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The gain in the net-long position in New York gold futures and options snapped the longest run of reductions since 2010.
If stock markets are heading for freefall, should one invest in gold and silver as a wealth protector. Perhaps not yet!
How much has Chinese gold demand fallen this year – 50% or perhaps only 10%? We unravel the conflicting data, which will ultimately be key to where the gold price is headed.
Overall, gold miners are doing well at controlling costs, but short term measures may impact long term results.
The latest analysis from Metals Focus sees global mine production peaking this year and improving fundamentals ahead.
The gold price got close to $1,200 yesterday before recovering a little to the low $1,220s, but the pressure still seems to be downwards with bank analysts predicting it will fall yet further.
Several mines globally have already suspended output in the past 18 months.
Gold price suppression, much denied by the mainstream, has been part of U.S. policy ever since the setting up of the London Gold Pool in the 1960s.
Economist Martin Murenbeeld’s weighted-probability forecast for gold in 2015 is an average of $1,335 an ounce.
Fidelity Investments says the gold industry needs more mergers to help improve investor returns and eliminate unprofitable mines.
The latest gold withdrawal figures from the SGE suggest that wholesale Chinese gold demand may be picking up again well after a run of several poor months.
Excellent article detailing the enormous discrepancies between World Gold Council estimates of Chinese gold demand and reality as confirmed by the SGE.
The subsequent cuts to exploration and capital spending threaten to shrink current output and future growth.
Continuing escalation of conflict in Ukraine and moves to counter what is seen as Russian aggression could see severe global economic fallout and bring gold back into true safe haven territory.
Indian and Chinese gold demand may not be quite as lacklustre as the mainstream media would have you believe, while geopolitical events continue to churn.
While the latest WGC Gold Demand Trends report notes a sharp fall compared with the exceptional levels of a year ago, it sees market consolidation and long term growth.
Recent relative gold and silver price stability now permits investors to choose companies which can build value and demonstrate cash flows at today's prices, says Chris Thompson.
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