At 12PM (CT) the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:
Gold – $1,409.40 | -$21.20
Silver – $35.09 | -$1.03
Platinum – $1,764.00 | -$39.00
Palladium – $767.60 | -$15.00
Precious metals prices are continuing to drop, likely pulled down by profit-taking and selling-off to cover losses in other commodity markets and equity. “…[T]here is margin selling in gold to cover the weakness in the stock market,” says Tom Pawlicki of MF Global. The news of the day would typically have precious metals prices trending upward, as tensions in the Middle East and North Africa continue to be worrisome to investors. Also, stocks took a hit after China posted its largest trade deficit in seven years for the month of February. A trade surplus was originally expected. Economists believe the drop is only temporary, but there is concern out of the world’s fastest-growing economy.
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