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Morning Gold & Silver Market Report – 3/17/2014


Gold hit a fresh six-month high Monday morning following a vote in Crimea to break from Ukraine. Western countries are warning Russia of sanctions after the vote, spurring geopolitical tensions that are generally positive for Gold. Societe Generale analyst Robin Bhar said, “It's definitely soft economic data, risk aversion, Ukraine and geopolitical tensions. Also there is more of a risk now of China maybe having a bit of a hard landing, U.S. recovery may be slower than people thought and Gold is coming in on its own as an insurance policy, safe-haven bid.”

U.S. stock futures are also pushing higher in premarket trading, shrugging off the Crimea vote. Craig Erlam, market analyst at Alpari UK, said, “The vote itself went exactly as was expected, but Friday’s risk aversion wasn’t based on how the vote would go, it was down to the uncertainty around how the West would respond. As yet, there has been no response which is why we’re seeing that relief rally this morning.” Western countries will further discuss sanctions for Russia as the day progresses.

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

  • Gold, $1,382.20, Up $1.20.
  • Silver, $21.42, Down $0.02.
  • Platinum, $1,478.50, Up $6.90.
  • Palladium, $772.00, Down $1.30.

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