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Mid-Day Gold & Silver Market Report 3/5/2012


Precious metals prices are experiencing a small loss since this morning. Gold's price is declining on news that China is lowering its economic growth target for 2012 to 7.5 percent, which is the lowest level in seven years. China's intentions are to lower the target in an effort to allow Beijing to create stability for its economy and to resolve price pressures without an inflation spike before new leadership is put in place later this year. Paul Cavey at Macquarie Bank in Hong Kong said, “The slower growth numbers just reflect the reality that growth is going to be slower because the rest of the world is going to be weaker.”  

Greece is optimistic today as major bondholders have voiced their anticipation that a bond swap deal will be successful. The deal will cut an estimated 100 billion euros from Greece’s debt. Bondholders can accept the one-time offer to take a 53.5 percent haircut; if they do not, Greece is expected to put collective action clauses into effect, which requires those who declined the initial offer to comply and take a loss. Petros Christodoulou, the head of Greece’s debt management agency, suggested to those who want to play the waiting game that the deal will not get any better. Christodoulou said, “There is just no money for holdouts. We are prepared for legal challenges, but the risk here is that people are trying to be too smart.”

U.S. economic data released this morning showed new orders for factory goods dropped in January by 1 percent, while the rate of growth in the U.S. services sector increased in February to an index reading of 57.3 from January’s index reading of 56.8. These numbers represent positive progress in the U.S. 

At noon (CST), the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:

  • Gold - $1,699.60 – Down $10.70.
  • Silver - $33.72 – Down $0.82.
  • Platinum - $1,665.00 – Down $27.70.
  • Palladium - $707.50 - Down $5.00.

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