ORENINC INDEX – Monday, December 24th 2018
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Last week index score: 59.99 (updated)
This week: 57.04
The Oreninc Index fell in the week ending December 20th, 2018 to 57.04 from an updated 59.99 a week ago as gold starts to shine.
Gold is closing the year with strength hitting a five-week high to break back about the US$1,250/oz level and closing above its 200-day moving average, whilst shrugging-off the latest interest rate increase by the US Federal Reserve, as stock markets take a bashing.
During the week, the US Federal Reserve Federal open Market Committee increased interest rates by 0.25% whilst chairman Jerome Powell indicated that more interest rate increases will occur during the next couple of years. However, with the spectre of inflation rising, the market thinks that rate increases will not only slow but that rates may even start to come down again in 2020.
Meanwhile the slide of oil continues as it slumped to a 14-month low amid general concerns of a slowing global economy and the slide in the stockmarket.
On the political front, the US government began a partial shutdown Saturday after President Donald Trump failed to get enough support to fund his US-Mexico border wall. The president is seeking more than US$5.0 billion for the wall but failed to get support from the Senate. This is the third time Trump’s government has shut down in 2018.
On to the money: total fund raises announced decreased again to C$62.0 million, a four-week low, that included one brokered financing, and one bought-deal financing for C$3.0 million, an eight-week low. The average offer size halved to C$1.3 million, a ten-week low, whilst the number of financings increased to 49, a 52-week high.
Gold put in a week of strong growth to add some festive sparkle in the last trading week before Christmas, closing up at US$1,256/oz from US$1,239/oz a week ago. It is down 3.52% this year. The US dollar index fell to at 96.95 from 97.44 last week. The higher gold price pushed the van Eck managed GDXJ up as it closed at US$28.94 from US$27.77 a week ago. The index is down 14.81% so far in 2018. A similar tale at the US Global Go Gold ETF that closed up at US$11.04 from US$10.92 a week ago. It is now down 15.04% so far in 2018. The HUI Arca Gold BUGS Index closed up at 156.47 from 152.66 last week. The SPDR GLD ETF continued to add ounces to inventory to close up at 772.67 tonnes from 763.56 tonnes a week ago.
In other commodities, silver added a few cents to close up at US$14.65/oz from US$14.58/oz a week ago. Copper shed some cents to close down at US$2.67/lb from US$2.76/lb a week ago. Oil saw losses again as WTI saw a significant retraction to close down at US$45.59 a barrel from US$51.20 a barrel a week ago.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average continued to see selling as it closed down at 22,445 from 24,100 last week. Canada’s S&P/TSX Composite Index also saw selling as it closed down at 13,935 from 14,595 the previous week. The S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index also closed down again at 530.20 from 555.38 last week.
Royal Nickel (TSX:RNX) announced a C$9.0 million bought deal raise via a syndicate of underwriters led by Haywood Securities to purchase 13.04 million shares @ C$0.46 cents per share for an initial $6.0 million.
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