Gold and Silver Plummeted | CME Margin Hike Fueled Drop –September 23

Gold and silver prices closed the week with very dramatic falls; the recent announcement by CME of a raise in margins requirements for gold and silver trading didn’t help precious metals traders. Gold and silver prices suffered the sharpest single day drop since 1983 (according to Bloomberg). Crude oil prices slightly declined yesterday; natural gas prices (Henry Hub) had a mixed trend. Here is a summary of the price movements of precious metals and energy commodities for September 23rd:

Precious Metals prices:

Gold price sharply plummeted yesterday by 5.85% to $1,639; it fell back to its price level from August 1st; Silver price also plummeted by 17.71% to $30.10 – the lowest price level since February 11th, 2011. During September, gold prices decreased by 10.5% and silver price lost 27.9% of its value.

The EURO to US Dollar exchange rate bounced back yesterday and slightly inclined by 0.27% to 1.3501 – i.e. the USD depreciated against the EURO. The USD also depreciated yesterday against other currencies including the AUD and CAD. During September, the EURO to US Dollar declined by 6.04%.

Oil and Gas prices:

WTI spot oil price slightly declined yesterday by 0.85% to $79.58 per barrel; Brent oil price also decreased by 0.86% to $106.64 per barrel; during September the WTI spot oil price declined by 10.4% and Brent oil price fell by 8.4%.

Due to these changes, the difference between Brent and WTI slightly declined to $27.06/bbl.

Natural gas Henry Hub future price (October delivery) remained unchanged at $3.70/mmbtu. The Henry Hub spot price inclined by 0.81% to $3.74/mmbtu; the gap between the spot and future price slipped to -$0.04, i.e. backwardation. During September, natural gas spot price (Henry Hub) fell by 5.8%.

A summary of yesterday’s Prices Changes:

The table below includes: closing prices, daily percent change, and change in prices and indexes in USD (except for USD/CAD, in which the change is in Canadian dollar):

Gold price and Silver prices Crude oil prices, Natural gas spot price 2011 September 23


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