Today the capacity utilization rate for total industry for April 2012 came out at 79.2%, up from 78.4% the previous month (Chart 1). This number is the highest since July 2008 and bodes well for commodity prices, especially gold and silver (which had a very significant correction in the last months). There was a concern the previous month that capacity utilization would come down in April, but it didn't. So gold and silver prices should have significant support in the coming months.
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|Chart 1: Capacity Utilization Rate|