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Monday, 27 November 2017

Gold caught between Rally and Rebounce

Gold headed for a weekly decline as we saw prices dropping over strengthening U.S dollar.

Gold prices nudged lower on Thursday, with investors taking profits after gains of nearly 1 percent in the previous session on weaker U.S. economic data and concerns among some Federal Reserve policymakers over lower inflation.

Gold had surged higher on Wednesday, buoyed by the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) concerns about persistent low inflation which saw the dollar slide.

The dollar suffered its biggest drop in five months on Wednesday after minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's showed"many participants" were concerned inflation would stay below the bank's 2 percent target for longer than expected.     


The greenback was still nursing losses on Thursday,supporting dollar-priced gold by making it cheaper for non-U.S.investors.

Spot gold was 0.1 percent lower at $1,290.82 perounce by 1313 GMT on Thursday. Gold still needs that one boost to achieve a support price of $1325 an ounce.

Trading was lighter than usual on Thursday, with Japanese financial markets shut for a public holiday while U.S. markets would be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In wider markets, Chinese stocks suffered their biggest fall in almost two years, weighing on global equities, denting risk appetite and providing underlying support for gold, seen as a safe haven asset.           

With Chinese stocks down, low yielding currencies such asthe Japanese yen and the Swiss franc remained firmly supportedagainst the dollar.

Earlier in the week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen stuck by herprediction that U.S. inflation would soon rebound, but offeredan unusually strong caveat that she was "very uncertain" aboutthis and open to the possibility that prices could remain lowfor years to come.

After nearly a decade of pumping up the US and global markets, Janet Yellen and team are now starting to show some concern for financial market prices. The FOMC is concerned that they are getting out of hand and are a danger to the US economy.

The minutes of the Fed’s October meeting show that the committee is largely optimistic about the US economy:

“In their discussion of the economic situation and the outlook, meeting participants agreed that information received since the FOMC met in September indicated that the labor market had continued to strengthen and that economic activity had been rising at a solid rate despite hurricane-related disruptions.”

Currently the yellow metal is caught in the middle strong influential factors leaving markets perplexed over a rally or rebound in its movements.

Gold, silver and platinum prices have found bases and look set to remain range bound for now. The lack of any immediate geopolitical tension over North Korea has reduced the need for haven demand. With equities still generally upbeat, the opportunity cost of holding bullion is high, but the fact precious metals prices are not trending lower given the strength in equities is noteworthy. The weaker dollar should help underpin firmer precious metals prices.

Financial history revels that majorly investors would see to traditional financial systems to gain complete benefit of uncertainties. That would show through in traditional assets like shares and fixed income with benefit shifting to those markets that are not perceived to depend on the sanctity of governments and corporations that are prone to excess and can readily find their correlation surge ‘to one’ in the event of heavy market movement.

 This talking point seems to be born out of the skepticism that has arisen through the excessive stimulus and maintenance of extremely low interest rates by the world’s largest central banks.

Gold would also be sympathetic to such a view as the historic, accessible and regulated alternative asset. I think the lack of relationship is due to the premise of the theme rather than a systemic change in Gold’s nature. Either way, we will see this contrast resolved in the weeks ahead.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Winter demand good for gold but prices likely to fall

Gold prices were hovering near multi-week highs for most investors outside the US Dollar and Euro on Thursday, as the Bank of England followed the Federal Reserve's widely expected "no change" decision by raising UK rates off an all-time record low as analysts and traders had forecast.
However in Friday, Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,267.01 per Ounce and touched a one-week low of $1,265.16 over positive economic data and central bank decisions.



The past week was a significant week for central banks. The Bank of England raised interest rates for the first time in ten years, the Federal Reserve indicated that a December rate hike may happen and President Trump named Powell as his choice for leader of the Federal Reserve.

But still uncertainty prevails as there is no surety that how economies will manage when the central bank support is withdrawn. Moreover none of the financial centers have managed to meet inflation targets which they were all so vocal about.

Adding to the uncertainty is the issue that three of the world’s four most important central bank chiefs are nearing the end of their terms and may be well replaced. The rally in the gold price and fall in the dollar is just the first indication with how markets feel about such changes.

Gold held steady on Monday, but hovered near a one-week low hit in the previous session, as largely upbeat U.S. economic data reinforced the prospects of another rate hike by the Federal Reserve next month.

U.S. jobs growth accelerated in October, although wage growth was tepid, adding to the Fed’s assessment last week that “the labor market has continued to strengthen”, with the sluggish wage data doing little to change expectations.

JP Morgan Chase & Co on Friday raised its forecast on the number of U.S. interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve next year to four from three as the October payrolls data reinforced the view of a tightening domestic labor market.

Markets are increasingly confident the Fed will hike interest rates in December, which has weighed on the precious metals complex,

Higher interest rates tend to boost the dollar and push bond yields up, putting pressure on gold prices by increasing the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.

The Federal Reserve looks likely to raise interest rates, and that should bring up the value of the US dollar in general. If that’s the case, then gold could roll over a bit. Ultimately, this is a market that will continue to be just as mixed up as many others are right now, as we do not know with any type of certainty that the Federal Reserve is going to do one thing or the other.

Analysts said the yellow metal could also find support after U.S. President Donald Trump, who kicked off a 12-day Asia trip, looked to present a united front with Japan against North Korea.
Moreoverdemand for gold is likely to rise not only in the domestic market butinternationally too.
While we see the onset of the wedding season in India, normally winter is also a good time for gold globally with men buying their significant others jewellery for Christmas and lots of New Year’s Day marriage proposals

This rise in demand is expected tousher in renewed interest for bullion in coming week.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Effect of Presidential Election and BREXIT on Bullion Market

So Far, bullion has witnessed a 9.6 percent rise in prices mainly due to the prevailing political uncertainty over Trump’s unorthodoxy, European elections and Brexit ruffle confidence.
The yellow metal reached near a four month high last week amid intensified political uncertainty in the U.S. and the EU.

All precious metals have made gains, gold, silver, platinum and palladium, as both the euro and the dollar weakened over the week. Let's take a look as to what factors contributed to the rise and how far an important role will they play in the near future.

US uncertainty- Gold prices have hit a four month high to reaching their highest level since Donald Trump won the election.


The metal is considered as a safe haven asset for money and values rise when markets are in turmoil or in times of uncertainty. This sentiment has raised the demand for gold especially from investors thus pushing  its prices higher.

As markets await a major speech by US president Donald Trump, we saw equates retreating and dollar hesitating thus strengthening gold prices and shaking off most of the losses incurred following the surprise election result, as markets continue to unwind Trump trade.

Fed Rate Hike- Last Wednesday's release of minutes from the last FOMC meeting on January 31 – February 1 struck a slightly more hawkish tone as Fed members discussed the appropriateness of another rate hike 'fairly soon.' concerns over the risks and uncertainties surrounding the Trump Administration's fiscal stimulus plans as well as a strengthening US dollar tempered that hawkish stance. In the end, markets were once again left with continued ambiguity regarding the pace of monetary policy tightening in the coming months. Indeed, the Fed Fund futures market still saw a low percentage probability of a March rate hike – in the high-teens to low-20's – a day after release of the FOMC minutes. This sustained policy uncertainty helped weigh on the dollar while boosting the price of gold further. Reduced expectations of a US rate hike in March following the release of the minutes from the US Federal Reserve's last meeting are also helping gold.

EU elections- Despite the virtually relentless rally in US and global equity markets, geopolitical risks continued to abound, particularly in Europe. Article 50, which officially begins the process of separation between the UK and European Union ('Brexit'), is slated to be triggered no later than in March. A former European Commission official has recently stated that the triggering of Article 50 could lead to a 'complete breakdown' of UK/EU relations.

Additionally, France's far-right, anti-EU presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, is leading in polls for the first round of the upcoming French elections. Although she is not currently favored to win against frontrunner Emmanuel Macron, any surprise victory by the populist/nationalist Le Pen will undoubtedly lead to serious questions about the future of the EU.

Geopolitical worries and political concerns in the EU continue which is leading a flight to safety bid in gold futures market and gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) and demand for safe haven gold bullion.

Dollar- The dollar looks vulnerable due to the uncertainty about US President Donald Trump and the new U.S. administration's policies. Overnight Trump attacked China and accused the Chinese of being ‘grand champions’ of currency manipulation.

This alone is quite bullish for gold. It does not create confidence about trade relations between the world's two biggest economies and it suggests that we may be about to embark on the next phase of the global currency wars.

The US president is to deliver his first speech to US Congress next week, after US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said the impact of fiscal stimulus this year on the economy might be limited.

Amid these uncertainties in Europe as well as those in the US under the Trump Administration's still-hazy policy trajectory and the Fed's murky monetary policy, gold has continued to extend its sharp uptrend that began after price bottomed out around the $1125 support area in late December.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Gold appeal Fading

Gold hitting newer and newer lows have been a current trend confirming a bearish view on the metal’s safe haven appeal. Reasons begin with:

  1. Death of uncertainties and acceptance of the same as a new norm.
  2. Central banks of the world getting their ticks right to push the economic growth via fiscal and monetary measures.
  3. Physical buying cushion; getting softer.
  4. Massive reduction in geopolitical tensions with UN forces keeping a check on the extremists.



The upcoming FED meeting will give a glimpse to the US economy getting strengthened. Almost a 100% prediction for a Rate cut in this meeting has put a downward pressure on Gold. Over the course of 2017, there is an expectation that interest rates would be raised by the US Federal Reserve.
Meanwhile, US Dollar has gained a lot of attention due to a rise in US treasury yields and US equity markets causing a downward spiral in Gold prices.

Furthermore, if the recent election outcomes and market reactions to them have taught us anything, it’s that nothing is certain in politics, the global economy and the markets. While I say this, I do understand that the investors have used recent Gold rallies to unwind existing long positions and this is treated unhealthy for an asset’s performance.

While domestic prices would be supported by the Rupee weakness, overall Gold in Dollar terms would trader in the range of US$ 1,080 to US$ 1,200, while Silver would trade in the range of US$ 14.70 to US$ 18.20. In Rupee terms a range of INR 28,200 to INR 29,700 is expected for Gold while INR 39,000 to INR 44,000 is expected for Silver.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Post-Budget 2016: Views of RSBL - Mr. Prithviraj Kothari

                                                          By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

           Over all it was an average budget for the bullion industry as not much modifications were made as far the polices and regimes are concerned. We expected an implementation of GST for all round growth of our economy including supply chain, sourcing and distribution decisions, inventory cost, cash flows, pricing policy, accounting system and transactions management but nothing came up on that front.

             There were no changes in CTT (Commodity transaction tax) too.

     Bullion dealers and jewellery manufacturers have sent several representations to the government for reduction in import duty from the existing 10% to 2% to provide a fillip to the domestic jewellery sector. But nothing has taken place on that front too.
 
             On the contrary, an excise of one percent has been levied which will prove to be major setback for the officially organized sector of the bullion industry.

            Over all it was a neutral budget with no major developments for the bullion industry. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate this budget as 6.

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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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http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2016/02/pre-budget-2016-views-of-rsbl-mr.html


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Sunday, 13 December 2015

TRICKY WEEK FOR GOLD: RSBL



By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL






Following a 3 year trend, gold is once again on a decline, losing 9.8 percent of its value this year.
Gold, which touched a five-year low last week, was little changed during the start of the week, Prices fell on Thursday as a stronger dollar reduced the appeal of the metal as an alternative asset.

Gold futures remained lower on Thursday, after data showed the number of people who filed for unemployment assistance in the U.S. rose to the highest level in five months last week, but remained in territory usually associated with a firming labor market.

The U.S. Department of Labor Said the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits increased by 13,000 last week to 282,000. Analysts expected jobless claims to hold steady at 269,000 last week.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade weighted basket of six major currencies, was up 0.4% to 97.72. Dollar priced commodities become more expensive to investors holding other currencies when the greenback gains.

On Wednesday, gold eased up $1.20, or 0.11%, in familiar trading range, as market players braced for the first U.S. rate hike since 2006 next week. While investors widely expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at its December 15-16 meeting, they anticipate the pace of increases to be gradual amid concerns over tepid growth overseas and divergent monetary policies between the U.S. and other nations.

Gold declined further on Friday and was headed for the seventh weekly drop in eight weeks as investors positioned for a looming U.S. rate hike.
If the Fed raises rates, gold will witness immense volatility. A robust dollar was limiting interest in gold. The greenback rose for a second session on Friday, extending a rebound from a one-month low on expectations of a rate hike.

A higher dollar makes greenback-denominated gold more expensive for holders of other currencies.  Weakness in oil was also hurting bullion. A slide in oil could trigger fears of deflation, a bearish factor for gold, which is often used as a hedge against oil-led inflation.

 A strong U.S. nonfarm payrolls report last week cemented expectations of a rate hike at the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting on Dec. 15-16.

Traders have been restrained to stride into the market before the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) convenes next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Gold has witnessed obstinate gusts, as dollar, real rates; commodity prices and volatility have all not motivated investors to increase their exposure to the yellow metal.
The approaching Fed rate hike, has been one of the most influential factors that has put a block in the price rise of gold. And if any such hike is announced then gold prices might fall to $950 in the near future.

Recently hawkish Fed member statements have essentially turned the meeting into a guaranteed launch of the US policy normalization.

Industry watchers are largely expecting the US Federal Reserve to lift its federal fund rate next week for the first time in almost a decade after positive US payrolls data in the recent months.
The first hike in nearly a decade is expected to dent demand for gold, a non-interest paying asset.

Gold is going nowhere as investors expect trading within tight ranges before next week’s Federal Reserve meeting, where policy makers are forecast to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006.

Traders are expecting that borrowing costs will be increased at the Federal Open Market Committee gathering on Dec. 15-16, a decision that would dank the appeal of bullion because it doesn’t pay interest. Gold has swung between gains and losses the last two weeks as Fed Chair Janet Yellen, along with Fed Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard, have said the pace of tightening will be gradual.

Now the market waits impatiently for the Fed with one week to go.


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 Bounces Back: RSBL"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/12/gold-bounces-back-rsbl.html 




Sunday, 17 May 2015

RSBL: GOLD CONTINUES TO RISE!

                                                           By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD,RSBL




Overall, it was a good week for gold as prices rallied with a weekly gain of 3.1 percent, following a spate of negative numbers from the US which unsettled investors and weighed on the dollar.
Let’s have a look at the important highlights of the week:
  •  US retail sales on Wednesday at 0.0 percent missed consensus of 0.3 percent while the core figure at 0.1 percent fell short of the expected 0.4 percent gave the yellow metal the impetus to move higher
  • Holdings in the world's largest gold backed exchange traded fund, SPDR Gold Shares, fell 0.61 percent on Thursday to a four month low of 723.91 tons
  • Physical buying slowed in Asia as higher prices kept some consumers away. In China, premiums eased about 50 cents to $1 an ounce over the global benchmark on Friday, from premiums of $2-$3 earlier in the week
  • Industrial production in the U.S. declined in April, reflecting a drop in mining and utilities output, a report from the Federal Reserve showed Friday.
  • Hedge fund and money managers increased net long positions in Gold and Silver ended May, 12th - U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed on Friday.
  • Geopolitical tension surged in Iraq where Islamic State militants said they had taken full control of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday in the biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since last summer. 
  • A surprise drop in US producer prices in April, signaled heightened disinflation risks plaguing the world’s biggest economy
  • Silver has been a part of 8% rally which places it strongly in the channel where it leads the precious metals group with gains over the whole year. 

There have also been reports that Europeans are snapping up gold in fear that a Greek exit from the euro zone could wreak havoc on the economy. 

While on US front, The longer the flow of poor data exists, the greater will be the doubts on US economy.  Economists predicts that the Fed may raise short term interest rates in September while the other chunk of the market predicts that the hike may get delayed until later in fourth quarter or even next year.

I do agree that US data continues to dominate the market's movements with physical support going a bit low as the price rise, but for this rally to sustain, I strongly feel that all the factors of momentum need to be pressed at the right time. Otherwise the rally is bound to fade. A key technical resistance of US$1238 needs to be taken out of GOLD.

If we see all the factors that are influencing Gold and precious metals price movement, one common rule is generated which needs to be followed. You should not abandon precious metals be it Gold or Silver or Platinum. They are rare, have the status of safe haven, central banks monetary policy support and used in something that everybody loves: jewellery. Every buy on dips is worth the money.


TRADE RANGE:

METAL
INTERNATIONAL
DOMESTIC
GOLD
$1210 - $1250 an ounce
Rs.27,000 - Rs.29,000 per 10g
SILVER
$17.00 - $18.00 an ounce
Rs.39,000 - Rs.42,000 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.”

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Monday, 13 April 2015

RSBL: A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO BUY GOLD!!!

By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD,RSBL

 



The last couple of years have been anything but normal for gold.  Back in early 2013, the Fed started augmenting its young QE3 debt-monetization campaign with aggressive jawboning.  It kept implying to stock traders that it was ready to quickly ramp up money printing if the stock markets sold off materially.  This short-circuited normal healthy sentiment re balancing sell offs, as traders feared nothing.

Thus the stock markets levitated, powered higher without normal material sell offs.  Since gold is an alternative investment that moves contrary to stock markets, this slowly strangled gold investment demand.  Investors gradually abandoned it, leaving this metal for dead.

FED's exiting the zero interest rates is a big point of debate for US economy. But frankly I do not think this is the only challenge we are talking about. To me, the unwinding of trillions of dollars used to purchase Bonds by the FED is more of a concern. Less than a year from now, FED will have take one of its biggest decisions of reinvesting $200 billion (approx) which are the proceeds from Treasury debt that is supposed to get matured in 2016. 

I did get some more idea by going through some news on the same:
 
1. If FED does not invest, it could lead to an increase in supply of security products available to the investors and put an upward pressure on yields.

2. If they plan to let it expire, it will shrink FED's balance sheet drastically leading to monetary tightening from increases in the benchmark interest rate officials envision for this year. That could mark a reversal of easing that FED achieved when it started its bond purchases programme after the recession.

For this week, Gold advanced for the first time in four days after holdings in exchange-traded products backed by bullion posted the largest increase in more than six weeks. On Thursday, gold-backed ETP holdings rose by 3.9 metric tons, the most since Feb. 23, to 1,620.1 tons, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Holdings in the SPDR Gold Trust, the top bullion ETP, had the biggest jump in two months. This jump in holdings shows that there is some movement out of the conventional assets into gold.


CFTC data released on Friday showed that speculators sharply increased their bullish bets last week. The net weekly gain of 20,738 contracts was quite balanced from 10,312 of new longs and a 10,426 reduction of shorts. This increase brings the net position to +100,000 for the first time since March 3rd. This was also the third straight week of gains there.

But a good sign from Eurozone did come on Tuesday, where its private sector continued to improve in March with Markit's final composite PMI rising to 54.0 in March from 53.3 in February, an 11 month high.

Following suit, gold prices stabilized above $1200 on Friday although the markets watched the surging dollar. The dollar index remains strong at around its highest in three weeks – it was last at around 99.30, having earlier touched 99.69. The US currency has gained ground following the release of the mildly hawkish minutes from the March meeting of the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) earlier this week.

The spot gold price was last at $1,207/1,208 per ounce, up $12.80 on Thursday’s close. Trade has ranged from $1,193 to $1,210.8. This does seem to be a pyschological boost for the boost.


To bottom it up, we saw gold getting support on Monday; post the weak jobs report that were released last Friday. Moreover, the dovish comment from New York Fed President William Dudley, gave gold the further push in prices. Furthermore, a weaker U.S. dollar provided underlying support for bullion. There may be more scope for bullion to rally.

Precious metals are highly sensitive and react instantly to the following
  • Changes in monetary policy expectations,
  • Fed's decisions
  • Dollar prices
  • Geo political crisis.
But currently what matter the most for the market watcher is - when the Federal Reserve will make its first move on rate and potential political fallout of Greece leaving the Eurozone.

Investment Tip: 
If gold breaks $1225 an ounce then it can be considered a good opportunity to buy in the market.

TRADE RANGE:

METAL
INTERNATIONAL
DOMESTIC
GOLD
$1188- $1224 an ounce
Rs.26,500 - Rs.28,000 per 10 gm
SILVER
$16.15- $17.30 an ounce
Rs.36,000 - 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 -
"Playing Games With Gold"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/04/playing-games-with-gold.html

Sunday, 5 April 2015

PLAYING GAMES WITH GOLD?

                                                          By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL




A truncated week due to Good Friday was not so good for US with significantly weaker Non Farm payrolls report. Moreover many trading centers remain closed for Easter Monday. Anyways, let’s hit back to the Gold price rise over the week and some more understanding on US economic indicators that hit the market.

The first weak data coming from US on Tuesday was the contraction in Chicago PMI for second month in succession. Following February's five year low of 45.8, analysts were again disappointed as March's print came in well below expectations at 46.3 (exp: 51.7). The March figures takes the quarterly average to 50.5 over Q1 2015, the lowest quarterly result since Q3 2009 and markedly down on the 61.3 we saw in Q4 2014

On Wednesday, Gold prices were again tested at US$1180 – 81 support. For the third time this support has withstood the selling. But the ADP data from US that came in early took the precious metals complex to nearly day’s high in no time. Gold had a super boost of US$9 to US$1194 in no time and the way was just up after that by reaching an intra-day peak of US$1208. According to the ADP, U.S. private employers added the smallest number of workers in more than a year during March. Private payrolls rose +189k (+225k expected) according to their employment report.
U.S. national factory activity hit a near 2 year low in March according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The ISM's manufacturing PMI index fell for a fifth consecutive month to 51.5 in March (52.5 expected) from 52.9 in February and declining each month since hitting 57.9 in October. The ISM pointed to various factors including the weather, higher health-care costs and the stronger dollar as reasons for the slowdown. 

Then came in the 2 conflicting reports:

On Thursday, US unemployment claims dropped 20,000 to 268,000 in the week ended March 28, the lowest reading since January 24 and much better than the 286,000 forecast.

On Friday, United States employers added the fewest number of jobs in more than a year during March with non-farm payrolls increasing a mere +126k (+245k expected), less than half February's pace and the smallest increase since the polar vortex of December 2013. While the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that ended 12 straight months of job gains above 200,000, the longest streak since 1994.

The main reasons for the negative labor report were:

1.    Poor Weather- Poor weather conditions during the winters created a sort of slag in the labor market

2.    Stronger Dollar- strong dollar created a great impact on the employment numbers

3.    Energy sector- This sector has been having a considerable impact on the employment numbers, this sector witnessed a decline of 11000 employment numbers in March. The industry has lost 30,000 jobs thus far in 2015, after adding 41,000 jobs in 2014. The employment declines in the first quarter of 2015, as well as the gains in 2014, were concentrated in support activities for mining, which includes support for oil and gas extraction.

The dollar tumbled as much as 1 percent against the euro after the significantly weaker-than-expected report, while U.S. Treasuries rose, with benchmark 10-year yields hitting nearly two-month lows.

Undoubtedly, this does act as a super boost for Gold and other precious metals as the negative data does have a chance to delay the Fed’s decision to opt for the first increase in U.S. interest rates in nearly a decade, which is expected later this year. Gold tends to suffer when rates rise, as that increases the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion, while boosting the dollar, in which the metal is priced.

On the domestic front, gold has also found support from strong physical demand from India, currently the world’s biggest gold consuming country with gold imports touching to 70 tonnes in the month of March, putting total imports in the fiscal year that has just ended at 638 tonnes.

Platinum has been a real lager in the whole precious metals group by being down just over 5%. Silver too had been heavily sold in 2014 but having a good push up by nearly 3%.

The reports that were released on Friday will show its effects and reflections on Monday as international open for trade. I am sure that there would be a price push to US$ 1220 (Approximately) testing its key resistance.

Note: A break above US$1238 would surely give a fresh bullish interest. Until then, traders would wait for FED’s decision on FED rate hike barring the price moves depending on the economic indicators.

TRADE RANGE:

METAL
INTERNATIONAL price
DOMESTIC price
GOLD
1184$- 1223$ an ounce
Rs.26,500- Rs.28,000 per 10gm
SILVER
16.50$- 18.00$ an ounce
Rs.37,000- 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 -
"RSBL: Yemen's Push While Fed's Caution"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/03/fed-takes-gradual-and-cautious-route.html