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Capacity Utilization Rate At 78.3% In September 2012

|Includes:SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD)

For all those who are concerned that precious metals will go down for the rest of this year, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

Capacity utilization rate for the total industry was up to 78.3% in September 2012 from 78% in August 2012. In particular, the mining industry recovered well, from 88.4% in August to 89.1% in September.

While looking at these numbers, I don't see precious metals crashing just yet.

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Table 1: Capacity Utilization Rate

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Chart 1: Capacity Utilization Rate

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This statement can be confirmed if we look at the resource producing countries of Canada, Russia and Brazil.

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Chart 2: Brazil Capacity Utilization
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Chart 3: Russia Capacity Utilization
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Chart 4: Canada Capacity Utilization
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The only country that isn't doing as well is Australia, where the capacity utilization rate declined over the entire year.

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Chart 5: Australia Capacity Utilization
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The probable reason for Australia's declining capacity utilization rate is a slowdown in China, which can also be seen in their capacity utilization rate, which is at a record low of 60% according to the IMF.

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Chart 6: China Capacity Utilization Rate
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Disclosure: I am long GLD.

Stocks: GLD