By Keith Weiner
Last week, the prices of the metals mostly moved sideways. There was a rise on Thursday but it corrected back to basically unchanged on Friday.
This will again be a brief Report, as Monday was a holiday in the US.
Below, we will show the only true picture of the gold and silver supply and demand fundamentals. But first, the price and ratio charts.
Prices of gold and silver
Next, this is a graph of the gold price measured in silver, otherwise known as the gold to silver ratio. It moved sideways last week.
For each metal, we will look at a graph of the basis and co-basis overlaid with the price of the dollar in terms of the respective metal. It will make it easier to provide brief commentary. The dollar will be represented in green, the basis in blue and co-basis in red.
Here is the gold graph.
Gold basis and co-basis and the dollar price
The price was unchanged, but the basis is up slightly and co-basis is down (i.e. gold became slightly more abundant). This is not the news dollar shorters (i.e. those betting on the gold price) want to see.
Our calculated fundamental price is all but unchanged around $1,360.
Now let’s look at silver.
Silver basis and co-basis and the dollar price
In silver, the basis is basically unchanged but the co-basis went up a bit. The silver market got just a bit tighter, and our calculated fundamental price is up more than 30 cents to about a quarter above the market price. Not exactly “bet the farm with leverage territory,” but definitely not “short this dog” either.
Charts © 2016 Monetary Metals