Closing Gold & Silver Market Report –12/23/2011


On a day when the “Santa Claus Rally” boosted stocks almost 125 points, the S&P 500 squeaked into positive territory for the year. One year ago, most analysts were predicting a very strong year for the stock market with an S&P 500 climbing over 1,350 points. Today, investors are happy just to get positive gains. The S&P 500 closed at 1,265.33.

This is the time of predictions for the coming year. It is no surprise that investor uncertainty is at a six-year high. The most certain prediction is one for continued volatility. About 38% of respondents to a poll by the American Association of Individual Investors said they think stock prices will remain flat the first six months of 2012. Only 33% said they expect prices to rise, which is below the historical average of 39%.

We can expect to see the same players driving the markets for a while.The European sovereign debt problem, U.S. debt problems, not enough jobs, slow growth and a political system in which the two parties cannot agree -- these can all wait until next week. For now, Happy Holidays from APMEX!

At 4 p.m., the APMEX precious metals prices were:

  • Gold - $1,608.80 – Down $2.80.
  • Silver - $29.15 – Up $0.04.
  • Platinum - $1,432.30 – Up $5.80.
  • Palladium - $660.50 – Up $5.20.

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US Dollar Prices are in USD

Precious Metal Prices
4/24/2014 1:22:47 AM EST

Metal Bid Ask Change
Gold $1,285.70 $1,287.70 $1.10
Silver $19.40 $19.50 $0.01
Platinum $1,394.90 $1,404.90 $1.00
Palladium $781.80 $786.80 ($0.30)
4/24/2014 1:22:47 AM EST

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