Costco Tops Fiscal 1Q18 Estimates

Costco Wholesale (COST) reported stronger-than-expected fiscal 1Q18 results, surpassing analysts’ expectations for both sales and EPS (earnings per share).

Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Weak on December 15

After a pullback on Thursday, the Shanghai Composite Index opened lower on December 15 and fell to five-week low price levels.

US Markets Had a Mixed Performance on December 14

The S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note. Despite a strong start, the market lost momentum as the week progressed and fell on Thursday.

Can Kohl’s Stock Pick Up Some Momentum?

Kohl’s (KSS) stock price has risen 1.8% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of December 12.


Could Rising Inflation Be a Stepping Stone for Gold?

Gold is a hedge against inflation. When prices rise, investors can park their money in gold. It isn’t clear how well gold protects investors.

Precious Metal Fluctuations
Reading the Performances of Precious Metals in 1Q17

Precious metals had a bright first quarter, which ended March 31, 2017. Gold rose about 8.4%, marking its best quarter in almost a year.

These Key Factors Are Driving Gold

A rise in interest rates can negatively affect gold and silver funds like the iShares Gold Trust (IAU) and the iShares Silver Trust (SLV).

Precious Metals and Trump's Failed Healthcare Attempt

Precious metal stocks with higher correlations to their respective metals are often more affected by global indicators.

These Factors Have Been Driving Silver Prices Recently

Silver has performed slightly better than gold and platinum on a year-to-date basis.

What Just Gave Gold the Extra Push?

All four precious metals witnessed a rise in price on Monday, March 20, as the US dollar slipped to its six-week low.

Exploring Precious Metals' Movements following the Rate Hike

When the interest rate hike took place on March 15, 2017, much of the upside in precious metals had already been priced in by the market.

GLD Fund versus US Treasuries
Gold Not so Solid: Gauging the Impact of the Latest News

Prior to the Fed’s rate hike on March 15, precious metal investors had been keeping a close eye on the employment figures released on Friday, March 10.

Understanding Precious Metals and their Cross Rates

When analyzing the precious metals market, it’s important to take a look at the relationship between gold (IAU) and silver (SLV).

Gold versus Silver Slump
Haven Demand for Gold Sees a Resurgence—What about the Rate Hike?

Compared to last week’s slump, precious metals prices rebounded on March 13, 2017. Haven demand for precious metals likely resurfaced ahead of the elections in Europe.

Gold versus the World Index
Here Are the Scenarios That Decide Movements in Precious Metals

The US equity markets (SPY) (SPX) have rebounded since President Trump took office. As expected, precious metals have fallen in the past few months.

How the Fed Is Controlling Precious Metal Prices

Precious metals fell again on Friday, March 3, 2017. The most important factor playing on precious metals is the interest rate phenomenon.

These Factors Are Driving Precious Metals

Gold futures for April expiration fell for the second straight day on March 1, 2017, as the US dollar showed strength.

How Fed Members' Recent Comments Affect Precious Metals

On February 21, John Williams, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, cautioned investors that the global fall in interest rates could make it harder for central banks to keep their economies steady.

Gold Indicators: Where We're at with Volatility

The rise in precious metals over the last few months has been due to insecurity among investors, given the political climate.

How Sentiments surrounding the Dollar Are Playing on Gold, Miners

As the US dollar lost some ground on February 20, 2017, its weakening gave a push to gold prices. Gold rose ~0.2% over its previous trading day’s close.

All That Glitters: Gold in the Volatile Age

The market’s current volatility could give a positive bounce to gold.

What Gold Enthusiasts Could Learn from Big Investors

As the fear of another interest rate hike persists, investors are skeptical about gold. An idea about gold’s possible direction can be taken from the investment activities of famous hedge fund managers.

Gold and Equities
How the Equity Market Has Been Affecting Gold Lately

Gold enthusiasts seem to be in a fix, as any further movements in the precious metal are currently unclear. The world famous SPDR Gold Shares ETF has risen ~11% in 2017 so far.

How Could the Fed's Stance Play on Gold?

Investors are looking forward to the upcoming speeches by Federal Reserve members. They’re expected to speak about the US economy and a possible rate hike.


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