The gold price continued to spend time below US$2,000 per ounce this week as market watchers wait for the latest move from the US Federal Reserve. At the time of this writing on Friday (June 9), the yellow metal was sitting around US$1,960.
The Fed will meet next week from June 13 to 14, and the question of whether it will hike again or pause continues to make headlines. Market participants will have to wait and see, although it’s worth noting that the Bank of Canada raised its overnight rate by 25 basis points on Wednesday (June 7). The increase was the first since the Canadian central bank’s January pause.
While gold’s short-term outlook is tricky to gauge, many experts have a positive long-term view. Chris Temple of the National Investor recently shared the three factors he thinks need to happen for the price to rise, with the first being a pivot from the Fed — and by that he means a true pivot, not a pause, which may or may not happen next week.
The second ingredient is that the economy needs to be bogged down more as the Fed pivots and starts printing money; the third is that other avenues for investors must be closed off — in other words, distractions need to be removed.
“You need to see those three things,” he emphasized. “I think they’re coming, (but) they’re not going to all come on the same day or the same week. And I think we’re talking months rather than years before we see that.”
Temple also shared his thoughts on uranium’s compelling fundamentals, saying it’s the single best story he can see right now. Click here to watch the full interview, which also includes commentary on the broader markets.
Quebec mining companies take wildfire precautions
In the Canadian province of Quebec, mining companies are facing intense and early wildfires.
As of Wednesday, about 150 wildfires were active in the region, forcing companies to take precautions at their operations. According to Reuters, over 15 firms have enacted various measures, including suspending activities and evacuating.
Osisko Mining (TSX:OSK,OTC Pink:OBNNF) CEO John Burzynski said wildfires happen every summer, but the ones taking place right now are earlier and more extensive than usual. The company confirmed on June 5 that it has withdrawn staff from its Windfall project, but said all personnel are safe and facilities are secure.
“We see forest fires every summer, but not as extensive as this. This is unusually early for fire season. It’s been very dry” — John Burzynski, Osisko Mining
At this point, no companies anticipate material impacts at their projects and mines, but the community will be watching closely as the situation progresses in Quebec as well as Canada as a whole — the country is reportedly set for its worst-ever wildfire season.
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