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Gold fell almost $20 to $1331.79 at about 8AM EST before it bounced back higher in New York, but it still ended with a loss of 1.21%. Silver slipped to as low as $21.045 and ended with a loss of 1.12%.
Euro gold fell under €972, platinum gained $3 to $1458, and copper climbed 4 cents to about $3.21.
Gold and silver equities traded mostly slightly lower and ended with modest losses.
Obama budget sets up election-year clash with Republicans Reuters
There were no major economic reports today. Tomorrow brings ADP Employment, ISM Services, and the fed’s Beige Book.
Charts Courtesy of http://finance.yahoo.com/
Oil fell on easing worries about Russia and Ukraine that sent treasuries lower and the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P higher. The U.S. dollar index edged higher as the yen fell on increased risk appetite.
Among the big names making news in the market today were Dish, Apple, RadioShack, and Qualcomm.
“Apologies for the lack of commentary yesterday - a bit busy and worn out from trying to navigate the Ukranian-based volatility.
Watching the price action in gold last evening was an exercise in the difficulties in trading gold, or for that matter, any commodity futures markets, based on geopolitical events. They can be so volatile, so unpredictable, so fluid that those who overload their account with related positions run the very real, and unfortunately, all too frequent risk of having those positions turn against them without the least bit of warning.
The yellow metal dropped rather rudely last evening here in the US ( daytime in Ukraine). Moments later the news showed up on the wire services that Putin had seemed to dismiss the use of military force ( for the moment) in dealing with the situation on the ground in the Crimea region. That sent gold bulls packing faster than one can say: "Oligopoly". Dip buyers did show up later in the session however as the situation is quite fluid.
AS a side note - buying PHYSICAL gold because one has been told that a nuclear WWIII is just around the corner as some are now claiming ( personally I dismiss this altogether) might make sense to some but for goodness sake, do not go piling into the highly leveraged Gold futures market at the Comex based on those sorts of wild claims. You will inevitably ending up buying at the highs while the market then drops off leaving you stranded and with deep losses.
I have already gone on record in the comments section here but might as well go on record on the "front page" as stating that my suggestion is that the West should stop meddling in Russia's back yard and get behind a national referendum there in Ukraine to split the region into two parts with the Eastern half being given the option to remain under Russia's umbrella while the Western half can drift into the sphere of European influence. My guess is that such a vote would pass. Russia would retain its warm water port on the Black Sea and the Western half could then get bailed out by Germany, who would more than likely be sorry that they adopted it as Ukraine is an economic basket-case. The US itself has NO strategic interest, especially in the Crimea region.
While chart technical levels are important to watch in trading, geopolitical events tend to make buying solely on chart patterns very tricky for the reasons stated above. Let me leave it at that for now. Traders, if you are going to stick your neck out and trade this yellow metal right now, do yourself a favor and stick your mouse hand in a bowl of icy water until it goes numb and you cannot move it. There are better opportunities without the risk of staying awake for endless hours out there.
This is one time when the physical gold buyers can sleep much better. If things happen to escalate and tensions get higher, they have their metal in hand. If things calm down, they still have their metal in hand. Traders on the other hand, can easily end up battered and bruised as no one knows how these events will unfold, contrary to the many confident and reckless predictions that now abound.”- Dan Norcini, More at http://www.traderdannorcini.blogspot.com/
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Activity from: 3/03/2014
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New York Stock Exchange Arca (NYSE Arca) AND Singapore Exchange (SGX) AND Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) AND Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) AND Mexico Stock Exchange (BMV)
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: No change in Total Tonnes from yesterday’s data.
COMEX Gold Trust (IAU) Total Tonnes in Trust: 164.57: +0.33 change from yesterday’s data.
Silver Trust (SLV) Total Tonnes in Trust: 10,168.47: -35.89 change from yesterday’s data.
Claude’s (CGR) closed project sale and Fresnillo’s (FRES.L) 2013 results were among the big stories in the gold and silver mining industry making headlines today.
TRQ +5.79% $3.84
2. Rio Alto
RIOM +5.31% $2.28
3. Gold Resource
GORO +4.04% $5.41
AUQ -4.62% $4.75
2. Gold Fields
GFI -3.74% $3.60
3. MAG Silver
MVG -3.32% $8.15
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