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 June -- 15 -- 2018


August 2018
($US per Troy Oz.)
Week Ending


Closing price
on the week


July 2018
(per 100 Troy Oz.)
Week Ending


Closing price
on the week

Silver futures

July  2018
($US per Troy Oz.)
Week Ending


Closing price
on the week

Old Yeller closed at $1,282.00, up off -$21.50 on the week and off -$18.60 for June. Silver lost $-$0.25 on the week, closing at 16.57, with resistance at $20 and support at $16.

Closing monthly gold prices in 2017.

up $39.00 for January,
up $67.00 for February,
off -$10.60 for March,
up $22.10
for April,
off -$2.80 for May,
off -$33.40 for June,
up $27.60
for July,
up $27.50
for August,
off -$14.00 for September,
off -$7.90 for October,
up $12.70
for November,
up $17.80
for December.

Closing monthly gold prices in 201a.

up $44.60
for January,
off -$24.28 for February,
off -$3.20 for March,
off -$3.20 for April,
off -$23.50 for May.

The metals were lower on the week mostly due to the meeting of G7 members and the meeting with North Korea along with a 1/4% increase in interest rates. I do not believe there is much higher ground ahead for the Metals unless the fighting in the Middle East worsens. Silver has been the strongest performer so far. If wanting into the metals waiting a bit longer might be the better bet.

The total gain/loss for the entire year:

2011 at $1568.80,up $147.40 (10.37%),
at $1655.90, up $89.10 (5.69%);
at $1202.30, off -$453.60 (-27.30%);
at $1184.10, off -$18.20 (-1.51%);
at $1060.50, off -$123.60 (-9.50%) and
2016, at $1152.00,  up +$91.50 (+7.94%)
2017, at $1305.10,  up +$153.10 (+13.28%)

Gold closed back under the $1300 level after staying over it for 1 week after staying under it for 1 week, and over the $1200 level for week 67 after staying under it for 1 week.


British Pound
(In US Dollars)

Week Ending


Closing price

on the week
(0.7536 pounds for the dollar)

The Pound vs the Dollar

(In US Dollars)

Week Ending


Closing price

on the week
(0.8609) euro for the dollar)

The euro vs the dollar

Japanese Yen
(In US Dollars)

Week Ending


Closing price
on the week
(110.699) yen for the dollar)

The yen vs the dollar

The dollar was higher against the currencies mostly due to inflation worries along with a possibility of a trade war along with problems with Iran, along with a 1/4% increase in interest rates.  The yen had been outperforming the rest, but currently over resistance at .0089 leaving the next support at .0084 and next resistance at.0099 The euro has remained over the dollar for 775 straight weeks.

It seems the dollar is mostly caught in a trading range because of the growing Pres. Trump economy. I expect the dollar to remain mixed for a bit longer but increase due to inflation fears and I would expect oil to work higher and metals to work lower.

The Feds have a major problem with the Federal Reserve just itching to increase interest rates. (They increase rates 1/4% this past week.)


- 2018
($US per bbl.)
Week Ending


Closing price

Future oil prices

Friday's close (July's futures) is $ 64.38 off -$-1.18 a barrel, versus the week before at $65.56. 120 weeks ago, 1.15.16, was the first time under $30 since 10.31.03 when it closed at $29.11. The record "weekly" closing high is $145.08 a barrel on 7/11/08.

Oil prices closed over the $50 level for week 36 after staying under it for 1 week and over the $60 level for week 18 after staying under for 1 week and under $70 for the 4th week after staying over it for 2 weeks. Recent news tells us there appears to be much oil available, but recent inflationary concerns in the good old USA along with the possibility of higher interest rates and a trade war has helped move the price of oil higher There are too many oil-producing countries that need the money and I'm betting the recent increase in price per barrel won't last.

Currently due to the confusion in oil-producing countries it is impossible to solve the near-term direction. I just don't believe that the higher prices are going to hold too long because there is more oil out there than we can use.

Oil prices effect the entire world because, in one way or another, we all use oil

Crude Oil prices were at a low of $11.26 a barrel in February of 1999.

I'm J.R. Budke and this is my opinion!

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J.R. Budke has been a stock broker since 1981, an options principle since 1982 and a branch office manager since 1987. He is currently inactive as a stockbroker as of 12/31/99. J.R. has been writing the articles and opinions for the Stocks in the Spotlight, in conjunction with the editor B.G. Santos, since 1990. The stories and stocks found on this site, or any "Stocks in the spotlight" written material, are the opinions of J.R. Budke unless other wise stated and are opinions only and are not to be construed as advice. You should not purchase any stocks solely on the opinions found on the "Stocks in the Spotlight's" web site or in any of it's written material. You should also be aware that options are not for everybody and carry a high degree of risk. You should always consult with your broker or investment advisor before purchasing any stock.

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