March 14, 2017

#Uranium & uranium co's - volume exploding $URA

attached the chart (2) of URA, Global

X Uranium ETF. URA provides investors

access to a broad range of uranium mining

companies (Cameco is weighted 20%). Just

look at the volume of URA since the beginning

of the year. It exploded. This means strong



Attachment 3 shows the uranium price over

the last 5 years. After declining to US$ 18 per

pound early December 2016, the price recovered

to US$ 25.50 as per March 6, 2017. The reason

is the planned annual uranium production cut of 10%

by Kazatomprom. This amount translates into

roughly 3% of 2015 global production. Kazakhstan

is globally the largest supplier or uranium (39%)

followed by Canada (22%) (attachment 4).


At the current market price almost no new uranium

project is economic. Generally speaking, a uranium

price of US$ 70 is needed in order to bring a new

uranium mine in production.



Attached is the Quarterly Commodity

Outlook by Cantor Fitzgerald. Page

1 to 9 is a comment on uranium. Page

5 explains Japanese uranium inventories.

Page 27 to 53 has comments on uranium



March 13, 2017

March 1, 2017

#Gold #ETF - The big buyers are in Germany $XETRA

Unlike a year ago when the big ETF buyers were in the U.S., this time it's the Germans. They are buying XETRA-Gold, the exchange-traded fund backed by bullion. Investors poured almost US$ 906MM into this ETF this month, the biggest inflow since inception in 2007. As of February 13, holdings were estimated at 157.9 metric tons (attachment 1).

The motivations of the buying are political. The uncertainty about BREXIT, U.S. politics, and elections in Holland (March) and France (1st round April, second round May).

The latest buying spree by them was done between US$ 1,220 per ounce and US$ 1,250 per ounce. Attachment 2 shows the sharp and long decline of gold from 2012 with a low in January 2016 round US$ 1,040 per ounce. After that a rally occurred till July 2016 to around US 1,370 and subsequently gold fell back to around US$ 1,125 per ounce. The current rally is still considered to be against the major trend, which is down. A breakout over US$ 1,350 per ounce would signal the end of the bear market. Gold is not out of the woods yet.

February 28, 2017

$HUI ARCA Gold Bugs Index lost 5 % yesterday, is #Gold next?

As per yesterday's "Gold and silver" post that the ARCA Gold Bugs Index (HUI) wasn't advancing anymore despite the bullion price rising last week. We said this flashed some yellow-lights, a signal to proceed with caution. It was also a divergence.


Yesterday the HUI (Gold Bugs Index), after firm moments after the opening, sold off losing 5% on the day. The index also broke through the 50-day moving average on the downside. Usually the gold stocks are leading the spot gold price. The volume was heavy on the downside.

Attachment 2 shows the 30-minutes chart of gold. It shows the sudden drop of the gold price yesterday.



February 27, 2017

#Gold & #Silver #COT Silver spec longs highest in 12 months

Commitments of Futures Traders show that

large speculators (hedge funds and money

managers) have increased their long positions.

Net commercial dealers increased their short

positions. The positions are almost the smallest

of the last 12 months (attachment 1).


The Gold Barometers reveal that gold stocks

are overbought while the physical gold and

silver are in neutral territory (attachment 2).


As the KITCO Gold Survey (attachment 3)

shows Wall Street and Retail Investors are

bullish for this week.


The Commitments of Futures Traders show

a complete different picture in silver than

gold. Large speculators continue to build

positions while net commercial silver dealers

are increasing their short positions. These

positions are approaching the highest level

of the last 12 months and are historically

very high (attachment 4). Once the showdown

is coming it will be dramatic.


The Gold hourly chart (attachment 5) indicates

the advance of the gold spot price last

Thursday and Friday. Gold closed, as per last

Friday, New York time 4 p.m., at US$ 1,256

per ounce for a gain of US$ 21 per ounce on

the week.


Interestingly, while the gold bullion price

rose the ARCA Gold Bugs Index (called HUI)

couldn't advance. The advance of this index

stopped at the 200-day moving average and

the MACD crossed the red line about two weeks

ago (attachment 6). This flashes some yellow

lights, a signal to proceed with caution.


Attachment 7 shows the HUI Index and the

Gold price on the graphic just above. It shows

the divergence between the gold mining stocks

and physical gold.



February 20, 2017

#Gold & #Silver Commitment of Traders COT Report

Net commitments of Futures Traders show that large speculators (hedge funds and money managers) have reduced their long positions. Net commercial gold traders have reduced their short positions. Both sides are currently not heavy committed in the gold futures market (attachment 1).


The Gold Barometer (attachment 2)reveals that gold stocks are currently overbought. However, the physical gold and silver is in neutral territory.


The KITCO Gold Survey indicates that Wall Street and Retail Investors are bullish this week (attachment 3).


Commitments in silver trading shows that large speculators have increased their long positions. Net commercial silver dealers have increased their short positions. Historically these positions are very large and have reached the level of August 2016. We are unable to explain why the commitments in silver versus gold are so different.


We attached (5) the silver long term Point&Figure

chart. As can be seen silver is probably forming a

large 5-year Reverse Head&Shoulder Formation

with a neckline at US$ 22 per ounce. This pattern is

much more bullish than the long term chart of gold.

But the word is not short term but medium to long



Gold is in the vault of the Central Banks, hence it is a monetary reserve. In extreme economic situations gold served as safe haven for investors or got confiscated by governments. Most governments don't own any silver anymore. We don't believe that in extreme economic situations silver would be confiscated. In the modern world silver has become also an industrial metal.


Attachment 6 shows the gold/silver ratio. The chart shows that the ratio fell in spring 2016 out of an uptrend channel. In other words investors need to buy less ounces of silver for 1 ounce of gold. This is telling you that in the medium to longer term silver is more bullish than gold.


Silver producer should seek to acquire more silver mines. Unfortunately they have done exactly the opposite lately, acquiring gold mines.


The hourly gold chart (attachment 7) indicates that gold traded during the week between US$ 1,220 per ounce and US$ 1,242 per ounce. As per the close in New York last Friday at  4 p.m. gold traded at US$ 1,235 per ounce for a gain of US$ 2.00 per ounce on the week.






February 3, 2017

#Gold Demand Trends Full Year 2016 @GoldCouncil

A four-year high in investment drove price gains and demand growth
2016 full-year gold demand gained 2% to reach a 3-year high of 4,308.7t. Annual inflows into ETFs reached 531.9t, the second highest on record. Declines in jewellery and central bank purchases offset this growth. Annual bar and coin demand was broadly stable at 1,029.2t, helped by a Q4 surge.


speech bubbleKey highlights

2016 was the second best year for ETFs on record

Global demand for gold-backed ETFs and similar products was 531.9t - the highest since 2009. Q4 saw outflows.
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The gold price ended the year up 8%

Having risen 25% by the end of September, gold relinquished some of its gains in Q4 following Trump's conciliatory acceptance speech and the FOMC's interest rate rise.

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2016 saw a 7-year low for jewellery demand

Rising prices for much of the year, regulatory and fiscal hurdles in India and China's softening economy were key reasons for weakness in the sector.
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India's shock demonetisation policy brought the market to a virtual standstill
An initial rush for gold following the policy announcement came to a swift halt in the ensuing cash crunch.
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