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My latest Kitco commentary: Does Recent Oil Volatility Portend the Next Gold Record? (7/9/2012)
COMEX Gold price = $1,580.1/oz (August contract most active)
Eureka Miner’s Gold Value Index© (GVI) = 97.75 (gold value gaps up, 5/4 & 6/1; gold value high but stalling with respect to key commodities oil, copper & silver)
Value Adjusted Gold Price© (VAGP) = $1,350.6/oz
COMEX - VAGP = $229.5/oz; gold is trading at a high premium to key commodities; the gold-to-copper ratio is below its 3-month average (bullish indication, Cu overall bearish)
It is 5:55 AM. Markets are poised to move higher today as China reported second-quarter growth in line with expectations reducing fears of a hard landing. Moody’s downgrade of Italy subtracts some from the China news and preceeds today’s sale of Italian debt. Concerns about China growth and the European sovereign debt crisis have been major headwinds for the metals and miners for several years. In that light, the pace of China’s economic growth declining to 7.6%, the slowest since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, registers a positive.
Before we see how today's events may affect next week's metal prices, have a hot cup of Raine's delicious Red Label TGIF brew and let's salute the passing of a very dear person and Eureka icon...
A Salute to Marge Pastorino
Marjory was born Christmas Eve, 1921 and grew up in Luton, England, thirty miles north of London. Tom Pastorino served as medic when he met Marjory Lewis and before long there would be plans for marriage after the war and a Great Basin adventure far-far away from the rolling green hills of Bedfordshire.
With notable irony, Tom ran into Marge Damele's brother Joe Kelly who also served in England. The two long time friends found each other accidentally in a mess hall. Years later Marge Pastorino, Marge Damele and Marge Hammond would become affectionately known as the "Three Marges" of Eureka.
Shortly after the war, Tom and Marge were married in New Jersey August 17, 1946 and enjoyed their honeymoon in Niagra Falls before traveling west.
Stories from a Long Life in the Wild West
Eric Pastorino told me that his mother after arriving in town became very close to Kitty McKay, a German war bride. As Eric tells it, "they had quite a shock when they all arrived in the small desolate town of Eureka, Nevada."
"We obtained land on Vandal Way as a county swap for the Opera House and we began preparing lots for housing in Eureka with her oversight and participation and with that in place we went on to develop mountain view estates where [Sheriff] Ken Jones and [District Attorney] Ted Buetel live."
Above is a picture of a proud Marge Pastorino with her son Eric in an engineer's hat. They are standing by the Eureka & Palisade locomotive that made a brief return visit to Eureka several years ago. Eric Pastorino and other dedicated Eurekans laid track at the County fairgrounds for the E&P's return.
Hats off to Marge, she will be dearly missed!
The Colonel's Gold, Silver & Copper Prices for Next Week
Here is my input to the Kitco Weekly Gold Survey:
- My $1,605 per ounce target is biased above the geometric mean ($1,594.3 per ounce) of the June 6 intraday high ($1,642.4) and the June 28 low ($1,547.6). Gold price is likely to fail breaking resistance at the top-end but finds solid support at the low-end.
- Given the target gold price, the silver and copper price ranges are derived from the 1-month gold ratio means (GSR & GCR) and their respective ratio stability (CRS©).
- My Gold Value Index© (GVI) equals 97.75 this morning and 8.9% below the Oct. 4 high of 109.97 and falling away from the recent peak of 102.74 set on June 1. Today gold value is below its 1-month moving average of 100.62; a value of 100 represents a high-value of gold relative to key commodities oil, copper and silver.
- The gold-to-copper ratio today is 455.43 pounds per ounce breaking below its 3-month moving average of 459.13 pounds per ounce; it has bearishly lingered above this average since mid-May so this is a bullish sign. Moving below this average and towards the 400 pounds per ounce level is a bullish indication for the red metal (1-month rolling correlation is +0.0.34; 3-month is +0.59). 3-month relative volatility is 2.17X gold and price sensitivity (beta) is +1.29
- The gold-to-silver ratio is above its historical norm at 58.199; the 3-month rolling correlation is +0.84, relative volatility is 2.48X gold and price sensitivity (beta) is +2.08. Unlike copper, silver remains bearishly above its 3-month average of 55.87
Friday's Market Roundup
This morning's mining stocks with % price change from yesterday's close:
Barrick (ABX) $34.80 up 0.69%
Newmont (NEM) $46.13 up 1.47%
McEwen Mining (MUX) $3.04 up 0.33% (formerly US Gold, UXG)
General Moly (Eureka Moly, LLC) (GMO) $3.15 up 1.94%
Thompson Creek (TC) $2.87 down 2.05%
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) $33.07 up 2.19% (a bellwether mining stock spanning copper, gold & molybdenum)
Timberline Resources (TLR) $0.27 unchanged
The Steels (a "tell" for General Moly & Thompson Creek):
ArcelorMittal (MT) $15.02 up 1.14% - global steel producer
POSCO (PKX) $78.93 up 0.68% - South Korean integrated steel producer
The Eureka Miner's Index© (EMI) was re-calibrated 5/24 to reflect current 200-day moving averages for benchmark miners.
The EMI is below-par at 65.05, down from last week's 81.75 and below the 1-month moving average of 72.93. The 1-month average is below the key 100-level (bearish condition)
The EMI gives us the market temperature for the factors that have the greatest impact on mining in Eureka County. The record 2010-2012 high for the EMI is 816.78 set 01/04/2011; the low was set 10/4/2011 at 22.88. The 2012 YTD low is 39.45 recorded 05/23/2012. An EMI of 100 is the boundary between hot and cold markets for the metals & miners.
Gold & Silver Report
COMEX gold is up $14.8/oz at $1,580.1/oz (August contract, most active)
COMEX silver is down $0.0.011/oz at $27.150/oz (September contract, most active)
The gold-to-silver-ratio (Au:Ag) is 58.199 oz/oz
Silver 1-month CRS© is 1.31% (bullish stability level); weak stability divergence (Ag overall indicators neutral-to-bearish)
The Eureka Miner’s Gold Value Index© (GVI) is below-par at 97.75, down from last week's 99.45 and below its 1-month average of 100.62. Gold value gaped up 5/4/2012 and 6/1/2012, and has now stalled. The record high for 2010-2012 is 109.97 set on Oct. 4, 2011; the 2012 peak was 102.74 set on June 1, 2012.
The Value Adjusted Gold Price© (VAGP) is $1,350.6/oz which is $229.5/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 & silver 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
COMEX copper is up $0.0545/lb at $3.4695/lb (September contract, most active)
The gold-to-copper ratio is 455.43 lb/oz; ratios in excess of 400 lb/oz are indicative of a bearish price domain; the ratio is below its 3-month moving average of 459.13 (a Cu bullish indication; bearish overall conditions in a bearish Price Domain B)
Copper 1-month CRS© is 2.5% (bullish stability level); ratio weak convergence (overall Cu indicators bearish)
The latest western molybdenum oxide spot prices (courtesy of Thompson Creek Metals):
Metals Week Average:
As of July 16, 2012
Ryan's Notes Average:
As of July 10, 2012
(updated twice weekly)
European Molybdenum Oxide (Bloomberg average price, updated Wednesday & Friday):
London metal Exchange (LME) molybdenum 3-month seller's contract:
US$12.70/lb (US$28,000/metric ton)
Weekly Oil Watch
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Understanding the Price of Oil (click this link for a quick overview on crude oil prices)
On February 1st, 2011, we identified North Sea Brent crude oil as a good barometer for the crises in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The next conflict could be in the Persian Gulf. Brent is just at $100/bbl maintaining a spread above 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 $86.54
ICE North Sea Brent crude $100.68
Spread (ICE- NYMEX) = $14.14 (last report, $13.60)
Here are the October contracts* with a narrower spread:
NYMEX light sweet crude $87.27
ICE North Sea Brent crude $100.10
Spread (ICE- NYMEX) = $12.83 (last report, $12.51 )
* NYMEX futures contracts have rolled forward, we now show August and October
The gold-to-WTI is 18.259 bbl/oz; ratios above 18.0 bbl/oz are considered bearish for oil
NYMEX WTI 1-month CRS© is 2.88% (bullish stability level); weak stability divergence (WTI overall indicators bearish)
Prices remain for 2012 but have pulled back dramatically, we have $100+ Brent and $85+ NYMEX in October signalling moderating oil prices this summer and early fall. A front-month spread between Brent and WTI >$20/bbl is a trouble sign; the present spread is relatively stable.
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 is 57.1, a new low, down from last Friday's 59.0. A level above 200 is time for serious concern - we are now well below that level. The highest level recorded since inception was 271.0 Aug. 9, 2011; the lowest level is 57.1 on July 13, 2012
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 and continuing into 2012.
Stock Market Morning Update
The DOW is up 174.98 points to 12,748.25; the S&P 500 is up 18.93 points at 1,353.69
The Eureka Miner's Grubstake Portfolio is up 1.05% at $1,204,614.18 (what's this?).
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