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Market Recap 12/04/09

12/04/2009 02:39:00 PM, Posted by APMEX, 3 Comments

Early in the week, Wall Street closely watched sales results from the first official shopping weekend of the holiday season. The National Retail Federation reported that on average, consumers spent 8% less than a year ago, confirming the fact that the recession is still affecting consumer confidence. Reuters.com reported, “Consumer spending makes up roughly 70% of the U.S. economy and (that) will determine how quickly the country can recover from a recession,” said Torsten Slok, an economist at Deutsche Bank. Additionally, the ABC News Consumer Comfort Index came in at -45 on a scale of +100 to –100, which puts the index on track for the worst year in its 23-year history. During this week, gold surged upward, hitting a new all-time high of $1,227.00 per ounce.

Late in the week, however, all precious metals prices saw an unexpected pull back, likely driven by better than expected jobless rates and a rally in the Dollar Index, according to Bloomberg. This consolidation provides a unique buying opportunity as investors look to add more gold to their positions. Many investors remain very bullish on gold due to the continued threat of significant inflation.

MarketWatch.com reported early this week, “Gold prices could hit $1,500 as global plans to rescue the financial industry are set to increase inflation pressure.” This statement was according to analysts at Merrill Lynch. "The unintended consequence of the ongoing financial bailout will be a return of inflationary pressures to the commodity markets," wrote the analysts in a note released Monday.

The APMEX “12 Days of Christmas” began on Cyber Monday, November 30, 2009. Customers are able to take advantage of great pricing and low premiums on some of APMEX’s most popular bullion products. Pay close attention to your inbox and don’t miss out on this great opportunity to save.

Gold:
Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,178.80. The high during the week was on Thursday, December 3rd, at $1,227.00, while the low for the week was on Friday, December 4th, at $1,147.40. Gold ended the week down $16.80 at $1,162.00. This week, 2009 1/10 oz. Gold American Eagles, 2009 1 oz. BU Gold American Eagles and 2009 1 oz. Gold Buffalos sold en masse, as gold fever heated up!

Silver:
Spot Silver prices opened this week at $18.40. Silver reached a high of $19.48 on Thursday, December 3rd. The low for silver occurred on Monday, November 30th, at $18.12. Silver ended the week up $0.10 at $18.50. This week, 2009 1 oz. Silver American Eagles, 2010 1 oz. Canadian Silver Maple Leafs, and 1 oz. .999 Fine Silver Buffalo Rounds followed in the footsteps of gold, as the silver market heated up too.

Platinum:
Spot Platinum prices opened this week at $1,453.90 and ended the week down slightly at $1,448.00. 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Platinum Bars, 1 oz. BU Platinum American Eagles and 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Platinum Bars remain popular products with investors.

Palladium:
Spot Palladium prices opened this week at $371.00 and ended the week up $5.00 at $376.00. Popular Palladium products this week included 2009 1 oz. Palladium Maple Leafs, 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars and 10 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars.

Numismatics:
APMEX has a superb selection of Pre-1933 U.S. Gold to accommodate both the investor and collector. Though gold may advance and retreat slightly, it seems it is no longer a far fetched analytical prediction that gold could reach the $1,500.00 per ounce milestone, based on many analysts’ predictions and the recent surge to new all-time highs.

Silver, though it has not garnered as much news coverage, has also seen significant increases in spot price over the past few weeks. APMEX is always buying Silver Dollars in any condition, as demand has generally outweighed supply. Morgan Silver Dollars grading from Very Good to Very Fine are extremely popular, as are Peace Silver Dollars in the same grade range. Virtually any silver coins, including 90% and 40% Silver coins, are moving fast in the current market!

APMEX continues its review of the Silver Dollar series. We will be taking a close look at the 1891-CC variety. The 1891-CC is one of the most common Silver Dollars to be minted at the Carson City Mint, however, all “CC” Silver Dollars are fairly scarce. This coin is usually very lustrous and has great eye appeal. Many choice examples may be found in uncirculated condition. Most coins of this year were immediately released into circulation, so there is a plentiful array of 1891-CC’s in circulated grades. The Silver Dollars that were not released into circulation were bagged up and held by the U.S. Treasury until the 1940’s and 1950’s when they were eventually paid out, yielding a great new supply for numismatists.

Though there are many die varieties attributed to the 1891-CC, one variety demands attention due to its name. The “Spitting Eagle”, or VAM-3 as it is also known, is a very popular variety among Silver Dollar enthusiasts. On the Reverse of this variety there is a tiny die gouge resembling saliva just below the eagle’s beak. This die gouge gives this variety its attention grabbing name. Even though the “Spitting Eagle” is a quite common variety, it remains one of the more popular VAM’s due to its unique name and visual appeal to children and adults alike.



3 Comments

Paul @ December 31, 2009 at 11:47 AM

fantastic site on gold and silver!

Paul @ December 31, 2009 at 11:49 AM

great article about gold and silver!

Kevin C @ January 3, 2010 at 4:41 PM

As always Silver is selling real well. It is all I buy and most from Apmex, top-flight company from head to toe.