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COMEX Halts Gold Trading Twice In One Day After $200 Million Sell Trades

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Today’s AM fix was USD 1,248.50, EUR 929.64 and GBP 775.76 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,271.50, EUR 939.69 and GBP 787.11 per ounce.

Gold fell $28.70 or 2.25% yesterday, closing at $1,244.70/oz. Silver slid $0.47 or 2.31% closing at $19.85/oz. Platinum dropped $22.80 or 1.6% to $1,389.00/oz, while palladium fell $9.75 or 1.4% to $708.25/oz.

Gold was trading near four month lows today after its biggest drop in seven weeks yesterday. Another bout of peculiar concentrated selling led to Comex halting trading in December gold futures twice yesterday, the fourth time in less than 3 months.


Gold in U.S. Dollars  and Suspensions Of COMEX Gold Trading - 3 Month (Bloomberg)

Minutes of the Fed's October policy meeting suggested that the Fed may start scaling back the U.S. central bank's $85 billion in monthly asset purchases at one of the next few meetings and this may have exacerbated the sell off. ‘Taper’ speculation remains rife despite the increasing likelihood of no taper due to the very fragile state of the U.S. economy.

Gold trading on Comex was interrupted twice, according to Nanex, which provides exchange data and summarizes high frequency trading activity. Thus, trading of gold futures were suspended twice yesterday and four times in the last three months as trading was also suspended on September 12, October 11, and now, November 20.

Nanex reported that about 1,500 gold futures contracts traded in one second at 6:26:40 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, triggering a $10 drop in prices and a 20 second trading halt.

Damon Leavell, a spokesman for the exchange said trading was halted at 6:26:41 a.m. New York time, for about 20 seconds. The December contract fell about $11 in less than a minute before trading was suspended.

Leavell declined to comment on the size of the trade that led to the halt. The “stop-logic” mechanism gives traders the opportunity to provide additional liquidity and prevent excessive price movements.

Immediately after the release of the Fed minutes, came another burst of selling which led to gold futures being suspended for another 20 seconds. The second bout of concentrated selling is believed to have been even more than 1,500 contracts. Each contract is worth 100 ounces so 1,500 contracts is worth nearly $200 million.

Myra Saefong of Dow Jones Marketwatch wrote on her blog that, "sudden drops in gold prices and temporary trading halts in gold futures on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange seem to be becoming the norm".

The timing was interesting as it came a day after news that Britain's financial regulator is looking into whether gold benchmarks could have been rigged. The Financial Conduct Authority has launched a preliminary review into the issue, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

It is believed the London gold fixing is one of the important benchmarks being investigated for rigging. The London AM Fix determines the spot price for physical gold and is set twice daily by a panel of five banks. Zero Hedge suggested that the price falls on the COMEX yesterday may have been due to official intervention, possibly by the Bank of International Settlements.


Gold in U.S. Dollars, 1 Year - (Bloomberg)

Some entity appeared determined to get the gold price lower and they succeeded - for now.

The peculiar trading action in gold again yesterday suggests that certain banks may be manipulating the gold price in the same way that they rigged LIBOR and are alleged to have rigged foreign exchange markets. If so, a key question is, are they manipulating prices purely for profit motives or is there an official sanction for such intervention as alleged by GATA for many years now and by Zero Hedge recently.

The bottom line is that such trading action makes traders on the COMEX very nervous to go long and prevents gold getting some momentum and animal spirits.

However, while price manipulations work in the short term, in the long term gold prices will be dictated by the real world forces of physical supply and demand forgold coins, bars and jewellery. The smart money is fading out the considerable noise regarding volatile intraday price falls and focussing on gold's importance as a long term diversification in a portfolio.


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It remains prudent to ignore this short term noise and day to day volatility and focus on gold’s importance as financial insurance and a vital diversification for all investors and savers today.

Support at $1,250/oz has been breached and gold is vulnerable of a fall to test support at $1,200/oz and the June 28th low of $1,180/oz.
 
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Thu, 11/21/2013 - 17:41 | 4178986 steveo77
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Thu, 11/21/2013 - 17:38 | 4178983 Fast Twitch
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China is my guess. They are playing the West from both ends now. "We will destroy you with your own shitty paper machinations. We drive down your phony paper markets with your phony paper dollars, while we buy your hard assets at deep discounts from your own phony, make believe, shitty dollars". Too fuck'n funny / ironic / sad...

Oops! Was that my outside voice...

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 16:58 | 4178846 CheapBastard
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Every Urdu speaking person I know is buying Hand over Fist right now.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 17:10 | 4178877 robertsgt40
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They don't call it FIX for nutin.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 16:57 | 4178844 SuperRay
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Yeah, and who shorted American Airlines and united airlines before 9/11? It's a mystery inside a riddle, wrapped in an enigma...

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 16:10 | 4178667 Lmo Mutton
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"Nanex reported that about 1,500 gold futures contracts traded in one second at 6:26:40 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, triggering a $10 drop in prices and a 20 second trading halt."

 

When it absolutely, positively has to be sold in one second....

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 15:17 | 4178466 AngelEyes00
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QE adds pressure to raise the price of gold.  Since the value of USD's would plummet if gold rose too high, the Fed must short gold.  One goes with the other, i.e. if one is to QE, then one must also short gold or risk hyper-inflation.

I mean how could gold and or silver be going down in value?  Country's and people are loading up on the stuff like crazy.  I saw a bit on Max Keiser in which people are loading up on boxes of 25,000 dollars worth of silver.  They are selling like hot cakes.  So how is all this buying of gold & silver possibly going to reduce the value of precious metals?  It should be rising, but that means it must be shorted.

What will be interesting is once tapering does begin, if the interest in acquiring gold goes down and with it the need to short the price.

 

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:34 | 4178231 ActionFive
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Is it not obvious since QE infinity that they had a plan for pm?

They have divested themselves of gold and they rule the lawless 'market'.

BTW- ZH ran the 'gold needs official QE to move again' meme all along.

Expecting the 'gold selling to buy bitcoin' meme here anyday.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 16:40 | 4178786 mvsjcl
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Yep. Wheels within wheels.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:32 | 4178218 devo
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Gold bugs "backing up the truck" to load it with falling knives.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:50 | 4178301 Ban KKiller
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Well...silver in my case. Why? Well my "money" is not going into banks, for Cyprus reasons, Spain reasons, Portugal, et. 

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 15:16 | 4178416 devo
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I hear you; it is punk rock to get money out of banks.

 

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:49 | 4178293 daveO
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Banks can only manipulate until they run out.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 17:10 | 4178876 Four chan
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its on purpose, the system called the fed reserve is designed for this and over 100 years it has been a great success. 

enslave a free peoples to debt and capture every asset through boom and bust the system creates from debt created out of thin air. 

TREASON

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:30 | 4178204 RaceToTheBottom
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I believe there was some posts about fine print that the US does not consider buying and selling Gold as manipulation and says right up front that they will be doing this.

This includes derivative buying and selling.

They will continue doing this until they see a reason to stop doing this.

With the sizes of the sells and the careless attitude to proper selling, who else could this be?

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:21 | 4178161 Seeking Aphids
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Gold is a store of value for people (not sheep) who do not trust their own government to stop currency debasement.......is this such a silly idea? Look at the value of $1 compared to 50 years ago and you will get the picture.........where do you keep your money, Safely? Do you let it simply lose value over time? Is it invested in the stock market where it is subject to asset bubbles thanks to QE? Under a pillow? Seriously, what alternative do we have? Bitcoins??

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:57 | 4178344 The Abstraction...
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Most advisors will tell you to have cash alongside precious metals. No reason why that cash is not in bitcoins.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 15:59 | 4178625 fonestar
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Yes, perhaps besides the fact that even people who should know better bungle backing up and storing files.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:18 | 4178150 Diogenes
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Who is behind these beat downs? Don't the exchanges know who their customers are? Can't they find out who is placing these orders? Why all the secrecy?

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 16:44 | 4178799 tenpanhandle
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As for the current paper gold dumps, China and GoldmanSuks wanted to pay less for Venezuela's 200 tons of gold and that fits right in with the ongoing offensive against gold. 

The pain being inflicted on holders of gold is an attempt to bleed as much physical out of hoarders and get as many contracts unprofitable so Comex / LBMA do not default on the December contract. As well, China is after the final amounts of physical gold available to buy with $'s and is most likely participating in the bleeding out of the cut up phys holders.  Death by a thousand paper cuts was taking too long thus the razor slashes of 2013.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:50 | 4178201 Sofa King Confused
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Because if they tell who it is everybody will know it's all rigged.

It's the US Treasury.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:04 | 4178080 novictim
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LOL BUY GOLD!! LOL

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 16:59 | 4178847 fonestar
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They'll be lining up around the block trying to sell their gold, jewelry, farmland and other useless crap to people like Simon Black and Jeff Berwick for a couple satoshi.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 17:59 | 4179035 Bay of Pigs
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And why are you and your little 11 week troll above worried about the price of gold again?

Seriously, you guys are looking worse all the time around here to me. And I'm not talking about Bitcoin at all, but you as people. Proud, boastful, arrogant, condescending, spiteful, etc...just fucking disgusting.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 18:36 | 4179128 fonestar
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Well I can only speak for myself but I'm not worried about the price of gold.  Don't care too much how I look either.  But I do care about some of the greatest and most revolutionary ideas of our time being dismissed out of hand and mocked.  I won't forget it and we will continue to laugh at the expense of the monkeys who chose to remain in the tree, emboldened by the passing hour.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:03 | 4178075 Watauga
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$5000 gold by the end of 2016.

"Gold bitchez."

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 16:11 | 4178674 ebear
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Jim?  Is that you?

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 15:57 | 4178617 fonestar
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"$5000 gold by the end of 2016."

 

How many satoshis is that by the end of 2016?

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:36 | 4178237 TheReplacement
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That's all fine and well but what will brass and lead be worth?  My bet is the return on the latter is higher than the former.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 13:46 | 4177987 MFLTucson
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The rigged fraud run by the American gangsters!  We are a country run on deception and fraud, this goverment has abandon anything proper or fair!

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 13:41 | 4177963 lasvegaspersona
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Traders on the Comex will get what is coming to them good and hard.

If you want gold go to a coin store or use an online seller.

If you want to bet on the price of gold use Forex AUX/USD...not sure it is legal for US citizens though. The Forex market is at least 10 times the size of the Comex and is when most (paper) gold is bought and sold.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 10:32 | 4177004 Nothing but the...
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This just confirms that the markets have been taken over  by Zombies. If anything should be collapsing right now it's all those QE force fed assets that are screaming huge fucking bubbles. Yet PM's get hammered - is this the new normal they speak of ?

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:44 | 4177956 SafelyGraze
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dear comex,

please stop halting gold trades

let the price drop to its natural statutory limit of 42 dollars an ounce

that way, everybody who has 42 dollars can buy an ounce of gold

mostly for necklaces

http://static.dnaindia.com/images/cache/1911151.gif

http://www.elle.be/fr/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/janet-yellen1.jpg

and biometric brooches

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/Janet_yellen.jpg

hugs,
misteryellens

rp: is gold jewelry?

misteryellens: no. it's something people hoard for tailrisks 

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 17:01 | 4178855 DaveyJones
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the gold manipulators are the chiropractors of the finance world

when they press down, it works for a short time

but it doesn't solve the problem 

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