Eurozone index indicates upcoming recession

American stock futures and Precious Metals are down this morning, as news out of Europe disappointed investors. The eurozone purchasing managers’ index declined in July, further indicating a recession is likely soon in the region. Rob Dobson, senior economist at Markit, said, “The final August PMI came in only slightly below its earlier flash estimate, leaving the eurozone economy on course to fall back into technical recession in the third quarter.” Dobson said “there is little prospect of a sustained improvement in economic conditions over the near term.”

Eurozone policymakers are set to meet tomorrow, and many investors are expecting a new round of monetary easing in the form of bond purchases. One interesting possible outcome of the eurozone meetings is that if any disappointing news comes out and the markets take a hit, the United States Federal Reserve may be more willing to enact its own quantitative easing measures. Stephen Davies, chief executive at Javelin Wealth Management, added another wrinkle to the story. He said, “We are entering into a strange couple of months because the ability of the Fed to take up much of the slack seems to be quite limited on the basis that they will be quite reluctant to make any major moves ahead of the election, on fear of appearing too partisan.”

At 9 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,694.40, Down $0.30.
  • Silver, $32.33, Down $0.08.
  • Platinum, $1,567.00, Down $1.50.
  • Palladium, $643.00, Up $1.50.

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Morning Gold & Silver Market Report – 8/10/2012


Import prices in the U.S. fell unexpectedly in July, extending the streak to four months of declines.  The decline in import prices could be one more reason for the Federal Reserve to ease monetary policy further.  Historically, tools such as quantitative easing have been very supportive of Precious Metals prices.

The possibility of further easing is one of the reasons gold investors are the most bullish in five weeks, according to Bloomberg.  Among the factors supportive of the Gold price are disappointing economic figures out of China and Europe.  Colin O’Shea of Hermes Investment Management Ltd said, “More quantitative easing will certainly be beneficial to commodities (like Gold).  Do you need more QE to drive the market higher?  Probably not.  The demand side of the equation has been pretty robust.”

The strongest economy in the eurozone, belonging to Germany, is inching closer to a recession.  Joerg Kraemer, chief economist at Commerzbank, said, “The German economy is losing momentum – there’s no doubt about that – and in the third quarter the economy will shrink compared to the second quarter.  Things will go downhill from here.  The German economy is not faring as badly as the rest of the eurozone, but it can’t disconnect itself, especially as growth in China has slowed and continues to do so.”

At 9 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,616.90, Down $1.80.
  • Silver, $27.85, Down $0.36.
  • Platinum, $1,402.30, Down $11.50.
  • Palladium, $581.00, Down $7.30.

Two concerns for the eurozone: It’s currency and it’s future


Gold’s price has maintained a slow increase today as the main focus continues to be how the Federal Reserve plans to rebuild the U.S.A. financial system.  Matt Zeman at Kingsview Financial said, “It is all going to ride on central-bank action this week.  Markets were quiet as traders were waiting to see whether the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank will announce any measures when they meet this week.  This is a market that seems to want to go higher,” Zeman said of gold. “The Fed and the ECB could throw some wild cards in there but it looks like it will go higher” in the following days, he added.

Investors are presuming the European Central Bank (ECB) may reveal more clues Thursday (as it announces its most recent interest rates) about potentially restarting its notorious bond-buying program, or they may follow America’s famous stimulus choice: quantitative easing.  ECB President Mario Draghi said, “Within our mandate, the ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro.  And believe me, it will be enough.”

There is growing concern for what the future holds in the eurozone regarding its 2 ½ year debt crisis.  Unfortunately the answers are hard to find with politicians working around the clock to compile a successful plan. Peter Vanden Houte, an economist at ING, seems to have little confidence in Europe as he said, “As long as consumer and businesses continue to question the solidity of the monetary union, there’s little hope to see an upturn before long.  Today’s dismal figures only increase the pressure on European policy makers to act decisively to stop the rot in the euro zone.”

At 5:00 p.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,623.30, Up $3.00.
  • Silver, $28.24, Up $0.65.
  • Platinum, $1,418.70, Up $10.50.
  • Palladium, $589.00, Up $16.10.

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Gold Prices Slightly Lower in Overnight Trading



Gold and equity markets are both poised to advance in the event the European leaders announce a plan to bail out Spain and curb further contagion. Spain has requested further euro zone support in buying its sovereign debt. Germany continues to be resistant to this notion and this does set up a clash of wills as German finance officials prepare to meet with U.S. Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner. Mr. Geithner has stated that the euro zone crisis is the biggest threat to the U.S. economy, so it is expected he will put pressure on Germany to take additional action.


The economic picture in Spain continues to worsen as their recession deepened in the 2nd quarter. Tough new austerity measures were enacted and this did take a toll on overall demand and consumer prices. Consumer prices rose 2.2% year over year. All in all, this paints a difficult picture for Spain to climb out of their budget deficit.


European stocks are currently trading higher on the hopes of the European Central Bank stepping in with additional measures, while U.S. stock futures are trading lower as they await potential action.


At 9 AM EST the APMEX precious metals prices were:


  • Gold price – $1,618.00 – down $2.20
  • Silver price – $27.78 – up 19 cents
  • Platinum price – $1,410.70 – up $2.50
  • Palladium price – $582.50 – up $9.60



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Credit Outlook Dims for Germany; U.S. Fiscal Cliff Looms


Precious metals continue to hold firm in the serious head winds afflicting other commodities markets. Gold in particular has been relatively range bound but in the current market conditions, that’s not an entirely bad thing. Analyst Hayden Atkins said, “Markets sold off really heavily yesterday, and gold held up pretty well against that. It is maybe the one thing that has really stayed solid against some pretty solid headwinds elsewhere.” Meanwhile the issues facing the euro have actually helped Gold in the eurozone as evidenced by Commerzbank’s note to investors which read, “Thanks to the euro’s depreciation vis-a-vis the U.S. dollar, gold in euro terms has been making gains for some time now. Since mid-May an upswing has become evident which in the current market environment should take the yellow metal on a further upward trajectory.”

Meanwhile Moody’s downgraded the credit outlooks of a few of the remaining Aaa rated countries in the eurozone. Those countries are Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Basically the main countries that would provide assistance to other countries in the region that may need financial assistance. The service released a statement saying, “Moody’s now has negative outlooks on those Aaa-rated euro-area sovereigns whose balance sheets are expected to bear the main financial burden of support — whether because of the need to expand the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) or the need to develop more ad hoc forms of liquidity support.”

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has already begun speaking towards the potential outcome of kicking the can down the road with the current fiscal situation. In an interview yesterday he said, “Many people who look at this say that, yes, you’d at least get a recession out of this. The cumulative size of those cuts – tax increases and spending cuts – are very, very large relative to the economy.” He also warned that any governmental failure could be quite damaging, relating it to the negative impact of losing the U.S. credit rating last year over debt ceiling talks. He said, “You saw huge damage to consumer confidence, to business confidence, and to confidence around the world in the United States because you had people in public office threatening to default on our nation’s obligations.”

At 9:00 a.m. (EDT) – the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,579.90, Up $1.00.
  • Silver, $27.06, Down $0.08.
  • Platinum, $1,397.60, Down $1.30.
  • Palladium, $569.40, Down $2.60.

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EU shocker sends precious metals higher

Precious Metals prices moved noticeably higher in early morning trading as the dollar weakened against the euro on news of a European plan to lower eurozone member nations’ borrowing costs. Economist Vishnu Varathan said, “It still falls short of a concrete solution, but the removal of severe pessimism over what’s going to come out of the EU summit is driving markets higher.” Meanwhile, the news has led analyst Lynette Tan to offer a positive year end outlook for Gold. She said, “In the long run, we’re still bullish on Gold. It’s still likely to hit last year’s high of $1,920. The global economy is not doing well, and we expect safe haven demand to be back for Gold.”

Eurozone leaders came together and hammered out a surprising compromise plan to help member nations. There are still issues to be worked out, but going from “no hope” to at least a road map of a plan on which everyone agrees has been a boost to global markets. The biggest shock of all was Germany’s agreement to a majority of the provisions. Banker Holger Schmieding said, “The summit result offers no ‘silver bullet’ to solve the euro crisis once and for all. … It is another attempt to buy some extra time for the underlying fiscal repair and structural reforms to show results. All in all, there is some progress.” However, strategist Charles Diebel stated what many investors are probably thinking: “It is one step on a very long road. But we don’t have any details, and arguably the detail is where the risk lies, because the market will start to pick holes in it, as we’ve seen previously.”

At 9:03 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,598.50, Up $46.60.
  • Silver, $27.73, Up $1.38.
  • Platinum, $1,428.00, Up $40.20.
  • Palladium, $580.00, Up $15.10.
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Eurozone worries mount; precious metals on the move

Early morning precious metals prices have been fairly volatile on eurozone debt fears and the escalation of violence and rhetoric involving Syria. Analyst Robin Bhar said, “Gold is capped on the upside by disappointment post-Fed, while on the downside, we have some bargain hunting, and a bit of physical buying into the troughs… We are stuck in a fairly small range here, in the 1570-1600 area, certainly until the weekend when we will get to hear more on how the euro zone will be (tackled).”

The eurozone debt issues continue to escalate after the announcement of a fifth eurozone nation applying for aid. Although Cyprus, the fifth nation seeking aid, is a much smaller “hit”, the combined impact of rising Italian and Spanish yields, Greek resolution, and monetary bailout has European leadership at a crucial crossroads. A summit has been put together to overcome some hurdles the European Union is now facing. Basically the whole of Europe is interested in a single treasury and euro bond, except Germany, but Germany is, at this point, the only truly solvent nation and facing their own issues in being the benchmark, if you will, as production and consumer sentiment in Germany has slid over the last couple of months. Chairman Jim O’Neill said, “The euro crisis is in some ways mind-bogglingly simple to solve … because it isn’t economics, it’s politics… If Angela Merkel and her colleagues stood there together with the rest of the euro area … and if they behaved as a true union this crisis would be finished this weekend.”

At 9:00 a.m. (EDT) – the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold – $1,579.80 – Down $9.10.
  • Silver – $27.30 – Down $0.33.
  • Platinum – $1,436.10 – Down $5.30.
  • Palladium – $602.50 – Down $5.80.
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