Los Angeles CA, January 17 (Tangible Investments) â€” by James Oâ€™Dell â€” Precious metals prices were mixed on Wednesday. Gold remains firm as shutdown looms. The yellow metal is down 0.19 percent to $1,335.40 an ounce after easing $1.60 on Tuesday to close at $1,338.00.
Silver is down 0.52 percent to $17.09 an ounce after sliding $0.16 on Tuesday to close at $17.18 an ounce. The Gold/Silver ratio rose to 77.88 as Gold outperformed Silver. Platinum is up 0.50 percent to $1,003.00 an ounce. Palladium is up 0.64 percent to $1,093.00 an ounce.
Gold dipped modestly in early trading on Wednesday but is still holding near four-month highs, even as the dollar strengthens. The dollar rebounded from 3-1/2 year lows, but it could be a short term bounce, as the government could shut down this week.
â€œHeightened political uncertainty in Washington is likely to weigh heavily on the Dollar and may fuel the downside,â€ says Lukman Otunuga, research analyst at FXTM. â€œDollar bulls are clearly struggling to find fresh inspiration from Fed hike expectations and this is reflected in the currencyâ€™s bearish price action.â€
In the meantime, Silver remains an overlooked asset, but that could change in 2018, according to HSBCâ€™s latest Silver outlook. â€œWe expect Silver to move moderately higher in 2018 and 2019 based on strong industrial demand and limited supply,â€ said James Steel, chief precious metals analyst at HSBC.
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Meanwhile, Bitcoin saw its biggest selloff since December on Tuesday while Gold coin sales climbed 400 percent at one large European online dealer.
â€œEmails and phones did not stand still with customers asking how they could turn their crypto into Gold,â€ said the dealer. Bitcoin dropped to below $9,200 on Wednesday and is now 52 percent off its highs as the sell-off of cryptocurrencies continues.
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