• Gold: 1,266.08 1.11
  • Silver: 17.20 -0.09
  • Euro: 1.089 0.001
  • USDX: 99.067 -0.009
  • Oil: 49.04 -0.27

Market Report: French election prompts correction

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Gold and silver were sold down in the futures market this week, after the first round of the French presidential election last Sunday. We are led to believe the hedge funds were bullish of precious metals because Marine Le Pen had a good chance of becoming president in the second round.

Precious Metals Are in Alignment for a Major Ascent

Writing a missive such as this one has been a labor of love for me since the mid-1980s when I began to observe how stock market investors behaved at or near major inflection points—meaning "tops" and "bottoms." It all began in London, Ontario, in the summer of 1982 when I was in attendance at the annual London Chamber of Commerce Annual Canada Day barbecue where business types of all persuasions came together to "try to hustle up some new business," a 1980's version of the 2017 term "networking."

March 29: Gold and Silver Gain While Stocks Chop

Gold saw slight losses in Asia, but it then chopped up to as high as $1254.60 in early afternoon New York trade and ended with a gain of 0.21%. Silver rose to as high as $18.232 and ended with a gain of 0.5%.

March Comex Silver "Deliveries"

Given my past experience in dealing with the CFTC, in no way do I expect any aggressive action from this neutered and fully-controlled agency. Instead, I just thought it would be fun to see if I heard anything back from them at all. Will I even get a response? I can tell you that, so far, I haven't even received one of those "thank you for writing us, we'll look into it" emails so it's not looking good. However, if I do eventually hear from them, I'll be sure to write follow-up to this post.

March 28: Gold and Silver End Mixed While Stocks Bounce Back

Gold fell $4.10 to $1251.20 in Asia before it bounced back to $1258.20 in midmorning New York trade, but it then fell to a new session low of $1247.70 in afternoon trade and ended with a loss of 0.39%. Silver rose to as high as $18.233 before it also fell back off, but it still ended with a gain of 0.17%.

Silver Market Morning: Mar 28 2017 - Gold holding high ground and likely to rise!

For gold, before London opened on Monday Shanghai had already reacted through the western night. It was at $1,257 when we first looked during Shanghai’s day on Monday and is currently holding that level now. If it holds above $1,250 it will have broken through overhead resistance, which will become support, which appears to be happening now.

March 27: Gold Gains and Silver Rises 2%

Gold gained $13.10 to $1261.00 in midmorning New York trade before it chopped back to $1252.80 in the next couple of hours, but it then bounced back higher in afternoon trade and ended with a gain of 0.59%. Silver surged to as high as $18.126 and ended with a gain of 2.03%.

March 24: Gold and Silver Gain Roughly 2% on the Week

Gold fell $5.20 to $1241.00 in Asia, but it then chopped back higher for most of the rest of trade and ended near its late session high of $1251.80 with a gain of 0.14%. Silver rose to as high as $17.776 and ended with a gain of 0.91%.

Silver Market Morning: Mar 24 2017 - Gold facing a critical day!

The Healthcare Bill is not just about healthcare or about Donald Trump but about the ability of the Republican majority to turn what has been political gridlock for the last two terms into decisive government. If the bill fails to pass today, it implies that despite the hype about President Trump’s ‘get things done’ ability, the government remains in political gridlock, with the majority disunited. That implies a lower dollar, lower equities [where the rise since his election accounts for 14% of the rise in the Dow] and higher gold.

March 23: Gold and Silver End Mixed Before Health Care Vote

Gold gained $5.30 to $1253.10 at about 9AM EST before it fell back to $1242.90 in early afternoon trade and then bounced back higher at times, but it still ended with a loss of 0.13%. Silver rose to as high as $17.68 before it also chopped back lower, but it still ended with a gain of 0.29%.

Silver Market Morning: Mar 23 2017 - Gold making new gains!

You will note how Shanghai prices have been steady after jumping with London and New York’s ‘discounts’ narrowing a great deal. We attribute this to arbitrageurs or western dealers making sure their prices are not out of line. Why do we stress this? It shows the lessening impact of western news items and COMEX actions. It ensures that gold prices are more currency related. We believe it is already reducing the volatility in global gold markets.

March 22: Gold and Silver Gain Again

Gold gained $4.40 to $1249.00 in Asia before it fell back to unchanged at $1244.60 in London, but it then jumped to as high as $1251.30 in New York and ended with a gain of 0.26%. Silver rose to as high as $17.586 and ended with a gain of 0.06%.

Silver Market Morning: Mar 22 2017 - Gold holding new gains!

The gold price in Shanghai jumped 2.50 Yuan today, but the rise was greater when translated into the weak dollar. As you can see, London and New York are trying to catch up with Shanghai as the price differentials narrow. That’s why the concept of a ‘Chinese gold price premium’ distorts the reality of what’s happening. China is no longer a distant sub-market of London, while India continues to be so, as that country with its gold taxes and political interference cannot function nearly as well as Shanghai with its highly developed, huge, physical market.

March 21: Gold and Silver Gain While Stocks Drop Over 1%

Gold fell $7.80 to $1226.80 in Asia, but it then jumped to as high as $1247.60 in New York and ended with a gain of 0.81%. Silver surged to as high as $17.592 and ended with a gain of 0.57%.

Silver Market Morning: Mar 21 2017 - Gold still consolidating at higher levels!

Turning back to the G-20 statement we note that the G-20 maintained its call for competitive devaluations and FX market instability to be avoided. While it goes against brazen devaluations for the sake of gaining competitive advantage, protectionism will alter trade balances, which will affect exchange rates. Behind such international plays, nations do attempt to keep their exchange rates low and lower. So while brazen currency wars are to be avoided, they will continue indirectly.

Silver 1/70th The Price of Gold – Silver Eagles Sales Jump

– Silver just 1/70th the price of gold – Silver at $17.50 per ounce set to rise “faster than gold” – Silver Eagles (1 oz) buying jumps to 715,000 this week – “Supply may drop following mine closures” – Standard Chartered – Industrial demand “will remain strong” – CPM Group – Silver is substantially undervalued versus gold – Gold silver ratio to fall back below 30

March 20: Gold and Silver Gain With Bonds

Gold gained $6.60 to $1235.40 in Asia before it pared down to $1230.30 in London, but it then rallied back higher in New York and ended with a gain of 0.47%. Silver rose to as high as $17.457 and ended with a gain of 0.23%.

Silver Market Morning: Mar 20 2017 - Gold consolidating at higher levels!

The price differential between the three centers is widening again as China once again is leading the way on gold prices. But you will note that Chinese gold prices have barely changed in the last two days leading to the conclusion that Shanghai is making the gold price but exchange rate changes are changing prices in other currencies. The dollar continues to weaken taking gold prices higher there.

March 17: Gold and Silver Gain 2% on the Week

Gold chopped up to $1231.50 at about 10AM EST before it drifted back lower at times, but it still ended with a gain of 0.2%. Silver rose to as high as $17.412 and ended with a gain of 0.35%.

Market Report: Turning the corner

Silver is getting left behind as our introductory chart shows, with it up only 8.7% this year so far, while gold is up 6.5%. Normally, silver moves on average slightly less than twice that of gold, suggesting the right price for silver should be about $17.80. Silver’s slight loss in performance is shown in the gold/silver ratio, which is our next chart.

Silver Market Morning: Mar 17 2017 - Gold jumping after the Fed!

At the close in Shanghai today, the gold price was trading at 275.90 Yuan, which directly translates into $1,242.46. But allowing for the difference of gold being traded this equates to a price of $1,237.46. This more than $11.16 higher than the New York close and $10.46 higher than London. As you can see the price differentials between the three centers has been narrowing considerably. With today being a day when the gold markets are taking a breather after the rise we expect the differentials to continue to narrow as Shanghai pulls gold prices higher across the world.

Is Silver a Better Value than Gold Right Now?

Earlier this month, I wrote that we would have a window of a few more days to weeks in order to get on board with gold and silver mining stocks at a good price for the first half of this year. I also have written extensively this year about the necessity of using hedges during raids on gold and silver combined with temporary moves to cash to balance out any downside exposure during these raids, and mentioned that again we had applied some hedges against paper gold and paper silver during this last raid. We unwound one hedge last Friday, and we unwound the others earlier this week.

March 16: Gold and Silver Gain Again

Gold gained $8.80 to $1228.80 in Asia before it dropped back to $1223.40 in London, but it then climbed to a new session high of $1233.40 in New York and ended with a gain of 0.52%. Silver rose to as high as $17.551 before it fell back to $17.244 in early afternoon New York trade, but it then bounced back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.06%.

Silver Market Morning: March-16-2017 -- Silver jumping after the Fed!

As we said yesterday, “One of the dangers of getting carried away by the early days of a new President is that markets can run too far and ahead of the realities facing that President. This may well prove to be the case with the sell-off in gold of late.....” The Fed has not joined in that exuberance, instead of just raising interest rates by 0.25% but making dovish statements that while a total on 3 rate hikes can be expected, the Fed will maintain its accommodative stance. This disappointed many markets sending equity markets higher [because the fear of much higher rates in the future has dissipated] and the dollar lower against all currencies. Gold benefitted and traded higher, but the digestion of the Fed’s speech leaves more gold price rises to come.

March 15: Gold and Silver Gain Almost 2% And 3% After Dovish Fed

Gold gained $6.50 to $1205.20 in Asia before it fell back under unchanged at $1197.80 just after 10AM EST, but it then shot to as high as $1220.60 in the last minutes of trade and ended with a gain of 1.78%. Silver jumped to as high as $17.35 and ended with a gain of 2.55%.

Silver Market Morning: Mar 15 2017 - Gold still waiting for the Fed!

At the close in Shanghai today, the gold price was trading at 272.50 Yuan, which directly translates into $1,226.16. But allowing for the difference of gold being traded this equates to a price of $1,221.16. This more than $22.46 higher than the New York close and $19.16 higher than London.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -1,329,524.330 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -1,329,524.330 ounces

July 27: Gold and Silver Gain About 2% on the Week

Gold climbed almost 1% to $1629.31 at around 8:20AM EST before it drifted back lower at times in New York, but it then bounced back higher in late trade and ended with a gain of 0.48%. Silver surged to as high as $27.839 before it also fell back off at times, but it still ended with a gain of 0.98%.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -287,542.774 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -287,542.774 ounces

iShares Silver Trust: 9,759.01 tonnes

iShares Silver Trust: 9,759.01 tonnes

First Majestic Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP. (AG: NYSE; FR: TSX) (the "Company" or "First Majestic") is pleased to announce the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial results for the Company for the second quarter ending June 30, 2012. The full version of the financial statements and the management discussion and analysis can be viewed on the Company's web site at www.firstmajestic.com or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

SilverCrest Announces Trading on NYSE MKT to Commence August 27, 2012

SilverCrest Mines Inc. (SVL.V)(STVZF) ("SilverCrest" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that its common shares have been authorized for listing on the NYSE MKT in New York. The shares will begin trading on the NYSE MKT on August 27, 2012 under the trading symbol "SVLC". The Company's common shares will continue to be listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol "SVL".

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: +555,536.41 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: +555,536.41 ounces

September 4: Gold and Silver Gain With Dollar

Gold fell a few dollars from last Friday’s close to $1688.31 by a little after 9:30AM EST before it jumped back to $1698.76 in the next half hour of trade and then drifted back lower midday, but it then rallied back higher in late trade and ended with a gain of 0.21%. Silver climbed to $32.27 in Asia before it slipped to $31.90 in London, but it then climbed to as high as $32.40 in New York and ended with a gain of 1.84%.

Fed launches big stimulus, to buy bonds until jobs rebound

The Federal Reserve launched another aggressive stimulus program on Thursday, saying it will buy $40 billion of mortgage debt per month and continue to purchase assets until the outlook for jobs improves substantially.

September 20: Gold and Silver End Mixed

Gold fell $14.70 to $1755.80 at about 6:20AM EST, but it then rose to as high as $1770.42 in New York and ended with a loss of just 0.12%. Silver slipped to as low as $34.084 in London, but it also rallied back higher in New York and ended near its midday high of $34.692 with a gain of 0.03%.

September 26: Gold and Silver End Mixed

Gold dropped $24.60 to $1736.80 by a little before 11AM EST before it bounced back higher midday, but it still ended with a loss of 0.57%. Silver slipped to as low as $33.32 by a little after 8AM EST, but it then rallied back higher throughout most of the rest of trade and ended with a gain of 0.56%.

October 4: Gold and Silver Gain With Stocks and Oil

Gold climbed $16.56 to $1795.06 just before 2PM EST before it pared its gains a bit after the fed released Minutes from their September 12th meeting, but it still ended with a gain of 0.69%. Silver rose to $35.092 in early New York trade before it fell back to $34.655 in the next 15 minutes of trade, but it then rallied back higher for most of the rest of trade and ended with a gain of 1.16%.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -379,504.528 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -379,504.528 ounces

Fortuna reports record production of 1,027,741 ounces of silver and 5,348 ounces of gold for the third quarter 2012

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM | TSX: FVI | BVL: FVI | Frankfurt: F4S.F) announces production figures for the third quarter of 2012 from its two 100% owned operating underground mines in Latin America, the San Jose mine in Mexico and the Caylloma mine in Peru.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: +561,944.440 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: +561,944.440 ounces

October 17: Gold and Silver Gain While Dollar Drops

Gold climbed up to $1753.30 in Asia before it fell back to $1742.79 by a little before 10AM EST, but it then rallied back higher in the next couple of hours of trade and ended with a gain of 0.6%. Silver rose to $33.14 before it fell back to $32.847, but it then rose to a new session high of $33.255 and ended with a gain of 0.61%.

Silver Stocks vs. Palladium

Before making any investment decision it’s usually good to look at the situation from different perspectives and make sure that the action that you are about to take is really justified. In fact, the same is the case with any other decision as well. In the precious metals market the analysis of gold is usually supplemented by the analysis of silver and gold stocks. At times, analysts focus on other markets that often influence metals: currencies and the general stock market.

November 9: Gold and Silver Gain Over 3% and 5% on the Week

Gold fell $5.72 to $1727.08 by a little after 8AM EST before it climbed to as high as $1738.67 in the next couple of hours of trade, but it then fell back off into the close and ended with a loss of 0.1%. Silver slipped to $32.057 before it shot up to $32.775 and then also fell back off, but it still ended with a gain of 0.46%.

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,711.9 down just over $2.00 on Friday. This morning, Asia and London dealers took higher to trade at $1,723.45 ahead of London’s opening. It was Fixed at $1,723.25 up $13.25 and in the euro at €1,349.663 up €7 from yesterday while the euro was at €1: $1.2768. Ahead of New York’s opening, gold was slightly stronger at $1,724.45 and in the euro at €1,350.49.

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,729.20 up $1.50 on yesterday. This morning, Asian and London dealers took the gold price higher to trade at $1,729.70 ahead of London’s opening. It was Fixed at $1,729.75 up $3.00 on yesterday morning’s Fix. In the euro it was Fixed at €1,344.226 down €6.5 from yesterday while the euro was stronger at €1: $1.2868. Ahead of New York’s opening, gold was almost the same at $1,730.25 and in the euro at €1,343.73.

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,729.20 barely changed on yesterday. This morning, Asian and London dealers took the gold price higher to trade at $1,734 ahead of London’s opening. It was Fixed at $1,734.75 up $5.00 on yesterday morning’s Fix. In the euro it was Fixed at €1,345.393 up €1 from yesterday while the euro was slightly stronger at €1: $1.2894. Ahead of New York’s opening, gold was almost the same at $1,733.79 and in the euro at €1,343.73.

November 30: Gold and Silver Fall Almost 2% on the Week

Gold gained $6 to $1731.60 in Asia, but it then fell to as low as $1708.39 in New York and ended with a loss of 0.72%. Silver slumped to as low as $33.151 and ended with a loss of 2.43%.

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,715.20 yesterday. This morning, Asian dealers pushed prices down, unusually, to $1,705 before London opened. It was Fixed at $1,703.00 down $3.75 on yesterday’s Fix. In the euro it was Fixed at €1,300.794 down €5.354 while the euro was stronger at €1: $1.3092 and stabilizing. Ahead of New York’s opening, gold was $1,702.5 and in the euro at €1,301.01.

December 10: Gold and Silver Gain With Stocks

Gold climbed to as high as $1717.20 by about 8:30AM EST before it drifted back lower for most of the rest of trade, but it still ended with a gain of 0.44%. Silver rose to as high as $33.415 ended with a gain of 0.39%.

December 11: Gold and Silver End Slightly Lower

Gold climbed $2.70 to $1714.30 by a little before 8AM EST before it fell back to $1704.82 in the next two and a half hours of trade, but it then rallied back higher for most of the rest of trade and ended with a loss of just 0.09%. Silver bumped up to $33.22 before it dropped back to $32.758 and then bounced back higher, but it still ended with a loss of 0.72%.

Pure Bull

PM prices hit yesterday on “supposed” fears that the clueless Fed didn’t announce enough MONEY PRINTING – though they did EXACTLY what was expected – and “deflation fears” when the Dow tanked mid-Afternoon in response to rumors of the long-awaited Moody’s downgrades, announced after the market close. Like the Fed announcement, no one can claim anything was “unexpected” about these downgrades – and, more importantly, such downgrades (in freely traded markets) are PM BULLISH.

Silver Market Morning

Gold closed in New York at $1,573 again. London moved down only slightly to $1,569, while the euro weakened slightly to €1: $1.2450, 50 cents lower. The gold Fix was set at $1,567.75 the same as yesterday and in the euro €1,261.466, €6 higher. Ahead of New York’s opening, gold stood at $1,571.30 and in the euro, €1,260.97 while the euro was at €1: $1.2461.

Silver’s split personality feeds steep price drop

Silver’s split personality as an industrial and precious metal contributed to a steep drop for the second quarter, as the metal’s economic demand prospects and safe-haven appeal duel for investors’ attention.

Silver Market Morning

Gold closed in New York at $1,576.60 up $8. Asia and London took it down $10 to $1,566 as the euro continued to fall and ahead of London’s morning Fix today was set at $1,565.50 down $11 and in the euro at €1,281.097 down €3, while the euro stood at €1: $1.2220 down another 50 cents. Ahead of New York’s opening gold stood at $1,564.10 in the middle and in the euro at €1,284.84 almost unchanged on yesterday.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -378,196.144 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -378,196.144 ounces

Gold & Silver Fear Indexes

A discussion with James Turk this week renewed my interest in his Fear Index. So I decided to calculate the current figure. Given the 2.8% GFI figure listed in the equation below, clearly the gold market mania phase is only beginning, when compared to the 1980's peak.

Silver Market Morning

After a weekend of critical European elections the gold price started the week in Asia lower at $1,638 lower in the dollar [-$3] but higher in the euro at just below €1: $1.30 then recovered. In the euro the gold price stood at €1,260 up €20 just ahead of London’s opening. There is no Fixing in London today as it is a public holiday. Ahead of New York’s opening it stood at $1,641.25 and in the euro €1,258.53 while the euro was at €1: $1.3041.

Whatever It Takes

The world’s markets are alight with excitement regarding the brain-dead repetition of ECB head Mario Draghi stating he’ll do “whatever it takes” to save the Euro. In other words, what he’s said – and DONE – all along, PRINT MONEY, MANIPULATE MARKETS, and disseminate PROPAGANDA.

July 30: Gold and Silver End Mixed

Gold fell $9.32 to $1614.08 by about 8:30AM EST, but it then climbed to as high as $1624.86 in afternoon New York trade and ended with a loss of 0.08%. Silver slipped to $27.53 in Asia, but it then rose to as high as $28.23 in New York and ended with a gain of 1.55%.

GATA's Chris Powell on the Silver Manipulation Probe & the Fed Gold Audit!

Welcome to Capital Account. JP Morgan said in a court filing that PFG's subpoena of the bank may be overly burdensome. Will JP Morgan find a way to get out of it? It looks like they could be off the hook for accusations of silver manipulation. The Financial Times reported US regulators are increasingly likely to drop the four year investigation of silver manipulation, failing to find enough evidence. Bart Chilton, CFTC Commissioner, told a Motley Fool reporter that this FT report is premature and inaccurate. We find out what Chris Powell, co-founder and treasurer of the Gold Anti- Trust Action Committee, thinks.

Target 1 reached on silver (update on gold)

The initial profit taking target of the "Descending Triangle" pattern of the daily chart (right hand side below) on silver has been reached. The "Head and Shoulders" pattern on the daily chart is still in play.

Fighting Headwinds

This morning, PMs have been fighting the (coerced) headwinds created by the “debate” of whether an official, overt “QE3” program will be launched by the Fed, and WHEN. Why anyone would believe Bernanke would introduce – or even hint at – such a plan at Congressional hearings is beyond me, as such an occurrence has NEVER occurred in U.S. history.

Bolivia says may compensate South American Silver

The Bolivian government is willing to compensate South American Silver Corp for revoking its concession on the Malku Khota project, but it will be far less than the $16 million the company says it has invested, the country's vice president said on Thursday.

Euro shorts smell blood

Within the eurozone there are great stresses. At one extreme there are punitive costs of borrowing for Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy; at the other there is zero or negative interest rates for Germany, the Netherlands and Finland. Doubtless the first group begets the second, as captive investors in euros have to buy government bonds, and this requirement is being funnelled away from risk into safety.

Weekend Update - Silver

In Silver the volume has barely been 40,000 contracts lately on the daily chart, and "Open Interest" is around 120,000 contracts. Those traders who currently have a big position in Silver have a "ruling" hand right now. Should large orders "at the market" come in to cover shorts, or liquidate long positions it is likely to cause violent price action out of nowhere.

NYMEX Daily Reports

The CME Group Daily Bulletin now contains information formerly found in the NYMEX, COMEX and DME fact sheets and open interest reports. However, only those products that have volume and open interest are displayed. Please review the Daily Bulletin Sample and Description to familiarize yourself with the new format.

June 12: Gold and Silver Gain About 1%

Gold fell $13.81 to $1586.39 by a little before 6AM EST, but it then shot back higher in morning New York trade and ended near its midday high of $1617.38 with a gain of 0.71%. Silver surged to as high as $29.042 and ended with a gain of 1.29%.