At 12PM (CT) the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:
Gold – $1,425.50 | +$2.70
Silver – $35.99 | -$0.02
Platinum – $1,753.00 | -$29.70
Palladium – $750.20 | -$16.30
COMMENTARY: Gold and silver have remained relatively flat today, while platinum and palladium are down on concerns over the automobile industry. The safe-haven demand for gold and silver is still there, Phil Streible of Lind-Waldock reports (video). However, Japan is selling gold and converting it to cash in the wake of the recent disaster. Continuing the recent trend of push-and-pull on gold prices, we see the sell-off in Japan pressuring prices downward, whereas the safe-haven demand pressures it upward. Stocks are down (upward pressure on gold), but so is oil, which may ease inflation concerns (downward pressure on gold).
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