Mid-Day Gold & Silver Market Report – 5/15/2013
STRONG DOLLAR, ETF LIQUIDATION WEIGH ON GOLD
Gold continued to descend Wednesday as the price dove below $1,400 leaving the metal poised for a fifth straight session of losses. A strong U.S. dollar and the ongoing exodus from exchange traded funds (ETFs) weighed heavily on the Gold price, which is currently down about 15 percent on the year. An appetite for higher risk has drawn many investors out of traditional safe havens like Gold back in to the stock market. Analysts at Commerzbank AG reported that another 6 tons of electronically traded Gold holdings were off-loaded yesterday, which brings the current tally to 412 tons since the beginning of 2013. Though the recent price drop has caused an onslaught of panic selling in electronic markets, physical demand for Gold coins and bars remains high as investors seek to take advantage of low prices.
Equities markets continued their advance today despite reports of U.S. industrial contraction in April. “It's disconcerting that the data was so much lower than what we were looking for, but there's no reason for investors to sell,” Michael Binger, senior portfolio manager at Gradient Investments, said. “The main things driving the market - the Fed, earnings, consumer confidence - are holding up, and people put money in the market on any down day. I still see a lot of value.” Though the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 continue to post record numbers, many analysts wonder if the rally can be sustained as traditionally low summer trading volume and speculation over curbing the scale of monetary easing could halt the progress of the blossoming market.
At 1:17 p.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:
- Gold, $1,397.60, Down $29.90.
- Silver, $22.78, Down $0.71.
- Platinum, $1,493.00, Down $10.40.
- Palladium, $730.80, Up $1.60.
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