If one scours the newspapers, maybe, just maybe, one may find reference, in the page 13 fine print, that gold prices keep hitting fresh all time highs each and every day.
The rumor now is that petrodollars have had their fill of EURs (which they have been buying instead of USDs) and are migrating to PMs.
Another catalyst is the earlier announcement by Jean-Claude Trichet that the rate hike may not be the first in a series, confirming the vacillation by the European Central Bank. Until we see confirmation we will let this rumor be. One thing we are certain of: there are more buyers than sellers.
Gold touching a new all time high:
Gold hits record; silver just short of $40
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Gold and silver futures made history Wednesday, landing top marks as investors flocked to the safe haven of precious metals, with a weaker dollar speeding up the run.
Gold notched a settlement and an intraday record high and set its sights on $1,500 an ounce. Silver stopped just pennies short of the psychologically important $40-an-ounce level, hitting a 31-year high on its way.
Gold for June delivery rose $6, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,458.50 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
The contract climbed as high as $1,463.70 an ounce earlier, according to a preliminary tally available at the CME Group’s website. CME owns and operates Comex.
The settlement and the intraday nominal records supplanted the previous milestones reached just the previous day.
“The geopolitical situation is going from bad to worse,” said Afshin Nabavi, head of trading at MKS Finance in Geneva. “Everybody is talking about gold at $1,500 [an ounce].” Read “Why you should buy gold and silver now.”
As soon as gold breached through the $1,450-$1,450 mark, fresh money came in as some investors scrambled to be part of the rally, Nabavi added. Read “Gold’s rally on shaky ground.”
Gold at $1,500 is certainly possible in the short term, although a more orderly, slower rise over the next month or two would be more desirable, he said.
The metal hit a record of $875 an ounce in January 1980 — the equivalent of $2,350 an ounce in today’s dollars.
In addition to ongoing fighting in Libya, where rebel forces and government forces continue to vie for the upper hand in a NATO-led military intervention, Europe’s debt crisis came back to the fore this week as Portugal appeared to get closer to asking for a bailout.
“Prices are likely to remain buoyant as risk aversion increased on the back of Moody’s downgrade of Portugal’s credit rating,” analysts at ICICI Bank wrote to clients. Moody’s Investors Service cut Portugal’s rating by one notch to Baa1 from A3 on Tuesday, saying a bailout for Portugal seemed very likely. Read more about the rating downgrade.
The focus on Portugal intensified as the country had to pay hefty yields to sell short-term bonds on Wednesday. Investors are concerned that a rescue for Portugal will also rock Spain, an economy bigger than Portugal, Ireland and Greece combined. Read more about Portugal’s bond sale.
Portugal’s finance minister said his country will need a bailout from the European Union, according to media reports Wednesday. Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos reportedly told the Jornal de Negocios that Portugal will need to “resort to the financing mechanisms available within the European framework.”
A finance-ministry spokeswoman confirmed the comments, according to Reuters. European Union officials, however, have yet to receive a formal bailout request from Portugal, according to The Wall Street Journal’s online edition.
Meanwhile, silver for May delivery (COMMODITIES:SIK11) rose 20 cents, or 0.5%, to $39.39 an ounce — the latest in a string of 31-year highs for the metal.
Investors kept their sights on silver at $40, and some believe it would be only a short time from that to the nominal record above $50 an ounce that spot silver hit in January 1980.
The broader suite of metals were mostly stronger, with copper for May delivery (COMMODITIES:HGK11) rallying 11 cents, or 2.5%, to $4.37 a pound as miner bellwether Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE:RIO) predicted an even tighter market for copper than most analysts expected.
Palladium and platinum diverged, however. June palladium (NEW:PAM11) declined $8.50, or 1.1%, to settle at $784.60 an ounce. July platinum (NEW:PLN11) added $1, or 0.1%, to $1,797.80 an ounce.
By Claudia Assis and Myra P. Saefong, MarketWatch
April 6, 2011, 3:41 p.m. EDT
Source: Market Watch