August 1: Gold and Silver Fall With Stocks
Gold edged up to $1618.45 in Asia before it dropped down to $1592.17 after the FOMC announcement, but it then bounced back higher in late trade and ended with a loss of just 0.87%. Silver slumped to as low as $27.157 before it also rebounded, but it still ended with a loss of 2.04%.
Euro gold fell to about €1308, platinum lost $19.30 to $1392.70, and copper fell four cents to about $3.38.
Gold and silver equities fell about 3% at the open before they climbed back higher, but they still ended with over 1% losses.
“The Federal Reserve stopped short of offering new monetary stimulus on Wednesday even as it signaled further bond buying could be in store to help a U.S. economic recovery that it said had lost momentum this year.
Fed officials described the economy as having "decelerated somewhat," a change of tone from its previous assessment in June when it said the economy had been "expanding moderately."
The Fed's policymakers also reiterated their disappointment with the slow pace of progress in bringing down the nation's 8.2 percent jobless rate.”
Tomorrow at 8:30AM EST brings Initial Jobless Claims for 7/28 expected at 365,000 and at 10AM is the Factory Orders report for June expected at 0.6%.
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Oil rose after the Energy Information Administration reported that crude inventories fell 6.5 million barrels, gasoline inventories fell 2.2 million barrels, and distillates fell 1 million barrels.
The U.S. dollar index jumped higher after the fed’s announcement.
Treasuries fell as yields rose after the fed did not announce any new measures aimed at keeping interest rates low.
The Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P turned mostly slightly lower after the fed’s announcement.
Among the big names making news in the market today were Knight, MasterCard, Chrysler, Symantec, Comcast, Hyatt, and Deutsche Bank.
“I mentioned a short time ago that talk was growing - scratch that - extreme disgust was growing - among livestock and poultry producers - concerning the federal mandate for ethanol. In the midst of the most extreme drought to hit the US corn and bean growing region since 1988, supplies of corn have been shrinking to very tight levels. However, a good deal of this can be attributed to the federal mandate requiring ethanol blended gasoline. Some of you may know, but this ethanol comes mainly from distilling corn.
As a matter of fact, approximately 40% of all corn demand goes to this boondoggle. While the byproduct of ethanol demand, DDGS, can be fed to livestock, the facts are that without this mandate, a large share of the corn grown in this nation would be otherwise available for feed use, something that has not been lost on the nation's livestock and poultry producers who are suffering extreme hardships as they watch their feed costs escalate into the stratosphere, destroying their profits in the process and threatening their very livelihoods.
I suspect that this the level of this outrage is going to continue to increase in the weeks and months ahead. I also suspect that more and more pressure is going to be brought to bear upon the policy makers to temporarily rescind this mandate to alleviate the tightness in the supply situation for corn.
The question is whether this comes prior to the election or after the election. Keep in mind that Senators and Congressmen from farm belt states have generally been in favor of this mandate as it has, in the past, helped push demand higher for corn and thus favored a large number of their constituents. However, Senators and Congressmen from those states with large concentration of beef, dairy, pork and poultry producers have tended to be on the opposite side of this issue.
This could very well turn out to be a tremendous factor in determining when the bull market in corn comes to an end. A temporary rescinding of the mandate would lead to a decent sized drop in the price of corn and would tend to lessen some of the recent upward price pressures on the entire food complex.
We will continue to monitor this situation and keep the readers posted.”- Dan Norcini, More at http://www.traderdannorcini.blogspot.com/
As of close of business: 7/31/2012
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Silver Warehouse Stocks:
Global Gold ETF Holdings
[WGC Sponsored ETF’s]
New York Stock Exchange Arca (NYSE Arca) AND Singapore Exchange (SGX) AND Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) AND Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx)
SPDR® Gold Shares
London Stock Exchange (LSE) AND NYSE Euronext Paris AND Borsa Italiana AND Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (Deutsche Börse - Xetra)
Gold Bullion Securities
London Stock Exchange (LSE) AND NYSE Euronext Paris AND Borsa Italiana AND Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (Deutsche Börse - Xetra) AND NYSE Euronext Amsterdam
ETFS Physical Gold
Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)
Gold Bullion Securities
Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE)
New Gold Debentures
Note: Change in Total Tonnes from yesterday’s data: SPDR added 3.319 tonnes.
COMEX Gold Trust (IAU) Total Tonnes in Trust: 182.90: No change from yesterday’s data.
Silver Trust (SLV) Total Tonnes in Trust: 9,687.66: +48.24 change from yesterday’s data.
Nevsun’s (NSU) exploration license and Silvercorp’s (SVM) drill results were among the big stories in the gold and silver mining industry making headlines today.
1. Northern Dynasty
NAK +5.91% $2.51
LODE +4.91% $2.99
3. Great Panther
GPL +4.22% $1.73
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