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UBS ETRACS CMCI Silver Total Return ETN (USV)

  • Jun. 20, 2013, 7:03 AM
    Gold continues to tumble, the price off 5.5% and taking out $1,300 for the first time since the fall of 2010. Silver falls 7.6%, the price below $20 for the first time since that period as well. GLD -3.7%, SLV -5.9% premarket. Gold miners: GDX -4.6%, GDXJ -5.3% premarket. A popular miner short play, DUST +14.8%.
  • Jun. 19, 2013, 4:18 PM
    Not escaping the post-FOMC, post-Bernanke selloff is gold (GLD -1.2%) which falls to $1,349 per ounce - key support as the technicians like to say as this is the level at which the metal's fast spring slide bounced from in both April and May. Underneath that, there's nothing but air going all the way back to 2009 and $800 per ounce. Ditto for silver (SLV -1.3%) and maybe even worse as that metal has cracked the April and May support.
  • Jun. 7, 2013, 12:18 PM
    The kind of thing that never occurs at tops: Not pleased the poor performance of his gold fund (-47% YTD) is detracting from the good work at his other products, John Paulson will be mailing the gold fund's monthly figures separately and holding separate monthly conference calls. His firm will also stop broadly reporting the performance of the gold share class in its various funds (investors are allowed to own their stakes with gold instead of dollars). GLD -2.1%, SLV -3.8%.
  • May. 20, 2013, 12:40 PM
    This just in. Precious metals (GLD +2.2%), (SLV +2.6%) are sharply higher on the session after a panicky Sunday evening plunge brought both to multi-year lows. Other than dollar weakness (UUP -0.5%) across the board, there's no news in particular - perhaps some satiated bears decided to cover and a trend took hold.
  • May. 20, 2013, 11:27 AM
    Silver's (SLV -0.6%) 9% plunge in the first minutes of trading overnight is being linked to hawkish talk from Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari who warned the yen's (FXY +0.7%) fast decline may be hurting the economy. One fails to see the connection but dollar/yen did dive along with silver and Andrew Wilkinson suggests hedge funds short the yen were forced to raise cash by bailing on stale silver longs. 
  • May. 20, 2013, 7:07 AM
    Silver (SLV) plunged to its lowest level in nearly 3 years overnight before a bounce brought it to its current price of $21.60, -3.3%. As with gold, silver ETP holdings have dropped to the lowest levels this year, and speculative short positions are on the rise, according to CFTC data. Gold (GLD) took out its April lows earlier - dropping as low as $1,338. A bounce has brought the metal back to $1,351, -1%.
  • May. 16, 2013, 7:18 AM
    Precious metals continue to tumble, with gold at $1,374 nearing the panicky lows (about $1,350) seen during April's liquidation. Any excuse will do in a bear market, and filings released yesterday containing data anywhere from 6 weeks to 5 months old showed continuing sales of gold ETPs by names such as Soros and BlackRock. GLD -1.3%, SLV -1.3% premarket.
  • May. 15, 2013, 11:16 AM
    Gold (GLD -2.1%), (IAU -2.2%) sinks back below $1,400 as the bounce since mid-April is officially over. At work here, suggests RBC Capital, is the strong stock market. To participate, foreign investors sell gold, buy dollars (UUP is up big in May), and call their stockbrokers. Commerzbank notes gold ETF outflows were another 6 tons yesterday, bringing the total since early April to 230 tons. Silver (SLV -3.1%) tags along.
  • May. 10, 2013, 7:33 AM
    The stronger dollar has precious metals resuming their decline in force (or is the decline in precious metals strengthening the dollar), with gold (GLD) off 2.3% and silver (SLV) off 2.2%. Crude oil (USO) pulls back a bit from its recent big rally, -0.9% to $95.53.
  • May. 7, 2013, 11:39 AM
    The bounce in precious metals takes a breather, with gold (GLD) off 1.6% and silver (SLV) off 1.2%. It's more tough news for John Paulson after his gold fund reportedly lost 27% in April, bringing the YTD loss to about 47%. Add David Einhorn to those taking a hit: "We were somewhat surprised by the swift decline," he said on the GLRE earnings call (transcript), especially given the BOJ's joining in "the global monetary printing race." Einhorn sees nothing to change his long-term bullish stance.
  • Apr. 29, 2013, 7:31 AM
    Precious metals continue their comeback tour, with the dollar (UUP) being lower across the board as good an excuse as any for buying this morning. GLD +1.1%, SLV +1.5% premarket. The greenback is particularly weak vs. the aussie (FXA), +0.6%.
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  • Apr. 25, 2013, 3:39 PM
    Gold (GLD) futures jumped nearly $40/oz. to log their biggest one-day gain of the year, supported by physical demand, prospects for easier global monetary policies and a weaker U.S. dollar. Today's rally brings gold's recovery to ~50% of losses from the selloff that began ~$1,560. Silver (SLV) enjoyed an even bigger bounce, rising 5.7%, but it needs a lot of catching up to approach historical gold/silver ratios.
  • Apr. 25, 2013, 7:03 AM
    The bounce in precious metals continues, gold (GLD) +1.6% and silver (SLV) +2.1% as buyers of the physical apparently used the rout to load up and - if anything - global central banks are leaning towards even easier monetary policy. A survey shows low bond yields are no longer doing it for central bankers and they're now looking at loading their balance sheets with equities.
  • Apr. 22, 2013, 9:13 AM
    A massive wave of Asian buying of precious metals is emptying dealer shelves across the region. "I haven't seen this (kind of) gold rush for over 20 years," says the head of the HK Gold & Silver Exchange, adding that old-timers haven't seen anything like this for 50 years. GLD +2%, SLV +1.4%.
  • Apr. 18, 2013, 7:16 AM
    Gold retakes $1,400/oz. after falling as low as $1,337 overnight. Coincident with any big macro move are rumors George Soros is on the right side of it to the tune of hundreds of millions in profits. "Gold was destroyed as a safe haven, proved to be unsafe." GLD +1.5%, SLV +0.9% premarket.
  • Apr. 17, 2013, 9:52 AM
    Open for trading is Credit Suisse's Silver Shares Covered Call ETN (SLVO) with annual fee of 0.65%. The fund is long silver (through the SLV), but forgoes monthly gains in the metal greater than 6%, instead generating income by selling out-of-the-money calls in SLV.
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USV Description
UBS ETRACS CMCI Silver Total Return is designed to track the performance of the UBS Bloomberg CMCI Silver Total Return, less investor fees. The CMCI Silver TR measures the collateralized returns from a basket of silver futures contracts. The commodity futures contracts are diversified across five constant maturities from three months up to three years.
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