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Closing Gold & Silver Market Report – 6/30/2011

GOLD CLOSES THE QUARTER ON A HIGH NOTE – Although these past few days have seen the metal retreat, for the quarter gold gained 4.4%.  In fact, gold gained 3.1% more than it did in the first quarter of the year.  So far this year, gold has been supported by geopolitical fears caused by uprising in North African and Middle Eastern countries, the natural disaster in Japan and the nuclear crisis that ensued and now the ongoing story in Greece. 

The next big stories to watch, as we move into the third quarter, will be the decision about the debt ceiling and what options the Fed has to stimulate the economy now that QE2 is over.  The debt ceiling decision will soon reach its critical point, that fact is highlighted by the U.S. Senate’s decision to cancel its July 4th recess.  They will pick up the topic again next Tuesday.  For now, it seems as if Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke is content to wait to see what is coming in the next few weeks.  Between the debt ceiling decision and the ending of QE2 the Fed will have few tools left with which to guide the economy. 

At 4:15 PM (CDT) the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:

  • Gold – $1501.80 (down $9.60)
  • Silver – $34.78 (down $0.05)
  • Platinum – $1,726.40 (down $0.20)
  • Palladium - $758.50 (up $4.60)

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