"The history of Eureka lies in its future." - Lambert Molinelli, 1878

DISCLOSURE

The author/editor of the Eureka Miner owns common shares of local mining stocks, General Moly (GMO), McEwen Ming (MUX) and Newmont Mining (NEM); together with benchmark miner Freeport-McMoRan (FCX). Please do your own research, markets can turn on you faster than a feral cat.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Colonel's Friday Thoughts on Gold; Unemployment drops to 8.6%

Supernova - Mother of Metals
Metallic Art by Mariana Titus

NEW FORMAT for 2012

The Eureka Miner's Market Report has a new format. Three daily reports, "Mining", "Gold & Silver" and "Copper & Molybdenum" consolidate key morning market information for metals and mining relevant to Eureka County and surrounding areas with new expanded detail on moly prices.

The "Daily Market Roundup" also includes an "Oil Watch" and "Debt Crisis Watch" to monitor the impacts of global events on oil and fuel prices and the unfolding debt crises here and in Europe. Finally, "Stock Market Morning Update" provides the latest on the broader markets as well as the Eureka Miner's Million Dollar Grubstake Portfolio.

Have a good read and welcome back!

My latest Kitco commentary:
What does CRS© tell us about Gold, Copper & Oil? (11/28/2011)

This morning's...
COMEX Gold price = $1,754.7/oz (December contract most active)
Eureka Miner’s Gold Value Index© (GVI) = 96.56
Value Adjusted Gold Price© (VAGP) = $1,518.4/oz
COMEX - VAGP = $236.3/oz; gold is trading at a premium to key commodities; the gold-to-copper ratio continues to exceed recession levels but is trending down (bullish)


Copper 1-monthCRS© is 2.11%; bullish level, converging stability (bullish)

Oil 1-month CRS© is 3.22%; bullish level, stalled divergence (neutral)


Morning Miners!

It is 5:56 AM. Have that well deserved cup of Raine's Special Red Label TGIF coffee. It looks like were ending the first week in December on a positive. The monthly U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped this morning to 8.6% with 120,000 jobs added to the workforce. It also appears that European leaders and central bankers are making progress on European debt woes. Maybe Santa will come down the global market chimney after all.

More Scott Raine Aerial Photographs

Scott Raine took some great Eureka County photos during several aerial deer classification surveys for the Department of Wildlife. The report featured a few Wednesday, here are some more taken November 19, 2009.



The Colonel's input to the Weekly Kitco Gold Survey

Here is my weekly input to the Kitco gold survey.

Q. Where do you see gold’s price headed next week, up, down or unchanged?

A. Up. $1,775+/oz territory.

Q.Why?

A. Gold remains positively correlated with key commodities copper, oil and silver, and all have responded to the upside with improving conditions in Europe and this morning's domestic jobs report. In this environment, gold's value continues to decline relative to these commodities but dollar price should move higher with favorable headlines; the next big test will be the outcome of the Dec. 9 European summit. Spikes in gold price are unlikely with an orderly march instead to 1,800+/oz by year's end.

Background Notes:

1. Gold value relative to copper, oil and silver down 12.2% from Oct. 4, 2011 high

2.  3-month copper-to-gold rolling correlation is +0.8727; oil-to-gold is +0.460; silver-to-gold is +0.8903

3.  3-month copper-to-gold beta is +1.628; oil-to-gold beta is +0.910; silver-to-gold beta is +2.374

4.  The present Au:Cu ratio is 489.3 lb/oz & trending down (Cu bullish); Au:Oil is 17.42 bbl/oz & trending down (Oil bullish); Au:Ag is 52.75 & trending down (Ag bullish)

Daily Market Roundup


Mining Report

This morning's mining stocks...

Barrick (ABX) $52.35 down 0.87%
Newmont (NEM) $68.03 down 1.13%
US Gold (UXG) $4.01 up 1.26%
General Moly (Eureka Moly, LLC) (GMO) $3.35 up 2.76%
Thompson Creek (TC) $7.28 down 1.49%
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) $40.15 up 2.21% (a bellwether mining stock spanning copper, gold & molybdenum)
Quadra FNX (TSE:QUX) $10.68 down 0.09%
Timberline Resources (TLR) $0.63 unchanged

The Steels  (a "tell" for General Moly & Thompson Creek):

ArcelorMittal (MT) $19.34 up 1.79% - global steel producer
POSCO (PKX) $88.74 up 1.08% - South Korean integrated steel producer

The Eureka Miner's Index© (EMI) is above-par slightly at 100.17, up from yesterday's 92.34 and above the 1-month moving average of 70.12. The new record low for 2010-2011 was set Oct. 4, 2011 at 22.88. The 1-month average is currently below the 100-level.

The EMI gives us the market temperature for the factors that have the greatest impact on mining in Eureka County. The record 2010-2011 high for the EMI is 816.78 set 01/04/2011; the low was set 10/4/2011 at 22.88. An EMI of 100 is the boundary between hot and cold markets for the metals & miners.

Gold & Silver Report

This morning's...

COMEX gold is up $14.9/oz at $1,754.7/oz (February contract, most active)

COMEX silver is up $0.506/oz at $33.265/oz (March contract, most active)

The gold-to-silver ratio (Au:Ag) is 52.749 oz/oz

The Eureka Miner’s Gold Value Index© (GVI) is below-par at 96.93, down from yesterday's 97.47 and below its 1-month average of 98.90. The new record high for 2010-2011 is 109.97 set on Oct. 4, 2011.

The Value Adjusted Gold Price© (VAGP) is $1,518.4/oz which is $236.3/oz below the current COMEX gold price.

The GVI gauges the value of gold in relation to oil, copper and silver independent of currency. These three commodities were chosen for relative value comparison because 1) oil derivatives are a common cost element for all miners, 2) copper has proven to be a reliable proxy for global growth and 3) silver is a precious and industrial metal that now competes with gold for investment and as a hedge against fiat currencies.

The Value Adjusted Gold Price (VAGP) is a level that supports current oil, copper & oil prices based on historical commodity norms. If the daily COMEX price is less than the VAGP, then gold is undervalued; if above, overvalued.

Copper & Molybdenum Report

This morning's...

COMEX copper is up $0.0520/lb at $3.5860/lb (March contract, most active)

The gold-to-copper ratio (Au:Cu) is 489.32 lb/oz; ratios in excess of 400 lb/oz are considered "recession levels" but the ratio is now trending down (bullish).

Metals Week Average:
US$13.40
As of December 5, 2011
(updated weekly)

Ryan's Notes Average:
US$13.45
As of Nov 29, 2011
(updated twice weekly)

European Molybdenum Oxide (Bloomberg average price, updated Wednesday & Friday):
US$13.40/lb

London metal Exchange (LME) molybdenum 3-month seller's contract:

US$13.83/lb (US$30,500/metric ton)

Daily Oil Watch

Latest Nevada Fuel Prices

On February 1st we identified North Sea Brent crude oil as a good barometer for the ongoing crises in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It remains above $100/bbl with a large spread from the North American benchmark, Western Texas Intermediate or "Texas light sweet crude", traded on the NYMEX.

Here are the key front-month contracts this morning:

NYMEX light sweet crude $100.71
ICE North Sea Brent crude $109.84
Spread (ICE- NYMEX) = $9.13 (last report, $9.34)

Here are the March contracts* with a narrower spread:

NYMEX light sweet crude $100.98
ICE North Sea Brent crude $109.17
Spread (ICE- NYMEX) = $8.19 (last report, $8.46)

* NYMEX futures contracts have rolled forward, we now show January and March for a 2-month look-ahead

Prices are off their crisis highs and we have $100+ Brent and $100+ NYMEX in March favoring high oil prices throughout the winter and into spring.

Daily Debt Crisis Watch

July 26th we introduced the Debt Crisis Index (DCI). The DCI is computed in the mornings and at the market close Friday in much the same way we do the EMI and GVI indices. Today, the DCI has a value of 142.7 down from yesterday's 154.3. A level above 200 is time for serious concern. We are now below that level.

Global sovereign debt issues have been an overhang on markets for many, many months starting with the Dubai crisis in late November, 2009 and spreading to the euro-zone in 2010-2011.

Stock Market Morning Update

The DOW is up 123.47 points to 12,143.50; the S&P 500 is up 15.14 points at 1,259.72

The Eureka Miner's Grubstake Portfolio is up 0.74% at $1,457,685.10 (what's this?).

Cheers,

Colonel Possum

Headline photo by Mariana Titus

Write Colonel Possum at colonelpossum@gmail.com for answers to your questions or to request e-mail updates on the market

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