Gold Keeps Sinking on Bernanke Remarks

by Christopher Freeburn | June 20, 2013 4:39 pm

Gold Silver GLD IAU SLV[1]Gold joined equities and other commodities in a broad and sharp selloff on Thursday, falling below $1,300 an ounce. Global markets continued to sink on the heels of yesterday’s comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signaling that the Fed could begin slowing its monthly bond-buying later this year.

While Bernanke’s remarks suggested confidence in the strength of the U.S. economy, equities markets continued their downward spin for a second day. The U.S. dollar, by contrast, surged against other world currencies.

Gold futures for July delivery plummeted 6.4% to $1,285.90 per ounce on Thursday, according to CME Group[2]. Gold traded as high as $1,349.80 and as low as $1,280.80. Gold bullion closed in London at $1,281, according to BullionVault[3].

Silver futures for July delivery plunged 8.3% to $19.82 per ounce. Thursday’s high for silver was $21.28 while the low was $19.64.

Gold and silver funds sank in Thursday trading.

Gold and silver mining ETFs slumped during the day.

Gold mining shares nose-dived on Thursday.

Silver mining shares pulled back sharply during the day.

As of this writing, Christopher Freeburn did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Adrian Ash of BullionVault[23] contributed to this report.

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