Month: August 2019

Video search specialist Blinkx has acquired online

first_imgVideo search specialist Blinkx has acquired online advertising specialist and digital marketing agency Prime Visibility Media Group (PVMG) for £22.4 million (€26 million).According to Blinkx, the acquisition will enable it to integrate its video search engine with PVMG’s text search platform, tapping into a new audience and delivering TV-style brand advertising to it.Suranga Chandratillake, CEO of Blinkx said: “Online video advertising continues to be the fastest growing format by a significant margin, and is forecast to reach US$3.5 billion (€2.5 billion) over the next three years. Brands continue to move an increasing amount of their TV advertising budgets to online video, but need to be able to reach an audience of equivalent size on the Web. We’re extremely excited about the Acquisition because the integration of our video search engine with PVMG’s text search platform will enable us to tap into a new audience of intent-driven consumers and deliver TV-style brand advertising to them, which gives us the opportunity to expand our customer reach and increase PVMG’s margins over time.”last_img read more

Tanzanian pay TV operator StarTimes has launched a

first_imgTanzanian pay TV operator StarTimes has launched a new channel bouquet.The Kili Bouquet contains 52 channels including Fox Entertainment and several channels from News Corp-backed Asian pay TV operator Star.last_img

Over half of Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TVs

first_imgOver half of Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV’s set-top boxes will be supplied by Kaliningrad-based technology provider General Satellite by the end of this year, according to local reports.General Satellite board member Sergei Pimenov told a microelectronics forum in Kaliningrad that over 50% of Tricolor TV’s active set-tops would be supplied by the company by the end of 2012.last_img

TV and movie streaming service Lovefilm has launch

first_imgTV and movie streaming service Lovefilm has launched on the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablet and e-readers in the UK and Germany. Consumers owning the devices can access Lovefilm content via a one-month free trial.Kindle and Lovefilm are both part of Amazon. The Lovefilm service on the Kindle devices allows users to create playlists of TV and movie content and there is also a pause and resume function that allows users to stop viewing on one device and resume watching from the place on another device.There is also an ‘X-Ray for Movies’ feature that allows users to look up any actor in the scene of a movie, see what other movies they have been in and view photos and biographies via IMDB.“This is a huge moment for Lovefilm and continues to expand our multi-platform offering – delivering the very best content onto the most popular devices, which can only be great news for film and TV fans,” said Jim Buckle, managing director of Lovefilm.The service is already available via PCs and PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.last_img read more

Swedish infrastructure provider Net Insights CEO

first_imgSwedish infrastructure provider Net Insight’s CEO Fredrik Tragardh is to leave the company at the end this quarter to take a new position with pulp, paper and forestry group Ekman & Co. “I want to thank Fredrik for his efforts over the years. During his time as CEO, Net Insight has evolved into a company with a global customer base, competitive products and a strong balance sheet. Now that Fredrik wants to take on a new challenge with a highly respected international trading house, I wish him well,” says said Lars Berg, chairman of the board.last_img read more

Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 has launched a se

first_imgIrish commercial broadcaster TV3 has launched a second screen app in partnership with social TV technology firm Axonista and media identification firm Civolution.The ShowPal companion app is designed to work as a single second screen app for a wide variety of TV3 programmes.It delivers a mix of content and social media related to TV3 shows and lets viewers interact by taking part in quizzes, games, voting and polls.The app was a collaborative effort by TV3 and Axonista, with Civolution’s automatic content recognition technology SyncNow deployed in order to synchronise the app with the TV3’s broadcast content.“As a broadcaster, TV3 recognises that second-screening is a mainstream activity and we sought to develop an app that would deliver relevant, engaging and entertaining content to the second screen synchronous with what is happening on the TV screen,” said Stephen Grant, TV3 Group director of online, and head of ShowPal.last_img read more

Secondscreen TV service Viggle has acquired Dijit

first_imgSecond-screen TV service Viggle has acquired Dijit Media, the firm behind personalised TV programming guide NextGuide.The deal, which was closed for undisclosed terms, will see Viggle integrate Dijit Meida’s services – including the NextGuide’s Reminder Button, which can be embedded into any website, letting viewers track and set reminders via email, text message or app push notifications for the shows they plan to watch.As well as reminders, NextGuide also offers a personalised TV guide, drawing listings from TV networks, as well as streaming services like Hulu Plus and iTunes. Its Universal Remote function also lets users control their DVR from anywhere.“We’ve had incredible growth and success since our launch and we’re excited to join with another company that shares our goals – to create a holistic marketing platform for brands and networks, while giving our users content and tools they need to take control of their daily entertainment choices,” said Dijit Media CEO Jeremy Toeman.The deal is the latest example of consolidation in the second screen space. In November i.TV bought GetGlue, which it said this week it is rebranding to tvtag. Yahoo! also this week said it is closing its IntoNow service.last_img read more

BTs YouView box The BBCs governing body the BBC

first_imgBT’s YouView boxThe BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has called on the broadcaster to “carefully review its investments” in YouView, Freeview and Freesat as part of its obligation to promote services that are “free at the point of delivery.”In a report into the BBC’s distribution arrangements for its UK public services, published yesterday, the BBC Trust said that the BBC’s support of IP-enabled TV platform YouView was “predicated on the platform’s availability at no ongoing subscription cost”.However, it said that in practise, nearly all YouView ‘sales’ have provided under subsidy by either BT or TalkTalk, in exchange for a subscription to the telcos’ pay-TV services.“This may have implications for the BBC’s strategy of promoting ‘free’ access to its services, and is likely to form an element of a platform review by the BBC which is currently under way,” said the Trust.The news comes a day after the Guardian reported that the BBC and other UK broadcasters are planning to “slash their investment” in YouView, with funding talks for the next period of investment in YouView among stakeholders to be concluded at the end of March.The Trust said in its report that the BBC currently does not pay any fees to be carried on the non-linear interface of YouView. While it acknowledged that it has been subject to “some criticism” from certain YouView shareholders for this, it said this was a key part of its efforts to “contain distribution costs” in exchange for supplying content.As a joint stakeholder in YouView, the BBC contributed £6 million (€7.2 million) towards the operating costs of the service in 2012/13 alone. Over the past three years, YouView’s stakeholders – the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk, and infrastructure firm Arqiva – have paid a total of £105 million to fund the service.Elsewhere, the Trust’s distribution report predicted that on-demand consumption of TV programmes will more than double between now and 2017 and that the like-for-like direct costs for the BBC’s online distribution will rise to roughly £40m by 2016/17 from £24m in the current year.The Trust said that online distribution of the iPlayer delivers just over 2% of the BBC’s TV viewing, while the costs associated with delivery of the on-demand service is just under 12% of the BBC’s total distribution bill – but said that it was cost effective when compared to commercial benchmarks.Overall, the Trust said that the BBC’s overall distribution arrangements for its UK programmes and services are “fit for purpose and offer good value for money for licence fee payers.”last_img read more

Telekom Romania has partnered with content deliver

first_imgTelekom Romania has partnered with content delivery and protection specialists Viaccess-Orca and TV operating system provider Zenterio and for the rollout of its new IPTV and OTT multiscreen service, Telekom TV. The deal marks the third recent Zenterio OS deployment within the Deutsche Telekom Group, which owns a 50% stake in Telekom Romania, formerly Romtelecom, having previously worked with Slovak Telekom and Magyar Telekom.Telekom Romania is using Viaccess-Orca’s Voyage-TV Everywhere solution to drive the new IPTV and OTT multiscreen service, with Viaccess-Orca acting as a system integrator on the project.The firm’s Voyage solution includes Viaccess-Orca’s RiGHTv unified service delivery platform and Compass content discovery platform, with Telekom Romania able to deliver a range of content, including live television, video-on-demand and catch-up TV, to subscribers on any screen.Other technology partners for Telekom Romania’s IPTV project include Verimatrix as conditional access system provider and Kaon as set-top box manufacturer. Also involved is  Gemini, Friendly Technologies, Broadpeak, Harmonic and Accedo.“The launch of an innovative, multi-screen service is just the beginning of Telekom Romania’s major effort to expand its IPTV service offerings to our customers,” said Mathias Hanel, chief commercial officer at Telekom Romania.Nikolai Beckers, CEO of Telekom Romania said: “To provide a superior multiscreen service to potentially millions of subscribers across Romania, we needed a TV Everywhere solution that offers unparalleled levels of interactivity and personalisation. Unifying the service delivery across different networks by using a single converged system was also important.”Prior to deploying Viaccess-Orca’s Voyage, Telekom Romania was using multiple infrastructures for its TV offerings, including IPTV, OTT, DTH, and cable.The new unified platform is designed to support more device types, reduce costs, increase operational efficiencies, and quickly expand its service offering, according to Viaccess-Orca.Telekom TV will be available beyond the Telekom Romania customer base via monthly subscriptions.The news comes just a day after Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania began operating under the Telekom Romania brand, with both companies taking the “T” logo trademark.“Adding Romania to the Magenta map, is a natural step in the evolution of Deutsche Telekom’s footprint in Europe. It is in line with our strategy to offer the best customer experience driven by technology leadership. As a leading telecommunications provider in Europe, we bring our expertise and ability to the Romanian market. We are highly committed to Telekom Romania and will make a significant contribution to the Romanian society,” said Claudia Nemat, board member Europe and technology, Deutsche Telekom.last_img read more

Orange has completed its tender offer for Spanish

first_imgOrange has completed its tender offer for Spanish telco Jazztel, with shareholders representing 94.75% of the company’s capital accepting its offer of €13 a share.The success of the tender means that Orange will pay €3.179 billion for Jazztel, with settlement expected to take place on Wednesday.Orange has decided to exercise its rights to a squeeze-out of remaining shareholders, which is expected to be completed around August 136 for an additional €176 million.Jazztel’s shares will be automatically delisted at the end of the squeeze-out period.Orange said it was “very satisfied” with the result and that the acquisitions would enable the group to benefit from synergies.last_img read more

Zegona Communications owner of Asturias region ca

first_imgZegona Communications, owner of Asturias region cable operator Telecable, and MVNO MásMóvil are among the companies to have placed bids for fourth-ranked Spanish mobile operator Yoigo, according to local reports.According to Expansión, the two groups have submitted offers to acquire Yoigo to TeliaSonera, 76.6% owner of the company.According to Expansión, citing unnamed sources, TeliaSonera is determined to make a sale if the price is right and is could select one of the two parties for exclusive talks in the next few days, although there remains a possibility that a third potential buyer might emerge.However, the paper notes that the urgency of striking a sale agreement has lessened as Yoigo’s performance has improved recently.Commenting on Zegona and Telecable’s just-published end-of-year results, Zegona chairman and CEO Eamonn O’Hare said that the company was continuing “to see the dynamic forces of consumer consumption, industry consolidation and convergence creating many attractive opportunities for additional acquisitions”. He said that driving shareholder value was the company’s “number one priority” and that any acquisitions would be subject to a disciplined evaluation.“Telecable is our first acquisition and has made a great start under Zegona ownership. We are particularly pleased that the business delivered its 2015 financial targets fully in line with our preacquisition expectations. We are also encouraged by the growing momentum in the business, underpinned by the recent consumer price rise (the first in many years) and accelerating growth in its Mobile and Business divisions,” said O’Hare.“Telecable’s growth has outperformed other players in the Spanish market in recent years, and it is encouraging to see that track record being maintained. This performance, together with encouraging trends relating to price repair in the Spanish telecoms market and the improving economic environment, gives us the confidence that Telecable will accelerate growth across its key financial metrics in 2016.”Zegona reported that Telecable’s revenue increased by 2.7% in 2015 to end the year at €134.4 million. It said that revenue growth accelerated in the fourth quarter, with growth of 5% representing a five-year high for the company.EBITDA was up 3.3% to €65 million, while cash-flow was up 2.4% to €36.1 million.O’Hare confirmed a 4.5p dividend in line with the target set at the time of Zegona’s acquisition of Telecable.last_img read more

Vice Medias youthfocused channel Viceland has ma

first_imgVice Media’s youth-focused channel Viceland has made a series of senior EMEA appointments ahead of planned launches in the UK, Ireland and France later this year.The channel has named Debi Roach as vice-president, TV production EMEA, Cam Levin as vice-president, brand, EMEA and Dan Louw as vice-president, development, UK.Roach has overseen productions for terrestrial and digital broadcasters across entertainment, scripted comedy and factual entertainment, with credits including Peep Show, Fresh Meat and Derren Brown’s series and specials. In her newly created role at Viceland, she will be overseeing all output for the channel across the region, including a slate of brand new Vice-produced UK programming.Levin, an established creative director and filmmaker, previously worked for MTV International and Sky UK. At Viceland he will oversee audience, platform and social growth strategy as well innovating the channel’s creative billing.Louw is a former head of development in the BBC Documentaries department, where he oversaw a slate including the Louis Theroux films, The Met and BAFTA award winners Life and Death Row and Don’t Take My Baby.The latest appointments follow that of Discovery Networks executive Arjan Hoekstra as general manager, EMEA, in April.last_img read more

SES5 takes to the air Satellite provider SES clai

first_imgSES-5 takes to the airSatellite provider SES claims that is now reaches 2.81 million of a total 33.9 million TV homes in Nigeria.According to its first Satellite Monitor study on the Nigerian market, SES reaches 1.69 million TV homes directly via SES satellites and a further 1.12 million cable TV homes that are fed indirectly by the SES fleet.In total SES says that there are 33.9 million TV homes in Nigeria, with 8.98 million of them being served by satellites directly and the rest by terrestrial and cable networks.SES claims it has increased its technical reach in sub-Saharan Africa from one million TV households in 2013 to eight million TV households by the end of 2015.“We aim to connect the entire Nigerian population with our satellites, by developing the broadcasting landscape in partnership with our local partners and in close coordination with broadcasters,” said Eric Lecocq, general manager of north, west and central Africa at SES.“Nigeria is currently in the process of migrating from analogue to digital and, through the study, SES has established a market benchmark for the Nigerian TV viewing choices that will directly support the digital switchover and independently track the progress of the project.”last_img read more

Twitch More than a quarter of French internet user

first_imgTwitchMore than a quarter of French internet users are interested in eSports, according to audience research outfit Mediametrie.According to Mediametrie, some 45.2% of the public have heard of eSports, with 15-24 year-olds, the professional middle-classes – the CSP+ category, in French marketing parlance – and 25-34 year-olds are, in that order, the groups most likely to be familiar with eSports, while the 50-plus age group, the economically inactive, and women are the three groups least likely to have heard of the phenomenon.Among internet users familiar with eSports, just over a quarter – 26.3% – have watched an official competition on the internet or TV. A slightly higher number of overall internet users – 26.9% – say they have followed an eSports competition, rising to almost one in two – 44.2% – of 15-34 year-olds.First-person shooter games such as Counter Strike or Call of Duty are the most popular genre among eSports fans, followed by strategy games such as Starcraft or Warcraft and sports games such as FIFA or NBA 2K in that order.In October, 4.3 million French internet users visited one of the three principal eSports platforms – Twitch, Steam and Origin – at least once, meaning 9.1% of internet users aged two and above. This represented growth of 40% on Mediametrie and NetRatings’ survey of January 2014.While eSports for the most part remains the province of specialised international channels, French TV channels are also getting in on the act. Mediametrie found that seven French channels have aired eSports coverage this year, against only two in 2014.last_img read more

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first_img Next Post2018 Military Tribute Pro-Am: Afternoon Session Linkedin The extent of the damage to the car was unclear, but the teen was sanguine about the situation in an interview with WCCO.“It kinda sucks because I don’t have a car anymore but [it] could be worse,” Lang said. Previous PostTwo dead after tree branch falls during Fourth of July fireworks Twitter Facebook NewsWatchTop Stories Teen crashes car into a sinkhole, escapes unscathed By Daniella HankeyJul 05, 2018, 04:47 am 412 0 Pinterest Mail Tumblr (ABC NEWS)- A 16-year-old driver in Minnesota crashed his car up to the rear tires into a sinkhole but, uninjured, was able to climb out of the car’s back window, authorities said.Jaxon Lang, who has owned the car for about a month, told ABC station WCCO that he saw something in the road about 30 yards away, but, “it didn’t look too big.”“I thought maybe it was a branch or something,” Lang told WCCO. ” … I slammed my brakes and the car just slid into the hole and then hit the other side and then it just, like, fell down.”Lang was spared injury Tuesday because he was wearing a seat belt, Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable said on Facebook.“This 16-year-old driver was very lucky to have escaped without any injuries thanks in part to his seat belt and air bags,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook. Google+ Home NewsWatch Teen crashes car into a sinkhole, escapes unscathed The vehicle’s airbag also deployed, video released by the sheriff’s office shows.Following heavy rainfall, the road washed out around the culvert beneath, according the sheriff’s Facebook post. Daniella Hankeylast_img read more

Home NewsWatch The Fifth Quarter Nicholas Count

first_imgHome NewsWatch The Fifth Quarter: Nicholas County vs Independence Next PostUPDATE: Over 10,000 Still Without Power In Our Area Due To Strong Winds Linkedin Facebook Check out the Highlight’s from Nicholas County’s 46-18 win over Independence! Google+ Nolan Knight Tumblr NewsWatch The Fifth Quarter: Nicholas County vs Independence By Nolan KnightOct 21, 2018, 00:23 am 479 0 Pinterest Previous PostHolliday Excited for Bye Week, Marshall Down FAU Twitter Maillast_img read more

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first_img Next PostStonewall Resort Perfect Weekend Getaway Hinton, WV (WOAY) – With the results of last week’s sectionals, Fayetteville and Summers County faced each other in a Class A regional Thursday, with both teams looking to make a return appearance to the state tournament in Charleston.The Lady Bobcats – who entered the night unbeaten against Class A opponents this season – established momentum in the first quarter, and while Fayetteville made plays throughout the evening, Summers County booked a spot at the Civic Center with their 81-58 win.Whittney Justice led all scorers with 30 points, while Brittney Justice added 29 and Hannah Taylor contribued 15 points.Summers County will be the top seed in the Class A tournament, where they’ll face Charleston Catholic on Wednesday at 5:30 PM. The Lady Bobcats won both regular season meetings against the Lady Irish.In Class AA, River View won 51-46 at Westside to punch its first ticket to Charleston in school history. The Lady Raiders, as the eight-seed, will play Bluefield on Thursday in the quarterfinals; the Lady Beavers won the sectional final against River View last week. Pinterest Twitter Tumblr SportsSports News Girls Class A Region 3 Co-Final – Fayetteville @ Summers County By Matt DigbyMar 03, 2017, 00:33 am 783 0 Facebook Home Sports News Sports Girls Class A Region 3 Co-Final – Fayetteville @ Summers County Google+ Mail Previous PostArrest made in national threats to Jewish community centers Linkedin Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read Morelast_img read more


first_img Tumblr Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at Next PostD-Day: 75 Years Later CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedLocal NewsNewsWatch Two Arrested On Drug Charges In Fayette County By Tyler BarkerJun 06, 2019, 17:25 pm 1049 0 Twitter Google+ Pinterest Linkedin Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Two Arrested On Drug Charges In Fayette County FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Two Fayette County men are in jail following the execution of a search warrant in North Page.Sheriff Mike Fridley says, after a lengthy investigation, the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on a home located at 10124 Deepwater Mountain Road in the community of North Page. During the execution of the search warrant, one subject fled from the home, and was eventually captured by officers. The search of the location yielded a quantity of methamphetamines,  heroin and marijuana along with packaging materials and cash.Kenneth Taylor, 39 of North Page, was charged with four felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance and two counts of Possession With Intent to Deliver Narcotics.  He was unable to post the $150,000 bond set by the Fayette County Magistrate’s Office  and was remanded to the Southern Regional Jail.The subject who fled the scene, Donald Walker of Robson, was charged with Fleeing an Officer,  Obstructing a Police Officer and Battery on Law Enforcement Personnel.  Walker also had an active family court warrant filed by the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement, and was remanded to the Southern Regional Jail until such time he can be seen by the Family Court Judge.If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-3590, or through our Facebook page “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department,” or you can contact Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP. This incident remains under investigation by the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force.Fayette County Sheriff’s Department disclaimer: All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal complaint is nothing more than a document that merely alleges a criminal charge. Previous PostUPDATE: Missing Teen From Fayette County Found Safe Mail Facebooklast_img read more

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first_img The dollar index closed late on Monday afternoon in New York at 89.12.  From there it ‘rallied’ to its 89.26 high tick of the day, which came shortly after 11:30 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Tuesday morning.  From that point it headed lower, with the decline really picking up steam once the London p.m. gold fix was in at 10 a.m. EST.  But a minute or so before 10:30 a.m. it appeared that ‘gentle hands’ showed up to save the dollar from a full-fledged crash, just as it knifed through the 88.20 level.  The index rallied back to around 88.75, before rolling over a bit into the close.  The index finished the Tuesday session at 88.67—down 45 basis points. Of course you’ll note that the rallies in gold, platinum and palladium all ended at the low tick in the dollar index. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas.  As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, And here’s a chart that I ripped out of Mark O’Byrne’s column over at the Internet site yesterday.  It’s headlined “Are Your Savings Safe From Bail-Ins?”  Use the ‘click to enlarge’ feature and look it over.  However, I wouldn’t allow those assigned numbers to give you any comfort, as all the world’s banks are toast on mark-to-market basis, even our beloved Canadian banks.  Mark’s commentary about this is well worth reading—and is linked here.  It also posted in the Critical Reads section as well The rally in platinum was very similar to gold’s rally.  It ended/got capped the same time as gold.  From its high, half its gains disappeared by noon in New York, as platinum finishing the Tuesday session at $1,242 spot, up 14 bucks from Monday’s close. The gold stocks gapped up at the open, hitting their high tick at, or shortly after, the high in gold.  Within half an hour of the high tick, the stocks gave up 2 percent of their gains before chopping sideways in a tight range into the close of trading.  The HUI finished up an even 5 percent. In the last five weeks we’ve had four ‘orphan’ rallies The gold price got sold down within a few bucks of the $1,200 spot price mark early in the Far East trading session on their Tuesday, but began to rally shortly before 2 p.m. Hong Kong time.  That tiny rally took the price back a few bucks above unchanged by 9 a.m. GMT in London.  The real action started the moment that the noon London silver fix was in—and the rally that began at that point got capped/ran out of gas shortly after 10:30 p.m. EST.  From its high tick it got sold down about ten bucks, before chopping sideways into the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading. The low and high ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,199.50 and $1,239.00 in the February contract. Gold was closed in New York yesterday at $1,232.40 spot, up $28.20 on the day—and well of its high.  Volume, net of December and January, was an enormous 252,000 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 1 gold and 72 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Thursday.  The two largest issuers in silver were Canada’s Scotiabank and ABN Amro with 51 and 20 contracts respectively.  HSBC USA and Jefferies were the long/stoppers on 55 and 11 contracts respectively. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Tuesday session showed that gold open interest in the December contract dropped by 848 contracts—and now sits at 1,087 contracts left.  In silver, December o.i. declined by only 12 contracts—and the balance outstanding is 575 contracts. After a withdrawal on Monday, an authorize participant added 86,473 troy ounces of gold to GLD yesterday.  And as of 9:28 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Late last night the folks over at the Internet site updated the short positions for both SLV and GLD for the two week period ending on November 28—and this is what they had to report.  The short position in SLV declined from 17.45 million shares/troy ounces, down to 15.41 million shares/troy ounces—which was a decline of 11.68 percent. In GLD, the short position declined from 1.77 million troy ounces, down to 1.57 million troy ounces.  That was a decline of 11.29%. These very similar declines for the period ending at the close of trading on November 28—were in sharp contrast to the very similar increases in short positions that were posted for the prior reporting period that ended on November 14.  The previous report showed that SLV’s short position increased by 17.53%—and GLD’s short position was up by 17.37%. Much to my surprise, there was another 187,000 silver eagles sold by the U.S. Mint yesterday and, for the second day in a row, there was no gold sold. There was almost no in/out activity in gold over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday.  Nothing was reported received—and only 3 kilobars were shipped out—96.450 troy ounces worth. It was busier in silver, of course, as 391,778 troy ounces were received—and 846,875 troy ounces were shipped out the door to parts unknown.  The link to that activity is here. The chart below is one that Nick Laird slid into my in-box just after midnight MST this morning—and its contents don’t require any embellishment by me. Palladium’s rally was a mini version of the other three precious metals—and every attempt to break above the $810 spot mark got turned back.  Palladium closed at $807—up 9 dollars on the day. Once again Brad Robertson sent us the 5-minute tick chart for gold—and you can see the big volume spikes that occurred while yesterday’s rally was underway, with most of the big volume coming between 9:40 and 11:00 a.m. EST in the COMEX session.  Other that that, volume was pretty quiet.  Add two hours for EST—and use the ‘click to enlarge’ feature. The price rally in silver was almost the same as the rally in gold, with the only real difference being the time of the high price tick.  In the case of silver, this occurred shortly after the London close, which came shortly after 11 a.m. in New York. The low and high in silver were recorded as $16.29 and $17.23 in the March contract. Silver finished the Tuesday trading session at $17.105 spot, up 73 cents from Monday’s close.  Net volume was very heavy here as well.  Net of December and January, it was 69,500 contracts. The silver equities rallied until 2:15 p.m. EST, before getting sold down the same 2 percent into the close.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 5.25 percent. As you can see, the 50-day moving averages in both gold and silver got obliterated to the upside—and platinum also broke through, but with somewhat less authority.  Palladium continues to ‘struggle’ just under its 200-day moving average. As I type this paragraph, the London open is less than ten minutes away—and at the moment, the prices of all four precious metals are up relatively decent amounts from their respective closes in New York yesterday.  Gold volume is just north of 28,000 contracts—and silver’s volume is around 4,600 contracts.  Neither volume is exactly light.  The dollar index, which touched its 88.80 Far East high just before 10 a.m. Hong Kong time, is down 14 basis points from its Tuesday close as of this writing. Since yesterday [at the close of COMEX trading] was the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, all of that price/volume activity from Tuesday will be in it.  All that matters—and it’s what Ted and I will both be looking for, is whether or not the ‘Big 8’ traders on the short side in both silver and gold increased their short positions on this rally.  On the surface it’s looked ugly, but the last four weeks of COT Reports have show huge and positive changes, despite the headline numbers.  Ted is hoping we’ll see more of the same in this Friday’s report.  So do I—and so should you! And as I fire today’s effort out the door at 5:25 a.m. EST, I see that the tiny rallies in both gold and silver that developed an hour or so before the London open have reversed themselves—and both precious metals are now down on the day by small amounts.  Gold volume is just over 40,000 contracts, which is quite a bit all things considered—and silver’s volume is getting up there as well, at just over 8,200 contracts. Both platinum and palladium are still up on the day, but also trending lower as of this writing.  The dollar index hasn’t changed much in the last couple of hours—and is down 7 basis points at the moment. I note that crude oil is down $1.20 a barrel—and a new low for this move down. Like yesterday, I won’t hazard a guess as to how the remainder of today’s trading session will unfold and, as usual, nothing will surprise me when I check the charts after rolling out of bed later this morning. See you tomorrow. I have a more reasonable number of stories for you today—and I hope you can find some in here that interest you.  There are two absolute must reads included. Being that futures trading is a zero sum game, the $400 million that the technical funds booked in profits on COMEX silver shorts (so far) was largely lost by the raptors—the Commercial traders other than the ‘Big 8’. Technical funds closed out 22,000 short contracts at a profit—and some, but not all, raptors sold nearly 19,000 long contracts at a loss of close to $400 million. While the large gain will undoubtedly increase the technical funds’ financial war chest, the loss to the 10 or so raptors which sold contracts, is devastating. Because the loss was not only large but concentrated among so few raptors, it’s reasonable to assume the losses have knocked those traders out of the silver game for good. No speculator can lose an amount equal to years’ worth of cumulative gains in any one trade and remain solvent, or continue as if nothing extreme has occurred. Therefore, the relatively few raptors who got caught and sold the 19,000 long contracts in the downdraft from over $17 as recently as Oct 28—to $14 and $15—can no longer be, effectively, in business. It is highly unlikely that these traders will trade silver futures anytime soon. And it’s possible that the large selling by the raptors in gold [last] week may be related to the massive losses of the silver raptors. After all, how hard is it to imagine that the raptors who got caught flat-footed in silver were also long gold futures?  While the losses to the raptors in silver overshadowed what might have been lost on gold longs, what real difference does it make? A trader put out of business by silver losses isn’t going to trade gold as if nothing mattered. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 06 December 2014 Although it was nice to see the precious metals rally, once again there has been absolutely no follow-through in Far East trading, or early London trading this morning.  In the last five weeks we’ve had four ‘orphan’ rallies with no follow through.  All of them can be easily classified as “key reversal” days—and every one has failed.  One wonders what the T.A. gurus have to say for themselves at this juncture. However, having said that, every one of these out-of-the-blue one-day-wonder rallies has resulted in internal structure changes within the Commitment of Traders Reports that, as Ted Butler said on Saturday—“were so extreme as to potentially be a game changers.“ Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals, plus WTIC.  Crude oil hit a new intraday low yesterday, but did not close there.last_img read more