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By: Chris Mullen, Gold-Seeker.com

 -- Published: Thursday, 1 May 2014 | Print  | Disqus 

 

Close

Gain/Loss

Gold

$1284.90

-$5.50

Silver

$19.06

-$0.13

XAU

91.11

-1.38%

HUI

222.38

-1.49%

GDM

661.56

-1.17%

JSE Gold

1551.70

+8.26

USD

79.53

+0.04

Euro

138.65

-0.02

Yen

97.76

-0.08

Oil

$99.42

-$0.32

10-Year

2.606%

-0.042

Bond

135.5625

+0.625

Dow

16558.87

-0.01%

Nasdaq

4127.45

+0.31%

S&P

16558.87

-0.13%

 
 

 

The Metals:

 

Gold dropped $12.81 to $1277.59 at about 9AM EST, but it then bounced back higher into the close and ended with a loss of just 0.43%.  Silver slipped to as low as $18.857 and ended with a loss of 0.68%.

 

Euro gold fell to about €927, platinum lost $1 to $1421, and copper remained at about $3.03.

 

Gold and silver equities fell over 1% at the open and remained near that level for the rest of the day.

 

The Economy:

 

Report

For

Reading

Expected

Previous

Initial Claims

4/26

344K

315K

330K

Personal Income

Mar

0.5%

0.4%

0.4%

Personal Spending

Mar

0.9%

0.6%

0.5%

PCE Prices – Core

Mar

0.2%

0.2%

0.1%

ISM Index

Apr

54.9

54.5

53.7

Construction Spending

Mar

0.2%

0.4%

-0.2%

 

Tomorrow brings April’s jobs data and Factory Orders for March.

 

The Markets:

 

Charts Courtesy of http://finance.yahoo.com/

 

Oil ended slightly lower as the U.S. dollar index edged higher on mixed economic data that sent treasuries higher.

 

The Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P waffled near unchanged in quiet trade ahead of tomorrow’s jobs report.

 

Among the big names making news in the market today were Exxon and MasterCard.

 

The Commentary:

 

Gold has once again fallen into a support region on the charts which continues to gain in importance as it is being tested yet again. The more it is tested, the greater the chance of it breaking for each test begins with the top side of the range moving lower, first from near $1400, then from just above $1320 and most recently from slightly above the $1300 level. Resistance is moving lower and lower but thus far the $1280 level has held.

Bulls have their backs up against the proverbial wall therefore as we head into tomorrow's big payrolls number report. Any strong number is going to break their backs. If the number comes in weak, they will have dodged a bullet yet once more.

Were it not for this report due out tomorrow, I do not believe $1280 would have held today. Bears are reluctant to press it further due to the volatile nature of these recent jobs reports. They do not want to take the chance of getting blindsided by another miserable number. Bulls however are in serious trouble if the number is strong as that will remove yet another leg of support under their already wobbly stool.

Out of all the economic data releases that regularly hit the market, these payroll reports are the most important and most illuminating. Ultimately the health of the economy depends more on the number of people working that anything else in my view. Given the Fed's rather optimistic reading of the economy in the FOMC statement yesterday (remember, they blamed the weather for the poor showing), anything that confirms an improvement on the labor front will be viewed as confirmation that the QE program is on track to be phased out entirely before this year is out.

In looking at the chart, note that gold has not yet had a CLOSE below $1280 since February. It has closed right at that level or just barely above it, but has always managed to bounce higher. A good part of this has been due to geopolitical concerns involving the Ukrainian situation. While that factor remains in play, it seems to be fading from traders' minds as the turmoil looks to remain localized in that region (for now). That makes tomorrow's report all the more critical to gold's fortunes moving ahead.

 

Let's see what we will get.

Grains are weaker again today as those weather forecasts look much more conducive to planting prospects this weekend and into next week. Also, soybean export sales were terrible as the high prices appear to be doing their work at rationing demand. Funds are big longs in both the corn and beans so this will bear watching. Thus far they have been buying dips and keeping prices supported but if their computers shift into sell mode, watch out. Again, this has not yet happened however as the pattern of late has been for them to come charging back in just ahead of the closing bell. We'll see if that is the case today or not.

New crop December corn seems to have run into a temporary wall just shy of the $5.20 level. New crop November beans have done the same near $12.50.

Currencies are rather subdued today - again, I suspect this is due to the upcoming payrolls report tomorrow. No one wants to get too aggressive ahead of it.

Some good news, at least for consumers and some businesses, gasoline prices have fallen back below the $3.00 level wholesale. They have lost almost $0.20 over the last week. We should see a bit of relief showing up the pump shortly as a result.- Dan Norcini, More at http://www.traderdannorcini.blogspot.com/

 

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The Statistics:

Activity from: 4/30/2014

Gold Warehouse Stocks:

7,885,384.180

-50,199.004

Silver Warehouse Stocks:

174,309,543.948

-173,916.703

 

Global Gold ETF Holdings

[WGC Sponsored ETF’s]

 

Product name

Total Tonnes

Total Ounces

Total Value

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

787.945

25,333,216

US$32,374m

London Stock Exchange (LSE) AND NYSE Euronext Paris AND Borsa Italiana AND Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (Deutsche Börse - Xetra)

Gold Bullion Securities

138.13

4,441,056

US$5,696m

London Stock Exchange (LSE) AND NYSE Euronext Paris AND Borsa Italiana AND Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (Deutsche Börse - Xetra) AND NYSE Euronext Amsterdam

ETFS Physical Gold

152.66

4,908,200

US$8,004m

Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)

Gold Bullion Securities

11.16

358,789

US$461m

Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE)

New Gold Debentures

40.85

1,313,498

US$1,688m

Note: Change in Total Tonnes from yesterday’s data: SPDR subtracted 4.194 tonnes.

 

COMEX Gold Trust (IAU) Total Tonnes in Trust: 164.41: No change from yesterday’s data.

 

Silver Trust (SLV) Total Tonnes in Trust: 10,178.17: No change from yesterday’s data.

 

The Miners:

 

Seabridge’s (SA) annual report, Goldcorp’s (GG) first quarter results and annual guidance, Royal Gold’s third quarter results, leadership changes, and reserve and production forecasts, Paramount’s discovery, and Aurcana’s (AUN.V) 2013 results were among the big stories in the gold and silver mining industry making headlines today.

 

WINNERS

1.  Mines Management

MGN +7.09% $1.36

2.  Solitario

XPL +2.83% $1.14

3.  Alexco

AXU +2.33% $1.32

 

LOSERS

1.  Buenaventura

BVN-9.23% $11.76

2.  McEwen

MUX -8.33% $2.20

3.  Allied Nevada

ANV -4.13% $3.25

Winners & Losers tracks NYSE and AMEX listed gold and silver mining stocks that trade over $1.

       

Please see Yahoo’s Mining/Metals News Wire for all of today’s mining news.

 

- Chris Mullen, Gold Seeker Report

 

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