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Gold Sets 13-Week Closing Low, Bitcoin +993% in 2017 as US Jobless Hits 'Tech Bubble' Low

GOLD PRICES gave back a $5 pop on new US jobs data Friday to near the weekend at $1269 per ounce – a 13-week closing low – as world stock markets slipped from new all-time highs.
 
Crude oil rose but base metals eased back further from their 25% gains of the last 6 months.
 
Major government bond prices ticked higher, pushing yields down, while crypto-currency Bitcoin set another fresh all-time record at $7454 – up 993% from this day 12 months ago.
 
October 2017 showed weaker than expected US jobs growth, Friday's official first-estimate said, but the civilian unemployment rate fell to 4.1% of the working-age labor force, the lowest in almost 17 years.
 
The Dollar rose on the currency market, helping the gold price in Euro terms hold just 0.3% lower for the week at €1093 per ounce.
 
"Madrid's decisive approach to shutting down Catalonia's bid for independence has won the approval of bond market investors," says Reuters, noting that "investors have piled into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and even Greek debt over the past month."
 
That has driven the spread of Spanish 10-year yields over German Bunds back down below 1.2%.
 
Shares in China's e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) have meantime "crushed the FANGs" of US tech stocks Facebook, Apple, Netflix and Google, says Bloomberg, gaining 110% so far this year to the 31% rise in Western internet search-leader Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL).
 
Just missing a new all-time closing high on Thursday, US equity index the Nasdaq has now risen 33% above its March 2000 peak marked the top of the Tech Stock Bubble.
 
US unemployment last month recorded its lowest level since December 2000.
 
Chart of US jobless rate vs. Nasdaq Composite index. Source: St.Louis Fed
 
The gold price "is testing [a] downward channel limit" says the technical analysis led by Stephanie Aymes at French investment bank Societe Generale today, pointing to a downtrend joining September's 12-month high at $1356 with October's lower peak of $1306 and now coming in at $1276.
 
"Next support is located at recent lows of $1263...also the 200 day moving average," says SocGen.
 
"I know that once upon a time, a coin was worth $5 if it had $5 worth of gold in it," said US investment bank Goldman Sachs' CEO Lloyd Blankfein in an interview this week, saying he doesn't discount Bitcoin's potential as a genuine currency.
 
"Now we have paper that is just backed by fiat...Maybe in the new world, something gets backed by consensus."
 
Meantime in Venezuela, and having failed to pay back cash last month in a gold-swap deal with Deutsche Bank – and so losing some 43 tonnes of bullion reserves – the Socialist government of Nicolás Maduro said overnight it wants a "restructuring" deal on its debt, effectively threatening an outright default according to one analyst quoted by Reuters. 
 
Venezuela's 10-year bond prices fell by 30% following the news overnight.
 
Spain's courts were today expected to issue a European arrest warrant for rebellion and sedition against Catalonia's ex-governor Carles Puigdemont, now in Brussels.
 
Belgium's prime minister Charles Michel has asked ministers in his fragile 4-party coalition not to comment on the situation for fear of enflaming separatism in his own country's Flemish region, according to newspaper Le Soir.

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the physical gold and silver market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and is now a regular contributor to many leading analysis sites including Forbes and a regular guest on BBC national and international radio and television news. Adrian's views on the gold market have been sought by the Financial Times and Economist magazine in London; CNBC, Bloomberg and TheStreet.com in New York; Germany's Der Stern; Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore, and many other respected finance publications.

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