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Closing Gold & Silver Market Report – 2/2/2012

Gold & Silver Up Ahead of Jobs Report

While the stock market was relatively flat in anticipation of Friday’s government monthly employment report, gold and silver experienced solid gains on the day. Of course, rising gold and silver prices might have more to do with remarks by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Testifying before Congress, Mr. Bernanke defended Fed policy against harsh criticism that recent Fed decisions risked igniting inflation. Mr. Bernanke defended these decisions as necessary in a still struggling economy.  He further stated that our sluggish economy is vulnerable to shocks.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has raised the prospect that China might be willing to provide assistance to the euro – bailout efforts. Reportedly, he told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that China might be willing to consider funding the European Stability Mechanism through the International Monetary Fund. Premier Wen Jiabao said that China “investigating and evaluating ways, through the IMF, to be more deeply involved using the ESM and EFSF channels in solving the European debt issue.”

At 4PM the APMEX precious metal prices were:

  • Gold price -  $1,757.50 – up $9.50
  • Silver price - $34.31 – up 43 cents
  • Platinum price - $1630.20 – up $6.00
  • Palladium price - $708.30 – up $10.50

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