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  • After Bitcoin, Chinese Go Crazy About Silver

    07/09/2016 6:25:39 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | July 5, 2016 | Valentin Schmid
    After Bitcoin, Chinese Go Crazy About Silver By Valentin Schmid, Epoch Times July 5, 2016 AT 3:30 PM Last Updated: July 7, 2016 12:06 pm Chinese speculators have the reputation of buying anything and everything that is going up. Real estate, the stock market, copper, bitcoin, and now silver. Futures in Shanghai reached their upside limit when prices hit $21.13 per ounce, up 6.9 percent on the day. Chinese are behind the bulk of the buying as volumes on the Shanghai futures exchange exploded to 95 billion yuan ($14.2 billion) last Friday. The price has since retreated to a tad...
  • It's Official: Canada Has Sold All Of Its Gold Reserves

    03/03/2016 10:29:50 AM PST · by blam · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden March 3, 2016One month ago, when looking at the latest Canadian official international reserves, we noticed something strange: Canada had sold nearly half of its gold reserves in one month. According to the February data, total Canadian gold reserves stood at 1.7 tonnes. That was just 0.1 per cent of the country’s total reserves, which also include foreign currency deposits and bonds. As we noted, the decision to sell came from Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office. “Canada’s gold reserves belong to the Government of Canada, and are held under the name of the Minister of Finance,” explained a...
  • Nanoparticle-enhanced metals could radically change cars

    01/02/2016 10:09:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    MSN ^ | January 1, 2016 | Autoblog
    UCLA scientists inject silicon carbide nanoparticles into a magnesium zinc alloy. The result is a metal with 'record breaking' strength and stiffness-to-weight.Scientists at UCLA have found a new way to inject silicon carbide nanoparticles into a molten alloy of magnesium and zinc, resulting a metal nanocomposite that demonstrates "record levels" of stiffness-to-weight and specific strength, and "superior stability" at high temperatures. Magnesium is already the lightest structural metal, this lab creation maintains its light weight but makes it much stronger. The researchers said they also developed a scalable manufacturing process, opening up a door to lighter and stronger cars, planes,...
  • Steel: from Mine to Mill, the Metal that Made America

    12/20/2015 6:35:42 PM PST · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 17 replies
    Book | 2015 | Brooke C. Stoddard
    I just read “Steel: from Mine to Mill, the Metal that Made America” (2015) by Brooke C. Stoddard. The engineer in me recommends it. The history buff in me recommends it as well. Copper, bronze, and brass are far simpler for primitive manufacture than is steel. Copper is an element, bronze and brass are alloys of copper and tin or zinc, respectively. Steel is an alloy of iron and a low but nonzero amount of carbon. And also, importantly, no phosphorus, which some iron ores contain. Iron ore is iron oxide, and it must be reduced chemically by carbon while...
  • Regulator Fines Barclays for Gold Manipulation: Permanent Price Suppression?

    05/25/2014 8:55:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | May 25, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    A couple of readers asked me to comment on the news Regulator Fines Barclays Over the Pricing of Gold. A British financial regulator has fined Barclays $43.9 million after accusing a former trader at the bank of improperly influencing gold prices at the expense of a customer. The F.C.A. also fined the former Barclays trader, Daniel James Plunkett, £95,600 and barred him from participating in any regulated financial activity. The authority said Mr. Plunkett, who settled with it, had profited at the expense of a customer, who was later fully compensated by Barclays. Mr. Plunkett’s improper conduct occurred on June...
  • UBS Is About To Blow The Cover On A Massive Gold-Rigging Scandal

    09/28/2015 5:06:30 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 83 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 28 Sep 15 | Tyler Durden
    With countless settlements documenting the rigging of every single asset class, it was only a matter of time before the regulators - some 10 years behind the curve as usual - finally cracked down on gold manipulation as well, even though as we have shown in the past, central banks in general and the Fed in particular are among the biggest gold manipulators. That said, we are confident by now nobody will be surprised that there was manipulation going on in the gold casino. In fact, ever since Germany's Bafin launched a probe into Deutsche Bank for gold and silver...
  • Here Comes "QE For Metals" - China's Desperate Commodity Sector Demands A State Bailout

    11/25/2015 1:47:32 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11-25-2015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 11/25/2015 When it comes to commodity metals, the dead cat no longer bounces. We showed this last night in "No End In Sight For Commodity Carnage As Chinese Fear Fed Hike Blowback", a post which can be summarized with the following chart showing that at least for nickel, copper, zinc, iron ore and aluminum it will be a very unhappy holiday season: The one-word reason for this condition: China, which as documented extensively in the past, has clammed down on its unprecedented credit creation now that its debt/GDP is well over 300% and as a result conventional industries...
  • Copper Is Crashing In China

    11/16/2015 8:50:19 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11-16-2015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 11/16/2015 Shanghai Copper is down 4.6%, hitting fresh cycle lows not seen since March 2009. No clear catalyst is evident for now aside from stronger USDollar, Codelco's cuts, and more chatter of CCFD unwinds. If COMEX Copper holds these losses, it will be down for 10 straight days - the longest on record from what we could tell. Copper is crashing in China... (snip)
  • Angry investors capture head of China metals exchange

    08/23/2015 8:57:44 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 18 replies ^ | August 23, 2015 | Lucy Hornby
    The Financial Times is very sensitive about cut-and-paste. So suffice to say that a mob grabbed the head of a Chinese metals exchange, roughed him up, then turned him over to police.
  • Scientists have discovered a new state of matter, called 'Jahn-Teller metals'

    07/25/2015 6:00:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Science Alert ^ | May 12, 2015 | Bec Crew
    And it could be the key to understanding one of the biggest mysteries in physics today - high-temperature superconductors.An international team of scientists has announced the discovery of a new state of matter in a material that appears to be an insulator, superconductor, metal and magnet all rolled into one, saying that it could lead to the development of more effective high-temperature superconductors. Why is this so exciting? Well, if these properties are confirmed, this new state of matter will allow scientists to better understand why some materials have the potential to achieve superconductivity at a relativity high critical temperature...
  • Hunt for ancient royal tomb in Mexico takes mercurial twist

    04/25/2015 4:31:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2015 | David Alire Garcia
    A Mexican archeologist hunting for a royal tomb in a deep, dark tunnel beneath a towering pre-Aztec pyramid has made a discovery that may have brought him a step closer: liquid mercury. In the bowels of Teotihuacan, a mysterious ancient city that was once the largest in the Americas, Sergio Gomez this month found "large quantities" of the silvery metal in a chamber at the end of a sacred tunnel sealed for nearly 1,800 years. "It's something that completely surprised us," Gomez said at the entrance to the tunnel below Teotihuacan's Pyramid of the Plumed Serpent, about 30 miles (50...
  • Copper Commodity Price Technical Outlook (Dr Copper)

    02/23/2015 6:53:55 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-23-2015 | Austin Galt
    February 22, 2015 By: Austin Galt Copper got a bit of press attention recently with headlines of a plunge in price. This was in early January and I hadn't looked at the copper chart for a few days and I was gobsmacked when I did. A plunge they say?! What a load of baloney!! If that was a plunge then they are in for a big shock later this year if my analysis is correct. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's start with the small picture and then come back to the big picture which will reveal the...
  • Aluminium poisoning may trigger Alzheimer’s disease, claims professor

    10/14/2014 1:01:10 PM PDT · by opentalk · 85 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | October 13, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Professor Chrisopher Exley of Keele University claims that aluminium present in everyday items like cosmetics and food may be building up in the brain and causing Alzheimer's disease Aluminium poisoning may be fuelling Alzheimer’s disease, a leading professor has claimed.Professor Chrisopher Exley, of Keele University, said that exposure to the metal causes deposits in the human brain which can exacerbate other problems...Aluminium, he argues, is now added to or used in almost everything we eat, drink, inject or absorb. The metal is abundant in the Earth’s crust and is naturally absorbed from the soil by plants and foodstuffs. But aluminium...
  • The Weekend Is Over, And Gold Is Falling ($1185)

    10/05/2014 5:58:45 PM PDT · by blam · 56 replies
    BI ^ | 10-5-2014 | Joe Weisenthal
       October 5, 2014Joe Weisenthal There goes gold. As markets whirr back to life to start the week, gold is falling again. (snip)
  • Rare Earth Metals Were Supposed To Be The 'Can't-Lose' Investment — Look How That Turned Out

    09/16/2014 9:53:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/16/2014 | Myles Udland
    Shares of rare earth mining company Molycorp are down more than 70% in 2014. But the decline of Molycorp began quickly and brutally in 2011. Molycorp went public in July 2010 at $14 per share, right as the price of rare earth minerals started to take off. The price of Molycorp shares quintupled within a year, and peaked at $74 in 2011. But over the last three years, the stock has been on a steady march towards $0. The 2010 surge in rare earth prices prompted ZeroHedge to write: "Ever heard of the oxides of Lanthanum, Cerium, Neodymium, Praseodymium and/or...
  • Philips Brand Uses Pure Tungsten for Metal 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping

    09/04/2014 5:58:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Inside 3DP ^ | September 4, 2014 | Shanie Phillips
    Tungsten is an extremely hard, robust rare metal that has the highest melting point of all the elements, at 3422 °C (6192 °F). It also has a density that is 19.3 times that of water and about 1.7 times that of lead, which makes it comparable to uranium and gold. And now, a Philips-owned company is 3D printing it. Netherlands-based Smit Röntgen, a medical imaging parts manufacturer, has used Direct Metal Laser Sintering to 3D print tungsten parts. The company began researching the potential of 3D printing tungsten as a business opportunity over a decade ago and announced on Monday...
  • China Scrambling After "Discovering" Thousands Of Tons Of Rehypothecated Copper, Aluminum Missing

    06/24/2014 8:22:06 AM PDT · by Renfield · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6-4-2014 | Tyler Durden
    "Banks are worried about their exposure," warns one warehousing source, "there is a scramble for people to head down there at the minute and make sure that their metal that they think is covered by a warehouse receipt actually exists." The rehypothecated catastrophe that we discussed in great detail here (copper financing), here (all commodities), and here (global contagion) appears to be gathering speed as the China's northeastern port of Qingdao has halted shipments of aluminum and copper due to an investigation by authorities after they found "there is a discrepancy in metal that should be there and metal that...
  • Chinese port stops metal shipments due to probe - trade sources

    06/04/2014 7:04:02 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-2-14 | MELANIE BURTON
    China's northeastern port of Qingdao has halted shipments of aluminium and copper due to an investigation by authorities, causing concern among bankers and trade houses financing the metals, trading and warehousing sources said on Monday. Port authorities could not immediately be reached for comment. China has a public holiday on Monday. "We were told we can't ship any material out while they do this investigation," a source at a trading house said. The port of Qingdao is China's third-largest foreign trade port and the world's seventh-largest port, trading with 700 ports in more than 180 countries, according to its website...
  • New species of metal-munching plant found in Philippines

    05/12/2014 6:06:42 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 25 replies ^ | 12 May 2014
    Scientists in the Philippines have discovered a plant that can absorb large amounts of metal without itself being poisoned, a species called the Rinorea niccolifera, that can be used to clean up polluted soils and harvest commercially viable metals. The plant is one of only 450 species, known as hyperaccumulator plants, of 300,000 known vascular plants that can absorb significant amounts of metal though their roots. The lead researcher and author of a new study on the plant, Professor Edwino Fernando, from the University of the Philippines, said the leaves of the Rinorea niccolifera can absorb up to 18,000 parts...
  • Precious Metals are Tanking! Why? [Vanity]

    11/20/2013 11:56:27 AM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 69 replies
    November 20, 2013 | CivilWarBrewing
    I checked the stock market today and noticed it's down. But I also noticed that precious metals appear to be tanking. Gold is at $1245/oz and Silver at $19.85/oz. What's going on here? Is J.P. Morgan or some other major player manipulating the precious metals market?
  • Weekly Investment & Finance Thread (August-19-23 edition)

    08/19/2013 2:53:27 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 72 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | August 19, 2013 | dennisw's thread
     This is the Weekly Investment & Finance Thread (August-19-23 edition)----  Trying to focus on the markets for today and each day and the economic news This is where you can exchange some investment opinions and advice  If you see another FR economic thread you like and want to link to it here, please do Post your favorite economic site links. Your favorite economic blogs and precious metals blogs and sitesPing list -- on or off let me know here or via freep-mail. If I missed you then Freep-mail me I might ping you to other interesting economic threads a few times a...
  • Japan gains right to search for rare metals on high seas

    07/22/2013 6:08:50 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 10 replies
    Japan News ^ | 07/23/2013 | Yomiuri Shimbun
    The Yomiuri Shimbun Japan has obtained exclusive mineral exploration rights for rare metals and other resources on the seabed about 600 kilometers southeast of Tokyo’s Minami-Torishima island. It is the first time in 26 years that Japan has obtained mineral exploration rights on the high seas. In an announcement Saturday, the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said it would begin full-fledged exploration next fiscal year at the earliest. To obtain exclusive exporation rights, a nation must first gain the approval of the United Nations’ International Seabed Authority. The U.N. authority gave its approval Friday, and the government is expected to...
  • Silver Has Now Had An Insane Day, And Is Actually Higher After Plunging 9%

    05/20/2013 9:26:40 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    TBI ^ | 5-20-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    Silver Has Now Had An Insane Day, And Is Actually Higher After Plunging 9% Matthew Boesler May 20, 2013 Silver got slammed last night when futures markets re-opened to begin the week. At its lowest level, the precious metal had fallen nearly 9% to $20.25 an ounce. Remarkably, it's already staged a big comeback, and it just turned positive on the day. In the past few minutes, it's screamed higher, and is now trading around $23.00, up 2.7%. Miller Tabak's Jonathan Krinsky offers some commentary on why the details of the sell-off may actually be positive for those bullish on...
  • Gold And Silver True Story Is All About Time - Be Prepared

    05/19/2013 11:14:04 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    TMO ^ | 5-19-2013 | Michael Noonan
    Gold And Silver True Story Is All About Time - Be Prepared Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013 May 19, 2013 - 06:10 PM GMT By: Michael Noonan We are going to start off with one of the most eye-popping pictures of just one central bank, the privately owned corporate Federal Reserve, and its purported gold holding. Occasionally, we drop a bit of history that most people either ignore or simply do not believe, but this one cannot be conveniently shunted aside. One of the provisions in the FEDERAL Constitution, the 14th Amendment, [the original, organic Constitution had only 10...
  • Silver Is Just About Finished

    05/20/2013 6:32:39 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    TBI ^ | 5-20-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Silver Is Just About Finished Joe Weisenthal May 20, 2013, 4:22 AM Silver is getting creamed today (to the tune of 4%). Of course, the precious metals have been in a deep bear market for awhile. Worth looking at the big picture for a moment though. With its latest decline, silver is getting very close to hitting levels before it really took off in 2010 (and went parabolic in early 2011). The great story for silver is just about totally over. Screen Shot 2013 05 20 at 4.20.10 AMFinViz
  • Cheap Gold! Cheap Silver! Buy as Much as You Can!

    04/22/2013 10:25:14 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 4-22-2013 | Bill Bonner
    Cheap Gold! Cheap Silver! Buy as Much as You Can! Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013April 22, 2013 - 05:12 PM GMT By: Bill Bonner I was innocently watching TV with the family, suffering only a tolerable minimum of constant, simmering anger and paranoia about the horrific economic cataclysm that is descending upon us like a devouring plague because the world’s governments spent themselves into bankrupting debt, people and businesses of the world borrowed themselves into bankrupting debt, and central banks around the world created the irresponsible, impossible, incredible amounts of fiat currency and credit to finance it all. But...
  • Precious Metals are Plummeting! [VANITY]

    04/12/2013 3:36:18 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 69 replies ^ | April 12, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Wow, look what I noticed today? The European fiscal crisis must have triggered this.. Gold: $1,478/oz Silver: $25.95/oz. Platinum: $1,491.00/oz.
  • A tantalising prospect: Exotic, useful metals such as titanium are about to become cheap & plentiful

    02/14/2013 8:43:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Economist ^ | February 16, 2013
    ALUMINIUM was once more costly than gold. Napoleon III, emperor of France, reserved cutlery made from it for his most favoured guests, and the Washington monument, in America’s capital, was capped with it not because the builders were cheapskates but because they wanted to show off. How times change. And in aluminium’s case they changed because, in the late 1880s, Charles Hall and Paul Héroult worked out how to separate the stuff from its oxide using electricity rather than chemical reducing agents. Now, the founders of Metalysis, a small British firm, hope to do much the same with tantalum, titanium...
  • Red China’s Economic Strategies for Central Asia: Building Roads to Afghan Strategic Resources

    09/25/2012 10:46:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/21/2012 | Zabikhulla S. Saipov
    Recent Chinese diplomatic maneuvers in Central Asia, both bilateral and multilateral, show that Beijing’s strategy treats the region as a corridor for reaching resource bases in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. Central Asia is thus part of China’s broader blueprint of securing strategic resources and supplies to feed its developing economy (Z. Saipov, China Oil & Gas Monitor, Week 21, Issue 396, News Base, May 31, p. 3–4). Hu Jintao (L) and Islam Karimov Illustratively, Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu’s two-week official tour of Congo, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on September 1–13 (, September 6) supports the premise that...
  • Gold & Silver prices climbing rapidly

    09/07/2012 11:06:18 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 17 replies
    Kitco ^ | September 07, 2012 | GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
    Looks like the lousy jobs report coupled with Obama's 'Jimmy Carter' speech has caused precious metal values to spike strongly today: Gold is up $37/oz = $1740.00 Silver is up .96/oz = $33.77 Platinum & Palladium are also up $10/oz
  • Projections upped for Ely mine's 'monster deposit'

    06/14/2012 11:14:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    biz journals ^ | 6-14-12 | Katharine Grayson
    Officials from Duluth Metals Ltd. say the site of a proposed mine near Ely has more metal deposits than it expected, the Associated Press reports. Duluth Metals CEO and Chairman Christopher Dundas called the area a "monster deposit" and said metals there could be worth more than $100 billion. Duluth, a Toronto company that has its U.S. headquarters in St. Paul, plans to invest $2 billion in the mine and create hundreds of jobs through its subsidiary Twin Metals Minnesota LLC. However, mining likely won't kick off for several years.
  • Precious Metals Taking a HIT Today!

    05/08/2012 1:01:48 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 35 replies
    Kitco ^ | May 08, 2012 | GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
    Precious metals are taking a hit today! Gold dropped below the $1600 mark for the first time in 5 months while silver also declined steadily throughout the day. All precious metals declining by over 1% today with Rhodium at -3.5%.
  • Triple Lutz Report--The Leap Day Metals Massacre--Episode 165

    03/01/2012 1:33:43 PM PST · by appeal2 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 03/01/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    If you bought a lot of precious metals on February 28, 2012, then Leap Day was your nightmare come true. Gold down over $80 per ounce and Silver down over $2. However, today is a new day, and they're both up. While it may take a while for them to achieve new highs, they are quickly going through technical resistance points, and it could happen a lot faster than any of the "experts" believe possible. The key is to accumulate precious metals over time, never make big one-time purchases, unless you can do so at extremely attractive terms and prices....
  • A New Target In Fighting Brain Disease: Metals

    01/30/2012 4:34:33 PM PST · by Dysart · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1-30-2012 | Shirlely S. Wang
    Research into how iron, copper, zinc and other metals work in the brain may help unlock some of the secrets of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Iron and copper appear to accumulate beyond normal levels in the brains of people with these diseases, and a new, Australian study published Sunday shows reducing excess iron in the brain can alleviate Alzheimer's-like symptoms—at least in mice. A genetic mutation related to regulating iron is linked to ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Zinc, on the other hand, appears to impair memory if its levels get too low or if it gets into...
  • Historic Price of Silver/Gold and Buying for Long-Term (VANITY)

    01/22/2012 8:15:12 PM PST · by Spydergoo · 26 replies
    Me | 11-22-2012 | Self
    Hoping for an education from some Freepers on history and future of silver and gold prices. When I look at the historical price of silver, it looks like we've seen this trend before in the late 70's and early 80's. Prior to this, it was under $10 an ounce, then spiked to about $50 an ounce, then back down to $10 for a couple of decades. My question is, why should we not expect it to drop back down to a historically baseline price of around $10 an ounce within the next couple of years? If you can answer that,...
  • Greece examining ‘free’ US tank offer

    12/07/2011 10:09:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Greece examining ‘free’ US tank offer ATHENS — Cash-strapped Greece is considering a free offer of hundreds of redundant M1A1 Abrams tanks extended by the US government, the Greek army said on Wednesday. “This is a free offer,” army spokesman Yiannis Sifakis told AFP. “A delegation of officers has travelled to the United States to examine tanks in storage; we are departing on the premise of picking 400 of them,” he said. “The only cost will be that of transport, which is estimated in the region of eight million euros ($11 million),” the spokesman added. Ta Nea daily reported that...
  • Gold pops to $1684.9

    10/25/2011 7:41:03 AM PDT · by spokeshave · 28 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10/26/2011 | Spokeshave
    Silver also up.
  • China Reveals Its Copper Stockpile

    10/13/2011 11:56:18 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-13-2011 | Linette Lopez
    China Reveals Its Copper Stockpile Linette Lopez Oct. 13, 2011, 12:54 PM According to the FT, China's Non-Ferrous Metals Industry Association has announced that the country's copper inventories were at about 1.9 million tons at the end of last year. That's more that the U.S. consumes in a year. Estimates by the International Copper Study Group had the number 1.0 to 1.5 million tons higher. Here's why it matters: The fact that the amount China is carrying in its reserves means that their demand for copper may be less than we thought. And Chinese demand is so significant, that if...
  • Don't Miss The Rally In Metals Prices

    10/10/2011 10:50:29 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-10-2011 | Eric Platt
    Don't Miss The Rally In Metals Prices Eric Platt Oct. 10, 2011, 12:53 PM Precious metals are rallying this afternoon with December deliverables of gold and silver trading up 2.3% and 4.2% to $1,674/oz and $32.295/oz, respectively. News that European leaders would come to a consensus on bank recapitalization and the European Financial Stability Facility by the end of October sent the Euro above $1.36, reversing last week's low of $1.31. Other metals posted gains including copper, which is up 3.3% to $3.3825/lb.Copper(Snip)
  • Here Are The Real Reasons Why Gold And Silver Plunged

    09/24/2011 8:24:30 AM PDT · by blam · 44 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-24-2011 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    Here Are The Real Reasons Why Gold And Silver Plunged Mike "Mish" Shedlock, Global Economic Trend Analysis Sep. 24, 2011, 7:28 AM Many people have asked me to comment on the plunge in gold and silver. First let's take a look at the wrong answer: Case Closed: CME Hikes Gold, Silver, Copper Margins And there you have it: CME just hiked gold margins by 21%, silver by 16% and copper by 18%. Mystery solved. Sorry Tyler, wrong answer. Four Reasons for Metals Plunge * Fed did far less than expected * Mutual fund redemptions * Margin calls at hedge funds...
  • Copper And Copper Stocks To Collapse Much Further

    09/21/2011 1:44:10 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | James A. Kostohryz
    Copper And Copper Stocks To Collapse Much Further James A. Kostohryz September 21, 2011 The Malthusian ideologues of "peak everything" fooled an outsized portion of the investing world into believing that commodities and commodity stocks could only go up. Even if these Malthusian prophets of scarcity were correct in their basic theory about the long-term supply and demand fundamentals for commodities (I think that they are partially correct depending on the time-frame you look at) the fact is that they are only correct from a secular standpoint, if at all. The problem is that many of these folks have confused...
  • Great news: China hoarding rare-earth metals needed for “green” energy

    06/20/2011 8:00:35 PM PDT · by curth · 16 replies
    HotAir ^ | 6/20/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve written about the risks of dependence on foreign resources that will come with the “green” energy revolution, at least in the direction favored by the Obama administration. Elements required for critical components such as lithium batteries for electric cars cannot be found in massive quantities within the US, and a number of the rare-earth elements needed for these components are mainly found in China — which can be fairly described as an economic competitor of the US at the very least. Today’s report from the Financial Times should drive that point home and send...
  • Soros Has Begun Dumping Gold And Silver, While John Paulson Says Gold Will Go To $4,000

    05/04/2011 6:32:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/04/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    John Paulson told a UK news show on Tuesday that gold is going to $4,000, reports WSJ. Despite some recent gyrations in the precious metals arena -- more so on the silver side of things -- the prominent investor remains super-bullish for the next 3-5 years. On the other hand, according to reporters Gregory Zuckman and Caroline Cui, Soros has been a seller of gold and silver lately. What what's interesting is why: Soros no longer sees a big threat of deflation. Huh? Yes, while the average person may still think of gold as a bet to counter inflation, the...
  • Gold hits 10th annual gain; silver surges in 2010 (Will the metals upward trend continue in 2011?)

    12/31/2010 2:42:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/31/2010 | Carole Vaporean and Amanda Cooper
    Gold rose to within $10 of a record high on Friday, closing out an unprecedented tenth annual gain as the combination of a weaker dollar and global economic uncertainty seemed to pave the way higher next year. The entire precious metals complex had a stellar run in 2010, led by palladium's 97 percent rise, in a broad commodities rally that pushed the 19-commodity Reuters-Jefferies CRB index up 15 percent. Spot silver, too, swept higher for an 83 percent gain on the year, as investors sought the white metal as an alternative to gold. It was the best-performing assets in the...
  • J.P. Morgan's Great Silver Caper Could Come Crashing Down

    12/09/2010 4:47:00 PM PST · by FromLori · 70 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 12/9/2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    There’s a lot of rumor, buzz, innuendo, chitchat and scuttlebutt about the precious metals markets these days. Most of the chitchat is about J.P. Morgan and silver. Rumor has it that J.P. Morgan has amassed a whopping short position in silver. The scuttlebutt, according to, is that “J.P. Morgan holds a giant short position in silver. Furthermore, some observers are accusing the bank of acting as an agent for the Federal Reserve in the market...i.e., a lower silver price helps maintain the relative appeal of the US dollar..." “By selling massive amounts of paper silver in the futures market,”...
  • The Rise In Silver Is Breathtaking (Gold to Silver Price ratio below historical norm)

    11/08/2010 12:44:36 PM PST · by WebFocus · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/08/2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Gold broke $1400 today, and that's getting the headlines... but the real story is in silver. This chart should take your breath way. And bear in mind that the dollar is higher today, which shows just how intensely the buying in the precious metals is right now.
  • Gold Rallies To Record, A Whisper From $1,400

    11/05/2010 5:40:22 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 11-5-2010
    Gold Rallies To Record, A Whisper From $1,400Nov. 5, 2010, 3:30 p.m. EDT Silver’s at 30-year high; copper at its best in more than two years.Gold, silver surge as Fed move punishes dollar. SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Gold futures rallied to a fresh record high Friday, settling less than $3 away from $1,400 an ounce a day after their biggest one-day gain in nearly 20 months. Gold for December delivery /quotes/comstock/21e!f:gc\z10 (GCZ10 1,394, +10.80, +0.78%) added $14.60, or 1.1%, to $1,397.70 an ounce on the Comex division of New York Mercantile Exchange. Silver and copper also hit historic high marks....
  • Guaranteed Hyperinflation: Expect Another Big Year for Precious Metals

    10/25/2010 7:18:22 AM PDT · by blam · 2 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 10-24-2010 | Hyperinflation
    Guaranteed Hyperinflation: Expect Another Big Year for Precious Metals by: Hyperinflation October 24, 2010 Earlier this year, the senate passed a 1.1 trillion dollar increase in government spending, increasing the budget for healthcare, education, law enforcement and defense, among other appropriations. If our mounting record budget deficits weren't enough, the proposed increase in our already dangerously large debt ceiling (13.3 trillion) will most certainly have catastrophic consequences in the near future. The new ceiling will be approximately 14 trillion, a number that will be reached by early to mid-2011 if debt accumulation continues at the rate seen in 2009-2010. We...
  • Estimated $1 trillion in the ground, but mining critics are concerned about BWCAW (MN)

    06/21/2010 3:13:58 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 10 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 6-21-10 | John Myers
    ALONG THE SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER — Just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilder­ness, deep below the lakes and streams that have defined this area’s value for centuries, lies a fortune to be made. Everyone involved in Minnesota’s copper mining controversy agrees there’s an incredibly rich deposit of nickel, platinum, palladium, copper and other high-demand minerals under this rugged land. “The Duluth Complex is perhaps the world’s largest untapped resource of (copper, nickel and platinum group metals) with multibillion tons of geologic resources estimated to be worth more than $1 trillion,”
  • Surrogate mother for Osama Bin Laden's IVF grandchild

    06/10/2010 11:49:42 PM PDT · by Stoat · 5 replies · 409+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | June 11, 2010 | GARY O’SHEA
    EXCLUSIVE Surrogate mother for Osama Bin Laden's grandchild  By GARY O’SHEA Published: Today THIS is the British mum set to give birth to Osama Bin Laden's grandchild. Trips to Dubai ... Louise is due for pregnancy test ALISTAIR HEAP Louise Pollard, 24, is acting as a surrogate mother for the al-Qaeda warlord's son Omar Bin Laden, The Sun can reveal. She is undergoing fertility treatment, thought to be IVF, in an attempt to conceive using Omar's sperm and eggs from his British wife Jane Felix Browne. Grandad ... Osama Bin Laden    The Qatar-based pair - who are desperate to have...