ORENINC INDEX - Monday, May 11th 2020

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Last Week: 52.64

This week: 58.46

The Oreninc Index increased in the week ending May 8th, 2020 to 58.46 from 52.64 a week ago as the number of brokered deals increased.

The COVID-19 virus global death toll increased to over 275,000 and closing in on 4 million cases reported worldwide.

Figures from the USA show that some 20.5 million people lost their jobs in April according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, although economist expectations were for 22 million jobs lost. However, the US has lost some 30 million jobs over the past two months and the unemployment rate has increased to 14.7%.

As China gets its economy working again, the US-China trade dispute is coming to centre stage again, but facing the added complication of president Donald Trump claiming China was responsible for the creation and propagation of COVID-19 and threatening to end the phase-one trade deal between if China is not transparent about what happened.

In Europe, the UK—the European country with the highest number of reported COVID-19 deaths—the Bank of England indicated it may expand stimulus from June as the economic fallout from the virus continuous to bite hard. The UK is reportedly dragging its heels in negotiations with the European Union about their future trade relationship which leaves EU negotiators believing that tariffs at the end of the year will be the outcome of failed talks. 

The eurozone economy could contract by a record 7.75% in 2020 and see unemployment increase from 7.5% in 2019 to 9.5%, which means the EU itself could become a victim of COVID-19 as large economic divisions are being created between the 19-member putting the entity under considerable financial and political stress. In Germany, the constitutional court warned that cheap credit from the European Central Bank could breach German law.

On to the money: financings continued in fine fettle as the total raises announced decreased to $70.46 million, a four -week low, which included six brokered financings for $31.75 million, a two-week high, and one bought deal financing for $6 million, a three-week low. The average offer size fell considerably to $1.9 million, a four-week low, while the number of financings increased to 37.

Gold continues to consolidate around the US$1,700/oz level as the spot price closed up at $1,702/oz from $1,700/oz a week ago. The yellow metal is up 12.22% so far this year. The US dollar index pared-back again to 93.73 from 99.07 last week. The VanEck managed GDXJ resumed its growth trajectory to close up at $43.09 from $41.30 a week ago. The index is now up for the year, 1.96% so far in 2020. The US Global Go Gold ETF continued to see growth as it closed up at $18.96 from $18.29 a week ago. It is up 7.98% so far in 2020. The HUI Arca Gold BUGS Index closed up at 285.28 from 276.30 last week. The SPDR GLD ETF inventory continued to increase as it closed up at 1,081.65 tonnes from 1,067.9 tonnes last week.

In other commodities, silver is starting to move higher as the spot price closed up at $15.47/oz from $14.98/oz a week ago. Copper also moved higher as it closed up at $2.40/lb from $2.31/lb a week ago. Oil continued to recover as WTI closed up at $24.74 a barrel from $19.78 a barrel a week ago.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw growth again as it closed up at 24,331 from 23,723 a week ago. Canada’s S&P/TSX Composite Index closed up again at 14,966 from 14,620 the previous week. The S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index closed up at 492.09 from 473.09 last week.



Financing Highlights

Ely Gold Royalties (TSXV:ELY) announced a brokered private placement to raise $10 million, which was subsequently upsized to $15 million.


Barrian Mining (TSXV:BARI) opened a non-brokered private placement to raise up to $10 million.


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