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Gold Seeker Closing Report: Gold and Silver End Slightly Lower
By: Chris Mullen,

 -- Published: Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | Print  | Disqus 



















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The Metals:


Gold traded between $1308.12 and $1314.01 in Asia before it fell back to $1305.20 by a little after 10AM EST, but it then bounced back higher midday and ended with a loss of just 0.21%.  Silver rose to $19.705 in London, but it then fell back off in late trade and ended with a loss of 0.25%.


Euro gold fell to under €939, platinum gained $3 to $1448, and copper remained at about $3.05.


Gold and silver equities traded mostly slightly lower and ended with about 0.5% losses.


The Economy:







Trade Balance






U.S. economy to see faster growth after winter freeze: OECD Reuters


Tomorrow brings Productivity, Unit Labor Costs, and Consumer Credit.


The Markets:


Charts Courtesy of


Oil ended slightly higher in mixed trade.


The U.S. dollar index fell as the euro rose on strong service sector data.


Treasuries saw slight gains as the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P dropped on poor earnings reports.


Among the big names making news in the market today were Barclays, Office Depot, Merck and Bayer, DirecTV, GM, AIG, Coca-Cola, and GE and Alstom.


The Commentary:


What seemed the set the tone in the Forex markets today was the various European PMI numbers that were released very early in the morning our time. The composite PMI (both services and manufacturing) came in at 54 but it was the individual countries which sparked the Euro. Spain registered a 56.5, up from 54.0 in March. Italy showed a 51.1 reading compared to 49.5 in March. UK services scored a 58.7 compared to 57.6 in March.

Once those numbers hit the wires, the Euro shot through 1.39, a technical resistance level which has been containing the upside for the Euro for some time now.

If that wasn't bad enough for the US Dollar, the Canadian Dollar jumped when Canada's trade data was released. Even the Yen was higher today. The problem that the Dollar is currently having is that the Fed, while continuing to taper and reduce the amount of bond buying, has laid out its forward guidance in a manner that suggests that there are not going to be any interest rate hikes for perhaps a full year out. When traders look at that, and they see general economic improvement elsewhere, they are bypassing the Dollar. It does not seem to be a case of aggressive Dollar selling but rather one in which it is being passed over - in other words, more an absence of strong and eager buyers. Markets follow the path of least resistance and without any dedicated buyers, that means down for the Dollar, for now.

There is a lot of guessing taking place as to what the ECB is going to do there because complaints about the strength in the Euro are increasing among some European manufacturing interests. That, and the fact that Eurozone inflation remains very subdued, too subdued in the minds of some. They of course are blaming that on the strong currency.

If the ECB were to surprise the market (which currently is not expecting them to do so) by an early rate cut, instead of waiting until June as the market broadly expects, that could be expected to weaken the currency but for now, traders are chasing it higher as the technical chart breakout is bringing in momentum buying.

When one looks at the events in Ukraine, and realizes that Europe is the special region where the impact from any serious escalation of events over there would impact, watching the Euro move higher like this is rather interesting to say the least. Traders are obviously putting that on the back burner today and focusing on the PMI numbers.

One thing that the stronger Euro is succeeding in doing is to drive the price of gold in Euros down at a faster clip than gold priced in US Dollars today.


Euro gold is stuck in a range trade just like its Dollar-priced counterpart. The ADX shows a trendless market but one in which bearish forces are currently dominating. You can see both the resistance zone and the support zone I have noted. For the potential to trend to occur, one of these zones will need to be convincingly taken out.

This is the same problem that gold has been encountering for some time now. With economic data improving, and with gold throwing off no yield, it is taking geopolitical issues to keep it supported. Otherwise, traders/investors are opting for higher-yielding assets. That is keeping the market trapped within a range.

The one plus for this is that silver is actually a bit higher as a result of the strong European economic data. Even copper managed to firm.

Hard Red Winter Wheat is leading the grain complex today as beans succumb to talk of increasing imports from S. America. Drought and heat are hurting yield in key growing regions for the KC wheat and traders are pushing prices higher. Also aiding the move higher is that unrest in Ukraine, a key wheat growing region.

I will try to get more up a bit later... wanted to give a short update as to why the Dollar was moving lower today.- Dan Norcini, More at


GATA Posts:



In report on gold manipulation lawsuits, NYTimes cites GATA as 'offbeat activists'


The Statistics:

Activity from: 5/05/2014

Gold Warehouse Stocks:



Silver Warehouse Stocks:




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




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: 164.02: No change from yesterday’s data.


Silver Trust (SLV) Total Tonnes in Trust: 10,380.03: +70.36 change from yesterday’s data.


The Miners:


Randgold’s (GOLD) dividend, SEMAFO’s (SMF.TO) first quarter results, and Exeter’s (XRA) Preliminary Economic Assessment were among the big stories in the gold and silver mining industry making headlines today.



1.  SilverCrest

SVLC +2.96% $1.87

2.  Alexco

AXU +2.19% $1.40

3.  Franco-Nevada

FNV +1.78% $49.64



1.  Allied Nevada

ANV -5.76% $3.28

2.  Harmony

HMY -4.79% $3.18

3.  Gold Resource

GORO-4.16% $3.92

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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