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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Gold steady ahead of Sept. FOMC Meet

After rising for 3 days, gold prices weakened globally and on the domestic front too on weak global cues and easing demand by local jewellers.

Trump reached a surprise deal with Democrats on Wednesday to raise the short-term US debt ceiling, reducing concerns over a potential government shutdown and denting safe-haven demand.


President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned that the US would no longer tolerate North Korea's actions but said the use of military force against Pyongyang will not be his "first choice".

Gold stabilised early on Thursday, sustained by a weaker dollar and enduring concerns over North Korea, as markets awaited the outcome of a European Central Bank (ECB) policy meeting.

Spot gold was little changed at $1,334.06 per ounce during Thursdays trading hours, after easing 0.3 per cent in the previous session.

The dollar edged down against the yen on Wednesday, pushed back toward a recent 4-1/2-month low by the simmering tensions over North Korea and by comments from a Federal Reserve official about subdued US inflation.

Following suit, the dollar remained submissive on Thursday and the euro stood firm ahead of the ECB meeting where President Mario Draghi is expected to start laying the groundwork to withdraw monetary stimulus.

Currently, the escalating geopolitical tensions are bringing a rally in gold prices and the chances of the unrest rising further are high. If North Korea does another missile test, it will trigger risk-off trade thus proving to be of further help to gold.

The market is likely to continue focusing on geopolitical tensions, but it will start to shift focus to the Federal Reserve meeting in September, looking for details on reducing the balance sheet.

The two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting (FOMC) is due to begin on Sept. 19 and the US central bank is widely expected to leave rates unchanged.

This could create some plunging pressure on gold starting next week and a rebound in the dollar for a short term.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

GOLD CRASHES BUT LANDS SAFELY: RSBL

 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.
Previous blog:
"Volatile Markets: RSBL"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2016/10/volatile-markets-rsbl.html

Thursday, 15 September 2016

GOLD STABILISES: RSBL

By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL










Though gold slipped consecutively for 3 days, past week ended on a positive note and stayed on track for a second successive weekly gain driven by diminishing expectations of a looming hike in U.S. interest rates.
The metal was up 0.7 percent during the week, holding on to nearly half the sharp gains it made on last Tuesday after a weak U.S. data instigated talks that the Federal Reserve will hold off raising rates at its September policy meeting.
Spot gold was down 0.25 percent at $1,334.60 an ounce at 1152 GMT on 9th September, while it peaked $1,352.65 an ounce after rallying 1.8 percent on Tuesday.

Reasons being the same- Fed Hike, US data, US dollar and ECB. These factors have been repeatedly influencing gold prices since quite some time. Yes I know that we have discussed these points time and again, and we all know that they  keep influencing gold prices but thee way and the extent to which they influence does change every week and hence we once again throw light on this week’s gold’s behaviour-

ECB- On Thursday, the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to maintain its current bond-buying programme and kept interest rates unchanged, surprising investors who had expected another round of quantitative easing in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the single market.

The ECB’s unexpected stance led to a broad-based selloff in the commodities sector, while also fuelling a dollar rally – last trading at 95.45 on the dollar index, the highest point in a week.
Analysts and traders believe that The ECB’s decision would also increase the likelihood of the US Federal Reserve implementing a rate hike before the year end.

Global Data- Meanwhile in a slow data day, US wholesale inventories for July were unchanged, missing expectations of a 0.1 percent rise.
Overnight, China’s August CPI came in at 1.3 percent, below July’s reading of 1.8 percent and market forecast of 1.7 percent.
The Chinese August PPI fell 0.8 percent, improving from a drop of 1.7 percent in July and better than consensus of a one-percent drop. August, however, marked the 54th straight month of decline.
Weak global data pushed gold prices high over the week.


US Dollar- Prices have largely moved in concert with the dollar – against a basket of currencies it recently hit a multi-week low and was last trading at 94.56.  But investment demand in gold and its potential upside remain capped
The combative rhetoric – along with employment claims coming in better-than-expected at 259,000 – led to a minor dollar revival earlier during US trading hours.

Gold has rebounded strongly but have seem too stabilised between $1,355 and $1,375.25 and analysts believe to remain more or less in this trading range. But with the dollar looking weaker, we would not be surprised if gold prices work higher. The rest of the precious metals would follow suit.
Fed Hike- Richmond Fed President Jeffery Lacker said on Wednesday the case for a September hike was going to be “strong” and echoed his colleague Esther George who said that she too saw the US labour market approaching full employment.
Market participants currently see a 21 percent change of a US rate hike in September, with majority expecting it to happen in December, according to the CME FedWatch Tool.
Gold prices will trend higher still in near term, largely driven by lower Fed tightening expectations.  Gold prices are expected to boost further, given that the Fed is unlikely to move in September and the current probability of a September move is likely to ease further.


The Federal Reserve will meet on September 20-21 and again on November 1-2 before the country goes to the polls on November 8. Given the looming presidential election and the forecast-missing jobs report for August, the US central bank is widely expected to hold off on raising rates until next year at the earliest despite increasing hawkish rhetoric from FOMC members.


Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren, who shifted his stand in recent months in favour of monetary tightening, warned Friday that waiting too long to raise interest rates risks overheating the economy. Higher rates make bullion less competitive against interest-bearing assets. The comments come a day after the European Central Bank played down the prospect of an increase in asset purchases.

In the two-week run-up to the Fed’s next policy meeting, additional US economic data releases will further inform the market’s view of rate hike probabilities. At the current time, the greater likelihood is that there will be no September rate hike. If this continues to be the case, gold could potentially break out above the noted downtrend line and $1350 resistance level. In this event, the next major upside targets are at the mentioned $1375 high, followed by the key $1425 resistance objective.




The primary purpose of this article by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.
Previous blog:
"BULLION MARKET HIGHLIGHTS- DECEMBER 2015- AUGUST 2016: RSBL"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2016/09/bullion-market-highlights-december-2015.html


Tuesday, 31 May 2016

INTEREST RATE HIKE SPOILING GOLD PRICE RISE :RSBL

 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL




Just when gold had started entering in to the good books of majority of the market players, it once again started losing its appeal. Gold has started trending differently from the beginning of May. Along with platinum, palladium and silver, it is heading for the biggest monthly loss since November as investors anticipate higher borrowing costs in the U.S.

Gold has pared this year’s rally after retreating more than 5 percent in May as investors raised bets on the Federal Reserve increasing interest rates from as early as next month, causing the dollar to rally. Higher rates curb bullion’s appeal against interest-bearing assets.

At the start of this month, markets were excessively dovish, pricing almost no probability of a U.S. rate hike in June but a run of better U.S. economic data plus the minutes of April’s FOMC meeting have seen U.S. forward rates move up, the dollar rally and gold has naturally sold off.

The fundamental data released that changed the game for gold were:

  • The U.S. Federal Reserve continued to lay the groundwork for an interest rate hike in the next two months, with Governor Jerome Powell saying he felt the U.S. economy was on a "solid footing" and within reach of the central bank's inflation goals.
  • The U.S. economy is set to grow by a 2.9 percent annualized rate in the second quarter following the latest data on durable goods orders and advance goods trade, the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDP Now forecast model showed on Thursday. 
  • U.S. business spending intentions weakened in April for a third straight month amid soft demand for machinery, but a surge in contracts to purchase previously owned homes to a 10-year high supported views economic growth was gaining speed. 
  • Japan's core consumer prices fell 0.3 percent in April from a year earlier, the second straight month of declines, keeping the central bank under pressure to deploy additional stimulus to achieve its ambitious 2 percent inflation target. 


Gold crawled higher early on Friday but stayed near seven-week lows and remained on track for its biggest weekly decline in nine, with positive economic data boosting expectations U.S. interest rates will rise in the next two months. The dollar stayed in consolidation mode early on Friday after its rally to two-month highs ran out of steam with bulls looking for fresh from the head of the U.S. central bank.

Now the market eagerly waits for the Fed officials will gather in Washington June 14-15 to decide whether to increase rates for the first time since December.

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Monday, 14 March 2016

Renewed confidence in Gold and Silver: RSBL


                                                               By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL


 
Gold prices rallied this week but gave up all gains established post ECB. Still the closing was in a positive trend.

The precious metals remain upbeat with average gains of 0.4 percent with gold prices last at $1,275.10, having set a fresh high at 1,282.90, the highest since February last year.

Gold Price rise

The Yellow metal hit a 13-month high in the wake of the European Central Bank (ECB) decision to lower deposit rates and sink another 80 billion euros per month into the economic region. President Mario Draghi said the new efforts will run until March 2017, but stated that he did not anticipate any further rate cuts.

In data, US weekly unemployment claims between February 27 and March 5 came in at 259,000, under the forecast of 272,000 and below the psychological 300,000 mark. This strong US employment report had driven optimism that the US economy and also the world economy may not be that weak as feared following which expectations on the demand viewpoint have been adjusted aloft.

The focus now shifts to Tuesday’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting 15- 16 March for fresh stance on the interest rates in the US, which is world’s largest economy. The meeting will be followed by a summary of economic projections from individual Fed members, as well as a press conference by Chair Janet Yellen. The policy-board has faced severe instability, but recent employment figures show the American economy is still recovering at a healthy pace.

On the domestic front, gold prices are expected to rise further followed by a weakening dollar. The other precious metals also seem to be facing resistance at these levels, although they also do seem to be attracting more investor interest now, which suggests dips will be supported. 

Key economic data watch out for in the coming week:
·         Tuesday - Retail sales, producer prices and the New York Fed Empire State manufacturing survey
·         Wednesday - consumer price index, housing starts and industrial production
·         Thursday - Jobless claims and the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey
There are several central banks meeting this week i.e. Bank of Japan, Bank of England and Swiss National bank whose rate related decisions could bring up some volatility in the markets.

Simultaneously, traders will be keeping an eye on is the conclusion of National People’s Congress in China and will be watching for any statements about fiscal stimulus or monetary easing.

My Sentiment for gold prices is positive and if it crosses $1280 an ounce then gold is expected to reach the next technical resistance levels of $1310 an ounce. As it failed to cross $1280 convincingly, I do feel that there could be a short term pull back in prices but Gold’s price of $1300 won’t be a surprise. Silver too has shown a good support around $15.50. In rupee terms, I feel Gold prices would be in the range of INR 28,000 to INR 31,000 while Silver would be in the range of INR 36,000 to INR 41,500.

Silver Price rise



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