-- Posted Friday, 22 February 2013 | | Disqus
Gold saw a $10.31 gain at $1587.21 in Asia before it fell back to $1569.88 at about 9:30AM EST, but it then rallied back higher in the last few hours of trade and ended with a gain of 0.23%. Silver slipped to as low as $28.345 before it also rallied back higher and ended with a gain of 0.28%.
Euro gold climbed back above €1198, platinum lost $4.50 to $1608.50, and copper dropped a couple of cents to about $3.54.
Gold and silver equities saw slight gains in the first half hour of trade, but they then fell back off midmorning and ended with modest losses on the day.
All of this week’s other economic reports:
NAHB Housing Market Index - February
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Next week’s economic highlights include the Case-Shiller 20-city Index, FHFA Housing Price Index, New Home Sales, and Consumer Confidence on Tuesday, Durable Goods Orders and Pending Home Sales on Wednesday, Initial Jobless Claims, GDP, and Chicago PMI on Thursday, and Personal Income and Spending, Core PCE Prices, Michigan Sentiment, the ISM Index, and Construction Spending on Friday.
Charts Courtesy of http://finance.yahoo.com/
Oil ended slightly higher on signs of improving German business morale.
The U.S. dollar index saw modest gains on uncertainty about the future of quantitative easing.
Treasuries fell as the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P rose on optimism about Europe.
Among the big names making news in the market Friday were Credit Suisse, Texas Instruments, Abercrombie, and KKR.
“Copper began a strong rally into the end of last year, followed by a selloff with a resumption of the rally into a new high for this year in February. Since that time however it has been straight down for this important bellwether metal. Today's selloff in the red metal marks a brand new low for 2013 and the matching of a nearly 2 month low.
A couple of things are at work here. First, traders fear Chinese action to ramp down speculative fever in the housing sector over there. The concern is that any slowdown in Chinese building, no matter what the source, is not good news for Copper.
Secondly, there continues to be a general theme of selling commodities by hedge funds here in the US as evidenced not only by this chart, but by the CCI (Continuous Commodity Index) chart as well.
I believe we will want to keep a close eye on this market. With the US equity market once again moving higher today while copper moves lower, there is a divergence that needs to be monitored. I personally believe copper is a much better indicator of future expected economic activity than is the US stock market, which has become a bubble fueled by investors chasing "it is the only yield game in town". Ultra low interest rates, courtesy of the destroyers at the Fed, have sent high octane money flows into stocks. At some point that game is going to come to an ugly and ignominious end. I am just not sure when. Seeing these guys pouring back into equities in spite of the massive high volume reversal day posted this week is quite extraordinary.
The bullish fever refuses to die. What is particularly worrisome to me is seeing the huge outflows from money market mutual funds. Those funds, which are taking some rather reckless risks to try to obtain some sort of return in this insanely low interest rate environment (can you tell by now that I despise the Fed for what it has done to punish savers and retirees), are watching their investors leaving in droves to go and chase the stock market higher. This sort of herd mentality is precisely what the Fed has wanted but it is also precisely the same sort of foolishness that sets up those latecomers to the stock market for serious losses.
Forget all that claptrap being spewed out of the mouths of the various Federal reserve officials when it comes to their "mandate". The Fed has become nothing more than a serial bubble blower and a manager of the mess inherent in such things.”- Dan Norcini, More at http://www.traderdannorcini.blogspot.com/
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Activity from: 2/21/2013
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Silver Warehouse Stocks:
Global Gold ETF Holdings
[WGC Sponsored ETF’s]
New York Stock Exchange Arca (NYSE Arca) AND Singapore Exchange (SGX) AND Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) AND Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx)
SPDR® Gold Shares
London Stock Exchange (LSE) AND NYSE Euronext Paris AND Borsa Italiana AND Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (Deutsche Börse - Xetra)
Gold Bullion Securities
London Stock Exchange (LSE) AND NYSE Euronext Paris AND Borsa Italiana AND Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (Deutsche Börse - Xetra) AND NYSE Euronext Amsterdam
ETFS Physical Gold
Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)
Gold Bullion Securities
Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE)
New Gold Debentures
Note: Change in Total Tonnes from yesterday’s data: SPDR subtracted 8.888 tonnes.
COMEX Gold Trust (IAU) Total Tonnes in Trust: 216.65: -1.66 change from yesterday’s data.
Silver Trust (SLV) Total Tonnes in Trust: 10,602.76: +63.15 change from yesterday’s data.
Allied Nevada’s (ANV) mine plan, Eldorado’s (EGO) fourth quarter results, and Hecla’s (HL) acquired interest in Brixton Metals were among the big stories in the gold and silver mining industry making headlines Friday.
1. Golden Star
GSS +7.95% $1.63
NSU +6.67% $3.84
ASM +6.43% $1.49
1. Allied Nevada
ANV -6.45% $19.43
IAG -4.54% $7.36
SA -2.90% $13.07
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