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Morning Gold & Silver Market Report – 7/1/2011

METALS DOWN AS INVESTORS AWAIT REPORTS

Stock futures are flat while precious metals trade down as investors await a key manufacturing index’s release later this morning.  Analysts are expecting the Institute for Supply Management’s June manufacturing index to remain close to 53%. Morten Kongshaug of Danske Bank explained that if the index drops to a level near 50%, it indicates another recession.  Also being released later will be automobile sales for June.  Rising oil prices, a gaining dollar, and Greece’s approval of an austerity package and plan have impacted the price of precious metals.

There have been no major developments regarding the U.S. debt ceiling since yesterday.  However, Syria and Libya are both in the news again.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Syria is running out of time to reform, or face more organized resistance.  She added, “[W]e’re looking for action not words and we haven’t seen enough of that.”  In Libya, rebels advancing towards Tripoli were pushed back by rockets from government forces.

At 8:00 am (CT) the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:

  • Gold - $1,489.50 (down $14.30 on the day)
  • Silver - $34.02 (down $0.88)
  • Platinum - $1,711.00 (down $15.10)
  • Palladium - $753.10 (down $9.60)

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