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Saturday, 23 March 2013


-By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL (RiddiSiddhi Bullions Ltd.)

Gold traded near a 3-1/2-week high on Friday, underpinned by safe-haven demand on the fear of a potential financial meltdown in Cyprus, which has put bullion on track for its biggest weekly rise in four months. The clock is ticking for Cyprus to come up with a solution to clinch an international bailout; otherwise it could face the collapse of its financial system and likely exit from the euro zone.  

 The Cyprus crisis has offered gold a helping hand, after investors had been pulling out of the precious metal and piling into stock markets which have rallied this year on a brighter economic outlook. The other reason for this upmove is the fact that FOMC’s decision is still active to keep policy unchanged. 

Gold traded as high as $1,608.63/oz, its first break above the $1,600/oz marker since late February, but pared its gains as a stronger U.S. dollar damped buying. On Thursday, the price of gold rose by 0.39% to $1,613.8; Silver also increased by 1.37% to $29.19

U.S. dollar gold prices continued to hover around $1610 per ounce Friday morning, dipping back below that level after making gains in Asian trading, while stocks and commodities were flat on the day ahead of a vote by Cyprus’s parliament on measures aimed at raising money and securing a bailout. 

European patience with Cyprus is running out after Cypriot lawmakers rejected a plan to tax bank deposits agreed on last weekend by the 17 euro-area finance ministers. The same finance chiefs are now considering a plan to shutter the two biggest banks in Cyprus and freeze the assets of uninsured depositors, four European officials said yesterday. European and Cypriot officials were locked in talks to find a formula to avert the Mediterranean island’s financial collapse, struggling to forge consensus on a bailout package before the European Central Bank cuts funding. Cyprus’s options narrowed on Friday after Russia spurned a bid for a loan and coalition lawmakers in Germany dismissed the Cypriot government’s latest rescue proposals. That left the troika of international creditors to hammer out fresh terms with President Nicos Anastasiades’s coalition focusing on the fate of Cyprus’s ailing banks. The ECB has said it will cut off emergency funding to Cypriot banks at the end of Monday, March 25 unless there is a deal. 

Looking ahead to early next week, Cyprus is going to remain front and centre and euro-zone confidence readings for March will also be significant next week.

Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold ETF, fell 0.902 tons from the previous session to 1,221.26 tons on March 21, the lowest since July 2011. The fund is headed for a twelfth week of outflows.  Adding to the headwind, a string of U.S. data on Thursday, including on the labour market, factory activity and home sales, pointed to a growing momentum in the U.S. economy, diminishing gold’s appeal as an investment vehicle during time of economic and political distress.

On the other hand demand from India, the world's biggest gold consumer, languished before next week's Holi festival, a period considered inauspicious for gold purchases, coinciding with the end of the financial year when traders prefer to keep low inventories.

 I am eyeing key resistance at $1,620 an ounce, a price unseen since Feb. 26. A break above that level could rekindle enthusiasm in trading. All said, Thanks to Cyprus, that gold has started glittering again!

“The primary purpose of this blog by Prithviraj Kothari - MD, RSBL, is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.”

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