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Monday, 10 April 2017

Gold being pulled between uncertainities and rate hike

Gold is often used as a hedge against political and financial uncertainty and security risks. And that’s exactly what’s happening with gold currently.

Gold hit a five-month high on Friday after U.S. jobs data dampened expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, but the metal gave up most gains as the dollar rose and safe haven demand ebbed.



Spot gold rose 1.2 percent to $1,265.95 an ounce by during trading hours on Friday, after touching its highest since Nov. 10 at $1,270.46,putting it on track for a fourth consecutive week of gains. U.S. gold futures climbed 1.1 percent to $1,267.60 an ounce. This is the most supportive environment we have seen for gold in some time given that there is geopolitical tension and disappointing U.S. payrolls number.

Data released showed that U.S. employers added the fewest number of workers in 10 months in March, boosting gold, which is most attractive to investors in a low interest rate environment.
Gold was also underpinned by investors looking for safety after the United States fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, escalating tensions with Russia and Iran.

Russia, a staunch ally of Syria, said relations between Washington and Moscow had been seriously damaged by the strike, which was in retaliation for a deadly chemical attack on a rebel-held area of Syria.

The precious metal hit a 5-month high as investors sought safe-haven assets after the United States launched cruise missiles against a Syrian air base, potentially escalating tensions with Syrian allies Russia and Iran. U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed the military strikes in response to a deadly chemical attack on a rebel-held area, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

Later in the session, however, safe haven demand faded and the dollar index. DXY climbed to three-week highs which further rose questions that unless the geopolitical risk continues; will the sentiment remain positive for gold?

Investors were cautious ahead of the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but Trump said on Friday he had made progress in talks and expected them to overcome many problems. Investors had already been on edge as Trump met Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday for talks over flash points such as North Korea and China's huge trade surplus with the United States.      

Gold is often used as a hedge against political and financial uncertainty and security risks. It has benefited alongside other assets considered safe, such as the yen and U.S. Treasury bonds.
Though geo political uncertainties are creating room for gold to rise, we shouldn’t ignore the key influential factor for gold i.e. U.S. interest rate hike.

Increases in U.S. interest rates will prove too much of a headwind for gold prices. As such, we think that the price of gold is likely to fall from about $1,265 today to $1,050 by the end of the year if there is any news coming in from the Fed regarding hike in interest rates.

Clearly this raises the stakes and we expect to see gold prices continuing to push higher in the short-term, at least until there is some clarity around whether this is a one-off or develops into something more.

Monday, 8 June 2015

BULLS AND BEARS TO CLASH

                                              By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

 


Over the past year and to be precise, lately, there has been a strong belief in the market that the U.S. is on it way of raising its rates. While evidence of continued improvement in the US economy is not gold-friendly and ultimately acts as an obstacle for the price rise in yellow metal.

Let’s have a quick glance to the important highlights during the last week:

Non farm payrolls data: 
       The most awaited or rather the most influential factor this week was the jobs report. The US created 280,000 new jobs in May, significantly above analysts’ estimates of 222,000 and the highest climb in jobs figures seen in months. US indicators have increased in importance at the moment as the Federal Reserve specifically identified US jobs data as one of the key factors on its decision when to raise interest rates from near zero.
      The unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 5.5 percent. Private sector job growth has increased 63 straight months, a US record.

EUROZONE:

      In the Eurozone, French trade balance in April was a negative three billion, above forecasts of four billion, while German factory orders month-over-month in April was up 1.4 percent, beating consensus of 0.6 percent. With investor sentiment for gold so weak gold prices may well continue lower, but we do feel this is leading to a better buying opportunity and given developments in Greece and with potential for corrections in other asset classes, it may not be too long before the markets start looking for a safe-haven again.

DOLLAR:

    The dollar jumped to a 13-year high against the yen and gained against most major currencies, cutting the appeal of precious metals as alternative assets. The expectation of an interest rate hike has benefited the dollar and it has enjoyed a dramatic and sustained rally. 

GREECE: 

      Meanwhile in Greece, the country delayed a 300-million-euro repayment to the IMF until the end of June and bundling all the payments together, increasing the risk of a Greek exit from the bloc. 
      Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reportedly rejected proposals put together by its lenders, arguing that any deal to unlock crucial bailout funds must be based on his own side’s conditions. But the two sides remain “very close” to agreeing a deal, after creditors supposedly proposed lower primary surplus goals.


Geopolitical Tension:

       Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists on Wednesday fought their first serious battles in months and Ukraine's defense minister said an attempt by rebels to take the eastern town of Maryinka had been thwarted.

Post the US job data release, gold prices tumbled as the economy showed strong signs of recovery after a lackluster first quarter.
Investors have been barring gold on signs that the economy has grown enough adhesion to damp the need for haven assets, encouraging worry that better progress will push policy makers to raise rates. 

It’s not possible to give a clarity to what exactly the price of gold is going to be tomorrow. Nor it is easy to take a buy call in Silver as the metal continues to follow gold with the risk to the downside. There are many factors that support and upper drive and a contrary lower drive for gold prices.

First, we think about international geopolitical tensions. Second, the uncertainty coming from Greece is still lingering in the minds of traders and captains of industry. Third, strategic or policy-related bullion purchases by central banks remain significantly high: After eight quarters of capital outflows from the ETF industry, the first quarter of 2015 saw a rebound in gold purchases.

However, two factors might hamper the bullion’s technical ascent, reducing the precious metal’s value over time. The first element comes from long-term charts: Gold is still in a long-term bearish trend, which has caused the precious metal to drop 30% in value from the peak reached during the summer of 2011. Second obstacle to higher gold prices: the strong US dollar and the historically negative correlation between the American currency and the yellow metal. To add Hedge funds and money managers cut net long positions in gold and silver during the week ended June 2, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed on Friday.

A stimulating clash awaits for bulls and bears in the coming months! But, as usual, the final word rests with the markets.


TRADE RANGE:

METAL
INTERNATIONAL
DOMESTIC
GOLD
$1151 - $1191 an ounce
Rs.25,700 - Rs.27,300 per 10g
SILVER
$15.70 - $17.00 an ounce
Rs.36,500 - 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 -
"Calmness before the big move in Gold and Silver"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/06/calmness-before-big-move-in-gold-and.html

Sunday, 11 January 2015

LOTS OFTHINGS TO SMILE ABOUT FOR PRECIOUS METALS


                                                                                                      - By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL





Though we did see some trading in precious metals on Jan 1st and 2nd, it was the week from 5th-9th Jan that was actually considered the first volatile trading week of 2015.

The main news doing the rounds for the week was from US- minutes of the recent FOMC meeting and the non-farms payroll report.

Apart from the macro reports there were the following financial reports that were out in the week.
  • US non-manufacturing PMI, factory orders and trade balance monthly reports.
  • Europe, MPC rate
  • The EU flash CPI
  • Unemployment report,
  • GB’s manufacturing PMI
  • Germany retail sales
  • The French trade balance.
  • In China, CPI and trade balance
  • And several economic reports from Canada and Australia.

But of all the above mentioned reports, the most influential for gold was the unemployment report.


Gold was seen to have a positive start for the week as it firmed above $1200 an ounce on Tuesday hitting a near three-week high, as tumbling global equities and concerns over Greece's future in the euro zone prompted investors to seek safety in the metal.

The uncertainty behind the euro zone is once again tempting investors to run after gold as a safe haven asset. This risk off sentiment in the markets may help bullion be stable at its recent upswing.

Adding to this we also saw that holding in the world’s largest gold-backed exchange traded fund- the SPDR Gold trust, rose 0.25 per cent to 710.81 tonnes on Monday, though still near a six-year low. But this rise did reflect improving investor sentiments towards gold.

Bullion traded in a ranged manner for most part of the week while volatility was high on Friday. The Greenback jumped on likely positive economic reports from the US coming week whereas speculation increased that Fed might talk about raising interest rates as also anticipated from its monetary policy minutes report due next week and likely putting weight on Bullion.

We have always seen that precious metal markets and the equities markets are inversely related. This week too, we saw precious metals rising while equity market and commodity bellwethers including copper and oil hit fresh multi-year lows. After a disappointing end to 2014 gold is beginning to build a base above $1,200 an ounce – the metal advanced 1.2% to $1,223 an ounce in late trade Friday, the highest since December 11.

Gold's gains since hitting four-year lows early November now top 7% and is made more remarkable by the fact that the advance has come despite a rampant dollar which hit a 12-year high against major currencies yesterday and a Friday jobs report that confirmed that the US economic recovery remains on track.

Though the market players were a lot dependent on the non-farm payrolls report, it did not show much after effect on gold.

The gold price wobbled briefly but was ultimately unaffected by a non-farm payrolls report that, while mostly positive, was not potent enough to shift the Federal Reserve’s rate-rise timeline.

Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 252,000 in December, which beat the 241,000 forecast, while the unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Additionally, the change in total non-farm payroll employment for October was revised to 261,000 from 243,000 and the change for November was revised to 353,000 from 321,000.
The forthcoming labor reports are expected to create added significance as there are expectations that the Federal Reserve in on the verge of raising interest rates. The current market consensus is that rates will rise in mid-2015 although this is a moving target that will be dictated by jobs and inflation data.

As said earlier, too gold is one such commodity which takes price direction from macro developments rather than its own demand-supply wherein we feel downside risks for the commodity may stay in the near future




- Previous blog - "An Impressive start For Gold In 2015 But A Dull End"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/01/an-impressive-start-for-gold-in-2105.html

Sunday, 28 December 2014

TOO MUCH NOISE IN THE MARKET

 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL


By the time you read my next article we will be in the next year. So let’s have a brief outlook on how 2014 was for gold.

But before we begin an in-depth analysis of the same let’s have a quick glance through the soft quite week that passed. A week that was a continuous tussle between Bulls and Bears where $1200 was a new price target for Gold.

Markets were generally quiet overnight on this Christmas Eve day. U.S. markets closed early and many traders and investors had checked out for the week, if not for the rest of the year. Due to thin trading volumes gold did not show much volatility in the market. It gained one percent on Friday as the dollar slipped against a second straight weekly drop, underscoring the bearishness in the market.

Spot gold was up one percent and was seen trading at $1,194.05 thus moving away from a three week low of $1170.17 that it hit earlier in the week. Though gold gained on Friday, the week ended on a low note for gold. Gold declined after data released from U.S. showed that that economy grew in the third quarter at its quickest pace in 11 years. Moreover, other data released showed that initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped for the fourth straight week.

SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold - backed exchange - traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.08% to 712.30 tonnes on Friday - a fresh six-year low.

Not only for the week, even for the year Bullion has declined 0.6 percent as prospects for higher U.S. borrowing costs, accelerating economic growth and a plunge in crude-oil prices crimped investor demand for the metal. 

Some of the key influential factors for gold throughout the year 2014 have been - (chronologically)
  • Tapering of the QE3
  • Crimean Vote
  • Geo political tensions in Ukraine (Iraq, Syria, Israel)
  • Historic win of Mr. Narendra Modi
  • Middle East Tensions
  • ECB’s aggressive monetary stimulus package
  • THE BANK ESPIRITO SANTO crisis
  • Uncertainty over interest rates hike by the Federal reserve
  • Strengthening US Dollar
  • Slowdown of the Chinese Economy
  • Swiss Referendum
Simultaneously we also need to have a look at what would turn the tables for gold in 2015.

The US economy: The US economy progress is measured in areas such as retail sales, industrial production, housing starts, payroll numbers and the broadest measure of unemployment. If the economy deteriorates then there are renewed expectations that the Federal Reserve may accommodate the financial system, particularly the banking system, and the combination of those factors could trigger a massive decline in the U.S. dollar. As a result of that, we will see spikes in commodity prices, such as crude oil, gold and silver.

Dollar: The number one thing for gold is the dollar, particularly in the near term. The dollar has to turn. Several Fed officials are now expressing concern about the strength of the dollar. If we see several weak economic reports in the next few months, the Fed is going to make noises about continuing to ease. That would push the dollar down and push up the price of gold.

Chinese economy: Gold may advance amid speculation that China, the world’s biggest consumer, will take more measures to bolster the economy, boosting demand for the precious metal as a store of value.

Russian and European Economies: Russia’s economy has been struggling with high inflation, crushing economic sanctions and weak oil prices.

Europe is still feeling some of the effects of its financial crisis as economic growth remains anemic and the central bank fights deflation. This uncertainty could create another crisis in emerging markets, and gold would benefit as a safe-haven investment.

Fed’s interest rate hike: If they make an outright comment that they're going to raise rates on a specific date, I think that could have a pretty serious hit to the equity markets.

Equities market: With equity markets back at record highs, that it also wouldn’t take much of a global crisis to spook investors, driving them back into gold markets.

Demand Supply: Any significant drop in gold prices will cause some supply disruptions, creating a floor for the market. Another benefit for the gold market should also come from gold-backed exchange-traded funds, which has seen lower redemptions throughout 2014


What we notice here is that the factors are similar to that of 2014 but will work in favour of gold. When the year is about to end, whoever I meet keeps asking for only thing- my outlook for gold for the coming year.
Well to begin with I would first like to share with you the various predictions that I have got from different people.
Some are really optimistic for the gold market for 2015 compared to other analysts as they think that the yellow metal could end next year around $1,250 while some feel that it will be well stuck at around $1200.

Some feel that gold prices will fall to $1,100 or even $1,080 an ounce as the U.S. dollar continues to dominate the marketplace and investors adjust to normalized U.S. interest rates.

   
There’s a lot of noise in this market right now, and this noise is causing volatility in the metals that a rude rumour is coming when the Fed, instead of raising rates, launches a QE4 to keep the economy from slipping back into a recession.

Investors shouldn’t rule out gold’s appeal as a safe-haven investment as a lot of uncertainty still remains in the marketplace. In fact safe-haven demand could help the gold market in early 2015.


TRADE RANGE FOR 2015:



METAL
INTERNATIONAL PRICE
DOMESTIC PRICE
GOLD
$1130- $1350 
an ounce
Rs.24,000- Rs.32,000 
per 10 gm
SILVER
$14.50- $24.00 
an ounce
Rs. 32,000- Rs.60,000 
per kg




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 - "Fed's "considerable time" creates "considerable impact" on gold"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2014/12/feds-considerable-time-creates.html

Monday, 22 December 2014

FED'S "CONSIDERABLE TIME" CREATES "CONSIDERABLE" IMPACT ON GOLD


 - By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL







Once the Federal Reserve statement was out on December 17, gold fell considerably to a two week low. 

The Fed removed the phrase ‘considerable time’ from the guidance statement and replaced it with patience, but then said patience is consistent with considerable time.
So it was rather a confusing but disappointing statement for gold. 

The Federal Reserve just came out and said that it was going to be “patient” when normalizing the monetary policy. This replacement referent to borrowing costs to remain low for a considerable time but at the same time it’s a pledge to be patient on the timing for higher rates. Rising rates and a stronger dollar can cut gold’s allure because bullion generally offers investors returns only through price gains.

As we are approaching 2015, we also are moving towards a long weekend with holiday cheers.
Just ahead of the Christmas break, the U.S. Department of Commerce will release the final estimate for fourth-quarter gross domestic product.
Said markets will receive important manufacturing data from the Institute of Supply Management, but they also said that the impact would be limited.
Over all, the markets won’t seem to having too much volatility over the next two weeks as holiday bells seem to be ringing around.

But yes, it doesn’t mean that it will be a hassle free week for gold. Gold prices could destabilize over the holidays if the Russian economy surprisingly deteriorates, or if there is more volatility in oil prices.

With everyone now focused on the holidays, most analysts are not expecting to see any major movement in the gold price in the next two weeks.
The trading week in North America will be disrupted as markets are closed on Dec. 25 for Christmas and January 1 for New Year’s Day. Analysts said that liquidity will be extremely leaving most market participants will sit on the sideline, waiting for activity to pick up in 2015.

While the market was into the Feds statement, there were rumors doing the rounds that Russia sold considerable amount of gold in November. But the Russian monetary authority made it quite clear, that at least in November, Russia not only did not sell any gold, but in fact bought another 600K ounces in the month of November.


The precious metals market is made up of various players- analysts, traders, investors, miners, customers, bankers etc. Each player has a different forecast for gold in 2015.

Market analysts state that gold seems to have stabilized at $1200 an ounce and could remain around these current levels, until at least the first or second week into the New Year.

Gold mining companies have noted that much of the gold mining industry is already under water at $1,200, let alone $1,150 or lower. Even those who have felt that using a gold price of only $1,000 to calculate whether their operations are viable or not at lower gold prices will be looking to re-assess where they stand at $900 gold.

While the traders predicted $1,100 level, or perhaps $1,050 or even lower.

Looking at these predictions do we feel that there is any hope left for the investors in the gold sectors?
Gold has already been driven downwards and has been pressurized on a number of occasions and at $1,100 gold or lower the supply gap is likely to continue to widen as scrap sales dwindle away, the lower price stimulates new purchases in the East and new mine production falls as some miners bow to the inevitable and have to shut down lossmaking operations. 

So do we feel that 2015 is going to be a better year for gold? Will gold return to its peak it had created in 2011?
Well it’s practically difficult to comment on this right now. Gold is actually seen as in short supply anyway in the West, which is why the gold believers cannot understand recent price movements which seem to fly in the face of economic supply/demand logic and a China boost could have a very rapid strong upwards effect. Western governments may be wise not to tweak the tail of the dragon as it certainly has the wherewithal to play the gold card and throw global markets into turmoil.


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 - "Is it an upside or a downside potential for gold"

http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2014/12/is-it-downside-or-upside-potential-for.html

Monday, 29 September 2014

DOLLAR DRAWING DIRECTIONS FOR GOLD

by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

                                                     

During the financial crisis in September 2008, gold price rose $50 in a single trading day on 18th September. Investors adapted gold as they perceived this asset to be a safe haven in terms of liquidity and security.  This day was marked in history as it was after February 1980 that gold had made such a huge jump in one single day. in 1979 and 1980, the world witnessed global uncertainty. At that time the key influencers for gold were the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the Iranian hostage crisis. Most of these factors were geopolitical. 

Even today gold has been hovering around the geo political uncertainties. In fact during 1980 it as just geo political tension but today its lots more. Terrorism along with financial uncertainties have had a great impact on gold prices.

The key driver of the gold price at the moment is perceived to be the relative strength of the US dollar, yet the US dollar is only stronger compared to the other main currencies because these currencies, such as the Euro, are weak due to their economies remaining weak and their money supplies having been debased.

Gold is falling on concerns over strengthening US economy and the stronger dollar. Dollar gained ahead of the data to be released next week which includes the monthly employment numbers that the Fed will be watching. Currently it appears that while the rest of the world is in the doldrums, The US economy is performing comparatively well. The Dollar index hit a high of 85.68 and closed at 85.64 for the week on strong economic data from the US.

U.S. economy has grown in fastest pace in 2 and a half years in the second quarter. The Commerce department raised its estimate of growth in gross domestic product to a 4.6% annual rate from the 4.2% pace reported last month.

During the week, gold traded near the lowest level in almost nine months as the dollar rose to a four-year high amid prospects of higher borrowing costs as the U.S economy improves. 

Though September is considered as one the best performing months for gold, this year the yellow metal has declined 5.3 percent in this month itself. After dropping to $1207.04 on September 25, it has touched the lowest level since 2nd January. 

Gold prices continued their downhill ride to touch a low of $1,207/ounce last week. However, they bounced from that point and closed the week at $1,218/ounce, up from $1,215.7/ounce in the previous week. The fear of gold  miners cutting down on production if prices plunge below $1,200 is holding prices. The cost of production of major gold miners is about $1,350/ounce now, according to estimates of analysts.

Despite the news of US-led strikes against militants in Syria, gold prices didn't move up much as expected as metal continues to loose its safe haven appeal to investors. The US SPDR Gold Trust, the largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, saw its holdings are at 772.25 tonnes on Friday - the lowest since December 2008.

Gold is also heading towards its first quarterly loss this year as strong data coming from US has made the metal weak. Data last week showed the world’s largest economy grew the most since 2011 in the second quarter. Consumer spending accounts for about 70 percent of gross domestic product. In the US, data showed that sale of new homes surged in August and hit its highest level in more than six years. Also, the final estimate of the second quarter (April-June) GDP that was released on Friday showed that the US economy expanded by 4.6 per cent.

Hence I still feel that The dollar remains the driver of gold direction.

Though geopolitical worries may not give that push or support to gold prices, there are chances that gold may witnessed recovery and not fall significantly from current levels. 
with the mining costs of most gold producers at $1,330-1,350/ounce, they can shut mines and stop new explorations. In such a case, supply will fall and curtail prices from slipping lower.

Moreover, if the dollar continues to rally, there may soon come a point when it will turn a concern for exporters in the country.

Demand has always been a supportive factor for Gold prices and it shall continue to do so in the near future:

World's largest bullion consumer- China- has been importing more gold in September than in the previous month due to demand from retailers who are stocking up gold for the upcoming National Day Holiday. From 1st October, Chinese markets will closed for a week and during this period retail sales are expected to rise. Data on Thursday showed that China's net gold imports from Hong Kong rose in August from a three year low in July. Moreover, imports are expected to remain high due to seasonal demand

Apart from this , one interesting trend that we witnessed was the rising demand for gold from India. After nearly 5 months, we saw some positive news coming from the bullion markets in India as buyers appear to be taking advantage of the relatively low gold prices. Gold demand has picked up across the country, according to traders, despite it being the `shradh' period, which many in India consider inauspicious for buying not just gold, but even other commodities such as cars, there has been some buying reported across retail outlets. As we all know that active market players usually buy at dips. But this time apart from the market player we also saw retail demand for gold rising. 

Russia added to its Gold holdings for a fifth month in a row in August, while Kazakhstan raised its holdings by nearly 800,000 ounces, data from the International Monetary Fund showed on Thursday.

Summing it up, I would like to say that the Middle East is a powder keg that seems likely to explode. The U.S. and western nations have taken a hard stance against an increasingly powerful Russia. This is effecting an already fragile Euro zone and other economies.

Gold has protected wealth throughout history from financial crises and war. We believe it will continue to do so in the coming years.

TRADE RANGE:


METAL
INTERNATIONAL price
DOMESTIC price
GOLD
$1206- $1237 an ounce
Rs.26,000-Rs.27,500 per 10 gm
SILVER
$17.15- $18.00 an ounce
Rs. 38,500 - Rs. 40,000 per kg


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 -
"Investors losing interest in gold over interest rate rise"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2014/09/investors-losing-interest-in-gold-over.html

Sunday, 14 September 2014

DENOMINATING DOLLAR


by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL





Over the fortnight gold has witnessed a severe decline in prices. The first week kicked off with a plunge in gold prices and the same continued this week too. Historically September month has been the best performing month for gold, however this year it kicked off on a negative role as we saw that gold prices have declined by 3%. On Friday, a low of $1225.90 was set when lower than expected Chinese industrial production for the month of August was released. A strengthening US dollar and the expected change to the FOMC's policy have played an important role in this decline in gold prices. Gold has been destabilized by the lethal combination of a stronger US dollar and a supple equities. Adding to it is the lack of inflation in the major economies. 

Let's have a look at major factors which could continue to play negative on gold:

Euro tumbled to multi year lows last week after ECB slashed interest rate by 0.1% across the board as inflation and growth remained a concern.

The surging US dollar has been acting as a bearish factor for the precious metals. The dollar index was at a 14 month high on Friday and was steadily on track to post its ninth consecutive week of gains. A strong US data and a fall in Euro has strengthened the dollar even further and raised expectations that the US Federal Reserve would soon raise interest rates.

On the geopolitics front, U.S. President Obama said Wednesday evening that the U.S. military will use more air strikes against the ISIS terrorists, but will put no troops on the ground in the Middle East. That news was not unexpected and had little markets impact. The Russia- Ukraine cease fire was holding up and the Ukrainian President on Wednesday quoted that most Russian troops have pulled away from the Russia- Ukraine border. 
With geopolitical concerns seems to be easing out, there seems to be little support for gold.

Moreover, Investment demand in Gold has been showing no improvement.  Weak investor sentiment was reflected in the SPDR Gold trust that saw holdings drop 0.32 tonnes to 788.40 tonnes on Friday. Hedge funds and money managers cut bullish futures and option bets in Gold to their lowest in nearly three months, the Commodity Futures Commission said on Friday.

The demand for gold globally has not picked that well this year. Asian countries aren't witnessing the same patterns of buying when the rate was the same in the previous years. Moreover in the past, such price falls would have attracted bargain hunters. Not now.

The 11-year rally in gold prices created a perception that they will only go up. This price fall has broken that conviction, Now people are diversifying their Investments. This trend will increase in the coming years but expectations of a tightening in super-loose U.S. monetary policy would weigh on gold.

Although, gold prices have been declining since last year, the metal does remain an attractive investment in China. Demand for gold in China will grow steadily as the middle class expands and the Yuan is further internationalized which will require an increase in gold reserves.

Looking ahead, the near term outlook for Gold and silver looks towards downside in international dollar terms. This is the direct impact of improving US economy and looming interest rate rises which will continue to discourage investor buying and in fact lead to selling. I do feel that slowly and steadily the rates will be hiked depending on the economy's growth. This will provide the breather for both the metals.


Traders and investors are already looking ahead to next week, and a more robust batch of economic data points, highlighted by the meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC). Its one of the most important meeting where it would debate on  potential overhaul of its guidance on interest rates and would decide on how QE3 can be exited. Next week is also the much-anticipated referendum on Scotland’s independence from the U.K

TRADE RANGE:

METAL
INTERNATIONAL price
DOMESTIC price
GOLD
$1202 - $1252.70 
an ounce
Rs.26,200 - Rs.27,500 
per 10 gm
SILVER
$18.20 - $19.70 
an ounce
Rs.39,500- Rs.43,500 
per kg


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 - "A Booster Month For Gold"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2014/09/a-booster-month-for-gold.html