Metals markets opened marginally higher on this US Election Day as the US dollar traded virtually flat and as crude oil advanced by about thirty cents per barrel. Speculative participants appeared to be willing to take only small bites at the market.
The new trading week opened with mixed showings in the precious metals’ complex. Spot gold fell about $5 to the $1,730 bid area, while spot silver eased by 13 cents to near $33.55 per ounce. Platinum advanced $5 to $1,593 and palladium gained an equal amount, to touch $657.
This week’s final trading session opened with the precious metals turning lower across the boards. Gold slipped to within $3 of the $1,600 mark once again overnight and it traded with a loss of $10 per ounce at $1607 in New York at last check.
A renewed slide in gold prices commenced shortly after the release of the Fed’s Beige Book on Wednesday afternoon and it then intensified into Thursday with the parsing of the Bernanke Congressional testimony.
Spot gold lost $5 on the open to start the new week with a bid at $1,637 the ounce. Silver fell 20 cents to the $30.14 mark per ounce. Platinum climbed $5 to $1,528 while palladium rose $2 to $651 the ounce.
Friday’s US jobs data managed to yield a lift in precious metals values this morning but the advance was itself significantly below expectations and it most certainly did not come at the expense of a notable cratering in the US dollar.
Proving for the nth time that what happens in China is a pivotal impact factor to the commodities’ space, the most recent developments in that country sent base and precious metals prices, along with most global equity markets, lower overnight.
Friday’s initial tilt in the precious metals markets was to the downside as the US dollar continued to strengthen and it reached 79.30 on the trade-weighted index. Gold spot prices fell by about $11 to the $1,706 area.
Albeit gold did open about $2.50 higher in New York, yesterday’s enthusiasm levels were nowhere near detectable. We were confronted with abnormal concurrent headlines that observed gold trading at a five-month high and the DJIA closing above 13K for the first time.
Most commodities gained this morning as lingering optimism related to future demand was still manifest in the wake of China’s easing of bank reserve requirements and following perceptions that the European deal with Greece will be good for the sector in the near-term.