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Silver Price Hits 2% Weekly Jump as Stocks Slip, Gold Gains, Investors Spy Platinum 'Valuation'

SILVER PRICES shot higher Friday lunchtime in London, overtaking gold's 1.6% gain for the week in Dollar terms to touch $17.75 per ounce as platinum also rose.
 
Currencies were little changed but commodities rallied after strong European PMI manufacturing surveys contrasted with weaker data from Japan and a 6-month low in US activity.
 
Bond prices rose again, nudging interest rates lower as Western stock markets held flat to head for their fourth weekly drop of 12 in 2017 so far.
 
With silver prices adding 2.0% from Friday last week, gold rose to $1248 per ounce but lagged yesterday's spike to 3-week highs at $1253.
 
"Longer term our bias is bullish," writes Karen Jones in her latest Bullion Weekly Technicals for Germany's Commerzbank.
 
"But [that] will only be confirmed on a break and weekly close above [gold's] 5-year downtrend at $1298."
 
Further ahead, the gold mining industry needs to "fundamentally transform" if it's to survive and prosper according to Nick Holland, CEO of world No.7 miner Gold Fields (JSE:GFI), speaking Thursday at the University of the Witwatersrand's School of Mining Engineering.
 
"There are relatively few new projects and expansions expected to begin producing this year," said the Q4 2016 analysis from data specialists Thomson Reuters GFMS last month, "and those in the near-term pipeline are generally fairly modest in scale.
 
"Hence our view that global mine supply is set to continue a multi-year downtrend in 2017."
 
Chart of quarterly world gold mining output. Source: Thomson Reuters GFMS
 
"A number of significant headwinds battered the gold industry in recent times," says Creamer Media's Mining Weekly, quoting Holland's speech, "including the need to dig deeper amid declining grades...doubling the period from discovery to production from 10 years to 18 years, and resulting in cost inflation.
 
"Exacerbating this is growing demand by both governments and communities for greater benefits" from the industry, with the number of incidents with local communities rising 20% per year between 2002 and 2015.
 
With speculation in Comex silver futures and options falling on last week's data for the first time so far in 2017, "The positive tone to institutional investment we expect in 2017 should comfortably offset a weaker outlook for global [retail] physical investment," says the latest weekly note from specialist analysts Metals Focus.
 
Because silver's market is much smaller than gold's, Metals Focus sees "likelihood for heightened price volatility [and] the price could enjoy robust gains in 2017, with the potential to comfortably exceed $20 before year-end."
 
Platinum is also drawing larger investor interest, writes strategist Tom Kendall at the former South African-owned bullion and commodities division of China's ICBC Standard Bank, pointing to "light buying of platinum [ backed trust fund] ETFs...distributed across several funds listed in different locations.
 
"Valuation arguments may be starting to carry some weight."
 
Platinum prices rose $5 per ounce Friday to trade at $967, just above last week's close but some $280 per ounce below gold.
 
That contrasts with a 20th Century premium for the more industrially useful platinum of more than $150 over gold.

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the world-leading physical gold, silver and platinum 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 he has now been researching and writing daily analysis of precious metals and the wider financial markets for over 20 years. A frequent guest on BBC radio and television, Adrian is regularly quoted by the Financial Times, MarketWatch and many other respected news outlets, and his views from inside the bullion market have been sought by the Economist magazine, CNBC, Bloomberg, Germany's Handelsblatt and FAZ, plus Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore.

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