Compiled 05/25/12 6:00 AM (CT) Statistics: London Gold Fix $1,560.00 $+1.50 LME Copper Stocks 223,500 tons -575 tons. SILVER MARKET FUNDAMENTALS: (6:00 AM CT) The silver market was showing marginal gains early this morning but US stocks were showing signs of giving up their initial gains and the news flow from Europe wasn't particularly beneficial to the bull camp in silver. Silver did see some favorable Chinese demand news overnight, but with Chinese shares generally trading lower overnight and therefore the fear of a return to recession in China, probably countervails talk of a recovery in Chinese silver demand ahead. At least to start today, silver was seeing the benefit of mostly favorable outside market action, but the gains in the Euro this morning weren't definitive and the US economic report slate doesn't look to offer up anything really significant today. Like gold, the silver market seems to be hopeful of an orderly exit of Greece from the EU and the prospect of an exit by Greece was seemingly increased overnight with a poll that showed gains by a far left coalition. Traders should take a large amount of direction from events into the European equity market closes this morning as that tone could set the table for the rest of the US Friday trade. Comex Silver Stocks were 141.445 million ounces up 243,490 ounces. OUTSIDE MARKET DEVELOPMENTS: (6:00 AM CT) Hong Kong shares finished marginally higher last night but that market still saw losses for the week. Mainland China stocks were down for the 3rd straight session, despite some strength in Chinese railway stocks. European equity markets were still showing concern toward the Greek situation as recent polls showing more gains were made among the far leftist party and that in turn seemingly increases the odds of a Greek exit from the EU. However, some favorable data from France and German consumer confidence overnight seems to have provided a minor boost in economic sentiment in that region and that could help Europe end the week on a less discouraging note. The US markets were showing minimal initial gains early this morning, as US data this week generally surprised with results that were slightly better than initial expectations. The US economic report slate is rather thin today, with an early speech from the Fed's Plosser in Germany and that will be followed later in the session by a Reuters University of Michigan consumer survey.