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« Fronteer Developments Group: Sold our Holdings | Main | Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited Call Options Update 29 April 2010 »

Gold Prices Update 30 April 2010

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No doubt about it we live in very interesting times as the speed of change does appear to be accelerating right before our very eyes. The European credit based party is coming apart at the seams as Spain gets the thumbs down from the S&P.

The Sydney Morning Herald had this to say:

SPAIN became the third European country in two days to have its bonds downgraded by credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's, as contagion from Greece's debt crisis spread through the euro region.

The risk premium investors demand to hold Spanish bonds surged to the highest in more than a year and the price of insuring Spanish bonds against default reached a record as concerns about Greece's ability to pay its debt spilled over into Spanish and Portuguese markets.

S&P's move on Spain follows downgrades of Portugal and Greece on Tuesday. Greece became the first euro region country rated less than investment grade since the start of the euro.

The growing fear is that the troubles in those two countries - which together compose just 5 per cent of European economic activity - could be a mere sideshow if Spain has difficulty repaying its debt.

We draw your attention to the words a 'mere sideshow' which tells us to head for the bunker or at least to wear a hard hat. The spot light is in the hands of the rating agencies at the moment as the investment community sucks air through its tightly clenched teeth and braces itself for the next bad news hammer to come thundering down. After Spain there is the possibility that Italy could be the one in the firing line and the UK is not looking too clever. Talking of the UK why would any political party want to win the general election in the UK, a poison chalice if ever we saw one. It would appear that the attraction of power is more magnetic than the dangers to ones reputation of taking on such a daunting challenge. Its akin to wanting to be a sea captain on the Titanic, never mind the ship, its the captains cap that counts.

Over in the oil patch WTI crude is trading at $85.32/barrel, the spillage in the Gulf of Mexico now appears to be much larger then first anticipated. Having spent twenty odd years working in the oil space I start to twitch a little when the solution involves burning the oil, lets hope the powers that be can get a grip on this problem and soon.

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The latest snippet on this disaster comes from Reuters:

The leak, after a rig leased by BP exploded last week, is spewing five times more oil than previously estimated and heightened fears of severe damage to fisheries, wildlife refuges and tourism in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

The U.S. military began mobilizing for a major effort to try to prevent environmental damage to Gulf coast states, notably Louisiana, which is still recovering from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal warned the slick "threatens the state's natural resources," declared a state of disaster and asked the U.S. Defense Department for funds to deploy up to 6,000 National Guard troops to help clean up.

Janet Neopolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, declared it "a spill of national significance," meaning that federal resources from other regions could be used to try to fight it.

The other major player in the global economy is of course the US Dollar, which having jumped on the back of the plight of the Euro is now easing back a tad to trade at 82.04, down from its high of 82.60 yesterday. However, as the rain clouds gather in the euro zone, the dollar, along with gold and silver will be seen as places of safety and a place to run to. Even though the euro story will run and run, sooner or later the spot light will will land on the dollar, which is not a pretty sight. Eventually, the penny will drop and gold prices will push relentlessly higher, a position that we have held since starting this site.

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A quick look at the above chart captures gold prices on the rise after the close of trading in New York, which hopefully can follow through to the European Stock Exchanges and hit the New York Stock Exchange in a bullish mood.

Finally some good news, over on our sister site,, we have just closed out one our options trades placed on Silver Wheaton with a profit of 106% made in just over two months.

Keep smiling you're a precious metals bug!

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Reader Comments (8)

Everybody forgets Italy has the largest gold reserves in Europe. Just think what the surge in prices will do for them

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergold bug

Germany's are far larger, they cal the shots...but you're correct Italy is prepared for a golden future...

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSnakeman


Your purchase of physical silver at Christmas time is looking good!

May 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGold Prices

Yes it is GP's, along with all the fall 2008 stock bought at even better prices...rock on!

May 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSnakeman

Well done.

May 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGold Prices

The people who are in charge of the gold in Italy have been under pressure to sell some of their gold from politicians needing funding for a myriad of reasons, but as far as we can recall they have remained resilient to such pressure, smart move in our opinion.

May 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGold Prices

I stand corrected ,snakeman, but I am happy with second place ,just ahead of France.
A good website to get gold reserve figures is
P.S. I love you battles with Di.!

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergold bug

LOL....Well Di loves to talk but he's never been a skosh bit right, and never any quantitative answers...come on with it, padre, we are waiting....

Germany's economic recovery from WWII is amazing which includes approx 3000 tones of gold...

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSnakeman

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