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Mid-Day Gold & Silver Market Report – 3/21/2014

METALS TRADING HIGHER; U.S. DOLLAR LOSES GROUND

Precious Metals are continuing to trade mostly higher through mid-day trading.  However, even with today’s price increase, Gold is set for its biggest weekly pullback in nearly four months.  Jonathan Citrin, founder and executive chairman of CitrinGroup said, “Gold has had an interesting ride as it pinballs between Crimea fears and Fed expectations.  On the week, [Fed] Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s press conference pushed speculators away from the precious metal as anticipation of nearer-term rising rates became more commonplace.”  He then went on to say Gold, “has exemplified an increase in fluctuation due to investor emotion as exchange-traded funds allow for easier access; with a now nonexistent barrier to entry, the metal ebbs and flows with great urgency — this week finding itself stuck in an emotional tug of war between [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and [the Fed’s] Yellen.”

The U.S. dollars three day rally hit a wall Friday as the euro has gained strength. Manuel Oliveri, FX strategist at Credit Agricole said, “There is a reassessment of Fed rate hike expectations that is taking place which is keeping the dollar pegged back. The euro, on the other hand, is being supported by inflows into European stocks, and together with the current account situation, we should see a bit of upside in the euro.”  This could potentially provide a boost to Gold which historically has had a positive relationship with the euro.

At 1:42 p.m. (ET), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,338.20, Up $5.70.
  • Silver, $20.34, Down $0.13.
  • Platinum, $1,437.30, Up $0.50.
  • Palladium, $789.70, Up $18.10.
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