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Chinese are buying Gold “like cheap cabbage”

The wholesale market cost of Buying Gold rose to $1728 per ounce Monday morning in London – down slightly on last week’s close – while stocks, commodities and the Euro all fell and government bond prices gained as European leaders met for their latest summit in Brussels. The cost of Buying Silver fell to $33.08 at one point – a 2.6% drop from where it ended last week. Gold fell as low as $1718 per ounce Monday morning, dropping steadily during Asian trading, though this represented a loss of only 1% on Friday’s closing price. “Everybody seemed to be expecting profit taking out of Shanghai after the two Chinese bourses came back online,” said […]

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Gold Prices in 2012: miners bullish on gold’s outlook

This is bullishness on Gold Prices in the 2012 GoldPrice Report from Pricewaterhouse Cooper (available to download here). But the report also outlines many of the head winds facing producers, such as rising costs, falling stock prices and the pressure to pay more dividends in order to attract investment capital. PwC partner John Gravelle, who is the company’s mining industry leader for the Americas in its Toronto office, shares his thoughts in this interview with Hard Assets Investor. Hard Assets Investor: The consensus in your report from the gold producers is that they’re seeing top Gold Prices in 2012 at around $2,000 an ounce. Why do you think the miners are so bullish? John Gravelle: They’ve had quite a few […]

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Gold closed week with biggest weekly gain in 8 weeks

Spot market Gold Prices looked set for their biggest weekly gain since early December on Friday, rallying back above $1720 per ounce – a gain of over 3% on the week. Silver Prices meantime hovered around $33.60 per ounce – 4.2% up on last week’s close – while other commodities and stocks were broadly flat and US Treasury bond prices slipped. A day earlier, Gold Prices hit a 7-week high at $1730 per ounce before easing in Friday’s Asian session. “Lack of physical demand partly explains the inability of gold to make a sustained move beyond the $1730 level,” says Standard bank commodities strategist Marc Ground, citing this week’s Chinese Lunar New Year holiday as […]

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Gold vs paper money

Gold vs paper money

The gold price just broke through its downtrend – the line joining its tops – from summer 2011’s record high. Or so technical analysts studying the price charts will tell you, says Adrian Ash of BullionVault. Just as in late 2007, however – from where gold began a 55% run inside 6 months – the price jumped Wednesday on a very fundamental fact: the price of money, specifically Dollars, the world’s #1 currency for trade and central-bank reserves. Back in 2007, the catalyst came as a baby-step cut of 0.25%, signaling the Fed’s switch from raising to destroying the returns paid on cash savings. Now the Fed’s new zero-rate promise “took gold […]

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Demand to Buy Gold continues to push prices higher

Demand to Buy Gold continued to push prices higher Thursday morning in London, with bullion setting new 7-week highs against all major currencies after the US Federal Reserve vowed to keep Dollar interest rates at zero until at least 2014 – one year later than previously promised. London’s AM Gold Fix was set at $1713 per ounce today, more than 3.8% higher from Wednesday afternoon and the highest level since Dec. 8th. Wednesday saw the most-active US gold futures contract enjoy its heaviest volume in six weeks according to Amanda Cooper at Reuters. Investors wanting to Buy Gold exposure added 9 tonnes to the holdings of the New York-listed SPDR Gold Trust, whose assets rose to […]

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A Swiss Signal to Buy Gold

Investors were given a major signal to Buy Gold on December 21 2011,writes Porter Stansberry for the Daily Wealth. It was on that day that the European Central Bank (ECB) “loaned” roughly €500 billion to Europe’s major banks at 1% interest. This capital will allow all the big banks to report adequate capital ratios when they file their annual reports…which is code for “getting a huge bailout.” Whatever you want to call it, simply know this: There will not be a deflationary collapse in Europe. The Euro will not collapse in the near term. Instead, Europe will see a gigantic increase in its money supply. When asked by the Financial Times if there […]

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Gold price touches 6 weeks high with technically positive outlook

Dollar prices to Buy Gold hit a 6-week high at $1677 per ounce Monday morning, as stocks, commodities and the Euro all pushed higher and US Treasury bond prices fell. “Near term technical have turned more bullish [for gold],” says the latest technical analysis from Scotia Mocatta, though it sees “psychological resistance looming at $1700.” The price of Buying Gold in Euros however fell to €41375 (€1287 per ounce) – down slightly on Friday’s close – as European finance ministers met to discuss Greek debt and a proposal to relax banking rules. The difference between long contracts to Buy Gold and short contracts held by noncommercial Gold Futures and options traders on New York’s Comex exchange – the […]

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Is the copper price telling what to expect from gold’s price

Is the copper price telling what to expect from gold’s price

Copper just “broke out” to its highest level in more than three months… One of the great investment debates of 2012 revolves around the global economy. On one side, you have folks who believe governments in the US, Europe, and China will be able to “goose” their economies with easy credit and low interest rates. This would support stock, bond, and commodity prices. On the other side, you have folks who believe a huge recession is in the cards… no matter what governments do to prevent it. This would send stock, bond, and commodity prices lower. We say consider both sides of the argument and form your own opinion… but […]

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Gold Bullion Up in Dollars, Down in Euros for Week

US Dollar Gold Bullion prices fell to $1646 per ounce Friday lunchtime in London – a 1.4% drop from the week’s high – as China prepared for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday next week. Commodities also traded lower, while stock markets were broadly flat overall. Prices for Silver Bullion dropped to $30.39 per ounce – though still 2.0% up on last week’s close. “As we approach the holiday, the usual Asian physical activity has decreased significantly,” says one Gold Bullion dealer in Hong Kong. “We expect this pattern to continue next week,” adds a dealer here in London, noting that with the Shanghai Gold Exchange closed, a large part of the global physical Gold Bullion market will […]

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Why China has become key to the Gold Price

Why China has become key to the Gold Price

The growth of China’s role in the world gold market has been nothing short of phenomenal over the last dozen years, writes Julian Phillips at GoldForecaster. Prior to this century, HSBC sent a delegation from their London gold department to see the Chinese financial authorities and were rebuffed as ‘trying to sell gold to China’. Since then, the Chinese financial authorities switched on and set off with a purpose. In 2001, the Chinese government lifted its final controls on the gold market, releasing a pent-up demand that since then has become stronger. From 2001 to 2010, China’s annual consumption of gold grew at a 7.5% compounded annual growth rate. The chart below […]

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Gold has Resistance at $1667/oz

Dollar prices to Buy Gold rallied to $1658 per ounce Wednesday morning in London – 0.8% up on Asian session lows – following reports that the International Monetary Fund is seeking to boost its lending capacity by $1 trillion. European stock markets also recovered from an early dip, with industrial commodities also edging higher. Prices to Buy Gold remained below the five-week high of $1667 hit yesterday, though by Wednesday lunchtime it was up 1.0% for the week so far. “Gold is working on its third up week,” says the latest market commentary from technical analysts at Scotia Mocatta. “[Gold] faces critical resistance at $1667 [which] was the mid-November low. Our view is that […]

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Spot Gold Rises with Dollar

Spot Gold rose to a high of $1647 per ounce Monday morning in London – 0.8% below last week’s peak – while stocks and commodities were broadly flat as markets absorbed Friday’s news of cuts to nine Eurozone sovereign credit ratings, while US markets were closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “Spot Gold [however] is expected to fall to $1417 per ounce over the next three months,” warns Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao in the newswires Q1 2012 commodities outlook published Monday.” “[The] medium-term downtrend that started at the Sept. 6 high of $1,920.30 will continue.” Spot Silver rose to $30.10 per ounce – 0.9% up on Friday’s close. The Euro meantime […]

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