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Gold Bullion $40 Off French Election Peak, Silver 'Hammered' as $1Trn Shifts Debt Ceiling Crisis to Sept

GOLD BULLION fell to new 3-week lows against the Dollar and touched 3-month lows for UK investors on Tuesday as the global bullion market got back to work after the long May Day holiday.
 
With the US Congress side-stepping a 'debt ceiling' crisis by agreeing a $1 trillion package to fund government spending until September, world stock markets extended Monday's gain in US equities, taking the EuroStoxx 50 index to new 18-month highs, almost one-third above last June's drop following the UK Brexit referendum's shock result.
 
Major government bond yields ticked higher as debt prices slipped, and crude oil rallied to $49 per barrel of US benchmark WTI.
 
Silver bucked Tuesday morning's drop in gold and also copper – now down 6% from February's 20-month high – but kept most of May Day Monday's 40-cent loss at $16.91 per ounce. 
 
Chart of the spot silver bullion price in US Dollars per kilo and per ounce. Source: BullionVault
 
Trading $40 per ounce below mid-April's spike to 5-month highs in Dollar terms, gold bullion meantime slipped Tuesday to new 5-week lows beneath €1150 for Euro investors.
 
The metal has now lost almost 6% since the first round of France's presidential election saw anti-Euro, anti-immigration hopeful Marine Le Pen of the Front National go through to face centrist and Emmanuel Macron of new party En Marche! in next weekend's finale.
 
With opinion polls putting her well behind the former investment banker, "I urge you to block global finance, arrogance and the reign of money," said Le Pen at the weekend, appealing to left-wing voters whose candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon – placed fourth with 19.7% of the first-round vote – meantime urged supporters " not [to give] one single vote...to the FN."
 
Hedge funds and other 'Managed Money' players trading Comex gold futures and options last week grew both their bullish and bearish bets as a group, new data showed late Friday.
 
Overall, that pushed the Managed Money category's net speculative long position on Comex gold futures and options up to 514 tonnes of notional bullion as of last Tuesday's close.
 
The highest level since before Donald Trump won the US election, that was 38% greater than the net spec long's 10-year average according to data from US regulator the CFTC.
Chart of silver vs. gold Managed Money net speculative long positions in notional US$bn. Source: BullionVault via CFTC
 
Managed Money positioning in Comex silver derivatives, in contrast, showed the heaviest bearish betting since New Year, with a cut to the category's total number of bullish bets too.
 
That slashed the net speculative long position on silver by almost one-fifth from mid-April's new all-time record high. Back down to the smallest in 6 weeks however, it remained 235% larger than the 10-year average.
 
For gold, "Support appears at $1252.30," reckons the latest technical analysis from Canada-based Scotiabank, pointing to the 200-day Moving Average of US Dollar prices.
 
"With China out on holiday" yesterday alongside London and most of Europe, "the natural support they provide was absent and the metals never really looked like bouncing," says the daily trading note from Swiss refiners and finance group MKS.
 
"Silver was hammered...[and] has had quite a fall from grace after testing $18.00 less than a week ago with investors getting a little ahead of themselves."
 
Chinese gold prices fell Tuesday to 1-month lows beneath ¥281 per gram at the Shanghai afternoon benchmarking.
 
But falling less than Dollar-price quotes, that pushed the Shanghai premium over London gold rates back up to $10.50 per ounce –a 2-week high some 12% above the last 12 months' average.
 
China's manufacturing activity slowed in April to its weakest in 7 months according to the Caixin PMI survey of factory managers.
 
Eurozone and UK activity held strong near multi-year highs on the Markit data agency's reports.

 

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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