On Tuesday, gold (NYSE:GLD) futures for December delivery fell $9.80 to settle at $1,661 per ounce, while silver (NYSE:SLV) futures edged slightly higher to settle at $31.99. The markets remained mostly flat due to the uncertainties in Europe.
Slovakia’s Freedom and Solidarity party, a junior member of the ruling coalition, said it will abstain from today’s vote to expand the eurozone’s EFSF 440 billion ($600 billion) bailout fund. The bill will most likely not pass and the government could fall. Political turmoil has ensued; however, the bill could be approved from opposition votes in a repeat ballot. The delayed vote caused the US dollar (NYSE:UUP) to strengthen against the euro.
Gold miners (NYSE:GDX) such as Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) and AngloGold (NYSE:AU) traded nearly 1% lower in afternoon trading. However, Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY) traded higher as investors may be finding some refuge in its 1.30% dividend. Silver miners (NYSE:SIL) such Endeavour Silver (NYSE:EXK) traded more than 2% higher during the trading day. Early Tuesday, Endeavour Silver announced positive third quarter results. Revenue for the company increased 93% as silver production increased 8%. Endeavour also increased its gold production by 7% for the third quarter.
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