Archive for September 4, 2011

Why This Gold Boom Will Be So Much Bigger Than The Last One

September 4, 2011 1 comment

As I mentioned in The Wrap last night, the gold market was comatose until shortly before the London open…and the rest, as they say, is history.

There was another spike up shortly after London opened…and from 9:00 a.m. in London, until the Comex open at 8:20 a.m. Eastern time, the gold price tacked on an additional ten bucks.

As soon as Comex trading began…and the jobs numbers were made public at 8:30 a.m…the gold price added another twenty bucks…and by 9:00 a.m. Eastern time, gold was up about $55 from Thursday’s close.  The price slid a hair from that point until just a few minutes before the Comex trading session closed at 1:30 p.m…but tacked on over ten dollars in the electronic trading session that followed, closing the day virtually on its high…up $58.80 spot.  Volume was surprisingly light.

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Russia Tests Aging Missile with New Warhead

September 4, 2011 1 comment


MOSCOW – Russia on Saturday successfully tested its Topol strategic missile with a new warhead designed to breach missile shields, Russian news agencies reported, citing the defense ministry.

“The experimental warhead of the missile hit the designated target with high precision at the testing site on Kamchatka peninsula,” a spokesman for the strategic rocket forces told the Interfax news agency.

The Topol intercontinental missile used has been operational for 23 years and was being tested to check its durability in extended use, the spokesman said. The missile was fired from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region to its target area around 3,730 miles to the east.

7.0 Magnitude Quake Shakes Vanuatu

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According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, no Pacific-wide tsunami threat exists after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Vanuatu Saturday afternoon.The epicenter of the quake was roughly 78 miles south-southeast of Isangel, Vanuatu. It struck just after 12:55 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.A scientist at the Warning Center said the deepness of the quake contributed to there being no threat of tsunami. The quake was measured at a depth of 82.3 miles. Read more…

‘March of the Million’: Over 460,000 protest across country

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Demonstrators in Tel Aviv’s Kikar Hamedina take part in huge rally demanding social justice; Student Union chair to PM: “Let us live in this country”; Large demonstrations in J’lem, Haifa, Afula.

March of the million in Jerusalem Photo by: Marc Israel Sellem

An estimated 460,000 people gathered across the country on Saturday evening to protest for social change as part of the “March of the Million,” Channel 10 news reported.

Over 300,000 people were in Kikar Hamedina in Tel Aviv where a huge rally was taking place after a march through the streets of the city.

Student Union Chairman Itzik Shmueli called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to “Let us live in this country,” during a speech at the rally in Kikar Hamedina.

“Mr. Prime Minister, take a good look at us: We’re the new Israelis,” he told the hundreds of thousands of people who Read more…

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New Orleans braces for Tropical Storm Lee

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NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – New Orleans, devastated by Hurricane Katrina six years ago, faced a new threat on Saturday from Tropical Storm Lee, which was set to challenge the city’s flood defenses with an onslaught of heavy rain.

The storm was expected to bring up to 20 inches of rain to southeast Louisiana over the next few days, including to low-lying New Orleans, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Lee’s tidal surge could spur coastal flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama before drenching a large swath of the Southeast and Appalachian regions next week.

The slow-moving storm has bedeviled forecasters. Lee’s winds weakened on Saturday night as it Read more…

Wikileaks Discloses The Reason(s) Behind China’s Shadow Gold Buying Spree

September 4, 2011 3 comments

Wondering why gold at $1850 is cheap, or why gold at double that price will also be cheap, or frankly at any price? Because, as the following leaked cable explains, gold is, to China at least, nothing but the opportunity cost of destroying the dollar’s reserve status. Putting that into dollar terms is, therefore, impractical at best, and illogical at worst. We have a suspicion that the following cable from the US embassy in China is about to go not viral but very much global, and prompt all those mutual fund managers who are on the golden sidelines to dip a toe in the 24 karat pool. The only thing that matters from China’s perspective is that “suppressing the price of gold is very beneficial for the U.S. in maintaining the U.S. dollar’s role as the Read more…