Closing Gold & Silver Market Report – 11/2/2011
TO LEAVE OR NOT TO LEAVE, THAT IS THE QUESTION
Precious metals continue to rise as the dollar fades, making it more affordable for investors to buy gold. Even though the Federal Reserve came out with positive comments on the U.S. economy, it did not deflect investors’ attention from the fact that the growth outlook for 2012 was cut and jobless claims were predicted to be at 8.6%. It looks as though this news is what drove investors to precious metals as a safe haven against the many different “what ifs” circulating in the world now. As usual, when Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks, the markets move, and gold started moving forward.
Now, rates are at zero, and the inflation rate in the U.S. is at 3.9%. This puts real interest rates at a negative 3.9%, making the return on a dollar at 96.1% instead of 100%. Ross Norman, CEO of SharpsPixley, said, “U.S. news has been sidelined, and the focus has been on Europe,” but he still believes the U.S. dollar is a strong contender. “There seems to be a ping-pong in terms of what is moving gold. …Normally [the Fed would] be a big mover, but investors are still really focused on Greece and the euro.”
Observers are in a wait-and-see mode as to whether Greece will be staying with the euro or go back to their drachma. Vasilis Serafeimakis, senior executive at Avinoil, one of the largest oil and gas distribution companies in Greece, has pushed for the drachma, saying, “If we had our own currency, we could at least print money. And what is the worst thing that happens if we do this? I don’t get a Christmas gift from one of my bankers.”
At 4 p.m. (CT), the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:
- Gold - $1,740.50 – Up $26.70.
- Silver - $34.30 – Up $1.53.
- Platinum - $1,604.20 – Up $22.20.
- Palladium - $653.90 – Up $16.90.