Morning Gold & Silver Market Report – 11/14/2011
Europe Could Be Facing Toughest Hour Since World War II
The U.S. stock futures are looking to open weaker on continued concerns in Europe. Precious metals prices have drifted lower as well. Last week, gold prices briefly went over $1,800 per oz before backing down.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel came out today and said that Europe could be facing its toughest hour since WWII. Greece and Italy both have new leaders, but this in itself solves no problems. Both new leaders have to rush to form new governments and then form coalitions to stave off the damage of escalating debt problems. “Europe is in one of its toughest, perhaps the toughest, hour since World War II,” Merkel told her conservative party in Leipzig. “If the euro fails, then Europe fails, and we want to prevent, and we will prevent, this. This is what we are working for, because it is such a huge historical project,” Merkel said. Investors continue to look for decisive action coming out of Italy, Greece or even other euro zone leaders.
On CNBC this morning, Warren Buffet stated that although he looks at European sovereign debt every day, he is not buying nor is he buying euro zone banks. Buffet stated that it is still far from certain whether Europe has the will or the ability to solve its crisis. Italy did manage to sell its full amount of five-year bonds today, but it was forced to offer a yield that was a euro lifetime high. The five-year bonds offered a gross yield of 6.2%, while in October at a similar auction they went for 5.3%.
At 8 a.m. (CST), the APMEX precious metals prices were:
- Gold price - $1,784.70 – Down $5.40.
- Silver price - $34.54 – Down $0.18.
- Platinum price - $1,649.70 – Up $3.00.
- Palladium price - $662.00 – Down $2.80.