A new gold ETF, Merk Gold Trust ETV (NYSE ARCA: OUNZ), was launched on May 16, 2014. It seeks to corner an often-neglected part of the investment market: goldbugs who like to hold onto tangible gold.
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Today (Friday), gold price per ounce fell under $1,250 an ounce to a 16-week low. Prior to this five-day losing streak, gold price per ounce has been stuck in a tight trading range for weeks, struggling to consistently trade above the key $1,300 an ounce level.
Gold futures for August delivery fell by 0.8% to $1,246.50 an ounce this morning on the Comex in New York. And earlier, the price touched on $1,244.50, the lowest for a most-active contract since Feb. 3, according to Bloomberg.
Today's gold price was modestly lower Wednesday after Tuesday's rout left the yellow metal at its lowest level in 15 weeks.
In morning trading, the most active contract, August Comex gold, slipped $8.40, or 0.67%, at $1257.10. Spot gold was lower by $6.90, or 0.55%, at $1,256.40.
Barclays Plc (NYSE ADR: BCS) was fined $43.8 million today (Friday) by a U.K. regulatory agency as part of a gold price fix episode back in 2012 .
A trader abused Barclays' role as one of the big banks that participates in a twice-daily conference call to set gold prices. He manipulated the price of gold lower to avoid taking a big loss to a customer who had (correctly) bet gold prices would rise.
Amid a robust rally for U.S. equities, and a slightly hawkish tone in the minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest meeting, the gold price today (Wednesday) ended with modest losses.
June gold have back $4.70 to $1,290 an ounce today. The spot gold price slipped $4.00 to $1,290.75 an ounce.
With gold prices at roughly $1,300 an ounce, many investors are asking themselves if now is the time to invest in gold.
I think that's the wrong question.
What they should be asking themselves is if they can afford not to buy it right now.
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Global central banks and geopolitical concerns guided gold prices this week - mostly lower. But the price of gold bucked the trend Friday and were modestly higher in morning trading.
The gold price rose over the key $1,300 level Friday as tensions in Ukraine once again neared a boiling point.
At Friday's close on the Comex, gold for June delivery settled at $1,302.90, up $19.50 for the day, its best close in a month. Spot gold, which traded as high as $1,306 in Friday's session, was last up or $16.70, or 1.3% to $1,302.60, putting the yellow metal on pace for its biggest gain since April 4.
Last year China's private-sector demand for gold reached a record level of 1,132 tonnes, and according to the World Gold Council (WGC), the Asian nation could easily dominate the gold market once again, as they predict demand growing 20% by 2017.
This updated projection from the WGC confirms that China's love for the precious metal remains robust.
With gold prices crossing $1,300 an ounce last week, Money Morning's Resource Specialist Peter Krauth has pinpointed gold mining stocks that are set to cash in on the rising price of gold.
Gold prices suffered in 2013, down 28%. But these gold mining companies strengthened their operations during a down gold market, and are poised to capitalize with gold prices recovering.
Gold prices took a beating Tuesday, plunging nearly 2% and marking the yellow metal's worst day of the year.
Spot gold prices fell to a low of $1,228 an ounce intraday, but managed to claw back some gains in the afternoon. Still, even fresh Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures showing a slightly higher than expected read on inflation in March failed to goose gold prices much.
That Goldman Sachs keeps calling for gold prices to fall in 2014 is looking more and more suspicious. It's not just that the investment bank has been spectacularly wrong about gold over the years.
While publicly advocating others to sell, Goldman is usually buying -- and vice versa.
As the price of gold has rebounded in 2014 after a disappointing 2013, gold stocks have been gaining momentum.
Money Morning's experts have been following every development surrounding the precious metal and have found several gold stocks that all have bullish indicators behind them. These stocks are up in 2014, and still have room to grow.
Gold Prices 2014: Gold prices per ounce broke through $1,300 on Tuesday, ending the session at their highest level in two weeks.
June gold finished the day up $10.60 at $1,308.90 an ounce. Spot gold ended the session on a favorable note as well, up $12 at $1,309.50. The yellow metal is up 1.1% in April, and up 8% year to date.
The yellow metal's gains this year are tiring out bearish sentiment.