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Monday, 25 July 2016

Consolidation phase for Gold and Silver Prices: RSBL

                                                                           - Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD RSBL


BREXIT, FED, Dollar and many other key influential factors have proved to be beneficial for Gold and Silver prices in 2016. Last week too we saw many such factors influencing bullion prices but in the downward side. Let’s take a close look on the key highlights:

  • The S&P (US Stock exchange) posted a fresh all-time closing high and the major U.S. stock averages 2,163.24 locked in a fourth successive winning week following the Brexit vote.
  • At the weekends G20 summit in China, the world's biggest economies noted they will work to support global growth and share the benefits of trade, in a meeting dominated by the impact of Britain's exit from Europe and fears of rising protectionism. Philip Hammond, Britain's new finance minister, said the uncertainty about Brexit would begin to abate once Britain laid out a vision for a future relationship with Europe, which could become clearer later this year.
  • On Thursday, 21st July , in Frankfurt, the European Central Bank (ECB) and President Mario Draghi decided to leave rates unchanged after the Brexit-induced market shockwaves have faded somewhat. Draghi and his fellow central bankers gave no indication that the current 1.7 trillion-euro quantitative-easing plan needed to be increased following the UK vote to leave the single market. The council doesn’t meet again till September, but investors aren’t anticipating any adjustment to the bond-buying programme in the near-term thus leaving the door open to more policy stimulus, highlighting "great" uncertainty and abundant risks to the economic outlook.
Though bullion has benefited from the loose policy decisions coming in from central banks of Europe and Japan, but on the other side the dollar has gained on strong U.S. data, boosting bets the Fed will raise U.S. rates by year-end.

Globally, gold nearly fell to $1,312 and silver to USD 19.46. Traders attributed the fall in gold prices to a weak global trend where the precious metal headed for its first back-to-back weekly decline since May as gains in equities and the dollar ate into demand for the metal as a storage value. Few other important indicators that contributed to the downfall:

  • Data released from the U.S. showed that U.S home resale’s hit their highest in nearly 9 and a half years in June as low interest rates lured first-time buyers into the market and the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week, underscoring the economy's strength.     
  • Adding to the down trend in prices were the figures released by SPDR. Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.22 percent to 963.14 tonnes on Thursday.

I do feel that the Price action will likely be skewed to the downside and expect to test the post-Brexit low around USD $1,305 and below this USD $1,300 should global equities continue their upward trajectory.

The Jackson Hole Symposium Aug. 25-27, where Yellen is scheduled to speak is where we will most likely get more relevant information about coming Fed policy and the next direction.
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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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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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