114.98 +0.22 (0.19%)
Pre-Market: 5:04AM EST
|Bid||114.98 x 1100|
|Ask||115.01 x 1100|
|Day's Range||114.56 - 114.99|
|52 Week Range||111.06 - 129.51|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.15|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.40%|
Could Gold Be the Best Bet amid Increased Economic Uncertainty? In March this year, Goldman Sachs (GS) turned bullish on gold for the first time in the last five years. As reported by Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs’s (GS) analysts wrote, “While we think that the U.S. cycle still has room to run it doesn’t mean that markets will not worry about it coming to an end.” The analysts added, “Going forward, we expect market ‘fear’ of a U.S. recession to strengthen.
Could Gold Be the Best Bet amid Increased Economic Uncertainty? The Fed’s interest rate hikes and outlook, trade war concerns, and the better US market (SPY) (QQQ) performance have been the key factors behind the dollar’s strength. The Federal Reserve has already raised the rates three times this year and is expected to raise them for the fourth time in December.
Gold prices (GLD) saw their first monthly gain in the last seven months in October when prices rose by 2.1%. Gold prices are down by 7.4% YTD, and they are down 10.6% from their April peak. While gold prices seemed to have lost their safe-haven status as they kept on falling even amid all the geopolitical, trade, and emerging market tensions, October has reinstated that appeal to some extent.
Palladium futures rally Thursday, notching a third consecutive session climb and their highest settlement on record. Gold prices, meanwhile, rise, shaking off pressure from a stronger dollar to hold on to a week-to-date gain.
Gold prices settle higher Wednesday, scoring a modest reversal from selling action that had driven the metal down for seven sessions in the past eight.
Since the start of this year, there has been a severe fall in the prices of almost all commodities (COMT) like copper, nickel, lead, cobalt, and gold (GLD). Factors such as the stronger US dollar (UUP), higher interest rates, weakness in emerging markets, and increasing trade tensions have been the major reasons for the slump in commodities. The trade war has started taking its toll on China (FXI), which is a negative for commodities, as China is the mainstay for many commodity producers.
Gold miners as a whole are looking inexpensive compared to broader equities. The average ratio of the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index (GDX) and the S&P 500 Index (SPY) is 0.20 compared to the ten-year average of 0.68. While broader equities’ valuations have continued to increase, the valuations of gold stocks haven’t kept the pace, and the ratio has fallen.
Exchange-traded funds backed by gold increased their holdings by $1 billion in October, marking a possibly bullish shift in investor sentiment toward the precious metal.
After months of net selling, the funds increased their holdings of gold in October as stocks sagged. New support for the precious metal.
Waiting on commentary from the Federal Reserve, gold exchange traded products, including the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), traded slightly lower Thursday. Some market observers believe gold could struggle ...
IAMGOLD (IAG) generated revenue of $244.8 million in the third quarter, a YoY (year-over-year) fall of 9%. The fall was the result of both lower realized gold prices and lower sales and volumes at the Rosebel and Westwood mines.
IAMGOLD (IAG) reported its third-quarter earnings results after the market closed on November 6. It reported EPS of -$0.01, in line with analysts’ consensus estimate. Its revenue, however, missed expectations, coming in at $244.8 million compared to the consensus estimate of $266 million.
On November 8, China released its trade data for October. The country’s trade data have received even more scrutiny this year amid the US-China trade war. The world’s two largest economies have been involved in a bitter trade war. They have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars of products.
The rises in Barrick Gold’s (ABX) and Randgold Resources’ (GOLD) stock prices following their merger announcement suggest that investors are happy with the merger and its potential synergies. On November 5, more than 99% of ABX’s shareholders approved its all-stock acquisition of GOLD. The question, however, remains as to whether the issues ailing Barrick Gold will all go away with this merger.
Some miners (GDX), including Barrick Gold (ABX), Newmont Mining (NEM), and Kinross Gold (KGC), were especially affected by peak cycle acquisitions and the resulting write-downs. Most of this debt reduction has been driven by the sale of its noncore assets. At the end of the third quarter, Barrick Gold’s total debt was $5.7 billion compared to $6.4 billion at the end of the first quarter.
After a tumultuous month that sent U.S. equities reeling in risk-off selling, gold and related exchange traded funds benefited from a flight to safety, with the precious metals market experiencing a significant ...
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The US jobs report for October was released on November 2. The strong job additions came after lackluster September additions of 134,000, which were further revised downward to 118,000 in October. The unemployment rate remained steady at 3.7% in October.
Gold prices rally Thursday, settling at their highest in more than three months—just a day after posting a three-week low—as a leading dollar index suffers a sharp retreat.
The Department of Labor is scheduled to release October data on US (VTI) employment on November 2. For the past few months, financial markets have been reacting sharply to the US jobs report numbers. Plus, the markets have been especially jittery lately due to interest rate hike fears, and the job numbers can give clues about the Fed’s future monetary policy. Therefore, investors should understand the expectations for the report before the actual numbers come out. The October jobs report could be important data for the Fed to consider before its December policy meeting, where the committee is expected to raise rates (TLT) by another 25 basis points in addition to the three hikes it already made in 2018.
Gold prices ended around a three-week low Wednesday, on the back of a stronger dollar and a bounce for beaten-down equities, but month-to-date losses for benchmark U.S. stock indexes have helped to pull prices for the precious metal up in October. U.S. economic data Wednesday mark “a return to risk-on equities,” with much stronger ADP October jobs’ numbers leading gold lower, said Jeff Wright, executive vice president of mineral exploration company GoldMining Inc.
IAMGOLD (IAG) was the best-performing gold stock of 2017, returning 51.4% for the year. It significantly outperformed the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) as well as the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD). Although it hasn’t performed as well in 2018, its operating performance has been strong.