Sunday, July 18, 2010
From Arabianmoney.net: It was hardly surprising that the comments in the Beige Book by the Fed that the US recovery may take five to six years contributed to a 2.9 per cent fall in the S&P 500 by the close on Friday.
There was also news that US price levels have fallen for three months in a row for the first time since the 1930s. Deflation is back. This is the stuff of a depression not a recovery....read on
Outspoken commodities bull, Jim Rogers has recently been taking a shine to silver. While, he isn't abandoning his gold positions just yet, he said that depressed metals such as silver and palladium represent some of the best buys right now. Silver is currently trading at nearly 60-70% below its all time highs. Silver reached its high of $50.35 in 1980.
Analysts predict that silver prices could reach $21 to $22 by the end of the year. From an investment point of view, silver has performed pretty well during the past 20 years. Poor man's gold has risen in price from a low of around $3.50 in the early '90s to the current highs of around $18. This has given investors an annual return of about 9%.
Aside from being a possible value play in relation to gold, silver has a lot going for it in the industrial world. The metal has several uses in automotive sector and electronics manufacturing. Silver may get a boost from new uses in renewable energy. New technologies in solar cells and silver-oxide smart grid batteries could use demand for the mineral skyrocket. Currently accounting for 70% of the world's total industrial use, consumption in China is on the rise.
Author: Dorothy Kosich
Tuesday , 29 Jun 2010
RENO, NV -
A combination of constrained supplies, rising fabrication and increased investor interest in PGMs is expected to drive these metals prices higher in the near future, New York metals consultants CPM said in a presentation Tuesday.
In CPM's Platinum Group Metals Yearbook 2010, the analysts expect platinum demand to benefit from the global economic recovery this year.
Investors purchasing platinum for its safe haven attributions are likely to be outnumbered by those purchasing the metal for its tight market balance. Nevertheless, CPM said, "Investors are expected to remain attracted to platinum because of the potential for price appreciation based on the metal's positive supply and demand fundamentals."
Platinum ETF investment holdings are forecast to continue to rise this year.
"Given the forecast for strong investment demand during 2010, there is an expectation that there will not be sufficient metal coming into the market from newly refined supplies to meet both rising fabrication demand as well as robust investment demand," CPM suggested. "This scenario suggests an extremely tight market, which would push platinum prices higher."
CPM forecasts that global platinum mine production may rise 5.6% this year to 6,658,461 ounces.
The largest platinum producer South Africa "is confronted with certain resource constraints which are not expected to be resolved in the near future and are expected to inhibit supply from the country, irrespective of how high metals prices rise."
New mine production coming on line is expected to boost South African output to 5,112,174 ounces this year, up from 4,845,000 platinum ounces mined in South Africa in 2009.
Platinum production from Russia is forecast to increase from 831,000 ounce in 2009 to 890,000 ounces this year, according to the yearbook.
CPM projects that total newly refined platinum supplies will rise 5.5% from 7,043,000 ounces last year to 7,468,461 ounces this year.
Secondary platinum recovery, which fell 25% last year to 750,000 ounces, is forecast to increase 8% this year to 810,000 ounces due to the present improvement in platinum prices and pick up in the auto sector.
"Platinum fabrication demand is forecast to rise at a healthy pace during 2010," CPM advised, "driven largely by an improvement in global economic activity and restocking of metal by users."
Total platinum fabrication demand dropped 4.1% to 6,584,000 ounces in 2009. The yearbook projects fabrication demand will recover 8.4% to 7,137,000 ounces this year. However, CPM predicts the growth in demand for platinum jewelry during 2010 "is forecast to be relatively weak compared to 2009."
"The declining platinum price volatility, at least during the first three months of 2010, coupled with an improving economic environment that could boost discretionary spending among consumers, are both factors that could supply platinum jewelry demand," CPM suggested.
In their analysis, CPM noted investor interest in platinum futures remained high in 2009 and early this year. Commodity funds and other institutional investors held large net long positions throughout last year.
Combined trading volumes of platinum declined 30.4% to 101.7 million ounces on Nymex and Tocom last year.
Unfortunately, there were no Platinum Eagle coin sales by the U.S. Mint in 2009 because the Mint had run out of coins due to strong investor demand. "The Mint plans to produce these coins sometime around July or August this year," CPM advised.
Total palladium supply reached 7.6 million ounces last year, the third consecutive year that total palladium supply declined. This year total supply is expected to increase 8.2% to 8,265,706 ounces, according to CPM's forecasts.
However, CPM cautioned, "The increase in supply is not expected to be enough to meet the needs of both fabricators and investors."
Meanwhile, total palladium fabrication demand dropped 7.5% last year to 7,170,500 ounces. Total fabrication demand is forecast to increase what CPM called "a healthy 8.2% pace in 2010, reaching 7,795,000 ounces."
In their analysis, CPM said palladium investment demand rose sharply last year and in the first quarter of 2010 due to several factors including the expectations of a tight supply/demand balance in the palladium market. The launch of a new palladium backed investment products and the continued increase in investor interest in commodities as an asset class also generated palladium investment demand.
Trading volume for palladium on both Nymex and Tocom was a combined 45.5 million ounces last year, down 44.1% from 81.4 million ounces traded in 2008. Combined inventories of palladium in both Nymex and Tocom vaults were up 46.1% for a total of 673,735 ounces at the end of last year.