[the Fed] moving forward with a rate increase are all out the window,â said Bob Haberkorn, senior market strategist at RJO Futures, told the Journal
SilverÂ pricesÂ were also on the rise thisÂ week, gaining 2.19 percent over the past five days and jumping 2.07 percent on Friday alone. As of 2:14 p.m. EST, silver prices were trading at $16.31 per ounce.
InÂ an interview with BloombergÂ last week, First Majestic Silver (TSX:FR) CEO Keith Neumeyer said that he sees silver prices surging as high as $140 per ounce by 2019. AÂ panel of analysts surveyed byÂ FocusEconomicsÂ sees silver prices averaging at $15.70 per ounce by the end of 2016, hitting $17.30 by the end of the year.
On the base metals side of things, comex copper pricesÂ also saw a spike on Friday, but finished the week down overall, losing 0.41 percent to finish at $2.13 per pound. The red metal gained 1.37 percent during Friday trading hours.
This Tuesday, BMO Capital Markets analyst Jessica Fung stated that she sees further potential for the copper price to drop in the near term, the Financial Post reported. Still, she was more positive on the metal in the medium term.
Finally, spotÂ oil prices were down for the week, losing 2.34 percent to trade at $48.52 per barrel as of 2:36 p.m. EST. Unlike gold and silver-and even copper on Friday-a lower US dollar did not stimulate the oil price, oilprice.com reported.
Meanwhile, in a meeting held Thursday, OPEC members once again decidedÂ against freezing production levels, according toÂ Bloomberg. Still, members were more optimistic about the oil market than they have been.
âOPEC is back, stronger,â said Nigeria’s Mohammed Barkindo, appointed as the group’s new secretary-general during the meeting. âWe are going to work to regain the unity of the organization and the confidence of the international community.â
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Securities Disclosure: I, Teresa Matich, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.Â
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