Ron Paul: Gold Could Go to 'Infinity'
Today’s AM fix was USD 1,283.25, EUR 978.98 and GBP 836.21 per ounce.
Friday’s AM fix was USD 1,290.25, EUR 976.28 and GBP 833.33 per ounce.
Gold climbed $15.50 or 1.21% on Friday and closed at $1,294.00/oz. Silver reached a high of $20.121 and finished up 2.19%. Gold and silver were both down on the week -6.93% and -9.07% respectively.
Gold has fallen another 1% this morning and remains at its lowest level since September 2010.
While gold rose over 1% on Friday, it recorded its worst weekly performance - down nearly 7% - since September 2011.
Traders are the most bearish in 3 1/2 years, with 15 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg expecting prices to fall this week. Six were bullish and five neutral, the largest proportion of bears since January 2010. Gold rose in February 2010 and was 27% higher by year end 2010.
Sentiment is as bad as we have seen it in many years which is bullish from a contrarian perspective.
Weak hands have been washed out of the market and strong hands are accumulating again on this dip and will continue to do so in the coming weeks.
Gold’s 14-day relative strength index remains near the level of 30 that indicates to many technical analysts that a rebound may be imminent.
Falling gold prices are beginning to impact the gold mining sector in a big way. Newcrest Mining Ltd.’s decision to write down the value of its mines by as much as A$6 billion ($5.5 billion) will lead to the biggest one-time charge in gold mining history. It also heralds pain for competitors.
Barrick Gold Corp., the world’s biggest producer, Newmont Mining Corp. and Gold Fields Ltd. may be next, according to Jefferies International Ltd.
Canadian miner Barrick Gold will announce more job cuts and potentially the closure of mines in Western Australia. Barrick, the world's largest gold miner, has already trimmed its WA staff by 60 people this month. Around 100 jobs are set to be cut from the group's regional head office in Perth, with more losses - or potentially partial closures – likely at Barrick's five mining operations in WA.