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.

Upwards Pressure on Gold and Silver Prices Despite SGE Being Closed

New York closed with the gold price at $1,135.70 down $1.60 yesterday. China remains closed until Thursday in its ‘Golden Week’ holiday. When London opened the gold price rose to $1,140.00 after which it was set at $1,136.90 up from $1,134.35 at the LBMA gold setting. The dollar Index was up at 95.89 from 95.58 and the dollar trading against the euro at $1.1217 down from $1.1268. In the euro the fixing was €1,013.55 up from €1,006.70.  Ahead of New York’s opening gold was trading at $1,138.45 and in the euro at €1,114.93.

The silver price closed at $15.62 up from $15.24 or over $1 in two days. Ahead of New York’s opening, silver was trading at $15.70.

Price Drivers

There continues to be upward pressure on the gold and silver prices, despite Shanghai being closed. It is impossible not to draw the conclusion that the physical gold market is separate from the New York COMEX market and London prices. This is because gold and silver prices are made in New York, primarily by dealers and traders reflecting sentiment on COMEX. The perception there reflects expectations for rise in interest rates as well as for the dollar. While the dollar remains in a bull market, we are of the opinion that the Treasury will not permit it to rise to the point the U.S. suffers more on the international competitive front. This is supported by the reality that the peak of $1.07 against the euro and peak on the dollar index, close to 100, have not even been approached since then, surprisingly. After the jobs report the dollar fell a full two cents against the euro and remains close to that level even now.

Record short gold positions continue to be closed and long gold positions opened on COMEX since last Friday.

But against this positive background we saw a sale of 0.221 of a tonne from the SPDR gold ETF and a sale of 0.03 from the Gold Trust. This leaves the holdings of the SPDR gold ETF at 688.983 tonnes and 160.62 tonnes in the Gold Trust. We see this sale as small relative to the volumes being traded currently, so will not influence the gold price. Additions to the gold ETFs in the U.S. in the last two weeks point to a positive attitude to gold growing in the U.S. slowly but surely now.

The Technical picture is now moving to a critical point which may see a strong move this week.

Silver continues to outperform gold having risen over a dollar in the last two days. If gold does breakout to the upside we may see a sprint higher by the silver price.

 

  • Tim

    “This leaves the holdings of the SPDR gold ETF at 688.983 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.”