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Gold and Silver Get A Technical Boost on Greek Bailout Plan

Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012 Feb 23, 2012 - 01:40 AM GMT

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Commodities Trading action in silver and gold were confined to a range as the Greek drama over obtaining the second €130 billion bailout from the so-called troika, IMF/EU/ECB continued. Even though the austerity measures — which were a condition for the loan — were approved in the Greek parliament on February 14th, the EU now wants to exercise more scrutiny before extending the money.


Greece needed the bailout package, plus €100 billion write-down on bonds held by the private sector, to meet a debt payment of 14.5 billion on March 20th. The EU has approved the package despite some members wanting to postpone a decision until after Greek elections in April.

Protestors Burn Buildings in Athens

Thousands of Greek citizens protested the austerity measures in Athens and some even participated in burning as many as one hundred buildings in the nation’s capital, as lawmakers voted to approve austerity measures. More protests have been planned.

The measures included cutting 15,000 public sector jobs, cuts in pensions, and a 22 percent cut in the minimum wage which sparked riots in Athens. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos stated that, “The choice is not between sacrifice and no sacrifices at all, but between sacrifices and unimaginably harsher ones.”

Range Trading in Gold and Silver Ended On Greek News

In the midst of uncertainty over the Eurozone, precious metals have seen an extended period of range trading for the past several weeks, between the $1704.54 and 1762.97 level in spot gold and the $32.97 and $34.50 level in spot silver.  A break outside of these ranges would be expected to result in a subsequent move in that direction equal to the width of the range.

Gold is currently trading comfortably above its 200-day moving average that currently sits at the $1,661.05 level, while silver is positioned just below that key indicator which now reads at the $34.83 level.

As the European situation continues unfolding, precious metals could breakout in either direction, especially if events lead to more violence and a popular uprising.

By Dr. Jeff Lewis

    Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, in addition to running a busy medical practice, is the editor of Silver-Coin-Investor.com and Hard-Money-Newsletter-Review.com

    Copyright © 2012 Dr. Jeff Lewis- All Rights Reserved Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.


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