February’s Strange Divergence In Precious Metals

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
02/26/2013

February has been an odd month for precious metals to say the least. On-again, off-again fears of Bernanke removing the punchbowl (and endless sell-side strategists discussing Great Rotations and the end of the gold cycle) have led to prices for gold and silver sliding notably. However, while all this price deterioration has been going on, demand for physical gold and silver has surged – entirely disconnecting from January’s apparent demand-to-price correlation – and Silver set to break all-time record demand highs for a February. We know who was buying in January, as Reuters reports Russia and Turkey were significantly adding to their bullion reserves; and while the divergence between demand and price coincided with Chinese New Year – leaving a large marginal buying nation on the sidelines – we suspect the drop is more to do with hedge fund reflexive selling – now caught offside. It seems at least one smart player was using lower prices to build their stack; manipulation or no manipulation.

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