Lawrence Williams

About the Author Lawrence Williams

Former CEO of Mining Journal Ltd. and subsequently General Manager of Mineweb.com - a position relinquished in October 2012 to continue as a freelance writer. Graduate mining engineer from London's Royal School of Mines (part of London University) - has worked on gold, platinum and uranium mines in South Africa, copper in Zambia, uranium in Canada and holds a South African Mine Manager's Certificate. Joined Mining Journal originally as Financial Editor and worked for the company for over 30 years spending 13 years as CEO. Particular follower of the gold and platinum market and has written numerous articles on precious metals for Mining Journal and Mineweb and has also written for London's Financial Times as well as for other media and publications including SeekingAlpha. Has been regular writer for mineweb.com - and now has own blog - www.lawrieongold.com as well.

Comex ‘Almost Ignores’ Gold and Silver Supply and Demand Fundamentals

New York closed with the gold price at $$1,137.30 up from $1,114.30 on Friday. China remains closed until Thursday in its ‘Golden Week’ holiday. When London opened the gold price slipped to $1,135.00 after which it was set at $1,134.35 up from Friday’s $1,106.30 at the LBMA gold setting. The dollar Index was down at 95.58 from 96.30 and the dollar trading against the euro at $1.1268 down from $1.1165. In the euro the fixing was €1,006.70 up from €990.86.  Ahead of New York’s opening gold was trading at $1,133.00 and in the euro at €1,107.60.

The silver price closed at $15.24 up from $14.56 or 68 cents over Friday in New York. Ahead of New York’s opening, silver was trading at $15.31.

PRICE DRIVERS

After what has been labeled a’ disastrous’ jobs report on Friday when only 142,000 job increases were reported against a 200,000 expectation the gold price leapt $25 in 15 minutes in New York despite there being no physical gold purchases into the two U.S. based gold ETFs. [This leaves the holdings of the SPDR gold ETF at 689.204 tonnes and 160.65 tonnes in the Gold Trust.]

After the jobs report the dollar immediately fell two cents against the euro although the gold price in the euro also rose €20 at the same time. With little gold actually traded we see just how large the influence of COMEX and dealers in gold is in the market place where demand and supply are almost ignored. The same is true in the silver market. As we have pointed out in our newsletter before, it will take the arrival of the Shanghai gold price setting to change the pricing of gold. With a Chinese physical price and a New York ‘COMEX’ price moving away from each other, arbitrageurs will trade between the two smoothing out price differential. This will cause a structural change in the gold price. The ‘Yuan Gold Fix” is scheduled to begin before the end of the year.

With China still closed, we did expect attempts to crush the gold price through small physical selling, but the jobs report appears to have put paid to that now. The Technical picture is now moving to a critical point which may see a strong move this week.

The jobs report has made a re-appraisal of the future state of the U.S. and global economies necessary. If such reports continue to disappoint, it is certain financial markets will become even more volatile. While equity markets rose today, it was not on the prospects of a rosy future, but because better yields in equity markets against those in fixed interest markets will continue for the

next two or three months. Deleveraging will slow and the threat of more turmoil remains when interest rates eventually do rise.

Silver is rose a remarkable 68 cents on little trade in the Silver Trust, as dealers whipped prices higher to protect themselves.

 

  • Tim

    “This leaves the holdings of the SPDR gold ETF at 689.204 tonnes”

    How reliable are GLD’s holding reports? GLD does not give retail investors the right to redeem for any of its mystery physical gold holdings. This fact alone ensures the GLD shares to be nothing more than paper at the end of the day. GLD also has a glaring audit loophole in their prospectus that states they have no right to audit subcustodial gold holdings. To this day, I have not heard of a single good reason for the existence of this backdoor to the fund. Some other red flags I’ve verified and welcome everyone else to do the same:

    “Did anyone try calling the GLD hotline at (866) 320 4053 in search of numerical details on GLD’s insurance? The prospectus vaguely states “The Custodian maintains insurance with regard to its business on such terms and conditions as it considers appropriate which does not cover the full amount of gold held in custody.” When I specifically asked for clarification on this clause and about how much of the gold was insured, the representative proceeded act as if he didn’t know and said they were just the “marketing agent” for GLD. What kind of marketing agent doesn’t know such basic information about a product they are marketing? It seems like they are deliberately hiding information from investors.

    I remember there was a well documented visit by CNBC’s Bob Pisani to GLD’s gold vault. This visit was organized by GLD’s management to prove the existence of GLD’s gold but the gold bar held up by Mr. Pisani had the serial number ZJ6752 which did not appear on the most recent bar list at that time. It was later discovered that this “GLD” bar was actually owned by ETF Securities.”