Gold Higher; Silver Lower as Word From Europe Tempers Optimism
iShares Silver Trust, gold and silver miners also headed down during Wednesday morning trading.

Gold Silver GLD IAU SLVGold was moving higher Wednesday morning as mixed signals from euro zone leaders and new data that showed just how much euro zone banks are relying on emergency lending from the European Central Bank dampened hopes that a substantive rewriting of the European Union treaty designed to address the current sovereign debt crisis and prevent future crises would be agreed to by the wider EU community this week.

Spot gold was up 0.25%, with a bid price of $1,733.80 per ounce and an ask price of 1,734.80 at 10:15 a.m., having traded as high as $1,740.30 and as low as $1,719.60. The London afternoon reference price fix came in at $1,735.50, according to Kitco market data.

Spot silver was down 0.43%, bid at $32.62 with an ask price of $32.72. The morning high as of time of writing was $32.92 and the low was $32.15. Monday’s reference price was set at $32.45 in the London a.m.

Turning to stock market trading, gold trusts were higher, while the iShares Silver Trust (NYSE:SLV) was moving lower.

  • The SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE:GLD) was showing gains of around 0.3%.
  • The iShares Gold Trust (NYSE:IAU) was up around 0.35%.
  • The iShares Silver Trust was down some 0.6%.

Gold and silver mining ETFs were heading lower.

  • The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE:GDX) was around 0.85% lower.
  • The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSE:GDXJ) was down about 1.2%.
  • The Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSE:SIL) had lost about 0.5%.

Gold mining shares were lower as well.

  • Agnico-Eagle Mines (NYSE:AEM) was showing losses of 0.5% and more.
  • Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE:ABX) was down around 0.8%.
  • Goldcorp (NYSE:GG) was lower by about 0.6%.
  • Newmont Mining Corp. (NYSE:NEM) was around 0.1% lower.
  • NovaGold Resources (AMEX:NG) was more than 1.6% lower.

Silver mining shares were sliding lower, with Silver Standard Resources (NASDAQ:SSRI) moving between slight gains and losses.

  • Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. (NYSE:CDE) was moving lower, down nearly 0.6%.
  • Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) was lower by nearly 0.8%.
  • Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ:PAAS) was down about 0.9%.
  • Silver Wheaton Corp. (NYSE:SLW) also was down around 0.9%.
  • Silver Standard Resources Inc. was moving between gains and losses of 0.2%.

As of this writing, Andrew Burger did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks.

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