Giddy-up Go: Lustrous One Braves $1,522, Silver Breaks $17, Copper Recovery to $2.6

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Lander County, Nevada 

Friday, August 9, 2019 AM


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Next Week Target Gold Price: $1,525 per ounce, Target
Silver Price: $17.12 per ounce.
High/Low range: $1,560/$1,500 per ounce

An easy-to-understand overview on gold (32 slides, read
explanation below each slide): History
of gold and which countries have the most
Here’s a column by renowned commodities journalist Debbie
Carlson on how to smartly buy silver:


How to Invest in Silver
 (Debbie Carlson, U.S. News & World
Report, August 1, 2019)
Morning Miners,
What a week! This report has warned for some time that Chinese
currency weakening above 7 yuan per U.S. dollar would cause all
manner of hell in markets – well, it did and it did Monday. 
The highs for the week tell the story for metals:
Comex Gold (12/19 contract) intraday high $1,522.70 per
ounce –
Holy Cow!
Comex Silver (9/19 contract) intraday high $17.26 per ounce
– Wow!
Comex Copper (9/19 contract) intraday low $2.5315 per ounce
– Ouch!
Mining journalist Adella Harding, revered in Nevada for her
many years of excellent “boots-on-the-ground” reporting, asked for
my thoughts. She posted this column in the Elko Daily Free Press on
Monday afternoon: 


Gold rises to 6-year high
 (Adella Harding, 8/5/2019, Elko
Daily Free Press)
I’ve updated some of those thoughts in my input to Kitco News
this morning:
A trigger for a lot of crazy action in global markets and a
big boost for gold started Monday with the Chinese yuan weakening
above the key 7 USDCNY level. Gold and the Japanese yen have become
safe-havens of choice for worried market participants.

This is all the more impressive with the background of a
still strong U.S. dollar* and muted inflation as further supported
by the core PPI 
drop this morning [PPI = Producer
Price Index, a reliable leading indicator of inflation trends
]. Holders of gold in euro terms are particularly joyful as the
yellow metal surged above 1,340 € per ounce this week – a 53%
rise above its 2013 lows compared to gains of only 27% for U.S.
denominated gold and 30% for gold in yen.

With increasingly negative bond rates in Europe and
Japan**, gold at zero yield is a good deal (gold is a non-interest
earning asset). The 10-year real rate is only 0.04% even with muted
inflation making the cost of holding gold very cheap in the
U.S.

I believe Comex gold will catch another gear higher next
week then consolidate gains at the the $1,525-level with silver
following at $17.12. Notably silver outpaced gold gains this week,
a trend which may continue with the current gold rally
[see
below].

* the U.S. Dollar Index is only marginally down from its 7/31
high (97.60 vs. 98.52)
**10-year bonds: Germany -0.58%, France -0.28%, Japan
-0.23%
Keep the faith! My bottom line bet is that gold will go
further up the stairs in 2019.
This mornings’ price action:
Comex gold (12/19 contract) $1,507.4 per ounce, 
Comex silver (9/19 contract) $16.92 per ounce
Comex copper (9/19 contract) $2.6090 per pound
Here’s a quick look at our local miners compared to my last
report (8/2):
Barrick Gold Corp. (GOLD)  $18.22 per share
(
$17.00
McEwen Mining (MUX)  $1.9850 per share
(
$1.8550)  
Prophecy Development Corp. $0.1650 (PRPCF) per share
(
 $0.1270)
General Moly (GMO)  $0.2150 per share
(
$0.1989)
Have a good weekend!
Crossroads for Silver Remain
Comex silver is above $16 per ounce. 
Please check this out if you get the silver bug:

How to Invest in Silver
 (Debbie Carlson, U.S. News & World
Report, August 1, 2019)
The gold-to-silver ratio (GSR) set a new high July 11 at 91.3
ounce per ounce. We’ve been waiting for a move down and it is
underway – bullish for silver if the Lustrous One recovers more
territory. 
At 89.1:1, silver is historically very, very cheap relative
to gold!
The 10-year average GSR is much lower at 66.2 ounce per
ounce.

Gold-to-Silver Ratio

Historical note:
If gold and silver are legal tender (see gold
overview link
 below headline photo), then you have to come up
with a set value for them and figure out which is more valuable
than the other. In 1792, the U.S. fixed its price at 15:1. This
means that 1 troy ounce — the long-used standard for measuring
precious metals — of gold was worth 15 troy ounces of silver.
Over the years, as this ratio has changed, precious metal investors
have used it as a signal of when to buy.
Stay tuned.
Inflation Watch
Inflation expectations made a high April 23, 2018 above trend
lines of higher lows (dotted lines, click on chart for larger
size). Those trend lines were broken dramatically to the downside
late last year and now appear to be moving sideways.
10-year Inflation Expectations

Note: In the above chart inflation expectations peaked
April 23, 2018 at 2.18%. May 29 broke a trend line of higher-lows.
The older trend lines of higher-lows are shown in dark blue. Those
trends extend from June 21, 2017 low of 1.66%. This week,
expectations  nudge below the June 17 low of 1.61%, presently
1.60% as of Monday
Many believe, including the ole Colonel, that gold price is
more sensitive to inflation expectations than other measure of
inflation. My January Kitco News commentary explains the importance
of tracking “real rates” which are a function of inflation
expectations:
Interest rates and inflation numbers going forward are greatly
influenced by central bank policy worldwide. This Kitco commentary
discusses what some of the moving parts are as well as useful
indicators – watch the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) and euro/yen cross
rate:

The Gartman Gold Trade Revisited
 (Kitco News,
2/14/2018)
Several of the charts in these columns are updated in this
report.
 Old Glory
Eureka, Nevada

Scorecard 
Here’s a scorecard on where we stand with some of our favorite
metals. 
Intraday highs on the Comex futures exchange (note continuous
chart baseline): 
Gold $1,365.4 per ounce (continuous chart April,
2018)
Silver $18.160 per ounce (continuous chart September
2017))
Copper $3.2955 per pound ($7,265 per tonne, continuous
chart December 2017)


Comex copper posted up 1.46% for the week recovering some
of its recent losses. Presently trading at $2.6090 per pound
($5,752 per tonne), the red metal is just inside in bear
territory, 20.8% below the December 2017 high. Maintaining prices
above $6,000 per tonne is a key benchmark to price recovery; above
$6,500 is bullish.
 
Improving global growth had kept the red metal above the key
$3 per pound-level in 2017. Initial trade war fears in 2018 dipped
the red metal below this mark but copper then rebounded above $3.
Trade war tensions with China and deteriorating economic conditions
there coupled with a strong U.S. dollar sent the red metal
plummeting. Copper continues to suffer with a bleaker global growth
forecast and an unresolved U.S./China trade conflicts.
Here’s how Freeport McMoRan (FCX) CEO Richard Adkerson
recently framed challenges for the red metal as reported by the
Wall Street Journal:
“We have this great inventory of opportunities, but like
other projects in the industry, they require prices higher than
today’s price to develop…If global growth turns down, then we
won’t be in a position to invest in these resources.” He also
added, “Investors continue to be reticent about our
sector…That’s likely to be the case until there’s some
clarity on the direction of this trade issue.”
Total copper stored in LME and Nymex warehouses is 0.317
million tonnes, 
moving sideways and still below the
0.5 million
tonne mark of early-2018.
 The Nymex warehouse tonnage is
behind the LME but  bumped above the 40,000 tonne mark this
week.
LME inventories are descending after an uptrend starting in
late-May:
 
It is important to keep our eyes on the Nymex inventories
which are moving higher but still way below the LME (LME
275,950 versus Nymex 40,837 tonnes)
:
My Input to Kitco News 
Next Week target gold price $1,450 per ounce. Target silver
price $16.19 per ounce.

Here is my input to the Kitco News Weekly Gold
Survey
:
A trigger for a lot of crazy action in global markets and a
big boost for gold started Monday with the Chinese yuan weakening
above the key 7 USDCNY level. Gold and the Japanese yen have become
safe-havens of choice for worried market participants.

This is all the more impressive with the background of a
still strong U.S. dollar* and muted inflation as further supported
by the core PPI drop this morning. Holders of gold in euro terms
are particularly joyful as the yellow metal surged above 1,340 €
per ounce this week – a 53% rise above its 2013 lows compared to
gains of only 27% for U.S. denominated gold and 30% for gold in
yen.

With increasingly negative bond rates in Europe and
Japan**, gold at zero yield is a good deal (gold is a non-interest
earning asset). The 10-year real rate is only 0.04% even with muted
inflation making the cost of holding gold very cheap in the
U.S.

I believe Comex gold will catch another gear higher next
week then consolidate gains at the the $1,525-level with silver
following at $17.12. Notably silver outpaced gold gains this week,
a trend which may continue with the current gold rally.

* the U.S. Dollar Index is only marginally down from its 7/31
high (97.60 vs. 98.52)
**10-year bonds: Germany -0.58%, France -0.28%, Japan
-0.23%
Additional Note:
The fate of the Chinese yuan remains a key tell for gold and
copper; a material drop in valuation could impact copper
negatively. Something to watch: the yuan dramatically
weakened from mid-April 2018, strengthened and then weakened
again this year breaking above the key 7 USDCNY level this
week.
The yuan is currently at 7.0573 USDCNY with a lot of
daylight above the March 26, 2018 low (i.e. much stronger level) of
6.2342. 1-month yuan volatility is up dramatically this week at
1.04%. 
Something to watch compared to 1-month volatilities of
euro, yen and gold.
The euro & yen 1-month volatilites arealso up, 0.53%
& 1.00%
 respectively; Comex gold 1-month volatility is an
elevated 2.26%.

Weekly Summary August 9, 2019

Yearly Summary for 2018

(click on table for larger size)
Although Comex gold price lost some steam in 2018 (down 2.1%)
it made healthy gains on key commodities copper and oil (up 22.8%
& 30.2%). Against the broader Bloomberg Commodity Index
(BCOMTR:IND), it advanced a respectable 10.3%. 
Importantly the yellow metal outpaced the S&P 500 stock
index by 4.3% making it a better investment than domestic stocks
for 2019. This leaves gold it in a strong position for 2019.
Only the Japanese yen, an alternative safe haven, fared better
by gaining 4.1% over gold for the year.
Yearly Summary for 2017
(click on table for larger size)
Comex gold gained nearly 14% for 2017 but was outpaced by
Comex copper that enjoyed a 32% uptick in price. Comex silver
lagged both for a  respectable 7.2% gain. Overall, gold gained 12%
on the broader Bloomberg Commodity Index (BCOMTR:IND) which
includes everything from crude oil to things that oink. In terms of
major currencies, gold in terms of yen advanced almost 10% but
slipped 0.4% relative to the strengthening euro.
Although gold slipped 5% in value relative to the S&P 500
it was not a bad year at all for the yellow metal!

Gold Price Outlook for 2019

You may remember my beer bet earlier this year, “$1,380+ by
May Day
.” I lost that bet but only by 35 market-days – the
underpinnings for a gold rally in 2019 are strong and growing
stronger. How about $1,500 before Christmas? How about this
week! Wow, that was fast!

Need to re-think the next level higher – stay
tuned.
Here’s some background:
In addition to real rates, other important charts to monitor
are the gold-to-S&P500 or AUSP (see “Chart to Watch” below) and
gold in terms of major currencies euro and Japanese yen (directly
below). An explanation of the charts below is given in this Kitco
News column:

The Gartman Gold Trade Revisited
 (Kitco News,
2/14/2018)
Gold value for all three currencies are dramatically up for
the week. Relative value has generally trended higher from a
double-bottom in U.S. dollar terms 
(August 17 &
September 27, 2018) 

Click on the image for a larger size:

Gold in euro & yen terms with margin above 2013
lows

Divergence continues for gold in terms of euro compared to
yen:

Source: FS – Mining B.
Giddy-up Go: Lustrous One Braves ,522, Silver Breaks , Copper Recovery to .6



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