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Tuesday, 11 October 2016


 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

Gold prices have rallied 31.4 percent since the December low at $1,046.40. Safe-haven demand increased due to the following factors:
  • The US Federal Reserve proposed in December four rate increases in 2016 but at best it might deliver just one rise before the end of the year
  • Its inverse relationship with the dollar index has allowed gold to climb
  • The growing number of negative-yielding sovereign bonds has made safe-haven assets that bear no yield much more appealing
  • Pro-long utilisation of easy monetary policies by global central banks has eroded the value of paper money
  • Speculative funds as well as ETF investors have flocked into gold in search of yield
Though 2016 has been one of the best performing years for gold since 2012 the yellow metal registered its biggest daily drop in three years on last Tuesday and extended losses in the previous session after forecast-beating U.S. manufacturing data and comments from Fed officials saying there was a strong case for raising rates.

Gold fell for the eighth straight session on Thursday, slipping to a four-month low, pressured by a stronger dollar after U.S. weekly jobless claims fell and ahead of key data that could put the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year.

Gold fell for a ninth straight session on Friday on a stronger dollar ahead of key U.S. jobs data and the metal was headed for its worst weekly dip in over three years on increased expectations of a Federal Reserve rate rise by year end.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits unexpectedly declined by 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 249,000 for the week to Oct. 1. The U.S. dollar .DXY rose to the highest in more than two months against a basket of currencies as the data reinforced the view that the Fed would raise rates at the end of the year

This declined gold prices drastically but by the end of Friday gold futures staged a modest recovery amidst all these concerns.

Though the unemployment benefits declined, a slow growth rate was recorded for the third straight month in September. Gold prices got an initial boost from this.

In Europe, the European Central Bank (ECB) intends to push on with its aggressive stimulus policy of negative interest rates and massive bond buying until it is happy with the outlook for euro zone inflation, senior officials said. ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio said a Bloomberg report suggesting that there was already consensus among ECB rate setters to reduce the 80 billion euros ($89 billion) monthly bond purchases was mistaken.
The report aggravated a sell-off in gold on Tuesday as the yellow metal fell over three percent to its worst one-day fall since September 2013. 

In the short term, gold prices might remain under selling pressure. While the metal could consolidate lower and put the bulls to the test, it remains to be seen how long or deep the consolidation process will be. But we remain friendly towards gold – our medium-to-long-term view remains bullish and we could see the metal seeking a strong technical support to rebound into.

But there are chances that gold might trade sideways in the short term keeping in mind the following factors-
  • Strained projected longs show that this trade is very much overcrowded. With no fresh buyers, the path of least resistance is downward
  • Profit-taking could be a theme and, should panic ensue, panic selling could escalate as speculators and ETF investors are sitting on large unrealised profits
  • The bulls’ bounciness has not really been tested and a mild correction/pullback should do the overall bull structure a lot of benefit
  • Physical demand has been subdued due to high future prices – the current rally has not had the backing of strong physical up-take
  • The Fed has armed its policymakers to prepare the market with combative messages that the US economy is primed for a 25-basis-point-rate rise before the end of 2016
These put a limitation to the bullish trend for gold. Nonetheless as we approach towards the last quarter of 2016 we all hope that it ends on a similar note as its beginning.

The primary purpose of this article by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.
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Monday, 3 October 2016


 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

Markets were volatile as the week ended and this volatility was reflected in the movements of gold prices.

Gold prices fell on Friday, after shuffling between gains and losses as investors weighed concern about Europe's banking woes against heightened expectations of a Fed rate increase in December.

The yellow metal had fallen to as low as $1,311.95 on Friday – the lowest since September 21 – following news that Deutsche Bank was near a settlement with US regulators.
Amidst rise of uncertainty over the health of a financial industry, traders have shifted focus to gold to provide what it best does- safe haven. 

Traders are seeking for the yellow metal as uncertainty prevails after the news reports by Bloomberg that 10 hedge funds that do business with Deutsche Bank have pared their exposure. Its shares fell to a record low, and European and Asian equities retreated. There’s heightened haven buying as anxiety grows over the German lender, Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. said in a note.

Investors had been nervous about the uncertainty surrounding Deutsche Bank after some of its clients, among them several big hedge funds, were reported to have withdrawn securities or cash from the German lender amid concerns about its stability and their exposure.

But, on Friday, safe haven demand for gold dwindled after stocks in major markets largely recovered from a sell-off on easing concerns about Deutsche Bank. This lead to a fall in gold prices. Spot gold was down 0.3 percent at $1,316.32 per ounce during Friday trading hours.

As the session wore on, the focus turned to increasing expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise rates by the end of the year. Fed-funds futures, used to bet on central-bank policy, showed investors assigned a 61.6 % likelihood to a rate increase in December, up from 52% the previous day, according to CME data on Friday.

Expectations for higher rates tend to weigh on gold, which yields nothing and struggles to compete with Treasury’s and other investments when borrowing costs rise.
Hence there were sluggish sentiments in the market as it might have to edge lower before finding firm support.

A collapse in Deutsche Bank's already beaten stock had sent Europe into a fresh tailspin early on Friday and left world equity markets slipping towards their worst week in three months. Safe-haven demand had sustained bullion until the market turned its attention to U.S. economic data and important numbers coming from China.

The Commerce Department said on Friday that U.S. consumer Spending fell in August for the first time in seven months while Inflation showed signs of accelerating, mixed signals that could keep the Fed cautious about raising interest rates.
Let’s have a look on the key economic indicators-


  • In US data released Friday, the core PCE price index was as expected at 0.2 percent but personal spending and personal income undershot at 0.0 percent and 0.2 percent.
  • The Chicago PMI was better than expected at 54.2. Revised UoM consumer sentiment and revised UoM inflation expectations at 91.2 and 2.4 percent respectively were also better than forecasts.
  •   A string of manufacturing PMI numbers are due from Eurozone countries as well as the US later today. The ISM manufacturing PMI, construction spending, ISM manufacturing prices and total vehicle sales from the US will also be of note.
  •  In US data released on Thursday, second quarter final GDP growth came in at 1.4 percent quarter-on-quarter, slightly better than expectations of 1.3 percent. Weekly unemployment claims for last week was also better than expected at 254,000, against a forecast of 260,000.
  • Pending home sales for August, however, fell 2.4 percent month-on-month – a 0.1 percent decline was called for.


  • China’s official manufacturing PMI for September was at 50.4 (close to expectations of 50.5),
  • China’s manufacturing sector remains in expansion mode alongside stable production and demand growths, the NBS said.
  • But the foundation of the manufacturing sector’s stable growth is not solid as firms continue to face operating difficulties while industries eliminate excess capacities, the Bureau cautioned.
  • The country’s official non-manufacturing PMI, which represents the services sector was at 53.7 in September, was up from August’s figure of 53.5.
  • The official PMIs added to the continued Chinese growth story and risk on mood in markets, National Australia Bank said on Monday.
  • For the time being The precious metals are looking quite diverse with gold prices struggling to rise and when they do they struggle to hold on to any gains

  • For the time being The precious metals are looking quite diverse with gold prices struggling to rise and when they do they struggle to hold on to any gains.


    The primary purpose of this article by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.
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