Gold, silver running in place


Gold was down $6.10 today finishing at $1269.75.  It was down $3.89 on the week.  Silver was down 26¢ on the day and 3¢ on the week.  The precious metals have been pretty much running in place the past several weeks with little in the way of news or developments to push prices forcibly one direction or the other.  Gold started the month of October at $1270.76 and finished it at $1270.86.  Silver similarly started October at $16.55 and finished it at $16.67.  The noisy headlines belied the quiet price action all month – not unusual for the precious metals markets which attract a lot of attention even when things are quiet. We will be looking to get some traction next week now that some of the outstanding market questions have found at least temporary resolution. . . . .

Quote of the Day
“Amid this mania for investment, the stock market has begun self – cannibalizing … literally. Since 2009, US companies have spent a record $3.8 trillion on share buy-backs financed by historic levels of debt issuance. Share buy backs are a form of financial alchemy that uses balance sheet leverage to reduce liquidity generating the illusion of growth. A shocking +40% of the earning-per-share growth and +30% of the stock market gains since 2009 are from share buy-backs. Absent this financial engineering we would already be in an earnings recession.” – Chris Cole, Artemis Capital

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