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Sales of physical gold are expected to pick up in the coming weeks as China, the world’s second largest consumer of gold, prepares for celebrations in February when it will ring in its new year and mark the arrival of the Black Water Snake during its Spring Festival. Gold’s movement last week certainly looked like a serpent swimming in a pond, and closed the week up %0.6 at $1,657.50. Silver picked up slack and closed a full 4.6% higher, docking at $30.67. Chatter has begun about a possible hard landing for China’s economy. Rough rumors or real talk? As the U.S. fiscal follies come back into view with debate over the debt ceiling, prepare for some jitters in the market. From the outside, the Eurozone seems to be stable (if you consider a slowed slide into collapse as stable), but citizens in each country continue to launch local, alternative currencies. The unrest in the Central Republic of Africa has been halted by a cease fire agreement, but the citizens of the country still clamor for greater redistribution of the wealth generated by the national mining industry. This could be bad news for French mining concerns. Further pressure in Africa: if China does have a hard landing, Angola, Congo, Ghana, Zambia could also see major disruption to their economies. Like the predictions for the Year of the Black Snake, gold will have its ups and downs. Keep your eyes on China these next few weeks.