- Tools for Investors
- Stock News
- Investing Ideas
- Econ & Policy
- Personal Finance
Both precious metals climbed higher as Ben Bernanke placed more quantitative easing back on the table. In a speech at the National Association for Business Economics spring conference, Bernanke noted some positive signs in the job market, but remained cautious on the future.
Don’t Miss: Silver Goes Green
The Federal Reserve also believes it can aid economic growth by “continued accommodative policies.” If the slowdown is due to structural factors, as opposed to cyclical factors, the Fed still believes it can tweak outcomes. “If this hypothesis is wrong and structural factors are in fact explaining much of the increase in long-term unemployment, then the scope for counter-cyclical policies to address this problem will be more limited. Even if that proves to be the case, however, we should not conclude that nothing can be done,” Bernanke explained.
In afternoon trading, the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:GLD) increased 1.6 percent, while the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA:SLV) jumped 2.05 percent. Gold miners (NYSEARCA:GDX) such as AngloGold (NYSE:AU) and Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY) both gained about 2 percent. Meanwhile, silver miners (NYSEARCA:SIL) such as Silvercorp Metals Inc. (NYSE:SVM) and First Majestic Silver (NYSE:AG) increased 1.15 percent and 1.54 percent, respectively.
Investor Insight: Bernanke Lends a Helping Hand to Gold and Silver
If you would like to receive professional analysis on equity miners and other precious metal investments, we invite you to try our premium service free for 14 days.
Disclosure: Long EXK, AG, HL, PHYS
To contact the reporter on this story: Eric McWhinnie at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Damien Hoffman at email@example.com
Don't miss one of the biggest bull markets in history! Covers Gold, Silver, Gold & Silver stocks, and miners.
There's always a bull market in some sector! Find the best opportunities in commodities.