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Closing Gold & Silver Market Report –4/14/2014

HIGHER BORROWING COSTS, SLOW TAPERING AND WEAK ECONOMIC REPORTS BOOST GOLD

Gold is trading higher again today as Federal Reserve policy continues to lend momentum to Precious Metals prices.  Weak economic reports coupled with slow tapering of monetary stimulus and higher forecasted borrowing costs may push the yellow metal beyond expectations for the first quarter.  “Gold has been so zeroed in on central bank policy that the release of the minutes made it more likely that the Fed is going to taper much more slowly [than some traders expected,]” Jeffrey Sica, president of Sica Wealth Management, said. “There was such a divergence between what people originally thought the minutes meant.” If economic figures continue to come in lower than anticipated, U.S. central bank policy could continue to put pressure on the dollar and boost Gold and Silver prices. 

U.S. stocks rose sharply to end the day as retail sales data showed its highest climb since 2012.  "We're hopeful that today's upward price action is not confined, but we're also cognizant of continued unrest in that geography [of turmoil in Ukraine]," Jim Russell, senior equity strategist for US Bank Wealth Management, said.  "The markets are watching; it's borderline unforecastable," Russell added.  U.S. investors will continue to closely eye geopolitical developments and domestic economic reports to gain insight into the short-term price trajectories for stocks and Precious Metals alike. 

At 5 p.m. (ET), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,329.50, Up $8.50.
  • Silver, $20.02, Up $0.02.
  • Platinum, $1,466.10, Up $3.50.
  • Palladium, $811.00, Up $3.20.

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