Correction: This article has been updated to reflect a revised Global Precious Metals MMI index value due to a formula error. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Well, after a rather volatile year, the monthly Global Precious Metals MMI® ended 2012 by falling slightly from 111 to 110, still fully ten points above the January 2012 baseline value of 100.
The December reading represented a decrease of .9 percent.
So where will that take us into 2013?
From a technical perspective, we defer to Reuters’ market analyst for commodities and energy technicals, Wang Tao, who stated in a recent report that a stronger dollar will take the shine off of precious metals in early 2013. Tao expects to see spot gold drop into a range of $1,397-$1,447 per ounce over the next three months, “as indicated by its wave pattern and a Fibonacci retracement analysis.” (Silver prices are also set to drop, he says.)
We’re not as fancy as Fibonacci, but from our gut perspective, we would suggest buyers and investors look no further than the debt uncertainty that still remains at the core of US federal legislation. The “kick the can down the road” approach regarding US fiscal and monetary policy may force speculators to push prices higher.
Over the past month, however, the trends for US gold and silver transactional prices looked to reflect Tao’s outlook.
Price Drivers of Precious Metals Index Rise
Mainly, at CNY 333.00 ($53.38) per gram, the price of Chinese gold bullion finished the month 2.8 percent higher.
The price of Japanese palladium bar rose 6.7 percent over the past month to JPY 1,910 ($22.05) per gram. For the second month in a row, the price of US palladium bar increased, rising 3.2 percent over the past month to $702.00 per ounce. At JPY 4,569 ($52.75), Japanese gold bullion finished the month up 1.7 percent per gram. Chinese palladium bar saw its price rise 1.5 percent to CNY 165.50 ($26.53) per gram.
Tempering the index rise were US silver and gold. After rising 5.7 percent the previous month, US silver prices dropped 9.1 percent to $30.35 per ounce. The price of US gold bullion dropped 3 percent to $1,675 per ounce after staying flat the previous month.
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