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    ETFs

    PSLV or SLV: Which Is a Better ETF Stock to Buy and Bet on Silver?

    The Sprott Physical ETF (PSLV) and the iShares Silver Trust (SLV) are among the popular ETFs to get exposure to silver. Which is a better stock to buy?
    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is Silver More Valuable as a Precious Metal or an Industrial Metal?

    Silver has been falling over the past few years, despite surging demand for its industrial use. Fundamentally, silver seems to be strong due to rising demand and a year-over-year shortfall in its supply.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Gold Has Outperformed Other Asset Classes

    Why Gold’s Resilience Continues in July Following the June 23 Brexit vote when the UK chose to withdraw from the European Union, bond yields fell to record lows and gold rallied to two-year highs, reaching $1,375 per ounce on July 6. In the US, subsequent strong economic results in manufacturing, retail sales, and housing created […]

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Caused the Fall in Precious Metals?

    Gold prices plummeted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, and gave the lowest close in recent weeks.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Much Does the US Interest Rate Influence Gold?

    Gold and interest rates have a close inverse relationship. The higher the rate for Treasuries, the lower the demand for non-yield-bearing assets such as gold and silver.

    By Meera Shawn
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    4 must-know facts about rising inflation and your portfolio

    Recent readings have shown that inflation has stabilized, which is a good thing, but signs of an imminent acceleration in inflation are still scant.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Gold ETFs and Miners Taking Cues from Rate Hike Conundrum

    Investments in the precious metals sector—including mining—substantially depend on the rate hike conundrum.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Materials

    How Indian Demand Could Influence Gold Prices

    India and China remain the top two consumers of gold (IAU) and silver (SLV).

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Did the Fall in the Dollar Boost Precious Metals?

    Precious metals saw an upward swing on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. The rise in precious metals was most likely due to the slight fall of the US dollar.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Silver Miners Could Surprise on the Downside of Production?

    Hecla Mining’s (HL) silver production recorded a fall of 27.0% year-over-year (or YoY) to 3.4 million ounces in 1Q17.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Miscellaneous

    Mining Stocks: How’s the Correlation Trending?

    Mining stocks with a higher correlation to precious metals will likely be impacted more by global indicators that influence precious metals.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Miscellaneous

    How Economic Numbers Played on Gold on April 7

    Besides the attack on Syria, the latest rise in gold was also backed by dampened expectations that the Fed will raise interest rates soon.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Gold Fell as US Interest Rates Soared

    Investors were somewhat pessimistic about gold during the last quarter of 2016. Most of the fluctuations were due to the news of the interest rate hike.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Gold Keep Clinging to US Interest Rates?

    Investors are cautious about investing in gold after the sudden surge over the past three months. The Market sentiment in gold seems to be far from bearish.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Miscellaneous

    How Is the Gold-Silver Ratio Moving in April 2017?

    As of April 18, 2017, gold and silver have risen 12% and 14.8%, respectively, year-to-date.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside Silver Miners’ Financial Leverage after 3Q16

    Investors in the precious metal mining industry need to know a company’s debt levels because high debt can strain a company’s credit rating.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Miscellaneous

    Inside Mining Stocks at the End of May: Implied Volatility and RSI

    The iShares Silver Trust and the iShares Gold Trust have gained 2.9% and 0.91%, respectively, in the past five days, likely due to the precious metal rebound.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Are Silver Miners Doing as Silver Outshines Gold?

    Silver has outperformed gold year-to-date (or YTD). The SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) has risen 17% YTD, while the iShares Silver Trust ETF (SLV) has risen 24%.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Diversify Broadly and Consider Alternative Investments

    Rising correlation across asset classes is a sticky problem that investors face while investing in today’s markets.

    By Dennis Stattman
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Silver Stock Is Analysts’ Favorite These Days?

    Precious metal miners with substantial exposure to silver have also performed well year-to-date. Let’s take a closer look.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What’s the World Gold Council Advising on Gold?

    Some investors seem to prefer putting their money in gold lately. The World Gold Council is optimistic on gold due to negative interest rate policies of major economies.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Earnings Report

    How Barrick Gold Plans to De-Lever Its Balance Sheet in 2017

    Barrick Gold has reiterated that strengthening its balance sheet is its top priority. The company achieved debt reduction of $2.0 billion in 2016.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Would You Buy a Silver or Gold Nest?

    Often, haven bids for gold outnumber bids for silver. But the recent surge of silver has proved differently.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Why Silver Miners’ Stock Performance Has Diverged in 2017

    It’s important for investors to keep tabs on analysts’ recommendations and ratings, as they are market sentiment indicators. In this series, we’ll look at recommendations and ratings for silver miners.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is the Gold-Silver Ratio Headed South?

    The gold-silver ratio was trading at 78.7 on Monday, April 11, 2016. The gold-silver ratio is trading close to its 100-day moving average.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Materials

    Silver Stocks: Keeping Up with Analyst Rating Changes

    Following the recent strong run in silver (SLV), several analysts have commented on silver miners (SIL), as we’ll see in this part of the series.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Did Silver Outperform Gold in 2016?

    While the last two months of 2016 chipped away a large part of the gains made by precious metals, silver outperformed gold on a yearly basis.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    How the Economic Sentiment Is Playing on Gold

    During the past week, average hourly earnings, excluding the farming industry, were below analysts’ expectation of 0.10%.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Silver prices could break the support of $15.50 per ounce

    Prices settled just above the important support level on March 9, 2016. The April futures for silver might test the next key support of $15.50 per ounce.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Technical Indicators in Silver: An Oversold Position in 2017?

    Coeur Mining (CDE), Hecla Mining (HL), and Pan American Silver (PAAS) are trading 3.3, 7.9%, and 2.6%, respectively below their 50-day moving averages.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Are Silver Prices Influencing Major Silver Miners?

    Silver miners have shown a significant correlation to gold prices at 0.90 since the start of 2013. Silver prices have a strong correlation as well.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Silver prices retreat from the key support for the third day

    The falling wedge pattern could be seen in the May silver futures contracts. Silver prices were trading at the lower part of the wedge pattern on March 10, 2015.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding Senior Gold Miners’ Commodity Exposures after 2016

    Product composition exposes miners to various types of commodities, which can impact their revenues and profitability.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Consumer

    Must-know fundamentals about the US Consumer Price Index

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (or BLS) developed the U.S. CPI in 1913 to measure the change in prices.

    By Shelly Vinson
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Led to the Revival of Precious Metals in January 2017?

    Gold prices edged higher once again on Friday, February 3, 2017. On February 2, gold touched $1,219.40 per ounce, its best price since November 2016.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Assessing Silver and Gold in 2015

    Silver was the second best-performing precious metal in September, advancing by 11.40% on a 30-day trailing basis. But October has seen negative returns.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Wage Growth Continues To Stay Low

    Research shows that another cause for why wage growth continues to stay low is that employers are reluctant to reduce wages.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Janet Yellen Shares Views on Rate Hike, Gold Falls to 15-Week Low

    Gold and other precious metals plummeted on Friday. Gold, silver, platinum, and palladium fell by 0.54%, 0.42%, 1.4%, and 0.7%, respectively.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Where Is the Gold-Silver Ratio Headed?

    The rise in the haven bids in 2016 has caused a jump in the price of gold by close to 17%. However, silver has increased only 8.3%—almost half the rise in gold.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Dollar Rises, Gold Falls on Bullish Data

    Gold and the US dollar have witnessed an almost inverse relationship over the past few years. The other precious metals have a similar inverse relationship to the US dollar.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Yuan Devaluation Raises Concerns of Currency Wars

    China’s recent devaluation of the yuan by ~1.9% sent ripples through global equity markets. The yuan’s devaluation could have an adverse effect on the Fed’s possible interest rate hike.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Gold and Silver Look Stable This Morning

    In precious metals, gold and silver look stable this morning. At 6:19 AM EST, gold for June delivery was trading at $1,234.05 per ounce—a gain of 0.33%.

    By Val Kensington
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    Materials

    A Beginner’s Guide to Gold and Silver Investing

    Investing in silver and gold isn’t for everybody, but precious metals can be a great option. Learn more about your options—from physical metals to ETFs.

    By David Moadel
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    Fund Managers

    Jeffrey Gundlach: How to Survive the Market Zigzags in 2019

    Jeffrey Gundlach expects 2019 to continue to be a volatile year. The last quarter of 2018 was quite volatile after a prolonged calm in the markets.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Is gold no longer an inflation hedge?

    Gold certainly can be an inflation hedge, and it has worked in the past. Obviously, one of the reasons gold has been weak of late is that people are becoming less concerned about inflation.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Must-know: Is gold losing its shine?

    Gold (GLD) (IAU) has declined by almost 8% in the last 12 months. Gold usually does well when the equity markets (IVV) are troubled. Gold has an inverse relationship with the U.S. dollar (or UUP). When the U.S. dollar weakens, investors turn to gold for value storage.

    By Mike Kane
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    Must-know: 3 reasons silver isn’t the same as gold

    To be sure, it’s not unreasonable that gold and silver (along with platinum) are often lumped together in the precious metal basket.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Why you should avoid commodities in a rising rate environment

    Other commodities have suffered as well: Most agricultural commodities are down between 5% and 10% year-to-date, and oil prices have slid on less angst over Iraq and the Middle East.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Must-know: Inflation fighting investments

    One of the strongest drivers of fair trade in gold (or IAU) is real interest rates.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Materials

    Should you invest in silver and gold stocks or ETFs?

    In addition to the potential headwind from higher real rates, it’s also not clear that either metal is that mispriced. Valuing commodities is notoriously difficult, as there are no cash flows.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Must-know: Implications of inflation and the necessity of TIPS

    In order to eliminate inflation risk for investors, the U.S. Treasury introduced TIPS in 1997—TIPS protect the value of debt securities from eroding due to inflation.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Materials

    Why the Swiss National Bank removed the cap against the euro

    A cap was put in place to stop the currency’s appreciation. An appreciating local currency is detrimental to exporters.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Why ETF holdings in precious metals spiked after the SNB’s move

    Outflows from ETFs led to an ~28% fall in gold prices in 2013. As a result, it’s important for investors to monitor changes in ETF holdings.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Technology & Communications

    Will the iShares Silver Trust ETF continue its recent rally?

    The rally had pushed silver ETFs such as the iShares Silver Trust ETF (SLV), the ProShares Ultra Silver (AGQ), and the Silver Trust ETF (SIVR) higher.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Miscellaneous

    Pan American to Buy Tahoe Resources in $1.07 Billion Deal

    Pan American Silver Corp. (PAAS) announced today that it has agreed to buy Tahoe Resources (TAHO) in a $1.07 billion cash and stock deal.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    What Synergies Does Newmont Expect from Merger with Goldcorp?

    Increased shareholder returns were the main motivation behind the Newmont Mining and Goldcorp merger.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Materials

    How Do Gold Miners’ Leverage Ratios Look?

    Barrick has reduced its debt more than 57% in the last four years from $13.4 billion at the end of 2014 to $5.7 billion at the end of 2018.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Buffett on Gold: ‘Magical Metal’ Is No Match for ‘American Mettle’

    Warren Buffett’s disdain for gold is well known. Once he said, “It doesn’t do anything but sit there and look at you.”

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Why BNP Paribas Sees Gold Dropping Below $1,200 in 2019

    Unlike other banks, BNP Paribas has a negative bias for gold going into 2019. Harry Tchilinguirian, global head of commodity markets strategy at BNP Paribas, is negative on gold (SGOL)(GLD).

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Financials

    Why J.P. Morgan Is Bullish on Gold in the Second Half of 2019

    In contrast to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s bullish view on gold (GLD) in 2019, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) expects gold (NUGT) and silver’s (SLV) performance to remain to lukewarm—at least in the first half of 2019.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    A Look at Gold Miners’ Financial Leverages after Q3 2018

    Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM) have come a long way as far as their financial leverages are concerned.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is the Barrick-Randgold Merger Enough of a Reason to Bet on ABX?

    On November 5, more than 99% of ABX’s shareholders approved its all-stock acquisition of GOLD.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Why Coeur Mining Has Climbed the Ranks among Analysts

    Year-to-date, Coeur Mining (CDE) has almost matched the performance of the Silver Miners Index (SIL) with losses of 25%.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    What’s Baked into Analysts’ Pan American Silver Ratings?

    Pan American Silver (PAAS) stock has outperformed its peers as well as silver prices YTD.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Why Analysts Are Optimistic about Coeur Mining

    On a YTD basis, Coeur Mining (CDE) has almost matched the performance of the Silver Miners’ Index (SIL) with losses of 27.1%.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    How Do Analysts Rate Silver Miners?

    In 2018 so far, silver prices have significantly underperformed gold prices.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Analyzing Mining Companies’ Correlation with Gold

    Precious metal prices’ revival in the last week has led to miners rebounding, with most mining companies performing positively.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Platinum at 14-Year Low, All Precious Metals Tumble: What’s Next?

    After witnessing a rebound on Friday, precious metals fell again on Monday, July 2. Gold fell 0.88% to close at $1,242 per ounce.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Analyzing Analysts’ Love-Hate Relationship with Silver Stocks

    The five silver miners we’ll be discussing in this series have broadly outperformed silver prices and the silver miners’ index YTD.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    The US Dollar Is Overpowering Gold as Hedge against Market Risk

    Among growing market unrest, investors have turned to the US dollar rather than gold as a safe haven.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Looking at the Spread between Gold and Silver

    The gold-silver spread is 77, indicating that it takes ~77 ounces of silver to buy one ounce of gold. In May, this spread stood at 78.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Gold’s RSI Level Drops below 30—What’s Next?

    On Thursday, June 28, silver fell 0.3% and was trading at $16.00. Platinum dropped 1.0% and traded at $850.00.

    By Meera Shawn
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    How Market Volatility Moved Gold on June 25

    Precious metals saw downward price movement on June 25. Gold fell ~0.26% and was trading at $1,266.00 per ounce on the day.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Miscellaneous

    How Economic Numbers and the US Dollar Downplayed Precious Metals

    Before the Fed’s minutes were released on May 23, gold was trading lower due to the increased pressure from the surging US dollar.

    By Meera Shawn
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    US Dollar at a 5-Month High, Gold at 5-Month Low

    Besides overall market volatility, the most important determinant of precious metal prices, especially gold’s (IAU) (SLV), is the US dollar.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Is a Rebound in the Cards for Gold?

    After the massive slump in gold prices as US Treasury yields rose, the trading range for gold seems to have corrected lower.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Silver: The Second-Favorite Metal

    With continuing downward sentiment in precious metals, it’s important to look at what large traders and hedge funds are doing with their positions in metals.

    By Meera Shawn
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    The Slump in Precious Metals and Their Technicals

    On May 15, gold dropped about 2.1% and closed at $1,288.90 per ounce.

    By Meera Shawn
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    How Are Miners’ Correlations Moving in May?

    In this part of the series, we’ll look at the correlation between gold and four mining stocks.

    By Meera Shawn
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    A Quick Look at the Technicals of the 4 Precious Metals

    Gold’s price dipped 0.13% to $1,312.8 per ounce on May 9. The fall in gold was extended for a number of reasons.

    By Meera Shawn
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    The Correlation of Miners over the Last Few Years

    Over the past three years, NGD has seen a declining correlation to gold, while BTG, RGLD, and NEM have seen mixed correlations.

    By Meera Shawn
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    A Quick Look at the Relationship between Gold and Silver

    Though gold and silver are the top two haven precious metals and tend to move in tandem, 2018 has been a little surprising.

    By Meera Shawn
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    All 4 Precious Metals in the Red: Is There Hope for Revival?

    In this series, we’ll analyze the various factors that affected precious metal prices at the end of April.

    By Meera Shawn
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    How Gold and Silver Performed amid Geopolitical Tensions

    The past one month has been good for precious metals with the exception of platinum.

    By Meera Shawn
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    How Precious Metals and Miners Moving in April?

    Precious metals had another up day as gold futures for April expiration rose 0.48% on Friday, April 13, closing at $1,344.80 per ounce.

    By Meera Shawn
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    How Fall of the Dollar Is Impacting Precious Metals and Miners

    A market indicator for gold that has been playing a significant role in determining the directional move for precious metals is the US dollar.

    By Meera Shawn
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    How Is the Dollar Affecting Precious Metals?

    Besides ongoing geopolitical concerns, a crucial factor that gold keeps looking to for directional moves is the US dollar.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Are US-China Jitters Affecting Precious Metals?

    Gold futures for April expiration were trading at $1,336.3 an ounce on Monday, April 9.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Why Gold Is Performing Better than Silver

    There has been a significant up-and-down movement in the precious metals since the beginning of 2018.

    By Meera Shawn
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    What Drove Gold and Silver Upward?

    The two most critical precious metals, gold and silver, rose on March 23, rising 1.4% and 1% in spot markets.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Can Coeur Mining’s Outperformance Continue in 2018?

    Coeur Mining’s (CDE) YTD (year-to-date) operational performance has been strong. Among major silver miners, it has given the highest return.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    How Trade War Fears Could Move Precious Metals

    All four precious metals saw a down day on Monday, March 5. Gold, silver, platinum, and palladium were down 0.23%, 0.33%, 0.31%, and 0.81%, respectively.

    By Meera Shawn
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    How Gold Is Pressured by Interest Rates and the US Dollar

    All four precious metals fell on February 27, primarily due to the rising strength of the US dollar. The dollar increased 0.56% on the day.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Could Rising Inflation Boost Gold?

    There has been much hype about the expected movement of inflation and how the Federal Reserve would react to this.

    By Meera Shawn
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    How Inflationary Pressure Played on Gold Last Week

    Among the core indicators playing precious metal prices is the rise in US inflation, which is currently at 2.2%—almost at growth of 1% compared to the start of 2016.

    By Meera Shawn
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    What’s Keeping a Lid on Precious Metal Prices?

    On Friday, February 9, gold prices saw some sign of revival as equities continued tumbling and haven bids pulled precious metals higher.

    By Meera Shawn
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    How the Interest Rate Hike Is Playing on Precious Metals

    Another element besides the fluctuations of the US dollar that could have led to the fall in precious metals is the US interest rate.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Tug-of-War: How Inflation and Interest Rates Are Pulling Gold

    The better the economic forecast for the US, the sooner we could see more interest rate hikes.

    By Meera Shawn
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    The Trend Analysis of the Gold–Silver Ratio in January 2018

    Gold and silver had a great start to 2018, and they have risen about 3.5% and 1.9%, respectively, year-to-date.

    By Meera Shawn
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    A Brief Analysis of the Gold-Silver Spread in January 2018

    A quick look at the relationship between the two core precious metals, gold and silver, could also be helpful in the analysis of the overall precious metals market.

    By Meera Shawn
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