Mints, Refineries, Brokerages Out Of Stock – COMEX Gold Inventories Plummet
Friday, 26 April 2013
Gold climbed $33.90 or 2.37% yesterday to $1,464.30/oz and silver surged +4.83%.
Gold has surged 4.9% in dollar terms so far this week and is headed for its biggest weekly gain in one-and-a-half years. Gold has recovered in all currencies and is up by 4.8% in euro terms and 3.7% in sterling terms.
Therefore, gold has recovered nearly half of its recent sharp decline and is now just 7% below its price ($1,560/oz) prior to the futures induced sell off on April 12th and 15th.
The manipulated sell off on the COMEX has led to bargain hunting and a surge in physical coin and bar buying internationally. Gold bullion inventories on the COMEX are being depleted rapidly (see chart and data below) and certain bullion products are either out of stock or production and distribution has been suspended.
The gold sell off has stoked a frenzy among coin, bar and jewelry buyers from China to India and the U.S. and Europe.
Government mints and refineries around the world have confirmed that demand for bullion coins and bars is surging and they are struggling to keep up with the demand as are brokerages who are running out of stock, particularly of smaller coins and bars.
The Perth Mint has experienced “unprecedented activity” and one of its busiest weeks ever. Some customers are experiencing “long delays” in securing certain bullion coins and bars.
The Perth Mint have suspended production of many silver bullion products (2013 Australian Lunar snake silver bullion coins – 1 kilo, 10oz, 5oz, 2oz, 1/2oz and 2013 Australian Kookaburra silver bullion coins – 10oz. 1oz and 1/2oz) but is continuing to offer 2013 Australian Kookaburra silver bullion coins (1oz and 1 kilo).