quoted as saying, “There are certainly delays in this year’s agreed program, and we must quickly catch up.” Another official speaking on condition of anonymity was much blunter, as the official said, “The debt-sustainability analysis will be pretty terrible.”

The issues in Europe have not gone unnoticed by the United States Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. It has been seen that when a large global economic power such as Europe struggles, the effects are seen worldwide. “The economic recession in Europe is hurting economic growth around the world and the ongoing financial stress is causing a general tightening of financial conditions, exacerbating the global slowdown,” Geithner said in testimony before the House Financial Services Committee.

At 1:00 pm (EDT), the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1606.90, Up $28.70.
  • Silver, $27.40, Up $0.50.
  • Platinum, $1400.50, Up $13.90.
  • Palladium, $565.50, Up $2.90.

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Markets Fall as Europe Fears Swell

Gold retreated today as Europe continued to fan the flames of fear across the globe.  Markets were in selloff mode, as more than 2/3 of stocks on the New York Stock Exchange lost value and oil fell below $80 a barrel for the first time in eight months.  “Concerns over the prospects of Greece leaving the European Union and the resulting impact on the euro zone’s future economic health had sellers out in force,” said Alan Herbst, a principal at Utilis Advisory Group.

Despite gold’s drop in price recently, many analysts remain bullish on the long-term prospects.  “I remain constructive on gold as a store of value, or an alternative currency, but instead investors are using it as a source of cash or stepping over to go to the more traditional bastions of safety, as in the German bund, the U.S. dollar or Treasurys,”  said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott. It seems that investors are using gold as an insurance policy, and filing claims to raise their cash positions.

Speculation abounds as to who will be tapped to fill the job of Treasury Secretary once Timothy Geithner steps down after the November elections.  The new secretary will undoubtedly have a full plate of issues to deal with, from a trillion-dollar deficit in the American budget to a debt crisis in Europe and our strategic relationship with China.

At 4 p.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1562.80, Down $15.30.
  • Silver, $27.86, Down $0.41.
  • Platinum, $1427.40, Down $33.00.
  • Palladium, $596.00, Down $21.60.
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