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Closing Gold & Silver Market Report – 4/1/2011

FED OFFICIAL WARNS OF OVER-OPTIMISM

Gold ended the first quarter on record highs and silver ended on its 31 year record, but both began April trading lower on perceived positive jobs news. If the job market is improving we may anticipate an end to the QE2 program and an interest rate hike later this year. However, William Dudley, president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, is warning of over-optimism with the economy. Up until now, loose monetary policy and currency devaluation has driven the price of gold and silver up. We are still seeing an increase in demand which is causing an increase in prices because individuals are flocking to the safe haven appeal of precious metals.

It is common for investors to sell off precious metals after positive gains; today’s dips could be part of the typical trend seen when there is positive news that bolsters the market. Another factor putting a damper on prices are the reports that Libyan rebels are calling for a cease-fire in the wake of U.S. withdrawing its warplanes. A Libyan official has said that Qaddafi’s regime is attempting to meet with the U.S, French, and other officials to put an end to the conflict.

The turbulent first quarter is over. As the geopolitical landscape begins to calm down and the U.S. economy tries to gain more stable ground, we still hear about issues coming from the euro zone.  Gold, silver, and the other precious metals react to market forces but their value survives beyond the monetary policy decisions of any bank or government.

At 4:13PM (CT) the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:

  • Gold – $1429.20 (down $10.70)
  • Silver – $37.91 (down 5 cents)
  • Platinum – $1768.50 (down $13.70)
  • Palladium - $775.50 (up $6.70)

The Royal Canadian Mint has recently released the second of four installments of its Wildlife Series, The Canadian Grizzly, to join The Canadian Wolf.

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