Following gold’s slip last week, this week saw a round of bargain hunting. Gold traded near highs of $1,730, ending the week at $1,716. Silver held in a lateral position with platinum taking a beating as South African mining strikes resulted in massive layoffs and mine closures. US job reports leave many unimpressed, and the country’s presidential elections seem to be sliding into confusion rather than home base as the candidates categorically ignore Europe’s meltdown, China’s slowdown and untold mismanaged mineral wealth in Eastern and Central Africa. With the world’s markets indexed to the over-abundant weak-kneed US dollar, those in the know are calling for reinstating the Gold Standard. Central banks are snapping up gold, leading calls for a November fat with $2000 per ounce gold.