The landscape of the gold market has been changing dramatically in the last decade in terms of the dominant gold-producing nations. For example, for nearly a century, South Africa held the top spot for gold production. But in 2008, China took over, and since then, South Africa has sunk down to the fifth spot.
Gold prices spiked today (Thursday), hitting a near four-month high in early trading. In the morning session, August Comex gold soared $20.20 to $1,355.50 an ounce, its highest level since March 19. Spot gold jumped $17.10 at $1,344.25.
Gold prices today (Wednesday) finished back over $1,320 an ounce after the release of the latest U.S. Federal Reserve minutes, and amidst turmoil in the Middle East.
The price of gold fell Thursday after stronger-than-expected jobs data showed that U.S. economy added another 288,000 jobs in June. Also weighing on the precious metal was a drop in the official unemployment rate to 6.1% - its lowest level since September 2008 - and the Dow Jones breaking through 17,000 points to set a new high.
Gold stocks are poised for an upswing.
Just recently, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced a new policy to promote lending and, ultimately, inflation in the Eurozone. The move sent investors flocking to precious metals like gold and silver. And a recent election in April saw the seating of a new government in India. On account of the platforms of these new leaders, the Indian press has indicated to expect a considerable decrease in import duties.
The current gold price as of July 1 represents a three-month high amid a weaker dollar and ongoing geopolitical tensions.
Gold price per ounce was on track for a fourth straight weekly gain today (Friday) - our up-to-date gold price chart reflects that the yellow metal is floating around its highest price since mid-April, achieved earlier this week...
Today, gold for August delivery was up $0.50 at $1,317.50 per ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Spot gold price per ounce was nearly flat, down $0.10 at $1,317.25. The London a.m. gold fix is up at $1,315.25 compared to the previous p.m. fixing of $1,311.75.
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Gold prices posted a best one-day performance in nine months yesterday (Thursday) with a 3.4% surge, and they are following it up with another gain today. Our up-to-date gold price chart shows June's rally after May's record lows.
As of mid-day today, gold for August delivery was up 0.12% to $1,315.70 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange - about a $42 increase on the week. Spot gold per gram price was up to 42.24.
Spot gold in afternoon trading tore through the $1,300 an ounce level to $1,313.40, gaining $34.90, or 2.73%.
India drives gold prices, and a recent political shift there has brightened gold’s outlook in coming months.
Gold, silver, and the FOMC meeting today: Precious metal prices were fairly steady Wednesday morning awaiting the typically market-moving statement from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today. The spot gold price was last trading down $0.90 at $1,271.50. July silver prices were last quoted up $0.003 at $19.735 an ounce.
Over the last several years, investors have shown a keen interest in shiny assets as the U.S. Federal Reserve liberally printed money and distrust in dollars grew. But that interest has waned as the Fed slows its bond buying.
Gold shifted higher today (Monday) following recent record lows – our up-to-date gold price chart shows that in late May, gold tumbled to its lowest level in four months, to $1,243.00.
Gold for August delivery was up 0.1% at $1,253.90 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. London gold was up 0.1% at $1,253.77 an ounce.
Gold mutual funds are gaining attention as a safe-haven investment to hedge against the market volatility 2014 has brought so far.
These types of investments are managed by professionals who analyze and monitor the movement of gold and invest accordingly in bullions and equities.
Here we examine one method for how to invest in gold, using gold mutual funds.