Mid-Day Gold & Silver Market Report – 2/5/2014
STOCK UNCERTAINTY BOOSTS APPEAL OF GOLD
Gold is trading higher today as mixed economic reports leave room for uncertainty among investors who are dubious about the strength of the U.S. economy. Precious Metals have been trading in a tight range over the last several months but have been receiving a moderate boost as a volatile equities market has increased the safe-haven appeal of Gold and Silver. "Any significant drop in equities could trigger renewed gold purchases. This is gold's best chance for a near-term rally we believe," James Steel, chief Precious Metals analyst at HSBC, said. The outlook for Gold in the near future has appeared rather bleak following tightening of the Federal Reserve’s ultra-loose monetary policy. However, the traditional inverse correlation of price movement with stocks and Gold is at the forefront as investors closely eye U.S. equities for signs of further correction.
U.S. stocks are trading flat today as many market analysts are skittish following substantial market volatility over the last two weeks. Some are claiming the recent corrective nature of the stock market is healthy while others, such as famed analyst and market timer Tom Demark, are deciphering more ominous indicators from recent market behavior. Synching up data from the Dow Jones Industrial Average from the fall of 1929 (just before Black Tuesday and the subsequent dip into the depths of the Great Depression), and the Dow pattern he has tracked over recent months, Demark has extracted a nearly identical configuration that he suggests could lead to a 60 percent drop in the benchmark index. “What we're seeing right now, if the market does unravel, I think we'll have a 60% correction of 40% off the high. Which would put us about 1100,” Demark, said.
At 2:11 p.m. (ET), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:
- Gold, $1,260.20, Up $7.00.
- Silver, $19.95, Up $0.47.
- Platinum, $1,382.50, Up $7.10.
- Palladium, $708.80, Up $7.70.
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