China Stocks Tumble Most In Six Months; US Futures Lower As Key Risk Events Loom

If over the weekend we got some terrible economic news out of China, then overnight it was turn for a major disappointment in capital flows, when Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in August crashed by 14%, far below the 0.8% increase expected, attracting just $7.2 billion in FDI, and the lowest in four years. This once again sparked fears of a Chinese hard landing and sent the Shanghai Composite tumbling 1.82%, the biggest drop in six months, after it had been up some 0.2% before the data release. The slump in FDI to -14.0% vs. Exp. 0.8% was a direct result of the anti-trust clampdown on multi-national corporations operating in China after scandals have engulfed the likes of GlaxoSmithKline in recent months.
In addition to China, there was the German ZEW Survey, which while beating expectations of a 5.0 print, dropped from 8.6 to 6.9 in August, the lowest since 2012. In fact, the gauge has decreased every month since December when it reached a seven-year high. And while there is not much other news today ahead of the blitz assault of data later in the week, including the Fed tomorrow, the TLTRO announcement on Thursday and the Scottish referendum results and the BABA IPO on Friday, we are stunned futures aren’t as usual, soaring.
As noted yesterday it wasn’t just China: Asian equities suffered their longest losing streak in 12 years now that fears of a hiking Fed are finally starting to manifest themselves in equity outflows. The weakness in China, coupled with caution ahead of tomorrow’s FOMC policy statement has weakened emerging markets, with emerging markets on track for the ninth consecutive daily decline – the longest losing streak since September 2001. Asian stocks fall with the Kospi outperforming and the Shanghai Composite underperforming. MSCI Asia Pacific down 0.5% to 144.3. Nikkei 225 down 0.2%, Hang Seng down 0.9%, Kospi up 0.3%, Shanghai Composite down 1.8%, ASX down 0.5%, Sensex down 1.2%. 0 out of 10 sectors rise with staples, industrials outperforming and financials, energy underperforming.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/16/2014.

Asia-Pac Stocks Head For Worst Losing Streak In 12 Years

Japan’s broad TOPIX index is lower this evening after the holiday weekend – following a six-day rise – led by Real Estate, Mining, and Banking sectors as traders suggest “the mood is to hold back ahead of the Fed meeting.” China’s dismal data and comments about no imminent rate cut have done nothing to tamp down enthusiasm for Shanghai Composite stocks as the Chinese government “unveiled guidelines to support the development of the stock market, pledging to make blue chips bigger and stronger and more actively traded,” though HKSE is delayed for now due to Typhoon warnings. MSCI Asia-Pac is down at the open for the 9th day in a row – the longest losing streak since 2002.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/15/2014.

China gold group, WGC ink co-operative agreement

The World Gold Council (WGC), the London headquartered market development organisation for the gold industry, and the China Gold Association have signed a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Agreement’, at the official launch of the China Gold Congress & Expo 2014 in Beijing.
The aim of the agreement is stated to be to enhance the global understanding of the gold market and supply chain and China’s role within it through the exchange of research, data insights and developing innovations for gold in investment, technology and jewellery.
One hopes that this may give WGC researchers perhaps a better understanding of the Chinese gold supply and demand situation than seems to be the case at present where known import figures, stated gold demand figures and published data out of the Shanghai Gold Exchange seem to suggest a wide disparity in apparent demand in particular. However given the China Gold Association’s ties with the Chinese government, as will have any Chinese trade organisation, which may have an agenda to only let Western organisations, like the WGC, know what it wants them to know, then the co-operation agreement might not actually provide a great deal of new information on these disparities, although any such regular contact should be helpful.
It is also highly unlikely to throw any new light on whether the Chinese Central Bank is surreptitiously increasing its gold reserves without reporting them to the IMF – as many Western analysts believe – or not. We will almost certainly have to wait until the Chinese government deems it politic to announce any reserve upgrade, if any, before we know for sure.

This post was published at Mineweb

Futures Flat On Russia Sanctions Round 3 Day

While today’s key news event will be the preannounced latest, third, round of anti-Russian sanctions and the Russian retaliation, the reality as DB notes, is that the market seems to be seeing “some fatigue” in this story with the ECB, Scotland and next week’s Fed meeting taking center stage. As a result, and ahead of expectations of change in Fed language which should carry a more hawkish tone, the dollar has been bid up some more overnight, leading to fresh multi-year highs in the USDJPY, and the now-paired TSY trade, with 10Y yields up to 2.57%, although this may now be in short-term oversold territory. The latest Scottish poll appears to have dented some of the “Yes” momentum, with 52% of the polled saying they would vote No in the referendum, although right now neither side has a clear majority when factoring in the undecideds: which means it will come down to the wire next week, with clear implications for Europe’s secessionist movements if the Yes vote still manages to prevail, not to mention massive ramifications for the UK.
Overnight in Asia, China’s latest lending data was released. China’s credit growth rebounded sharply in August following a weak July. New loans in August came in at RMB702.5bn up from RMB385.2bn in July and was around market consensus. M2 was up 12.8pct yoy, lower than the 13.5yoy growth in July (and consensus) but this was previewed by Premier Li’s speech earlier this week. Markets are range bound in the Asia with the Nikkei up 0.4% and the Shanghai Composite up 0.2% although the Hang Seng is down -0.3%. MSCI Asia Pacific down 0.2% to 146. Nikkei 225 up 0.2%, Hang Seng down 0.3%, Kospi up 0.4%, Shanghai Composite up 0.9%, ASX down 0.3%, Sensex up 0%
European equities trade mixed, with minor outperformance in both the FTSE-100 and the IBEX-35 as recent independence campaigns from Scotland and Catalonia lose some steam. Yesterday’s YouGov poll showed Salmond’s Independence bid only briefly holding the lead over the ‘No’ vote, as unionists reclaimed the top spot just six days away from referendum polling. Nonetheless, Spain’s IBEX-35 has suffered throughout the week on Catalonia’s break-up bid, with today’s upside only trimming the weekly losses to 2.2%. 14 out of 19 Stoxx 600 sectors rise. 55.7% of Stoxx 600 members gain, 41.2% decline. Eurostoxx 50 -0.1%, FTSE 100 0.2%, CAC 40 -0.2%, DAX -0.3%, IBEX 0.3%, FTSEMIB 0%, SMI -0.3%.
Looking to the day ahead, in Europe we have the Spanish August inflation read (expected in at 0.1% MoM), Italian and euro area July Industrial Production (expected in at -0.2% and 0.7% MoM). In the US we have August Retail Sales reads with the advanced MoM expected in at 0.6%, the September UoM Confidence read (expected at 83.3) and July Business Inventories data (expected in at 0.4%). In geopolitics, today sees the strengthened EU sanctions on Russia take effect. Implementation had been delayed in light of the ceasefire announcements last week but yesterday leaders and diplomats agreed to now bring them in. The US looks set to follow suit and President Obama yesterday said he would provide more details today. We seem to be seeing some fatigue in this story with the ECB, Scotland and next week’s Fed meeting taking center stage. However the regions problems are clearly yet to be resolved and the aim of bringing in the new sanctions today is to keep up pressure on Russia (BBC). Russia has said it is preparing its own sanctions in response.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/12/2014.

China Holds ‘Gold Congress’ – Positioning Itself As Global Gold Hub, ‘In China, Gold Is Money’

China Gold Congress in Beijing

The China Gold Congress is currently in full flight in Beijing. The three day Congress is China’s biggest gold industry event of the year, drawing in participants from across the Chinese and international gold sectors including central banks, mining companies, bullion banks and refiners.
The event, co-sponsored by the World Gold Council (WGC) and the China Gold Association, showcases China’s gold industry and acts as a focus point for what is now the world’s largest gold market in terms of demand and product innovation.
Discussions and forums during the event cover everything from reserve asset management for the official or central banking sector, through to investment products and mining supply. One of the key themes this year is the internationalisation of the gold market.
China’s gold market accounts for one third of global demand, and according to the WGC, is expected to grow another 20% cumulatively from now until the end of 2017.
In what is still a very centrally planned economy despite many market related reforms, nearly all reported gold activities in China flow through the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) in one form or another.
Both the China Gold Association and the Shanghai Gold Exchange were established with government backing and their growth and success reflect a very deliberate pro-gold strategy on the part of the Chinese Government.
Even though the China Gold Association is a non-for-profit member association, it still primarily acts as a conduit and coordination group between the government and the gold producers.
The Shanghai Gold Exchange is the government’s second central hub in China’s gold market.
SGE approved refiners take in production from China’s fragmented gold mining industry and in imports from Hong Kong and other countries.
The gold then flows through the Exchange after which SGE deliveries flow out to the banking sector, the official government sector, and additionally to the jewellery and technology industries.
The development of the Shanghai Futures Exchange also provides an additional venue for hedging and gold price discovery.
In China gold is money and is accepted as such by the general population.
There really does not seem to be a debate about this in Chinese government circles, and another part of the government’s strategy has been to advocate the increased innovative usage of gold by the Chinese banking sector.

This post was published at Gold Core on 11 September 2014.

SILVER SQUELCHERS PART 1: And Their Interesting Associates

(By Charles Savoie)
HSBC USA in recent years was listed on the roster of the Silver Users Association (circa 2006). HSBC, with over 8,000 offices, appears to remain at the ‘centre’ of silver price suppression.
Sir Ewen Cameron whose family traced back into the 13th century, joined the Caledonian Bank in 1859 and afterwards was with the Bank of Hindustan, China and Japan, after which he joined the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation – Britain’s opium bank for China, and a major conduit for looting silver out of Chinese hands into the possession of the silver squelchers of The Pilgrims Society.
The Silver Squelchers ‘It is a burning shame in the eyes of all the world that the United States, the greatest producer of silver, will not protect her own precious metal product. It is a case without a parallel in the history of nations down through all the ages.’

This post was published at SRSrocco Report on September 5, 2014.

sept 5/GLD remains constant/Silver loses a tiny 239,000 oz/gold and silver rise today/Poor jobs report/USA plane forced to land in Iran (could be deadly)/Argentina introduces price controls/Rebel…

Gold closed up $0.70 at $1265.80 (comex to comex closing time ). Silver was up 2 cents at $19.08
In the access market tonight at 5:15 pm
gold: $1269.00
silver: $19.20
GLD : no change in gold (inventory now at 785.72 tonnes)
SLV we lost a tiny 239,700 oz in silver inventory at the SLV:/now 333.207 million oz. The tiny loss no doubt was to pay for fees.
As far as gold and silver is concerned we had a huge increase in the comex OI for both metals. I guess some of the new speculators wish to tackle the likes of our crooked bankers. We are also witnessing an increase in the amount of metal standing for gold. In a off delivery month, the amount of gold standing is generally below one tonne for the entire month. Today we are already at 1.695 tonnes standing.
However the real story is the OI in silver. For the past year or so, the OI for silver has been close to or at record levels despite the low price of silver. Gold has a low OI and a low price, but silver has the opposite. Today the OI hit 165,237 contracts with the price of silver officially at $19.08. When you see an anomaly like this, it generally straightens itself out in weeks. However not in silver as we have two sides facing off against each other in bunkers and both not blinking. As most of you know, it is my contention that the longs (who have deep pockets and impervious to pain) is Mainland China who wish to get their loaned silver back. The fun will begin once Shanghai is out of silver and set its eyes on comex and SLV silver if there is any!
Today we have commentaries concerning the Ukraine, Russia, the ECB, the jobs report in the USA and Argentina.
We will discuss these and other stories
So without further ado………………
Let’s head immediately to see the data has in store for us today.
First: GOFO rates/
All months basically moved towards the positive needle as they must have found a few bars to lease
London good delivery bars are still quite scarce.
Sept 5 2014
1 Month Rate: 2 Month Rate 3 Month Rate 6 month rate 1 yr rate
.08000% .090000% .10400% .13400% .2340000%
Sept 4 .2014:
1 Month Rate 2 Month Rate 3 Month Rate 6 month Rate 1 yr rate
07200% .086000% .102000% .13200% .226000%
end
Let us now head over to the comex and assess trading over there today,

This post was published at Harvey Organ on September 5, 2014.

Market Report: Short-sellers driving prices

Gold and silver had a bad week, with gold falling $25 to a low of $1262 by the Comex close yesterday, and silver by $0.50. This morning UK-time prices opened a little better on overnight physical demand, no doubt stimulated by those lower prices. The background to this poor performance was dollar strength relative to weak currencies, with the yen, euro and pound all declining sharply. It feels like the market is drained of all positive sentiment, which is reflected in the very low level of open interest in the futures market. These conditions are more consistent with a market that is bottoming out than one that is about to fall sharply. Meanwhile retail demand seems to be stabilising, with growing interest for coins in the west, and weekly physical deliveries in Shanghai have quietly doubled over the last two months. Demand for physical gold has the stealthy effect of increasing the gearing of the shorts in the paper markets.
However, it looks like the short sellers have returned in some force, with good Comex volume last Tuesday and healthy turnover again yesterday (Thursday). Open interest in gold rose, which with a falling price confirms futures are being driven by an increase in short positions, most probably in the managed money category. This is shown in the chart below, and is particularly noticeable since 27th August, the start of the current decline.

This post was published at GoldMoney on 05 September 2014.

Chinese Commodity Crash Continues, But Pigs Are Flying

When it comes to keeping track of China’s economy, one can listen, and ignore, the official goalseeked and made-up-on-the-fly data released by the government, or one can simply observe the price dynamics of the all-important Chinese commodities sector (because with fixed investment accounting for well over 50% of GDP, the marginal price of the commodities that are used in capital investment tell us all we need to know about the true state of the Chinese economy). It is here where we find that contrary to the recent performance of the Shanghai Composite, which has been trading exclusively on the coattails of the mostrecent unofficial QE by the PBOC, commodity prices in China are actually crashing across the board, which in turn suggest that the real GDP is most likely anywhere between 20% and 60%, if not more, below the “official” 7.5% GDP print.
Here are the charts, alongside some commentary from Bank of America:
Last week, Qinhuangdao (QHD) 5,500k thermal coal price was at RMB480/t, unchanged from the week prior. QHD coal inventory decreased to 5.6mt, down 0.5% wow.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/02/2014.

US Futures Levitate To New All Time High As USDJPY Surges Above 105; Gold Slammed

Just when we thought centrally-planned markets could no longer surprise us, here comes last night’s superspike in the USDJPY which has moved nearly 100 pips higher in the past few trading days and moments ago crossed 105.000. The reason for the surprise is that while there was no economic news that would justify such a move: certainly not an improving Japanese economy, nor, for that matter, a new and improved collapse, what the move was attributed to was news that Yasuhisa Shiozaki, who has been advocating for the GPIF to reduce allocation to domestic bonds, may be appointed the Health Minister when Abe announces his new cabinet tomorrow: a reshuffle driven by the fact that the failure of Abenomics is starting to anger Japan’s voters. In other words, the GPIF continues to be the “forward guidance” gift that keeps on giving, even if the vast majority of its capital reallocation into equities has already long since taken place. As a result of the USDJPY surge, driven by a rumor of a minister appointment, the Nikkei is up 1.2%, which in turned has pushed both Europe and Asia to overnight highs and US equity futures to fresh record highs, with the S&P500 cash now just 40 points away, or about 4-8 trading sessions away from Goldman’s revised 2014 year end closing target.
Oh, for whatever reason but probably just because “banks are providing liquidity”, both gold and silver were summarily pounded to multi-month lows seconds ago.
In other Asian markets, the Hang Seng, Shanghai Composite, and the KOSPI are 0%, 1.4% and -0.8%, respectively. European stocks advance amid speculation that slower growth will prompt policy makers to accelerate stimulus. German and Italian shares outperform. The yen came close to a five-year low against the dollar, while the pound falls after a survey showed support for Scottish independence increasing. Treasuries drop ahead of reports this week that economists predict will show U. S. manufacturing and employment expanded in August. Oil and gold fall.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/02/2014.

Precious Metals Markets: China vs US

In anticipation to the launch of the Shanghai Gold Exchange international board, that presumably will start shifting gold pricing power from West to East, in this post we’ll examine the historical trading volumes of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) and the COMEX. By charting the weekly volumes we get a clear view of the size of these exchanges. (In the London Bullion Market most likely the largest volumes are traded, but because this is an OTC market that doesn’t disclose much data we can’t use it in our West – East comparison.)
From now on I will publish the trading data of all three exchanges after every trading week to closely monitor if the gold market’s center of gravity is moving to Asia.
The largest precious metals futures exchange in the world is the COMEX located in the US. This exchange started trading silver futures in June 1963 and gold futures in December 1974. Futures are a derivative of an underlying asset, in this case precious metals, as they are traded on margin. Through futures traders can take on positions in precious metals but only deposit a fraction, the margin, of the total cash value in advance. This provides leverage; price movement is magnified relative to the margin on deposit. Futures can be used, for example, to hedge or speculate. Historically the COMEX has been the dominant futures exchange in the world and plays a significant role in the pricing of precious metals.

This post was published at InGoldWeTrust on August 30, 2014.

Gold Investors Weekly Review – August 29th

In his weekly market review, Frank Holmes of the USFunds.com nicely summarizes for gold investors this week’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the gold market. Gold closed the week at $1,287.62 up $7.54 per ounce (0.59%). Gold stocks, as measured by the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, rose 2.40%. The U. S. Trade-Weighted Dollar Index rose 0.44% for the week.
Gold Market Strengths Gold traders are the most bullish in seven weeks amid the escalating tensions in Ukraine. The flat out invasion by Russia this week reminded investors of how attractive and useful gold is as a haven in uncertain times. Gold, after being down early in the week, closed up roughly 0.7 percent.
As part of the continuing deregulation of the gold market in China, Shanghai has allowed 21 banks to become market makers in interbank gold wholesale market as of the first of next month. The announcement was released this week on the Shanghai Gold Exchange website and signals that gold is still very much an important asset in the world’s most populous country.

This post was published at GoldSilverWorlds on August 30, 2014.

august 29

Gold closed down $2.90 at $1285.80 (comex to comex closing time ). Silver was up 13 cents at $19.40
In the access market tonight at 5:15 pm
gold: $1287.00
silver: $19.46
Today is first day notice and also the last day for options on the OTC. GLD : a slight loss of .6 tonnes of gold (probably to pay for fees etc)
SLV : no change in silver inventory at the SLV/now 331.528 million oz
Today we have commentaries concerning the Ukraine, Russia, Japan, Germany and the EU, Italy and the terror of ISIS.
On the physical side of things, we have a great commentary from Koos Jansen on silver as this metal has volume in China exceeding that of the comex. Also the Shanghai Silver Exchange has only 3.3 million oz of inventory left having depleted over 29 million oz over one year. Once depleted where do you think China will go to, in order to feed its burgeoning demand? We will discuss these and other stories
So without further ado………………
Let’s head immediately to see the data has in store for us today.
First: GOFO rates/
All months basically remained the same. Again, they must have found some gold to lease..
London good delivery bars are still quite scarce.
August 29 2014
1 Month Rate: 2 Month Rate 3 Month Rate 6 month rate 1 yr rate
.088000% .1020000% .1200% .1500% .228000%
August 28.2014:
1 Month Rate 2 Month Rate 3 Month Rate 6 month Rate 1 yr rate
08800% .104000% .12000% .1500% .224000%
end
Let us now head over to the comex and assess trading over there today,

This post was published at Harvey Organ on August 29, 2014.

Chinese Gold Demand 1163 MT YTD. Silver Surprise

Withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), which equal Chinese wholesale demand, accounted for 35 metric tonnes in week 33 (August 4 – 8). Up 7.25 % w/w, additionally the largest amount withdrawn in 8 weeks. Year to date 1163 tonnes have been withdrawn, for which I estimate 723 tonnes had to be net imported into the mainland.

Premiums have kept up just above zero…

This post was published at Bullion Star on 25-August-2014.

Market Report: Summer doldrums coming to an end

The pattern of trading in precious metals changed for the better this week. After London’s bank holiday on Monday, for the first time in a long time the market opened in London’s pre-market with higher prices. This indicated Asian or Middle-Eastern physical demand was returning to the market. Predictably, prices drifted lower during London hours as paper trading took over, and all the gains were more or less lost by close of play on Comex in New York. It was a similar story on Wednesday. Yesterday, (Thursday) started the same way, but this time the move gained more traction; but volumes remain pitifully low, in common with open interest. Today this pattern was not repeated with gold kicking off unchanged on overnight levels. However, gold is up $15 on the week and feels more firmly based.
Measured by deliveries on the Shanghai Gold Exchange, Chinese demand is increasing, with last week’s figure rising to 46 tonnes, having increased every week in August. So far this year over 1,200 tonnes have been delivered, and the extension of trading and therefore potential demand into the Free Trade Zone is due to kick off in September.
The chart of the gold price and open interest on Comex is shown below.

This post was published at GoldMoney on 29 August 2014.

5 reasons to buy silver & 2 reasons to sell

Today, we consider gold’s erratic little sister – the bi-polar metal that is silver.
There is no other metal on God’s earth that has so much potential to make its buyers millions. And there is no other metal that has so consistently failed to deliver.
Its proponents point to supply shortages and increased usage. Its detractors point to charts showing bear markets that go on for years.
If I could fast forward three years into the future, and I saw that silver was $200 an ounce, it wouldn’t surprise me.
But then if it was $5 an ounce, that wouldn’t surprise me either.
To reflect the numerous contradictions that accompany this metal, we give you five reasons you should buy it now – and two reasons you should sell it.
Five good reasons to buy silver Let’s start with some reasons to buy.
1. China’s supplies of silver are drying up On the Shanghai futures exchanges, physical metal – rather than paper derivatives – is traded. As a result, many declare that the action there is a truer reflection of what is going on in the real world.
Since March 2013, silver inventory has fallen by more than 90%. At the high, there was 1,143 tonnes of stock. Last week, that had fallen to just 103 tonnes. In July and August alone, there has been a 56% drop. That is some drawdown.
At this rate, China – a significant producer of silver, but also a consumer – will become a net buyer before the end of 2014, putting upward pressure on the price.
The exchange only came into being in 2012. Since then, there has been a correlation between the silver price and the exchange’s holdings. In other words, buying and selling on the exchange may be driving the price. As there is very little metal left to sell, selling pressure could dry up.

This post was published at TruthinGold on August 29, 2014.

China’s Housing Bubble Has Popped

Those trusting souls who arrived late to the biggest housing bubble in history have lost a lot of money. They are going to lose a lot more.
It’s here at last. Pop.
Writes MarketWatch:
In one case, scores of property owners surrounded a Shanghai sales office of Greentown China Holdings Ltd. 3900, 8.58% GTWCF, -33.19% to protest the developer’s 25% cut to prices within a five-day period, according to a report on the NetEase NTES, 0.67% news portal site 163.com.

This post was published at Tea Party Economist on August 27, 2014.

De-Escalation Algo Pushes Futures To Overnight Highs

It is unclear exactly why stock futures, bonds – with European peripheral yields hitting new record lows for the second day in a row – gold, oil and pretty much everything else is up this morning but it is safe to say the central banks are behind it, as is the “de-escalation” algo as a meeting between Russia and Ukraine begins today in Belarus’ capital Minsk. Belarusian and Kazakhstani leaders will also be at the summit. Hopes of a significant progress on the peace talks were dampened following Merkel’s visit to Kiev over the weekend. The German Chancellor said that a big breakthrough is unlikely at today’s meeting. Russian FM Lavrov said that the discussion will focus on economic ties, the humanitarian crisis and prospects for a political resolution. On that note Lavrov also told reporters yesterday that Russia hopes to send a second humanitarian aid convoy to Ukraine this week. What he didn’t say is that he would also send a cohort of Russian troops which supposedly were captured by overnight by the Ukraine army (more shortly).
Asian equity markets haven’t really followed suit the US/European rally with bourses in Japan, Hong Kong, and China down 0.6%, 0.4% and 1%. The Dollar is softer against the Yen which perhaps added some pressure on Japanese equities. There isn’t much Asian headlines this morning and we suspect parts of the market (HK/China) are still busy with the ongoing earnings season. Asian credits are doing better in relative terms led by sovereigns. Indonesia’s USD bonds continued its march higher (helped by Treasuries) whilst its 5yr CDS spreads are marked 4bps tighter overnight. Asian stocks fall with the Kospi outperforming and the Shanghai Composite underperforming. MSCI Asia Pacific down 0.2% to 148.4. Nikkei 225 down 0.6%, Hang Seng down 0.4%, Kospi up 0.3%, Shanghai Composite down 1%, ASX up 0%, Sensex up 0%. 2 out of 10 sectors rise with health care, energy outperforming and utilities, telcos underperforming

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/26/2014.

UPDATE: Shanghai Silver Warehouse Stocks Fall 24% In One Week

While the Comex utilizes highly leveraged paper contracts to control the price of silver, physical metal continues to be drained out of the Shanghai Futures Exchange. In just one week, total inventory declined by 24%.
As I mentioned in a earlier article, the Comex is more of a paper trading exchange in which the majority of contracts are settled in cash. However, the opposite is the case with the Shanghai Futures Exchange as the majority of contracts are settled with physical metal.
At the beginning of August, there were 148 metric tons of silver on warrant at the Shanghai Futures Exchange. In just three weeks, 29% of the total inventory was removed. The majority of this decline took place last week when 22 metric tons were withdrawn on Friday alone.

Also, we can see that since the beginning of July, 131 metric tons, or 56% of total silver stocks were removed from the Shanghai Futures Exchange. At this trend, it would only take a few more months to totally wipe out the remaining inventory.

This post was published at SRSrocco Report on August 25, 2014