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By: Chris Mullen, Gold-Seeker.com

 -- Published: Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Print  | Disqus 

 

Close

Gain/Loss

Gold

$1235.50

+$1.60

Silver

$18.71

+$0.03

XAU

92.88

+0.76%

HUI

222.43

+0.48%

GDM

669.37

+0.44%

JSE Gold

1353.29

-3.66

USD

84.07

-0.17

Euro

129.60

+0.20

Yen

93.33

+0.03

Oil

$94.78

+$1.88

10-Year

2.589%

-0.002

Bond

137.4375

-0.125

Dow

17131.97

+0.59%

Nasdaq

4552.75

+0.75%

S&P

1998.98

+0.75%

 
 

 

The Metals:

 

Gold climbed $8.01 to $1241.91 in London before it dropped back to $1232.14 at about 10AM EST, but it then bounced back higher in late morning trade and ended with a gain of 0.13%.  Silver rose to $18.848 in London before it fell back to $18.616, but it still ended with a gain of 0.16%.

 

Euro gold remained at about €953, platinum gained $3 to $1362, and copper jumped 7 cents to about $3.16.

 

Gold and silver equities fell over 1% in the first half hour of trade, but they then rose to see about 1% gains by late morning and remained near that level for the rest of the day.

 

The Economy:

 

Report

For

Reading

Expected

Previous

PPI

Aug

0.0%

0.0%

0.1%

Core PPI

Aug

0.1%

0.1%

0.2%

 

Hilsenrath says “considerable time” will stay in the Fed statement  ForexLive

Yellen Rate Raises Seen as Slow in Survey as Inflation Muted  Bloomberg

U.S. CEOs gloomier about hiring, spending plans: survey  Reuters

 

Tomorrow brings CPI, the Current Account Balance, the NAHB Housing Market Index, and a FOMC Rate Decision.

 

The Markets:

 

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

 

Oil found notable gains “after OPEC Secretary General Abdallah El-Badri told reporters he expected the group to lower its oil output target.”

 

The U.S. dollar fell while the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P rose on speculation that tomorrow’s fed statement may be more dovish than previously expected.

 

Among the big names making news in the market today were UPS, Tesla, Calpers, Sears, Uber, and Sprint.

 

The Commentary:

 

If you ever want to know why we commodity traders are occasionally prone to be heard muttering meaningless, seemingly disconnected sentences, rambling incoherent utterances and other assorted bewildering, strange words, it is because life in the commodity futures pits can produce some of the most inexplicable and bizarre moments that the vast majority of sane, otherwise blissfully ignorant folks will never quite comprehend.

Take copper for example. Around 10:00 CDT, the red metal began to lift sharply higher on big volume. Something began to rattle the shorts in the market. Then at the start of the next hour, it really took off. Look at the extent of the price spike. It ran from 3.10 to near 3.21, a HUGE 11 cent per pound jump on no discernible news whatsoever. By the way, for enquiring minds, that is a near $2500.00 move per contract! Do any of you remember that recent COT chart I posted of the copper market noting the hedge funds had begun positioning on the short side of the market in anticipation of slowing global economic growth? Well guess what? They all must have run at the same time!

 

I am still trying to discover what the catalyst was to shove copper prices this much higher in such a short period of time. I did note however that the move higher in the copper also coincided with a strong burst of buying in the crude oil and related energy markets. Also, in trading the soybean market, I also noted a surge of buying interest coming in at the same time. This all occurred against a backdrop of a push higher in the major currencies against the US Dollar.

What this tells me, and I still do not know the reason behind the move, was that this was the same old MACRO TRADE that we have seen in the past wherein INDEX FUNDS come in and buy a basket of commodities, across the board, regardless of fundamentals, because of the lower dollar trade. That will explain some of this but a large part of the move across the sector was also due to hedge fund short covering.

What makes this even more strange is that expectations are that the press release coming from the FOMC tomorrow is expected to provide some more definitive data on any upcoming rate hike. That has been expected to provide another upside boost to the US Dollar. Maybe the market is changing its views on that? Who knows? Whatever the reason the initial burst of buying has seemed to abate somewhat as the panicked shorts in the red metal apparently have been flushed out but now what?

Also, this big buying binge has been accompanied by another surge in the equity markets with the S&P climbing back above 1990.

I can tell you this - anyone who dismisses the Dollar's significance when it comes to asset prices is making a huge mistake. That big macro trade is always ready to come piling on or come piling off.

By the way, at the risk of having some fun with the "Gold is Always Manipulated All the Time" crowd, ( GIAMATT), is a big short squeeze higher considered upside manipulation or it is "Normal"? Those of us who have borne the brunt of the attacks from this group already know the answer to that. I merely point this out to show their complete silence by way of their condoning sharp spikes higher in price while constantly complaining and bemoaning all sharp moves lower in price. "oh Ye Hypocrites - why art thou so silent at such sinister conduct"? Enough fun for now however!

Remember, copper prices have been taking their cue mainly from disappointing Chinese economic data news with traders fearing a slowdown in the expected growth rate would crimp demand for the metal. Combine that with Dollar strength due to expectations, whether perceived rightly or wrongly is immaterial, of higher interest rates here in the US, and commodities have distinctly fallen out of favor with would be buyers, not to mention been the target of aggressive hedge fund related selling. Any sort of news therefore that sends the Dollar lower (such as dovish talk on interest rates ), for whatever reason, can easily spark a big wave of short covering across the commodity complex.

That is exactly what we got across the vast majority of the complex this AM.

Keep in mind that there are many who believe that the economy is in no shape to handle higher interest rates as it is not growing near fast enough nor has enough inherent strength to overcome the drag that would come from higher loan rates.

We'll see whether this is a one-day blip (although it is terrifying if one is short in some of those markets that experienced a squeeze of this nature) and it all is for naught tomorrow when we get the actual FOMC decision to taper another $10 billion in QE plus news on the interest rate front or it is might be the start of more prolonged move.

I tend to think it is the former and will fade out fairly quickly but with these goofy markets and computers running the show, anything is possible. All one can do is to stay nimble and either learn to get the hell out of the way or trade very small at times. Be careful out there folks! If the FOMC release tomorrow is considered dovish, there could very well be more selling pressure seen in the Dollar, even though the Euro zone is a mess and going nowhere anytime soon. Ditto that for Japan.- Dan Norcini
, More at http://www.traderdannorcini.blogspot.com/

 

“• While technical trading is dominating gold right now and could cause a triple bottom test around $1,180, I believe the risk is $50 -$100 lower and $500 - $1,000 higher. Physical demand (or lack of) shall ultimately rule.
• During a broadening major top, many key divergences are ignored by the bulls. Such shall be the case this time around for U.S. stocks. We continue to see increasing bearish divergences.
• Obama will go down in history as the worse President of the modern era.
• Look for them at next year’s parade.
• John Crudele continues to expose the farce regarding the Census Bureau and monthly employment accounting.
• Little or no inflation? It’s just a fantasy in the real world.” - Peter Grandich, http://moneytalks.net/peters-content.html

 

GATA Posts:

 

 

Gartman Letter cites Koos Jansen and Gold Newsletter on Chinese gold demand

Gold's move from West to East is said intended to rebalance FX reserves

Indian trade deficit widens as gold imports surge 176%

 

The Statistics:

Activity from: 9/15/2014

Gold Warehouse Stocks:

9,749,907.972

-32,250.00

Silver Warehouse Stocks:

183,035,905.590

+568,339.03

 

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

788.404

25,347,990

US$31,226m

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$5,500m

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$444m

Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE)

New Gold Debentures

38.04

1,222,979

US$1,509m

Note: No change in Total Tonnes from yesterday’s data.

 

COMEX Gold Trust (IAU) Total Tonnes in Trust: 164.72: No change from yesterday’s data.

 

Silver Trust (SLV) Total Tonnes in Trust: 10,559.32: No change from yesterday’s data.

 

The Miners:

 

Newmont’s (NEM) export permit in Indonesia and inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and Seabridge Gold’s (SA) drill results were among the big stories in the gold and silver mining industry making headlines today.

 

WINNERS

1.  Great Panther

GPL +13.64% $1.25

2.  Allied Nevada

ANV +8.61% $3.91

3.  Lake Shore

LSG +6.47% $1.05

 

LOSERS

1.  Revett

RVM -3.51% $1.10

2.  Primero

PPP -2.48% $5.89

3.  Comstock

LODE -2.16% $1.36

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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