• Gold: 1,279.99 -0.17
  • Silver: 17.00 -0.04
  • Euro: 1.177 0.000
  • USDX: 93.701 0.191
  • Oil: 52 0.39

October 20: Gold and Silver Fall About 2% on the Week

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Gold drifted lower throughout most of world trade and ended near its early afternoon New York low of $1278.00 with a loss of 0.62%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.946 and ended with a loss of 1.16%.

Silver Market Morning: June-14-2017 -- waiting for the Fed!

While there is no evidence of Chinese gold price manipulation we have seen gold’s pricing power shift to Shanghai. But with Shanghai trading gold lower than New York and London, that pricing power evaporated yesterday and today, because of demand for gold in western markets. Shanghai’s figures tomorrow will expand that story. It certainly does not seem that lower Shanghai gold prices can pull London and New York down. What is very true is that China has bought as much gold as they can when the bears did drive prices down and will continue to do so whenever they can. Will higher prices make them stop buying? We think not as the Chinese middle classes continue to burgeon.

Silver Morning: June-13-2017: waiting for the Fed tomorrow!

While the markets continue towards the expectation that there will be a rate hike by the Fed tomorrow, more and more people are saying what we said yesterday, “With Janet Yellen such a cautious person she may well have been disturbed by the poor data of late. While 94% of the market believes a rate hike must come this week, there is room, we believe, for a delay in the rate hike until the data is more positive. If she does, you will see the dollar weaken and perhaps equity indices move too high. We see gold benefitting if this does happen.”

Silver Morning: June-12-2017: reacting to currency moves now!

We also doubt that the gold mining companies would ever again embark on an exercise to raise production at the request of and with the support of bullion banks with the backing of central banks as they did at the end of the last century. This leaves global central banks on balance being buyers not sellers, in the future.

Silver Market Morning: June-9-2017

British Elections have turned out to be disaster for Prime Minister May as we see a hung Parliament. As a result we expect to see more easing and perhaps a rate cut in the near future as uncertainty kicks into the way forward for Brexit. Most believed that the only issue was the size of the conservative majority. But this result changes things. Already the gold price is rising in the pound sterling, as the pound falls heavily.

Silver Market Morning: June-8-2017: U.K. elections and Draghi

Growth in the Eurozone is now clearly evident, but inflation is falling. As we said yesterday, Draghi, who has repeatedly said that policy makers must be convinced that inflation can rise toward 2% on its own, before removing monetary stimulus, may well make a point of this, but will, it seems only change his language in the statement slightly confirming this. This is positive for gold.

Silver Market Morning: June-7-2017: Draghi and the E.U.

British Elections happen tomorrow. With the discussions around the size of the conservative majority it appears to us that the result will not affect the gold price. Draghi and the E.U. With inflation falling in the E.U. problems in the banking sector [Banco Popular has just been taken over by Santander in Spain] Draghi, who has repeatedly said that policy makers must be convinced that inflation can rise toward 2% on its own, before removing monetary stimulus, is set to leave the current stimulus position in place through the rest of this year. This is positive for gold.

June 6: Gold and Silver Gain With Bonds and Oil

Gold climbed higher throughout most of world trade and ended near its late morning New York high of $1295.90 with a gain of 1.11%. Silver rose to as high as $17.741 and ended with a gain of 0.68%.

Silver Market Morning: June 6 2017 - Gold poised to attack $1,300!

One is guarded about figures from Hong Kong being representative of Chinese demand. Gold enters China from Switzerland but also through Beijing and other ports of entry. In addition, the country mines around 450 + tonnes a year. It also imports gold directly from mines it owns outside the country. So the figures mentioned here are just part of the picture. What we do learn from these is that Chinese demand is running close to record levels. The government has encouraged this as a matter of policy, so as to build up the nation’s gold.

June 5: Gold and Silver End Slightly Higher

Gold gained $4.80 to $1283.00 by a little after 8AM EST before it dropped back to $1277.90 in the next four hours of trade, but it then chopped back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.11%. Silver rose to as high as $17.634 and ended with a gain of 0.29%.

Silver Market Morning: June 5 2017 - Gold consolidating with a positive bias!

New York closed $4.17 lower on Friday than the Shanghai Gold Exchange was trading at today ahead of Monday’s opening. London opened at around $1 lower than Shanghai was trading earlier today. These are very small price differences evidencing arbitrage operations at very professional levels [likely banking operations]. We have been watching these markets, as you know, very carefully over the last year.

June 2: Gold and Silver Gain About 1% on the Week

Gold fell $8.30 to $1259.70 in Asia before it jumped up to $1279.00 in late morning New York trade and then drifted back lower in early afternoon action, but it still ended with a gain of 0.8%. Silver rose to as high as $17.571 and ended with a gain of 1.21%.

Safety in banking

There was a time when banks acted as custodians of their customers’ money. Indeed, keeping a person’s money and using it as if it belonged to you without their agreement is fraud in common law. A banking license legally exempts banks from charges of criminality in pursuing the normal course of fractional reserve banking business, by making it clear that you, the customer, agree to being a creditor of the bank instead of the bank acting as custodian for your money.

Silver Market Morning: June 2 2017 - Gold consolidating in a tight range!

As the gold price trading range tightens to a breakout point, we look at the silver price which is presenting a different Technical picture. If the gold price falls the silver price will tumble according to the charts. But if gold rises the silver price will follow as usual. But such a rise will change the Technical picture quite dramatically to the upside. Either way the silver price will prove more explosive than the gold price.

Silver and NASDAQ Strength Will Reverse

Prices for silver and the NASDAQ 100 rise exponentially as unbacked paper currencies are systematically devalued. Expect much higher silver prices because the silver to NASDAQ ratio is too low, along with dozens of other reasons. Consider taking profits out of the NASDAQ to buy silver. Don’t expect to hear this suggestion on Wall Street. Wall Street benefits from higher NASDAQ prices. Wall Street benefits little from higher silver prices, with the exception of JPM which, per Ted Butler’s data, has accumulated a massive hoard of silver bullion. Expect Wall Street to promote buying stocks and discourage acquisition of silver, as usual.

Zinc One Completes Forrester Acquisition and Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Zinc One Resources Inc. (“Zinc One or the Company”) and Forrester Metals Inc. (TSX-V: VEM.H) (“Forrester”) are pleased to announce, further to their news releases on February 1, 2017, March 7, 2017, and May 18, 2017, that Zinc One has received all necessary documents and approvals and completed its acquisition of all the issued and outstanding common shares of Forrester (the “Transaction”).

June 1: Gold and Silver End Near Unchanged Before Jobs Day

Gold fell $6.60 to $1261.60 at about 8:30AM EST, but it then bounced back higher in afternoon trade and ended with a loss of just 0.02%. Silver slipped to as low as $17.039 and ended with a loss of just 0.06%.

Silver Market Morning: June 1 2017 - Gold consolidating in a tight range!

The dollar continues to weaken slightly and the gold price in the dollar continues to rise, as it is doing in all currencies except the Yuan. The Technical picture shows that it is above resistance but has not yet run as it would have done in the past. Instead it is showing a steady plod with higher lows and higher highs. As we have been pointing out in the Shanghai section above, the influence of Shanghai on the gold price is visible. Its slow plod higher, we see, as evidence of Chinese price dominance at the moment.

Silver Standard Forms Joint Venture with Golden Arrow and Files Technical Report for the Chinchillas Project

Silver Standard Resources Inc. (SSRI) (SSO.TO) ("Silver Standard") announces that the transaction to form a joint venture with Golden Arrow Resources Corporation (GRG.V) ("Golden Arrow") for the development of the Chinchillas project ("Chinchillas" or the "project") closed today.

May 31: Gold Gains While Dollar Drops Again

Gold saw slight losses for most of trade in Asia before it climbed up to $1274.10 in early afternoon New York trade and then chopped back lower at times, but it still ended with a gain of 0.4%. Silver rose to as high as $17.419 and ended with a loss of 0.52%.

Silver Market Morning: May 31 2017 - Gold consolidating in a tight range!

Silver closed at $17.41yesterday after $17.32 at New York’s close Friday. A glance back over the last couple of weeks shows that the silver price pointed the way for gold. It fell just ahead of the fall in the gold price and is now rising as the gold price consolidates at lower levels. Is it leading the way for gold?

May 30: Gold and Silver End Mixed To Start Jobs Week

Gold edged up to $1270.40 in Asia before it drifted back down to $1259.50 at about 8:30AM EST and then bounced back higher into midday, but it still ended with a loss of 0.31%. Silver gained $0.15 to $17.47 in Asia before it dropped back to $17.215 in early New York trade, but it then rallied back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.52%.

AbraPlata: New Argentinian Player Advancing Substantial Resource with Exploration Upside

In late April, AbraPlata Resource Corp. (ABRA.TSX.V) completed a reverse takeover (RTO) of Huayra Minerals Corp. and began trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ABRA and (OTC: ABBRF). Concurrent with the RTO, AbraPlata closed a $2.86 million private placement. On May 16, the company announced, as a result of strong demand, the raise of an additional $775,790 through private placement.

A Mining Company for the Smart Money

Mining investors are shrewd buyers. These metals hounds shop around for projects with high grades, a robust resource, and strong management. Ideally, they would also like projects situated in favorable geography with abundant infrastructure.

Silver Market Morning: May 30 2017 - Gold consolidating lower before Shanghai re-opens!

While Shanghai is closed we feel it opportune re-make an important point on what is going on with the authorities in China, with reference to overall markets there. China wants to gain a reputation of being a reliable, reputable source of prices. This, in the first place, means reducing the volatility, on a permanent basis, that characterized its markets. Its people have become deeply untrusting of equity markets due to its past extreme volatility.

May 26: Gold and Silver Gain Almost 1% and 3% on the Week

Gold climbed higher throughout most of world trade and ended near its late session high of $1269.50 with a gain of 0.87%. Silver rose to as high as $17.379 and ended with a gain of 0.93%.

Silver Market Morning

The New York gold price rose slightly to $1,290.90 up $1.00 at the close on Wednesday. Asia held it there ahead of London’s opening. London held it there before Fixing the gold price at $1,290.25 up $3.75. In the euro, it Fixed at €943.648 up €0.812, while the dollar stood at $1.3673, almost unchanged. Ahead of the opening in New York gold stood at $1,292.50 and in the euro at €945.88.

Silver Market Morning

The New York gold price saw gold pause at $1,318 with Asia holding it there before London took it down steadily to $1,314 In London it Fixed at $1,314 down $12.00. In the euro, it Fixed at €957.586 down just over €10.00, while the dollar stood at $1.3722, weaker again. Ahead of the opening in New York gold stood at $1,313.75 and in the euro at €956.57.

SilverCrest Receives US$10 Million Commitment from Sandstorm Gold for Underground Mine Option at Santa Elena

SilverCrest Mines Inc. (TSX:SVL)(NYSE MKT:SVLC) ("SilverCrest" or "the Company") is pleased to announce it has received notice of exercise of the Underground Mine Option from Sandstorm Gold Ltd. ("Sandstorm") for the Santa Elena Mine, Sonora, Mexico. This Option allows Sandstorm to purchase 20% of the gold produced from underground operations at the Santa Elena. In consideration of exercise of the option, Sandstorm will make an additional upfront deposit of US$10 million to the Company on or before March 17, 2014 and will continue to make ongoing per ounce payments of US$350 until 50,000 ounces of gold have been delivered to Sandstorm, inclusive of 18,593 ounces already received from open-pit production, at which time the payments will increase to US$450 per ounce of gold.

February 27: Gold and Silver End Slightly Higher

Gold dropped $5.05 to $1323.95 in late Asian trade before it rebounded to $1335.36 at about 10:30AM EST and then drifted back to $1326.99 in the next four hours of trade, but it then rallied back higher in late trade and ended with a gain of 0.11%. Silver slipped to $21.002 in Asia before it bounced back to $21.485 in London and then chopped back lower in New York, but it still ended with a gain of 0.19%.

March 7: Gold and Silver End Mixed on the Week

Gold edged down to $1346.45 in Asia before it rebounded to $1352.69 at about 8:20AM EST and then dropped back to as low as $1329.28 after this morning’s jobs report was released, but it then rallied back higher in the last four and a half hours of trade and ended with a loss of just 0.82%. Silver slumped to as low $20.769 before it also rallied back higher, but is still ended with a loss of 2.7%.

Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. (TSXV:SCZ) Follow-Up #3

In 2014, production at Rosario is targeted to be 500 tons/day. The Company plans exploration and additional geologic evaluation, including diamond drilling on its properties, to define and expand resources to NI43-101 compliance.

Santacruz Silver Provides Q4 2013 & January 2014 Operations Update for Rosario Mine

Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SCZ) (the "Company" or "Santacruz") is pleased to provide production results and an update of activities at its Rosario Mine located in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Silver Market Morning

The New York gold price closed at $1,280.50 down $2.80 on Tuesday, in New York. Asia lifted the price $4 on Wednesday morning. London held it there at the opening. The gold price was Fixed in London at $1,284.00 down $2.50. In the euro, it Fixed at €93o.907 down €1.542 as the dollar stood at $1.3793 up from $1.3797: €1. Ahead of the opening in New York gold stood at $1,283.70 and in the euro at €930.86.

Silver Market Morning

The New York gold price closed at $1,292 up $7.50 on Wednesday, in New York. Asia held the price there on Thursday morning. London took it down $5. The gold price was Fixed in London at $1,287.25 up $3.25. In the euro, it Fixed at €935.094 up €4.187 as the dollar stood at $1.3766 up from $1.3793: €1. Ahead of the opening in New York gold stood at $1,286.65 and in the euro at €934.79.

Silver Market Morning

The New York gold price closed at $1,286.30 down $5.70 on Thursday, in New York. Asia held the price there on Friday morning, before London lifted it over $1,290 ahead of the Fix. The gold price was Fixed in London at $1,293.50 up $6.25. In the euro, it Fixed at €943.747 up €8.653 as the euro was weaker at $1.3706 up from $1.3766: €1. Ahead of the opening in New York gold stood at $1,291.40 and in the euro at €941.97.

Silver Market Morning

The gold price closed at $1,318.00 up $6.90 on Thursday, in New York. Asia lifted it to $1,319.35 ahead of London’s opening. The gold price was Fixed in London at $1,317.25 down $4.25. In the euro, it Fixed at €948.617 down €4.571 as the euro was weaker at $1.3886 down from $1.3866: €1. Ahead of the opening in New York gold stood at $1,322.25 and in the euro at €951.53.

SilverCrest Announces Q1 Production; 201,101 Ounces Silver and 7,545 Ounces Gold

SilverCrest Mines Inc. (NYSE MKT:SVLC)(SVL.TO) (the "Company") is pleased to announce silver and gold production numbers for the first quarter of 2014 from its 100% owned Santa Elena Mine located in Sonora, Mexico.

Silver Market Morning

After Mario Draghi’s confirming that he wants to see a weaker euro, the market has obliged by pulling it back from its recent peak just under $1.40: €1 to $1.38: €1. If gold is moved in the same way as gold, we come to $1,307. This is where the gold price is now. We did not see selling of gold to press the gold price down, but dealer’s adjustment of prices in line with the dollar’s strength. Like the waves on the seashore the gold price fell but we believe this will bring in Asian buyers allowing the gold price to move higher after the current consolidation is complete.

Silver Market Morning

The gold price closed at $1,302.90 down $23.80 Tuesday, in New York. Asia pulled it down to $1,295 initially before lifting it back to $1,300 ahead of London’s opening, where it rose to $1,304. The gold price was then Fixed in London at $1,299.00 down $12.50, because of the stronger euro. In the euro, it Fixed at €938.584 down €11.847 as the euro was stronger at $1.3840 down from $1.3800: €1. Ahead of the opening in New York gold stood at $1,302.90 and in the euro at €941.40.

Santacruz Silver Announces First Quarter 2014 Production Results/ Ramp Up Program at Rosario Mine is on Schedule

Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SCZ) (the "Company" or "Santacruz") is pleased to announce first quarter 2014 production of 159,729 silver equivalent ounces from the Company's Rosario Mine in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. This production represents a 260% quarter over quarter increase as compared with Q4 2013 and demonstrates the Company is on schedule to meet its production target of between 850,000 to 1,100,000 silver equivalent ounces by the year-end 2014.

Excellon reports results of annual meeting of shareholders

Excellon Resources Inc. (TSX:EXN; OTC:EXLLF) ("Excellon" or the "Company"), Mexico's highest grade silver producer, is pleased to report that shareholders voted in favour of all items of business, including the election of each director at the 2014 Annual General Meeting (the "Meeting") held on April 29, 2014.

Silver Market Morning

The gold price closed at $1,290.4 down $5.70 on yesterday, in New York. In Asia it was being pulled back to $1,283. London is closed today. The dollar weakened to $1.3880 nearly half a cent lower. Ahead of the opening of New York, gold stood at $1,286.10 and in the euro at €926.65.

May Decline in Gold and Silver Stocks Would Create Opportunity

Last week we noted that the gold and silver shares had formed a short-term rebound in response to an oversold condition. Yet we felt that the downtrend that originated from the hard reversal in March was still in effect. As we go to publish, the rebound appears to be petering out. Be aware that there is more potential downside in May. The good news is a decline in May will likely create a great buying opportunity at the end of the month and in June.

Manipulation 101 ... The Pithy Version

The goal of The Powers That Be is to keep the grassroots masses from reaching an "orientation" that values precious metals over paper dollars that are backed only by the "full faith and credit" of U.S. Government.

Silver Market Morning

The gold price closed at $1,298.30 in a $13.40 rebound on Friday, in New York. In Asia and London it was being lifted strongly to $1315.00. London was closed so we watch to see just how New York will play gold. The euro stood at $1.3874. Ahead of the opening of New York, gold stood at $1,311.65 and in the euro at €945.65.

Silver Market Morning

The gold price closed at $1,289.20 down only $0.20 yesterday, in New York. In Asia and London the gold price lifted back to $1,291. The gold Fixing was set at $1,289.00 down $2.25 and in the euro at €933.246 up €7.22 while the euro stood at $1.3812 nearly 2 cents down from the week’s peak. Ahead of New York’s opening the gold price stood at $1,289.40 and in the euro at €933.33.

May 9: Gold and Silver End Slightly Lower on the Week

Gold climbed $5.04 to $1294.24 by a little before 8AM EST before it dropped back to $1285.54 in the next four and a half hours of trade, but it then bounced back higher into the close and ended with a loss of just 0.04%. Silver slipped to as low as $19.052 and ended with loss of 0.1%.

May 12: Gold Gains and Silver Surges

Gold dropped $8.73 to $1279.97 at the open of trade last night, but it then jumped to as high as $1302.77 at about 8:30AM EST today and ended with a gain of 0.62%. Silver surged to as high as $19.647 and ended with a gain of 2.09%.

Who should GAO believe - Ted Butler or Bart Chilton?

In a recent column, silver analyst Theodore Butler presented information that leaves him somewhat optimistic that the Government Accountability Office(GAO) is looking into the possibility that the silver markets might be rigged or manipulated.

May 13: Gold and Silver End Slightly Lower

Gold dropped down to $1289.16 by a little after 7AM EST before it spiked up to $1298.42 in the next hour and a half of trade, but it then drifted back lower into the close and ended with a loss of 0.26%. Silver slipped to $19.364 before it rebounded to $19.593 and then also fell back off, but it ended with a loss of just 0.1%.

Daily Silver Data

Statistics about silver that change every day.

Silver Market Morning

Silver Update

Here are a few patterns that might explain the current state of the silver price, as well as, provide the possible way forward. Below is a graphic which compares the current pattern on silver (from about the beginning of 2011 to present) to a 2007 pattern:

Dramatic Turnaround For Silver?

On the chart, I have indicated two similar patterns (marked 1 to 5).This comparison suggests that silver could rise significantly over the next couple of months. This would mean that a dramatic turnaround in the price of silver is coming (it might have started already).

Silver Market Update

The patterns forming in gold and silver are remarkably similar, and much of what has been written in the parallel Gold Market update applies equally to silver, so it will not be repeated here. The big question is "has silver finally bottomed?" - that is the question that we are going to attempt to answer in this update.

May 22: Gold and Silver End Over 1% Lower

Gold dropped $19.82 to $1573.18 by about 5AM EST before it climbed back above $1590 by late morning in New York, but it then fell back off into the close and ended with a loss of 1.64%. Silver slipped to $28.015 before it surged to as high as $28.804, but it also fell back off in late trade and ended with a loss of 1.26%.

Julian Phillips: Silver Price Falls with Euro; in hands of traders

Comment Wire: The fall in the silver price to current levels of $27.34 reflects the fall in the euro and not that rise of the dollar. Both gold and silver have for so long been treated as "counters to the dollar" to quote the Bundesbank's ex-President Herr Weber. But this does not mean, after market volatility says differently, that silver should move with the euro.

Ranting Andy on Silver

June 1, 2012 will be remembered as a watershed day. “Cartel Rule #1” was already broken on Wednesday – i.e., “thou shalt not let PMs rise when the Dow plunges,” and nearly was yesterday as well, until they viciously ATTACKED PMs and GOOSED the “Dow Jones Propaganda Average” at midday. But today – with European markets already in freefall, the BLS published its third straight catastrophic NFP employment report.

iShares Silver Trust: 9,643.17 tonnes

iShares Silver Trust: 9,643.17 tonnes

Silver Market Morning

Gold closed in New York at $1,620.40 and in London’s early morning fell to $1,615.75. There is no Fixing in London today due to the Jubilee celebrations. Ahead of New York’s opening gold stood at $1,618.22 and in the euro, €1,301.55 while the euro was at €1: $1.2433.

This Ain't The Bottom (But you can see it from here)

Wallace, Idaho – Bernard Baruch famously said: “Don't try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can't be done except by liars.” Good advice. So many ersatz experts are calling this the bottom for silver and gold that it absolutely cannot be the actual bottom. It may be so close that we can see it, but we're willing to ride this elevator down a few more floors before we hit that big red STOP button.

June 6: Gold Gains While Silver Surges

Gold rose $22.40 to $1640.80 at about 8:30AM EST, but it then fell back off in early afternoon trade and ended with a gain of just 0.07%. Silver surged to as high as $29.895 before it also fell back off, but it still ended with a gain of 2.94%.

Silver Offers A Great Opportunity

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COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -27,627.307 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -27,627.307 ounces

CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler on C-SPAN

Gary Gensler talked about Commodity Futures Trading Commission oversight of commodity "futures," and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

The Premier Safe Haven

Precious Metals are yet again asserting themselves following MULTIPLE attempts to push them down – first at the usual 12:00 PM EST with most markets flat, then late in the afternoon when the “DOW JONES PROPAGANDA AVERAGE” started plunging. TPTB are horrified that their pathetic “Spanish Bailout” ploy failed, with stock and markets plunging worldwide – notwithstanding yesterday’s blatant prop job. If gold remains positive by day’s close – and the Dow stays down – this will be the fourth such time in two weeks – SHOUTING to the world that gold is, indeed, the premier safe haven asset. With the potentially catastrophic Greek elections this weekend – and fears of an Italian contagion, be prepared for ANYTHING in the coming days.

Huldra Silver Provides Progress Update on Treasure Mountain and the Merritt Mill

Huldra Silver Inc. (HDA.V) (the "Company" or "Huldra") today provides a progress update on the mining operations at its 100% owned Treasure Mountain Property and an update on the construction of its 200 tonne per day mill in Merritt, BC.

Vintage Gold Cartel

This week has been vintage Gold Cartel/JP Morgan in action. The gold/price action has been counterintuitive until today. Meanwhile, the silver open interest is near at its recent highs, as JPM has stopped all silver rallies whenever the price reached $29 per ounce. Take a look at the silver chart of late. Now they have made their move along with the rest of The Gold Cartel. Spec precious metals longs are terrified and many forced to exit their positions.

Silver coins hot up in India as gold sales weaken

With gold prices too hot for many in India, silver has regained its sheen. Sales of silver coins are soaring in India, with most consumers buying silver coins which herald good luck and prosperity. Gold, on the other hand, has hit several highs in the last couple of days, deterring buyers from the precious metal. Delayed monsoons in India have all but grounded sale of gold too. In rural India, sales of the yellow metal are closely linked to monsoon, since good rains that bring on a rich harvest will boost gold purchases by farmers.

Pan American Silver Falls to Levels Below Book Value

In trading on Friday, shares of Pan American Silver Corp. (Toronto: PAA) crossed below their last reported book value — defined as common shareholder equity per share — of $17.83, changing hands as low as $17.70 per share. Pan American Silver Corp. shares are currently trading down about 3.2% on the day.

Silver Market Morning

Gold closed in New York at $1,572. London opened at the same level, but as the euro slipped slightly it slipped marginally too, but then recovered ahead of the Fixing in London to Fix at $1,569.00 and in the euro at €1,256.406 almost the same as Friday’s level. Ahead of New York’s opening gold stood at $1,570.30and in the euro, €1,257.25 while the euro was at €1: $1.2490.

Perfect Storm Brewing

The markets are in turmoil for the same cadre of horrible trends as usual, starting with Spanish bond yield surging above 7%, uncertainty about the toothless European Summit, PLUNGING British bank stocks on the heels of “LIEBOR” fraud (Barclays, down 17% today alone) and unattainable ATM funds (RBS, down 13%). Throw in the Supreme Court’s insane upholding of Obamacare, in which the only justice to vote against his party was Chief Justice Roberts, and further weakness in jobless claims, and you have a perfect storm brewing.

July 16: Gold and Silver End With Slight Gains

Gold dropped down to as low as $1578.51 by a little after 8AM EST, but it then rose to as high as $1594.61 in late morning New York trade and ended with a gain of 0.09%. Silver surged to as high as $27.42 and ended with a gain of 0.22%.

First Majestic Produces 2.1 Million Silver Equivalent Ounces in Second Quarter

First Majestic Silver Corp. ("First Majestic" or the "Company") (FR.TO)(AG)(FMV.F) (WKN:A0LHKJ)is pleased to announce that total production at its three mines in Mexico for the second quarter ending June 30, 2012 reached 2,102,222 equivalent ounces of silver, representing a 14% increase compared to the same quarter in 2011.

Silver Market Morning

Gold closed in New York at $1,581.70 yesterday down $7.80. Asia took it to $1,582 ahead of London’s opening. London’s morning Fix today was set at $1,579.50 down $6 on yesterday and in the euro at €1,298.651, while the euro stood at €1: $1.2257 down half a cent on the dollar. Ahead of New York’s opening gold stood at $1,579.32 in the middle and in the euro at €1,290.66.