Capacity utilization for July 2012 came in at 79.3 (up from 78.9 a month ago), which is the highest number since April 2008. That also means we are nearing the danger zone of 80. Once we get above 80, you can bet that we will get high inflation after a few months from now.
All different industries were higher in capacity utilization with the mining industry posting an astounding 90.4 capacity utilization rate in July 2012, up from 89.5 a month ago.
There is absolutely no indication that precious metals won't go higher in the future.
|Chart 1: Capacity Utilization|