Silver price recap: Silver opened this week at $17.88, and began to climb mid-week. Silver peaked at $19.89 Friday afternoon, and declined slightly to close at $19.76 (9.6% above the opening price).
Gold price recap: Gold opened this week at $1317.60, and fluctuated greatly until prices rose Friday to peak at $1344.56. Gold then decreased to close at $1342.30 (1.9% above the opening price).
Platinum price recap: Platinum opened at $987.50 and experienced a steady week until Friday morning when prices increased to peak at $1062. Platinum closed at $1060.25 (6.9% above the opening price).
Palladium price recap: Palladium opened this week at $552, seeing a steady incline through the week with a Friday afternoon peak of $607. Palladium then dropped to close at $605.30 (8.9% above the opening price).
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International Trade in Goods (June 27, 8:30 am ET): The International Trade in Goods report issues predictions for international US trade. Consensus for May predicted a loss of $59.3 B but a decline in exports and increase in exports landed total balance losses at $60.6 B.
GDP (June 28, 8:30 am ET): The GDP is a measurement of Gross Domestic Product in the US and an indicator of economic status. Predictions pointed to a 1.0% increase in real GDP, but increases in residential investment boosted actual GDP growth to 1.1%.
Personal Income and Outlays (June 29, 8:30 am ET): This is a report of the monetary amount received and the monetary amount spent by individuals. Consensus called for increases across the board, with a 0.3% increase in personal income and a 0.4% increase in consumer spending, but a robust April slowed down from a personal income growth increase of 0.5% to 0.2% for May. Consumer spending continued to increase 0.4% to meet predictions, though experts believe the increased savings is due to consumers accessing savings, rather than income growth.
EIA Petroleum Status Report (June 29, 10:30 am ET): This a report that measures the inventories of crude oil, gasoline, and distillates held by the US, domestically and abroad. Crude oil levels dropped a dramatic 4.1 M barrels to land inventories at 526.6 M barrels; gasoline saw a 1.4 M barrel increase, while distillates decreased by 1.8 M barrels.
Jobless Claims (June 30, 8:30 am ET): This is a report of the number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits. A strong June 18 week provided hope for a thriving job market, and predictions suggested another week with lowered claims, reaching a 266 K consensus. The optimism was slightly overshot with actual new unemployment claims reaching 10 K, bringing totals to 268 K.
ISM Mfg Index (July 1, 10:00 am ET): The ISM Manufacturing Index is a report developed from over 300 firms, indicating factors such as changes in supply and demand as well as production levels and buyer confidence. Consensus predicted a 0.2 increase to a level 51.5 for the next report, but confidence in new orders and strengthened manufacturing shocked economists with a 1.9% increase to 53.2.
International Trade (July 6, 8:30 am ET): The International Trade report measures US exports and imports of goods and services. Consensus for May predict a loss of $40.0 B.
FOMC Minutes (July 6, 2:00 pm ET): The Federal Open Market Committee releases notes from each monthly meeting.
Jobless Claims (July 7, 8:30 am ET): This is a report of the number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits. Previous week totals saw a significant increase in unemployment claims, but consensus predict a fairly stable week with totals reaching 269 K, after a week reaching 268 K.
EIA Petroleum Status Report (July 7, 11:00 am ET): This a report that measures the inventories of crude oil, gasoline, and distillates held by the US, domestically and abroad.
Employment Situation (July 8, 8:30 am ET): The greatest factor measured by the Employment Situation report is the percentage of unemployed Americans; this figure is created by dividing the number of unemployed adults by the number of employed individuals in a 60,000 household survey group. Consensus predicts an unemployment rate of 4.8%, up 0.1% from May.
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