Gold and silver equities get hit hard. GLD up a hair---and another one million ounces is withdrawn from SLV. No sales report from the U.S. Mint. Very little in/out activity in either gold or silver at the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday.
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The gold price chopped quietly lower in Far East trading on their Tuesday---and the HFT boyz and their algorithms/spoofing showed up around 2:15 p.m. Hong Kong time. Once they were done, the price drifted quietly lower until the London morning gold fix was done at 10:30 a.m. BST. It rallied a hair into the COMEX open, but JPMorgan et al were laying in wait once again---and within thirty-five minutes had gold down another ten bucks to its low tick of the day. The gold price didn't do much after that. The high and low ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,108.20 and $1,184.80 in the June contract. Gold closed on Tuesday in New York at $1,187.80 spot, down $18.10 from Monday's close. Not surprisingly, gross volume was sky-high at 345,000 contracts, but it only netted out to about 142,000 contracts. And once you take out the 21,000 net contracts from Monday, net volume yesterday wasn't overly heavy at 121,000 contracts. On a $20 engineered price decline, that's not a lot. I'll have more on this in The Wrap. Here's the 5-minute gold tick chart courtesy of Brad Robertson. Note the lack of volume on the engineered price decline in Hong Kong vs. the volume on the engineered price decline at the COMEX open. The grey line is midnight EDT---and you need to add two hours to this chart for EDT, as it's scaled for Denver time. The ' click to enlarge' feature is a must.