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Mid-Day Gold & Silver Market Report – 4/7/2011

ANOTHER JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE ROCKS THE STOCK MARKET

The stock market dropped nearly 100 points on reports that a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s northeastern coast. The market has begun to recover some of its losses, as the earlier tsunami warning issued as a result of the quake as been lifted. Platinum and palladium, with strong ties to the automobile industry, were the most affected of the precious metals.

Congress is still struggling to reach a budget compromise with the deadline approaching. Both sides claim progress, but there are still key issues dividing them that could shut down the government.

In the wake of the European Central Bank rate hike of .25% and the softening of the euro, precious metals pricing spiked up and then settled back to being relatively flat today. “The market had factored in that Trichet would be a bit more hawkish in his comments. If you look at government bond markets, they all recovered during his press conference,” said Peter Fertig, a consultant at Quantitative Commodity Research.

At 12PM (CT) the APMEX precious metal prices were:

  • Gold price - $1,457.70 - (down 80 cents)
  • Silver price - $39.62 (up 16 cents)
  • Platinum price - $1,788.40 (down $8.40)
  • Palladium price - $780.60 (down $5.00)

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