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Gold Drops on Improving Economic Data

Silver plummeted and mining stocks followed


Gold Silver GLD IAU SLVTwo positive economic reports bolstered the U.S. dollar against other currencies and sent gold down sharply in Thursday trading.

The Chicago Purchasing Managers’ Index surged to a reading of 65.9 this month, up from 55.7 in September. That surprised analysts, who had expected a modest decline for October. In another report, the Department of Labor announced that 340,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, in line with economists’ forecasts.

Gold Stocks Are Shining Again
Gold Stocks Are Shining Again

Investors viewed the good news as evidence that the Federal Reserve might initiate tapering of its monthly bond-buying sooner than previously anticipated.

Gold futures for December delivery dropped 1.9% to $1,323.70 per ounce on Thursday, according to CME Group. Gold traded as high as $1,343 and as low as $1,318.70. Bullion closed in London at $1,325, according to BullionVault.

Silver futures for December plunged 4.9% to $21.87 per ounce. Thursday’s high for silver was $22.69, while the low was $21.73.

Metal funds fell in Thursday trading.

  • The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) slid 1.4%.
  • The iShares Gold Trust (IAU) sank 1.5%.
  • The iShares Silver Trust (SLV) dropped 3.5%.

Mining ETFs declined during the day.

  • The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) moved down 4.2%.
  • The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) tumbled 5.3%.
  • The Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) fell 3.9%.

Gold stocks retreated on Thursday.

  • Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM) waned 2.3%.
  • Barrick Gold (ABX) sank 5.4%.
  • Eldorado Gold (EGO) dropped 4.8%.
  • Goldcorp (GG) slid 3.5%.
  • Kinross Gold (KGC) tumbled 4.7%.
  • Newmont Mining (NEM) fell 2.8%.
  • NovaGold Resources (NG) declined 4%.
  • Yamana Gold (AUY) moved down 2.7%.

Silver mining shares pulled back hard during the day.

  • Coeur d’Alene Mines (CDE) slid 3.6%.
  • Hecla Mining (HL) tumbled 6%.
  • Pan American Silver (PAAS) fell 2.5%.
  • Silver Wheaton (SLW) plunged 7.1%.
  • Silver Standard Resources (SSRI) dropped 5.6%.

As of this writing, Christopher Freeburn did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Adrian Ash of BullionVault contributed to this report.

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