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Morning Gold & Silver Market Report – 5/4/2012


Precious Metals prices recovered from early losses this morning after the release of April’s employment report by Automatic Data Processing Inc. The report showed that the economy added 119,000 jobs in April, while economists had anticipated the addition of 160,000 jobs. The unemployment rate fell by one-tenth of a percent, to 8.1 percent, but that was attributed completely to people who gave up searching for jobs. Stock futures fell after the report was released.

If investors thought that the Greek debt crisis had been resolved after the deal reached earlier this year, they should think again. An election Sunday threatens to throw that nation off balance. Analysts at UBS said, “Part of the problem is that the Greek government appears to be running out of money fast. According to the IMF (International Monetary Fund), it has gone back into arrears with suppliers, so the need for the Greek government to implement existing austerity plans and detail future cuts -- in order to receive disbursements under the second aid plan -- is acute.”

In related “stories-we-thought-were-dead” news, Egyptians are rallying for a free presidential vote. Egypt was the spark for the Arab Spring, as protests raged against the longtime rule of President Hosni Mubarak, eventually resulting in his overthrow. Egypt has been under military rule since, and protesters are worried that the generals will manipulate the coming elections.

At 9 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold – $1,637.70 – Up $1.90.
  • Silver - $30.09 – Up $0.06.
  • Platinum - $1,532.30 – Down $1,80.
  • Palladium - $662.50 – Up $0.20.

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