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Closing Gold & Silver Report – 5/19/2014


The Gold price has given back morning gains to finish near even levels Monday.  News that the newly elected government in India will ease import restrictions led speculators to believe that demand for Gold would increase in the nation (India is currently the world’s second largest Gold consumer, behind China).  “There is a lot of optimism that India will slash the tariff rate,” Tommy Capalbo, a broker at Newedge Group in New York, said in a telephone interview. “People expect India’s demand to rise in the second half of the year.”  Though news of revamped physical demand for Gold helped buoy the metal through most of today’s session, hedge funds on Wall Street cut long positions in Gold-backed exchange-traded funds, erasing most of today’s gains.  With continued signs of U.S. economic growth, Gold appears to need a boost from safe-haven buyers as tension remains high in Ukraine.

As we enter the summer months, trading volumes begin to shrink.  However, U.S. stocks rose today as small-cap shares bounced back following last week’s drop.  “We’ve seen a lot of volatility but not a lot of direction in the past few months and that’s what’s become the norm,” Joe Bell, senior equity analyst at Schaeffer’s Investment Research Inc., said.  Though it seems clear that U.S. stocks are now operating according to traditional fundamentals, investors will analyze minutes of the Fed’s latest policy meeting to gain insight into the overall strength of the U.S. economy and the future of the Fed’s monetary easing program that has been so bullish for equities and Precious Metals in the past. 

At 5 p.m. (ET), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,295.10, Down $0.30.
  • Silver, $19.40, Up $0.03.
  • Platinum, $1,471.30, Up $5.20.
  • Palladium, $816.50, Up $0.60.

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