Sonntag, 22. Mai 2016

Rohstoff- und Minenbranche: Der Wochenrückblick von Haywood

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The Weekly Dig
Mick Carew, PhD,
Haywood Mining Team

Metal Prices Fall as Talk of June Rate Hike Intensifies

§  A statement from the Federal Reserve this week raised the prospect of an interest rate rise in the United States, with policymakers suggesting it could occur as early as next month if economic data supported the move. Since the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate in December last year, the prospect of an additional rate hike has varied amid bullish employment data conflicting with concerns over the state of the U.S. economy, and its manufacturing sector in particular. According to the Fed’s notes, signs that the economy, employment and inflation are firming would be watched closely, while it remained wary of external factors, including a possible UK vote to leave the European Union. According to some Federal Reserve officials, an interest-rate increase could occur as early as June. In response, metal prices and mining equities were down on the news on Wednesday, with gold in particular falling as low as $1,244 per ounce on Thursday as the United States dollar rose against a basket of other currencies. The yellow metal rose to $1,260 per ounce later in the day but settled at the end of the week at $1,253 per ounce. Silver (↓4%), platinum (↓3%) and palladium (↓6%) were also down for the week, finishing at $16.51, $1,023 and $560 per ounce respectively. Base metal prices continued to slide following last week’s losses, headed by copper which fell as low as $2.03 per pound and approaching the $2.00 level, before consolidating at $2.05 per pound on Friday; Meanwhile, nickel, lead and zinc each finished at $3.84, $0.76 and $0.84 per pound respectively.  WTI crude continued to push towards $50 per barrel, finishing at $47.75, while the UxC Weekly Spot Price of uranium rose 1% to finish at $28.56 per pound.

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