Gold chopped around the $1,300 price mark for all of the Far East and early London trading sessions yesterday. The price rallied a bit more convincingly above the $1,300 mark once the noon silver fix in London was in---but that ended an hour later---20 minutes before the Comex open. It was all downhill from there, with an extra kick in the pants starting at noon in New York. By 1:10 p.m. EDT, the price was down another $7---and then traded sideways into the close.
The CME Group recorded the high and low ticks at $1,304.40 and $1,292.80 in the June contract.
Gold closed in New York at $1,294.60 spot, down $7.60 from Wednesday. Volume, net of April and May, wasn't overly heavy at 111,000 contracts.
Not much happened in silver yesterday---and the price action really doesn't merit any comment at all---except for the fact that it was the only precious metal that didn't get kicked in the teeth during the New York lunch hour. The low and high ticks aren't worth looking up, either.
Silver closed in New York at $19.65 spot, up two cents from Thursday. Net volume was very light at around 19,500 contracts.
Platinum traded pretty flat up until about 12:30 p.m. in New York---and at that point, the roof caved in. Platinum finished down $26 on the day. And I thought for sure that palladium was finally going to close well above the $800 spot price mark, but JPMorgan et al. showed up shortly before 1 p.m. EDT and put an end to that. Palladium closed down $5---and back below $800 per ounce.
Now there was news on the strike front that Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum had made a "startling" offer to AMCU, but if that was the real reason for the selloffs in both platinum and palladium, why did they occur at different times---and not simultaneously? Just asking.
The dollar index finished the Wednesday trading session in New York at 79.83---but by 10:45 BST in London, it was down to its 79.59 low. The subsequent rally took the index back up to 79.84 by 12:30 p.m. EDT---and the index didn't do much after that. It finished the Thursday session almost where it started---at 79.85.
Once again the gold stocks opened in positive territory---and for the most part remained in the black until the gold price got sold down $5 starting around lunchtime in New York. Then the shares headed south as well, and the HUI finished down another 0.92%---and on its absolute low of the day.
Despite the fact that silver outperformed gold in the New York trading session---and actually finished up on the day, that didn't affect the silver equities, as they continued to sell off as the Thursday trading session wore on. Nick Laird's Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.17%.
The CME's Daily Delivery Report showed that five gold and 20 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. ABN Amro was the short/issuer on the 20 silver contracts---and Canada's Scotiabank took delivery of all of them. The link to yesterday's Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.
Joshua Gibbons, the "Guru of the SLV Bar List" updated his website with the internal goings-on within SLV for the end of their reporting week on Wednesday---and this is what he had to say: "Analysis of the 16 April 2014 bar list, and comparison to the previous week's list. No bars were added, removed, or had serial number changes. As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 39.6 oz. All daily changes are reflected on the bar list." As you know, dear reader, despite the big decline in the silver price recently, there has been no in/out activity over at SLV worthy of the name---and I'm really starting to wonder why that is. The link to Joshua's website is here.
There was no sales report from the US Mint.
Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, they showed that only a tiny 353 troy ounces of gold were shipped out---and none was reported received. I shan't bother with the link.
Of course it was a different story in silver, as it almost always is. There was nothing reported received---and 802,042 troy ounces were reported shipped out. It was JPMorgan and Canada's Scotiabank doing the honours---and the link to that activity is here.
Here's a FRED chart that Casey Research's BIG GOLD editor Jeff Clark sent my way yesterday---and it has finally cracked the $4 trillion mark. Jeff mentioned that "It was $855 billion in April 2008, so that's a 368% increase in six years."
I have the usual number of stories for a weekday column---and I hope you find some you like. Because of the Good Friday holiday, I probably won't have a column tomorrow, because all the market are closed, so I've included all the stories that I've been saving for that---and some of them are truly incredible.
¤ The Wrap
What I believe this means is that JPMorgan is the prime manipulator of all five major Comex/Nymex metals; silver, platinum and palladium on the short side, gold and copper on the long side. The one sure thing you can say about a concentrated position is that if it did not exist, the price of the commodity in question would be markedly different because it would need to be replaced by many other traders responding to current prices. - Silver analyst Ted Butler: 16 April 2014