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Market Recap 12/24/09

12/24/2009 03:09:00 PM, Posted by APMEX, One Comment

While little news happened during this shortened holiday week, on Thursday, December 24th, Americans were welcomed with a Christmas surprise – and not the good kind.

CNN reported today that the U.S. Senate passed a $290 Billion increase to the legal debt limit allowed for the U.S. Treasury. Jeanne Sahadi, Senior Writer for stated, “If the Senate hadn't raised the debt ceiling before Dec. 31, the Treasury would likely have had to employ extraordinary measures to keep the debt below the ceiling to stave off default.” Having raised the debt ceiling to $12.394 Trillion, the U.S. has now witnessed the doubling of its national debt since 2000.

To default on that debt would unleash a chain of events that could devalue U.S. bonds and seriously harm the nation's reputation with creditors around the world. In a related article, Sahadi went on to say, “If the ceiling is ever breached, the country would effectively be in default. In the universe of financial things to avoid, it ranks as a ‘no good, very bad’ event.”

If this news wasn’t enough, Americans found a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings with the announcement that taxpayer backed mortgage companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, could award their top 10 executives with up to $40 Million in compensation according to

With news like this, it’s no wonder that many Americans are turning to gold and silver to defend their portfolios against the strong probability of rising inflation for the New Year. Precious metals continue to witness significant buying activity fueled by declining optimism for a speedy U.S. economic recovery.

To end the year with some holiday cheer, APMEX launched its Annual I.R.S. – “Inventory Reduction Sale” on December 23rd. Many popular bullion items have undergone significant price reductions. We have clearly marked selected products throughout the website with a special “IRS Stamp” icon, so you can easily locate them. Buy your precious metals today at and have a very Happy New Year!

Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,113.90. The high during the week was on Monday, December 21st, at $1,119.00, while the low for the week occurred on Tuesday, December 22nd, at $1,074.70. Gold ended the week down $7.00 at $1,106.90. This week, 2009 1 oz. Gold American Eagles, 2009 1/10 oz. Gold American Eagles and 2009 1 oz. Gold American Buffalos saw significant sales volume.

Spot Silver prices opened this week at $17.31. Silver reached a high of $17.55 on Thursday, December 24th while the low for silver occurred on Tuesday, December 22nd, at $16.77. Silver ended the week up $0.24 at $17.55. This week, the most popular silver items included 2009 1 oz. Silver American Eagles, 1 oz. Sunshine Minting .999 Fine Silver Rounds, 1 oz. .999 Fine Silver Buffalo Rounds and 1 oz. APMEX .999 Fine Silver Rounds.

Spot platinum prices opened this week at $1,433.90 and ended the week up $35.30 at $1,469.20. 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Platinum Bars, 1/10 oz. Platinum American Eagles and 1 oz. Credit Suisse Platinum Bars were popular with platinum investors this week.

Spot palladium prices opened this week at $370.90 and ended the week up $20.50 at $391.40. Popular palladium products this week included 1 oz. .999 Fine Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars, 1 oz. Palladium Canadian Maple Leafs and 10 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars.

Featured Bullion Product:
Each week, APMEX will review a different bullion product for the benefit of our readers. This week, we will review the most popular U.S. gold bullion coin. The Gold American Eagle coin was the first gold bullion coin ever struck by the United States. The minting of these coins began in 1986 and continues through today. These Gold American Eagle coins are issued in $50, $25, $10 and $5 denominations and they contain 1 Troy ounce of gold, 1/2 ounce of gold, 1/4 ounce of gold, and 1/10 ounce of gold, respectively.

On the obverse, or front, of the coin, Miss Liberty is depicted holding a torch and an olive branch with the U.S. Capitol in the background. This design was very slightly modified from the famous one created by renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. That design was first used on the $20 Double Eagle gold coins minted from 1907 until 1933. On the reverse, there is a depiction of a family of American Bald Eagles, which give the coins their name. These beautiful coins are backed by the United States Mint for their purity, content and fineness.

APMEX offers a complete selection of American Gold Eagle coins in a variety of denominations, in both Brilliant Uncirculated condition and in collector’s quality Proof condition. Coins purchased in quantities of 20 or more will be delivered in the special tubes that are used by the United States Mint. Quantities of 500 or more coins are shipped in the special red United States Mint boxes.

One Comment

Kevin C @ January 3, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Bad news can be good news if you know how to capitalize on it. All I do is keep buying Silver, there is only upside for the next year.