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Sunday, 10 May 2015

RSBL: GOLD BELOW PEOPLE'S RADAR


                                                                                   -By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL





Currently, the gold markets seems to be more like a see saw as it remains directionless amid mixed economic data.

Gold got a little lift from its downward trend.  Prices gained 1% for the week as a whole, after revisions to US payrolls data, from March and February, sparked speculation that the Fed could refrain from hiking rates in the immediate future.

The members of the Fed’s policy board are locked in what has become an increasingly public debate on when will be the right time to raise interest rates, which have been near zero since December 2008.

Gold remained quite stable and was fairly unchanged on Friday afternoon trading sessions after a lukewarm US jobs report failed to answer many of the questions surrounding the US economy.
The spot gold price of $1,185.00/1,185.80 per ounce was up $1.40 on the previous session’s close. It peaked at $1,193.80 shortly after the release of the US jobs report.

Let’s have a look at the data released during the week-

Employment Data- The US economy created 223,000 jobs in April, which was essentially in line with the 228,000 forecast, while the unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in March. Average hourly earnings increased 0.1 percent, slightly below the 0.2 percent expected.
But payroll employment for February was revised from 264,000 to 266,000, and the change for March was revised from 126,000 to 85,000. With these revisions, employment gains in February and March combined were 39,000 lower than previously reported.
The report said that the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.4%. The participation rate was also little changed at 62.8% last month.

Since April 2014, the participation rate has remained within a narrow range of 62.7 percent to 62.9 percent. Wage growth saw a smaller than expected rise last month, increasing by three cents or 0.1% to $24.87.  Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 2.2 percent.
The average workweek remained unchanged at 34.5 hours. The weak wage growth was also “disappointing” and could keep the Federal Reserve postpone an eventual rate hike. A trend of firmer wage growth needs to be seen before “before Fed officials are ‘reasonably confident’ that inflation is on the path back to their target.



China- the Chinese trade surplus at $34.1 billion in March was up from $3.1 billion in February but below the expected $34.5 billion. As well, exports and imports both fell further than expected.

German- German industrial production disappointed at -0.5 percent as did the German trade balance at 19.3 billion euros. But Italian industrial production at 0.4 percent was better than expected.
ADP- In another precursor to today’s data, the ADP figure on Wednesday at 169,000 was below the forecast 199,000. A higher number today, however, could underpin a surge in the dollar and ultimately dampen any near-term prospects for gold – particularly while many investors are building the case for a delay to any interest-rate rises.


Dollar- The complex shrugged off a stronger dollar, which at 1.1200 against the euro this morning was building on gains of 0.66 percent on Thursday after US weekly jobless claims at 265,000 were better than the forecast 277,000.

Most financial markets were looking a little stretched, which could create volatility, ultimately supporting gold prices.
If the Federal Reserve is not that confident of a positive economic growth then it is quote expected that the first interest rate hike would be further postponed, which would further benefit gold.

Any negative data coming from US could drive up gold prices above $1200 an ounce.


In the week to come there are two major economic reports that ill have analysts glued to it.
1)    April Retail sales report to be released in Wednesday
2)    Regional manufacturing data for May to be released on Friday from New York

The retails sales reports is expected to rise 0.3% in April. Forecasts for the Empire State survey, show economists expect the index to rise to 5.2 this month, after falling to negative 1.2 in April.

If any of the reports come out negative then it would have a major impact on Fed rate hike expectations.
A weak retail sales number for April still isn’t going to stop the Fed from hiking in September.
Gold has fallen below people’s expectations and it will take something significant to get it back their trust. Until something unexpected happens, eventual rate hikes will continue to overhang the gold market.

Although gold is expected to remain range-bound next week, some analysts do see some positives that could help prices hover above the $1,200 an ounce level.
With little economic data to provide any solid direction for gold, some analysts are looking at outside markets for some guidance.

Apart from the two major US data reports analysts will be tracking the following-
⦁    Bank of England's (BoE) interest rate decision
⦁    GDP data from the UK, Germany and from the Eurozone

Any unexpected geopolitical event like The Greek crisis, for instance, could prop up prices if Athens and EU officials fail to reach a deal needed to release bailout money to the cash-strapped nation.

Analysts are unsure as to how gold prices will move next week and expect bullion to take its cues from the financial markets, where any sign of volatility could help boost the metal's safe-haven status.

TRADE RANGE



METAL
INTERNATIONAL
DOMESTIC
GOLD
$1178- $1220 an ounce
Rs.26,500- Rs.27,500 per 10g
SILVER
$16.00- $17.20
Rs.36,000- Rs.39,500 per kg



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

- Previous blog -
"A Volatile Week Waits For Gold"
riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/05/rsbl-volatile-week-waits-for-gold.html


Monday, 23 March 2015

AN ACTION PACKED WEEK FOR GOLD

                                                                                                             -By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL







Yes Indeed…It seems like a miracle. It’s so surprising to see what a difference a few days can make as the gold market sees renewed optimism, ending the week solidly positive on the back of a weaker U.S. dollar and lower U.S. treasury yields.

Gold prices hit two-week highs on Friday and were poised for their biggest weekly jump since mid-January, after the U.S. Federal Reserve's cautious note on interest rates arrested a dollar rally and sparked broad-based buying of commodities.
Though the week began with a rough patch for gold by the end of the week it was a completely different scenario for gold.
On Tuesday, Gold fell to a four month low of $1,142.92 an ounce. Market players had expected gold prices to drop further amid the dollar's surge and speculation about when the Federal Reserve will begin raising interest rates.  


With positive economic indicators, the US dollar gets stronger. The interest rate hike expectation had further strengthened the dollar which meant that the future for gold is not good.


Following these sentiments the precious metal traded at $1,148.60 Wednesday morning and plummeted 12 percent in the last eight weeks.

Gold prices were seen heading towards a consecutive loss in the past seven sessions as a robust dollar and expectations of higher U.S. interest rates curbed appetite for the metal.
But Wednesday FOMC meet was a game changer for gold. Following  the Federal Open Market committee (FOMC) meeting on Wednesday, The Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made it clear (again) those interest rates would not be raised until inflation gains more steam. With current inflation rates negative for the first time since 2009, and with the U.S. dollar index at an 11-year high, we can probably expect near-record-low interest rates for some time longer.

Post this news, gold prices sparked immediately rising nearly 2 percent, from $1,151 to $1,172. That’s the largest one-day move we’ve seen from the yellow metal in at least two months.

At the highest peak of the week, Spot gold was up 1.2 percent at $1,184.55 an ounce by 1:55 p.m. EDT (1755 GMT) after hitting $1,187.80

Wednesday’s FOMC policy meeting caused a stir in the gold market, which is now looking like it may close off the week on a positive note.


The U.S. currency fell as much as 1.8 percent against a basket of major currencies on Friday, after the Fed downgraded its growth and inflation projections earlier in the week, signaling it is in no rush to push borrowing costs to more normal levels.

Apart from the main game changer for the week, we saw following significant activities in the market.
  • Post-Fed, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, New York-listed SPDR Gold Shares, saw its first inflows since Feb. 20, also boosting sentiment. Holdings in SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.24 percent to 749.77 tonnes on Wednesday - the first inflow since Feb. 20.
  • In the physical markets, Chinese buying was steady, with premiums on the Shanghai Gold Exchange staying at a robust $6-$7 an ounce on Friday. Sustained physical buying could further support prices.
  • Gold climbed on the heels of a softening U.S. dollar and focus in Europe turning back from its political problems to the [European Central Bank] stimulus rollout.
  • Demand for gold from India picker up ahead of the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa.
Though there is not much data set to be released next week, analysts are expecting gold to continue to take its cue from the U.S. dollar. Most commodity analysts see room for the yellow metal to move higher as investors take some of their U.S. dollar profits off the table.

A significant number coming in for the week will be the housing date- release for existing and new home sales number.

Next week, financial markets will receive more housing data with the release of existing and new home sales numbers.

Apart from the key US indicators, one more thing that needs consideration is Greece. Investors need to keep a watch on what is happening in Greece as funding talks are expected to resume again. Greece is once again pushing back against austerity measures, but with no new funding deal, there is a chance they would default on their debt and be forced out of the Eurozone.

Any breakdown in funding talks next week is going to be positive for gold, as a safe-haven asset.
Though no major game changers are in queue for gold, the yellow metal will be taking cues from the above mentioned data.


TRADE RANGE


METAL INTERNATIONAL DOMESTIC
GOLD $1163- $1205 an ounce Rs.25,700- Rs.27,000 per 10gm
SILVER $16.15- $18.00 an ounce Rs.36,000- Rs. 40,000 per kg

 

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

- Previous blog -
"Gold To React To FOMC"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/03/gold-to-react-to-fomc.html

Sunday, 8 March 2015

AN UPBEAT DOLLAR BEATS UP GOLD

- By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL


 








As the outlook for the U.S dollar remained upbeat, we saw a bearish sentiment in the market for gold. Many investors expect that an interest rate hike by the U.S Federal Reserve will come sometime in 2015 was responsible for this sentiment. 

The Fed had stated that before it would tighten its policy, after it sees acceleration in wage growth. But at the same time the Fed had also made it clear in the January minutes in recent weeks that rate hikes could occur even if inflation is floundering. For now, as the Fed doesn’t consider the drop in inflation anything more than transitory, it’s unlikely that the wage figures ruffle too many feathers, at least for the U.S. Dollar.

Apart from the interest rate hike, there is also a great deal of uncertainty about the geopolitical and macroeconomic situation and gold continues to react to development in this regards.
The strong greenback has pushed gold prices below the key psychological level of $1,200 an ounce and has pushed the euro to a 12-year low

Both the euro and gold prices remain under significant pressure from the U.S. dollar.
The U.S. dollar has strengthened, particularly against the euro and that is negative for gold.

Though gold ended down for the week, it did show modest gains on Thursday afternoon although in euro terms it struck a near-one-month high following a speech from ECB president Mario Draghi on the bank’s QE programme.

An optimistic Draghi today outlined the ECB’s bond-purchasing plan that will begin on March 9. But he set a floor for bond purchases at the ECB’s deposit rate of -0.2 percent, following questions regarding to the extent to which the central bank will dabble with negative-yielding bonds.

As the week ended, gold prices fell to a two month low on Friday following a strong U.S non-farm payrolls report. Details are as following-

  • US total non-farm payroll employment increased by 295,000 in February and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent, which was significantly better than the forecast for the addition of 240,000 jobs and a 5.6-percent unemployment rate.
  • Labor reports over the next several months will take on added significance because the Federal Reserve is on the verge of raising interest rates.


This reading put added pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in the near term.


By Friday afternoon prices had hit a session low of $1,162.90 an ounce and settled only marginally higher at $1,164.30, down 2.6% for the day. The gold ended the week at its lowest point since Dec. 1, shedding 4% since Monday.
Many cautious investors displayed a large scale pullout, looking for refuge in investment opportunities like stock, assuming bullish prospects for equity markets would continue in emerging markets like India.

Currently investment in equities looks more fruitful. Many investors are seeking shelter under this avenue as it is expected to give better returns than bullion; hence many investors sold their holding in gold to divert funds into equities in markets like India.
The jobs report definitely added fuel to fire for those who are expecting higher interest rates. Gold’s fall today shows that there is faith in the interest rate underpinning the dollar right now.

Strengthening dollar which is trading at its 11 year peak because of optimism in the US economy will be a strong factor for gold prices to come down in this month.

Although most of the market focus will revolve around the U.S. dollar and interest expectations, the two economic reports that will garner investors’ attention are-
  •  February retail sales
  •  Producer inflation data
The question now on everyone’s mind is just how low gold prices will go next week, in what is a quiet week for U.S. economic data. Most analysts expect that markets will spend most of next week preparing for the Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting on March 18.
Any hike by the Fed, which has kept rates near zero since 2008 to stimulate the U.S. economy, could hurt demand for bullion, a non-interest-bearing asset. If there is no physical demand then the market could be vulnerable.

The current strategy that market players should follow is “BUY ON DIPS”. 

Following trade range could possibly give an idea for the same.

METAL
INTERNATIONAL
DOMESTIC
GOLD
$1130-$1200 an ounce
Rs.25,700- Rs.27,000 per 10gm
SILVER
$15.40-$ 17.00 an ounce
Rs.35,000- Rs.38,000 per kg

“The primary purpose of this blog by Prithviraj Kothari - MD, RSBL, is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.”
- Previous blog -
"Overall A Decent Budget For Gems & Jewellery Industry"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/02/overall-decent-budget-for-gems.html