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January 24: Gold and Silver Fall About 1% and 2%

Chris Mullen
Thursday, January 24th


















JSE Gold































The Metals:


Gold fell to as low as $1665.12 at about 10AM EST before it bounced back higher in the next hour of trade, but it then drifted back lower again into the close and ended with a loss of 1.06%. Silver slipped to as low as $31.60 and ended with a loss of 1.83%.


Euro gold fell to about €1247, platinum lost $3.50 to $1680.50, and copper fell slightly to about $3.66.


Gold and silver equities fell throughout most of trade and ended with over 3% losses.

The Economy:







Initial Claims





Leading Indicators






Tomorrow at 10AM EST brings New Home Sales for December expected at 385,000.


The Markets:


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


Oil added to early gains after the Energy Information Administration reported that crude inventories rose 2.8 million barrels, gasoline inventories fell 1.7 million barrels, and distillates rose 500,000 barrels.


The U.S. dollar index found slight gains and treasuries fell on better than expected jobs data that sent the Dow and S&P higher, but the Nasdaq fell on disappointing results from Apple.


Among the big names making news in the market today were Lockheed, Raytheon, Netflix, Delta, Boeing, United and Southwest, Nokia, Janus, and Apple.

The Commentary:


Yesterday I mentioned that gold had stalled out at its 50 day moving average, which just so happens to come in very near the psychological resistance level of $1700. Today it was knocked lower and hit its 200 day moving average on the downside which has stopped its descent, for now.


There looks to me to be a couple of things going on here. The first is a technical failure with its inability to get a handle of $17" in front of it. That must occur for momentum based buying to come in, buying which I might add is necessary if this thing is going to do anything to excite the bulls. The Swap Dealers and Bullion Banks are selling very heavily at this level and are absorbing all of the bids coming into the market.


The second is that I get the distinct feeling that what we are seeing is disenchanted short term oriented traders who are giving up in disgust at gold's lackluster performance and are looking for more fertile grounds elsewhere. And why should they not at this point seeing that it is the equity markets that are attracting all the hot money flows.


Yet again we see the S&P 500 just made a FIVE YEAR high! That is where the action is and that is where the money flows are going to go. Bernanke and his merry crew of modern day alchemists have gotten precisely what they are looking for. Even the bond market refuses to break sharply lower with interest rates hovering stubbornly near the 1.84% level on the 10 Year.


The VIX moved a bit higher today, surprisingly so but then again, maybe the fact that the S&P stop less than 3 points away from the 1500 level has even rattled the cages of even the most die-hard equity perma-bulls. That index has already risen 5% since the end of last year and the month of January is not even over yet.


Back to gold however, the RSI has once again retreated lower failing to best the 60 level indicating that the gold market continues to be stuck in a broad trading range bounded by $1630-$1640 on the bottom and $1697-$1700 on the top. Volatility in the gold option pit is nearly comatose indicating the absence of any speculative fever whatsoever. Quiet markets like this make me nervous because they can make big moves in either direction at any time. With gold, the tendency is to make the big move lower when the gold shares continue reeking to high heaven. The HUI fell through its floor of support at 420 as if it were non-existent.


AS I have written previously, one can make all manner of bullish arguments for the gold shares but until the LARGER INVESTMENT COMMUNITY actually subscribes to that view and begins putting their money into the sector, nothing is going to happen. Repeat after me - SPECULATORS DRIVE MARKETS and without speculators willing to chase prices higher, stocks go nowhere.


Case in point - compare the S&P 500 with the HUI and you will see where the speculative money is going... I was telling a friend the other day that gold share investors would have been better off doing absolutely nothing after the credit crisis erupted in 2008 and leaving all of their money in a broad equity index mutual fund rather than actually attempting to understand what was happening to our financial system.


I guess that either group cannot complain in one sense - both the S&P 500 and the HUI are right back to where they were in 2008. So consider it as FIVE LONG WASTED YEARS. Motto - Drink heavily and deeply and do nothing but watch reality shows with the rest of the population.


The dumbed-down citizenry of this nation whom still do this day have no clue as to what actually happened with the economic system are no worse off than those of us who do know! Ah yes, ignorance is indeed bliss it would seem.


This is yet another important reason to lean to read price charts to move into and out of markets when the signals inform you. It will save a lot of frustration not to mention make it much more profitable for you as an investor.


This having been said, the next level of chart support on the HUI does not come in until near 400. Barring any surprises, that is more than likely where the index is heading. It had better hold there and especially above 380 for should it not, there is no support on the chart until 342 or so.


The Silver chart looks a little better than the gold chart right now but it failed to take out $32.50, that critical resistance level we have been talking about on the KWN WEEKLY METALS WRAP and is now retreating. There is a band of support (former resistance) that can be seen near today's session low which will need to hold to prevent the metal from dropping back to $31.


The RSI is still in an uptrend but it, just like with gold, failed to extend beyond the 60 level. Translation - while the market bias is still friendly, it remains mired within a broader range bounded by $32.50 on the top and supported near $30 on the bottom. For silver to get anything going to the upside it must first take out yesterday's high near $32.50 and preferably get a close above $33.- Dan Norcini, More at http://www.traderdannorcini.blogspot.com/


GATA Posts:



Russian central bank to keep buying gold, moving away from risky paper assets

Royal Canadian Mint starts rationing silver coins

Jeff Nielson: Thinking silver? Talk to the gold bugs

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Central bankers should be brought to heel by elected parliaments


The Statistics:

As of close of business: 1/23/2013

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)

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 1.807 tonnes.


COMEX Gold Trust (IAU) Total Tonnes in Trust: 219.58: No change from yesterday’s data.


Silver Trust (SLV) Total Tonnes in Trust: 10,689.86: No change from yesterday’s data.


The Miners:


AuRico’s (AUQ) issuer bid, Centerra’s (CG.TO) closed transaction, Keegan’s (KGN) Joint Management Information Circular, Alamos Gold’s (AGI.TO) response to Aurizon’s (AZK) Director’s Circular, Silvercorp’s (SVM) response to class action lawsuits, Great Panther’s (GPL) director resignation, Aurcana’s (AUN.V) drill results, and Fortuna’s (FSM) acquisition and option agreement were among the big stories in the gold and silver mining industry making headlines today.



1. Northern Dynasty

NAK +3.49% $3.86

2. Mines MGMT

MGN +2.52% $1.22

3. Solitario

XPL +1.96% $1.66


1. Tanzanian Royalty

TRX -7.75% $3.45

2. McEwen

MUX -7.10% $3.40

3. Almaden

AAU -6.62% $2.82

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.


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