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Closing Gold & Silver Market Report – 4/4/2012


After the release of the minutes from the March meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, in which there was little discussion of any plans for future quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve, stocks and commodities -- including precious metals -- experienced a significant selloff today. Prices for Gold and Silver dropped to levels not seen since mid-January, making both metals particularly attractive from a physical demand perspective.

Stocks in the U.S. saw their biggest dip in almost a month, driven down by concerns over a weak bond sale in Spain. Glenn Guard, an investment management director with Campbell Wealth Management, said, “We were due for a pause, or a moderate pullback, so you might see some of that in the near term, given how strong the first quarter was.”

Investment bank Morgan Stanley has revised its views on the possibility of future Fed quantitative easing. In a video to clients, the bank announced that it is downgrading its previous forecast for Fed easing from a 2-in-3 chance to a 1-in-3 chance. Vincent Reinhart, chief economist for Morgan Stanley, said, “The FOMC minutes make it pretty clear that any Fed decision has to be driven by incoming data, not pre-emptive.”

At 4:03 p.m. (CDT), the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:

  • Gold - $1,622.10 - Down $50.40.
  • Silver - $31.39 - Down $1.93.
  • Platinum - $1,600.60 - Down $58.90.
  • Palladium - $636.30 - Down $24.30.

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