Compiled 10/13/11 6:00 AM (CT) Statistics: London Gold Fix $1,674.00 -$8.00 LME Copper Stocks 453,100 tons -3,900 SILVER MARKET FUNDAMENTALS: (6:00 AM CT) Silver has been a weak follower of the equity markets in recent days, and in like manner was disappointed with the Chinese export data overnight. It may also be getting fatigued with the European debt crisis story. Most of the news from Europe has been positive this week, at least in the sense that the region's leaders appear to be dealing with the crisis, but at some point those leaders have to follow words with deeds. Merkel and Sarkozy have given themselves 3 weeks to come up with a plan, and the G20 is meeting in Paris this weekend. This may provide some more opportunity for Europe's leaders to talk up cooperation as the weekend approaches. US Weekly Jobless Claims numbers could provide some direction to silver today, as a low number would build on the generally favorable economic of the past several days. Physical prices for precious metals slipped overnight after gains from earlier this week, as buyers have stepped back. Comex Silver Stocks were 106.298 million ounces up 412,519. OUTSIDE MARKET DEVELOPMENTS: (6:00 AM CT) Early indications are that US equity markets will open close to unchanged levels later on today. The US Dollar is stronger against most of the major currencies, although posting a loss versus the Yen. The Chinese Trade surplus during September was 14.51 billion Dollars, a smaller surplus than projections. German CPI during September was up 2.6% year-on-year, in line with market expectations. The UK Trade deficit during August was 7.77 billion Pounds, a smaller deficit than forecasts. Major US economic numbers to be released this morning include Weekly Jobless Claims and the August International Trade Balance at 7:30 AM. In addition, Fed Regional President Kocherlakota will give a speech during the session.