* In London, morning gold fixes averaged $1,358 and finished the week 2.6 percent lower at $1,345; the mean COMEX spot settlement was $1,349, but wrapped up the week with a 3.8 percent lossat $1,325Thursday; average daily volume for COMEX gold futures rose 10.9 percent to 209,827 contracts; open interest fell 2,886 contracts to 624,450; COMEX warehouse stocks increased 84,211 ounces (2.6 tonnes) to 11.17 million to cover 17.9 percent of open interest.
* One-year gold lease rates in London held steady to average 27 basis points (0.27 percent).
* Gold exploration and development companies were hit hardest this week, evidenced by an 8.0 percent decline in the share price of the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSE Arca: GDXJ); the larger-cap Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE Arca: GDX), a fund comprising gold producers' stocks, cheapened 6.7 percent; the gold miners (GDX/GDXJ) ratio rose to an average of 1.64-to-1; the S&P 500 Composite inched up 0.6 percent on the week, as its correlation to gold producers rose another 19 points to 52 percent; the index's correlation to bullion jumped 30 points to 38 percent.
* Domestic crude oil prices fell 2.8 percent, with nearby WTI futures settling at $80.56 on Thursday; the gold/oil multiple ticked up to 16.6x from 16.5x.
* One-year TED spreads backed down 1 basis point to 0.54 percent as Treasury yields continued to lag a steady Libor.
* COMEX gold futures' implied finance rates maintained a 22 basis-point discount to one-year Treasurys, indicating an increased likelihood of steady-to-rising rates; the one-year gold contango eased 1.9 percent, to $10.10.
* Long bond yields rose 12 basis points to an average 3.93 percent, while three-month bills nosed up a single basis point to 0.13 percent; as a result, the Treasury yield curve steepened to 380 basis points.
* The euro lost 0.7 percent vs. the greenback, finishing the week at $1.3874; cross rates averaged $1.3940.
* Daily reads of the one-year monetary inflation rate averaged -0.2 percent this week; at today's rate, the real return on three-month Treasury bills is 57 basis points.
Real (Adjusted For Monetary Inflation) Yields: Three-Month T-Bills
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