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Closing Gold & Silver Market Report – 7/28/2014

GOLD, EQUITIES EVEN AS MARKETS AWAIT FED ANNOUNCEMENT

Gold is trading flat today as investors weigh geopolitical turmoil and await the Federal Reserve’s monthly policy meeting later this week.  Though there are pervasive expectations for another $10 billion reduction in stimulus measures, most investors are anxiously awaiting news on the future of U.S. interest rates. In his latest analysis, Mitsubishi Precious Metals strategist Jonathan Butler said, "The Fed is likely to sound another cautious note on interest rates at [Wednesday's] meeting, but any signs of an early rate tightening will be seized on by Gold bears."  As violence continues to erupt between Hamas and Israel, there remains upward pressure on Precious Metals as Gold and Silver have both traditionally benefited from times of geopolitical unrest. 

U.S. stocks are also relatively flat today as equities investors also await the conclusion of the Fed meeting.  “The market has been very benign,” Pioneer Investments investment strategist Sam Wardwell said. “You got a little bit [of]geopolitical fear out there. We’re still on track and as long as wars in the rest of the world don’t upset the upper card, the second half of this year continues to look like it’s going to be a gradually improving year.”  The stock market has been on a tear in 2014 with the S&P 500 reaching another all-time high at the end of last week.  Many traders and investors will likely stay sidelined this week until the conclusion of the Fed meeting gives a clearer picture for the near-term future of Gold and equities. 

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

  • Gold, $1,304.80 Up $0.50
  • Silver, $20.62 Down $0.02
  • Platinum, $1,493.00 Up $13.40
  • Palladium, $881.90 Up $1.10

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