Gold and Silver – Daily Outlook for December 6th

Gold and silver changed course again and plummeted on Thursday. This time nearly erased all their gain from Wednesday. This erratic behavior is likely to continue today especially as the NF payroll report is released. The ADP estimated 215k jobs were added to the private sector during October. So this number is likely to be one of the benchmarks for today’s NF payroll report. This report is also the last significant report that will be released before the upcoming FOMC meeting on December 17-18. In the meantime, ECB left its cash rate unchanged at 0.25%; in the U.S, jobless claims plummeted again by 23k to reach 298k – its lowest level in months. The U.S GDP grew by 3.6% during the third quarter of 2013. This is the second estimate. It is also higher than the initial estimate which was 2.8%. In the second quarter the growth rate was 2.5%. These reports were very positive signs of growth and thus may have contributed to the rally of USD and the drop of gold and silver. On today’s agenda: Switzerland’s CPI, German Factory Orders, Canada’s Employment Report, U.S. Non-Farm Payroll Report, U.S Personal spending, China’s Trade Balance, Bank of Japan’s Kuroda Speaks, and UoM Consumer Sentiment.

Here is a short overview for bullion for Friday, December 6th:

Gold and Silver – December Review                          

On Thursday, gold fell by 1.19% to $1,232.5; Silver, by 1.31% to $19.53. During December, gold declined by 1.44%; silver, by 2.35%. In the chart below are the normalized prices of bullion prices for 2013 (normalized to 100 as of November 11th). The prices of gold and silver have resumed their downward trend.

Gold and silver Chart 2013  December 6

The ratio between the two precious metals slightly increased on Thursday to 63.11. During the month, the ratio increased by 0.93% as silver has moderately under-performed gold.

Gold  to silver ratio Chart 2013  December 6The gold and silver futures volumes of trade have declined and reached on Thursday 162 thousand and 48 thousand, respectively. The volume of trade may continue to pick up today.

On Today’s Agenda

U.S. Non-Farm Payroll Report: In the last employment report for October 2013, the labor market improved: The number of non-farm payroll employment rose by 204k – higher than the number many had expected; the U.S unemployment rate edged up to 7.3%; the forthcoming employment report could show additional rise in jobs. If the employment exceed 200 thousand (in additional jobs), this may pressure further down gold and silver and positively affect the U.S dollar and U.S stock markets; the table below shows the reactions in the bullion and forex markets to the changes in the number of jobs added each month.

U.S.Labor Reports gold price and silver prices December 6 2013Switzerland’s CPI: In the last update, the consumer price index slipped by 0.1%; if the CPI continues to fall, this may influence the Swiss National Bank’s monetary policy;

 German Factory Orders: The next report will refer to November 2013. In the last update, the factory orders bounced back and rose by 3.3% during October;

Canada‘s Employment Report: In the recent employment update for October 2013, unemployment remained unchanged at 6.9%; the employment grew by 13.2k during last month;

U.S Personal spending: This monthly report will pertain to the changes in income and outlays in the U.S during October; in the last report regarding September the personal income slightly rose by 0.2%;

China’s Trade Balance: Based on the recent monthly update, China’s trade balance rose to a $31.1 billion surplus; if the surplus further rises, it could indicate China’s economy is improving and thus may positively affect commodities rates;

Bank of Japan’s Kuroda Speaks: Bank of Japan Governor will give a speech in Tokyo;

UoM Consumer Sentiment (preliminary):University of Michigan will release its preliminary consumer sentiment monthly report; this survey could offer information regarding the latest changes in U.S consumers’ sentiment; According to the recent report, the sentiment index sharply fell to 72;

Currencies / Precious Metals Correlations – December Update

On Thursday, the Eur/USD currency pair inched down by 0.04% to 1.3587. During December, the Eur/USD edged down by 0.03%. Conversely, other currencies such as the Aussie dollar slightly appreciated yesterday against the U.S dollar by 0.18%. The correlations among gold, silver and Euro weakened in recent weeks, e.g. the linear correlation between the Euro/USD and gold price is 0.43 during November/December.

Here is a reminder of the main events and publications that are scheduled for today (all times GMT):


08:15 – Switzerland’s CPI

11:00 – German Factory Orders

13:30 – Canada’s Employment Report

13:30 – U.S. Non-Farm Payroll Report

13:30 – U.S Personal spending

Tentative – China’s Trade Balance

Tentative – Bank of Japan’s Kuroda Speaks

14:55 – UoM Consumer Sentiment

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