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Jul 15, 2015

TF Metals Report: Another Comex oddity: GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH on July 15, 2015.

TF Metals Report: Another Comex oddity

Submitted by cpowell on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 4:30p ET Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The TF Metals Report's Turd Ferguson today describes indications of surprisingly strong delivery claims for silver contracts on the New York Commodities Exchange, possibly an indication of tightness in supply. His commentary is headlined "Another Comex Oddity" and it's posted at the TF Metals Report here:

http://www.tfmetalsreport.com/blog/7000/another-comex-oddity

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

DealBook P.M. Edition - July 15, 2015: Top Story: Bank of America's Earnings Surge in Quarter.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

TOP STORY
Plagued for years by soaring litigation costs related to its mortgage problems, Bank of America reported a broad decline in expenses.
Bank of America's Earnings Surge in Quarter The bank was helped by a decline in expenses and by an increase in interest rates.
Breakingviews: Strong Earnings for Bank of America, but Tough Task Ahead Return on equity remains subpar; without some one-time extras, the bank's core earnings would need to rise almost 40 percent to exceed its cost of capital.

CMI Spot Prices as of Close of Trading in New York on July 15, 2015.

CMI Gold & Sliver

Spot Prices as of traditional New York closing times

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Gold

Today Change Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago
$1,148.80 -$6.30 $1,165.00 $1,187.10 $1,300.15

Silver

Today Change Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago
$15.08 -$0.28 $15.20 $16.12 $20.81

Platinum

Today Change Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago
$1,027.60 -$4.90 $1,040.00 $1,090.90 $1,489.60

Palladium

Today Change Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago
$644.90 -$13.80 $656.00 $736.70 $878.50

Gold/Silver Ratio

76.18

Wall Street at Close Report on July 15, 2015: U.S. stocks snap win streak on violent Greek protests

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U.S. stocks snap win streak on violent Greek protests

Wallace Witkowski, Mark DeCambre
U.S. stocks slipped into the red Wednesday, snapping a recent streak of gains, following reports of violent protests in Greece.
Earlier in the session, stocks had traded within a choppy, narrow range of gains as Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told the House Financial Services Committee that she expects to raise interest rates “at some point this year.”

Faking it — scammers’ tricks to steal your heart and money: FTC Scam Alerts - July 15, 2015.

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information
by Aditi Jhaveri
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC


Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. They profess their love quickly. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Why all of the tricks? They’re looking to steal your money.
Image of cupid and heart

European Markets at Close report on July 15, 2015: European stocks advance with eye on Greece

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European stocks advance with eye on Greece

Carla Mozee
 
European stocks moved higher Wednesday as focus shifted to Greek lawmakers, who face a deadline to approve creditors’ austerity measures or risk losing much-needed bailout aid.
The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.43%  turned up 0.4% to 399.86, with only the consumer goods and industrial sectors edging lower.

G.17 Industrial Production: Federal Reserve Board Notification - July 15, 2015.

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Current Release (275 KB PDF) (ASCII)

Release Date: July 15, 2015
Industrial production increased 0.3 percent in June but fell at an annual rate of 1.4 percent for the second quarter of 2015. In June, manufacturing output was unchanged: The output of motor vehicles and parts fell 3.7 percent, but production elsewhere in manufacturing rose 0.3 percent. The indexes for mining and utilities advanced 1.0 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. At 105.7 percent of its 2007 average, total industrial production in June was 1.5 percent above its year-earlier level. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector increased 0.2 percentage point in June to 78.4 percent, a rate that is 1.7 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2014) average.

Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization: Summary

Seasonally adjusted
Industrial production 2007=100 Percent change
2015 2015 June '14 to
June '15
Jan.[r] Feb.[r] Mar.[r] Apr.[r] May[r] June[p] Jan.[r] Feb.[r] Mar.[r] Apr.[r] May[r] June[p]
       
Total index 105.8 105.9 106.1 105.6 105.4 105.7 -.4 .0 .2 -.5 -.2 .3 1.5
Previous estimates 105.9 105.8 105.8 105.3 105.1   -.4 .0 .0 -.5 -.2    
       
Major market groups
Final Products 101.5 101.7 102.1 101.1 101.2 101.2 -.3 .2 .4 -1.0 .1 .1 1.2
Consumer goods 98.9 99.3 100.2 99.1 99.2 99.2 .3 .4 .9 -1.1 .1 .0 2.4
Business equipment 108.0 108.7 109.1 109.0 109.7 110.1 -1.0 .7 .3 -.1 .6 .4 3.0
Nonindustrial supplies 93.4 93.3 92.4 92.7 92.9 93.2 .1 -.1 -.9 .3 .2 .4 2.4
Construction 87.1 86.4 85.0 85.4 85.8 85.8 -.8 -.9 -1.6 .5 .6 -.1 1.6
Materials 114.2 114.1 114.5 114.2 113.6 114.2 -.7 .0 .3 -.3 -.6 .5 1.6
       
Major industry groups
Manufacturing (see note below) 101.3 101.2 101.5 101.6 101.7 101.7 -.6 -.1 .3 .1 .0 .0 1.8
Previous estimates 101.2 101.0 101.4 101.5 101.3   -.7 -.2 .3 .1 -.2    
Mining 133.4 130.9 131.8 131.5 128.8 130.1 -1.7 -1.8 .7 -.2 -2.1 1.0 -.8
Utilities 103.3 108.3 106.3 100.8 102.1 103.6 3.3 4.8 -1.8 -5.1 1.2 1.5 4.3
Capacity utilization Percent of capacity Capacity
growth
Average
1972-
2014
1988-
89
high
1990-
91
low
1994-
95
high

2009
low

2014
June
   
2015 June '14 to
June '15
Jan.[r] Feb.[r] Mar.[r] Apr.[r] May[r] June[p]
       
Total industry 80.1 85.3 78.7 85.0 66.9 79.2 79.1 79.0 79.0 78.5 78.2 78.4 2.6
Previous estimates             79.1 79.0 78.8 78.3 78.1    
       
Manufacturing (see note below) 78.6 85.6 77.3 84.6 63.9 77.3 77.4 77.2 77.3 77.3 77.3 77.2 1.9
Previous estimates             77.3 77.1 77.2 77.2 77.0    
Mining 87.3 86.3 83.8 88.5 78.8 90.5 87.6 85.5 85.8 85.4 83.4 84.1 6.8
Utilities 85.9 92.9 84.3 93.3 78.5 77.9 80.6 84.4 82.8 78.6 79.5 80.7 .6
       
Stage-of-process groups
Crude 86.3 87.7 84.4 89.6 76.8 87.9 85.6 84.3 84.4 84.3 82.7 83.3 5.6
Primary and semifinished 80.8 86.5 77.9 87.7 64.2 77.5 77.8 78.3 77.8 76.9 77.0 77.2 1.8
Finished 77.1 83.4 77.4 80.6 66.8 77.0 77.6 77.4 77.9 77.7 77.6 77.5 1.9
r Revised. p Preliminary.
Market Groups
While the production indexes for consumer goods and for construction supplies were little changed in June, the indexes for the other major market groups each rose about 1/2 percent. Within consumer goods, a decline of 3.8 percent in the output of automotive products was offset by increases for other durable goods and for consumer energy products; the decrease for automotive products came after three months of sizable gains. The increase of 0.4 percent for business equipment reflected advances for information processing equipment and for industrial and other equipment; the output of transit equipment declined. Among the categories of industrial materials, the indexes for both nondurable materials and energy materials rose, while the output of durable materials was unchanged.
Industry Groups
Manufacturing output was unchanged in June and increased at an annual rate of 1.4 percent in the second quarter of 2015. In June, the output of nondurables posted a small increase. Within nondurables, chemicals and products posted the largest advance, 0.7 percent, while all of the other major industries registered gains or losses of less than 1/2 percent. The output of durables edged down. Among durable goods industries, the indexes for motor vehicles and parts and for wood products dropped substantially, while the indexes for computer and electronic products, for furniture and related products, and for miscellaneous manufacturing each rose substantially. The indexes for other durable goods industries were little changed. The output of other manufacturing industries (publishing and logging) fell nearly 1 percent. The index for mining advanced 1.0 percent as a result of an increase in crude oil extraction. The index for oil and gas well drilling and servicing fell for the seventh consecutive month, although the decrease, about 3 percent, was its smallest since December; the index in June was nearly 50 percent below its November level. Coal production fell sharply in June, its third consecutive monthly decline. For the second quarter of 2015, mining output dropped at an annual rate of 5.7 percent. The output of utilities increased 1.5 percent in June but fell 13.5 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter of 2015.
The capacity utilization rate for manufacturing edged down 0.1 percentage point in June to 77.2 percent, a rate 1.4 percentage points below its long-run average. The operating rate for durable goods factories declined 0.3 percentage point to 76.5 percent, and the operating rate for nondurable goods manufacturing edged up 0.1 percentage point to 79.6 percent. The utilization rates in each sector remained below their long-run averages, though by 1 percentage point or less. The capacity utilization rate for other manufacturing (publishing and logging) decreased 0.4 percentage point to 57.2 percent, a rate 24.0 percentage points below its long-run average. The utilization rate for mines moved up 0.7 percentage point to 84.1 percent, while the rate for utilities increased 1.2 percentage points to 80.7 percent.

Revision of Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization

The Federal Reserve Board plans to issue its annual revision to the index of industrial production (IP) and the related measures of capacity utilization on July 21, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. The classification system for the industry groups will be advanced to the 2012 version of the North American Industry Classification System, and the comparison base year will be advanced to 2012. New annual benchmark data for 2012 and 2013 for manufacturing will be incorporated, as well as other annual data, including information on the mining of metallic and nonmetallic minerals (except fuels). The weights for market-group splits of the indexes will be updated with information from the 2007 benchmark input-output accounts from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The updated IP indexes will include revisions to the monthly indicator (either product data or input data) and to seasonal factors for each industry. In addition, the estimation methods for some series may be changed. Any modifications to the methods for estimating the output of an industry will affect the index from 1972 to the present.
Note. The statistics in this release cover output, capacity, and capacity utilization in the U.S. industrial sector, which is defined by the Federal Reserve to comprise manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities. Mining is defined as all industries in sector 21 of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS); electric and gas utilities are those in NAICS sectors 2211 and 2212. Manufacturing comprises NAICS manufacturing industries (sector 31-33) plus the logging industry and the newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishing industries. Logging and publishing are classified elsewhere in NAICS (under agriculture and information respectively), but historically they were considered to be manufacturing and were included in the industrial sector under the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. In December 2002 the Federal Reserve reclassified all its industrial output data from the SIC system to NAICS.

G.17 Release Tables:

Summary: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization
Chart 1: Industrial Production, Capacity, and Capacity Utilization
Chart 2: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization
Chart 3: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization, High Technology Industries
Table 1: Industrial Production: Market and Industry Groups (percent change)
Table 2: Industrial Production: Special Aggregates and Selected Detail (percent change)
Table 3: Motor Vehicle Assemblies
Table 4: Industrial Production Indexes: Market and Industry Group Summary
Table 5: Industrial Production Indexes: Special Aggregates
Table 6: Diffusion Indexes of Industrial Production
Table 7: Capacity Utilization: Manufacturing, Mining, and Utilities
Table 8: Industrial Capacity: Manufacturing, Mining, and Utilities (percent change)
Table 9: Industrial Production: Gross Value of Products and Nonindustrial Supplies
Table 10: Gross-Value-Weighted Industrial Production: Stage-of-Process Groups
Table 11: Historical Statistics for IP, Capacity, and Utilization: Total Industry
Table 12: Historical Statistics for IP, Capacity, and Utilization: Manufacturing
Table 13: Historical Statistics for IP, Capacity, and Utilization: Total Industry excluding Selected High-Technology Industries
Table 14: Historical Statistics for IP, Capacity, and Utilization: Manufacturing excluding Selected High-Technology Industries
Last update: July 15, 2015