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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Green back gives backing to gold

It was a quiet Monday for gold on 24th July followed by a little change in gold and silver prices on Tuesday. Spot gold prices were at $1,255.60 per oz and silver at $16.46 per oz, while the PGMs were looking stronger with gains of 0.6%.

Gold’s rebound has found new vigor on the combination of the weaker dollar and the less hawkish US Federal Reserve stance. Dollar weakness has stemmed from the weak political scene in Washington which has resulted in a push in gold prices. Gold is sensitive to moves higher in both U.S. rates and the dollar. Weaker dollar makes gold less expensive for holders of foreign currency, while a rise in U.S. rates lifts the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets such as bullion.


Gold prices held steady on Friday as investors locked in profits from the precious metal's rally to six-week highs on Thursday and as markets awaited the release of U.S. second-quarter growth data due later in the day.

U.S. 2Q GDP figures released on Friday showed the economy grew at an annualized pace of 2.6% q/q, slightly missing consensus, with the Core Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) topping expectations with a print of 0.9% q/q. The data did little to shift expectations for a December interest rate hike with markets still pricing a roughly 50/50 chance the Fed will hike again this year.

Gold prices rallied for the third consecutive week with the precious metal rallying 1.9% to trade at 1268 ahead of the New York close on Friday. The advance comes alongside continued weakness in the greenback.

The dollar remained under pressure after the Fed said on Wednesday that inflation remains below its 2% target even as near-term risks to the economic outlook appear "roughly balanced". In the past, the Fed judged that weakness in inflation was transitory. The central bank's cautious tone on inflation sparked fresh uncertainty over the possibility of a third rate hike this year.

The greenback was also weakened by data on Thursday showing that initial jobless claims rose by 10,000 to 244,000 last week. Analysts expected jobless claims to rise by 7,000 to 241,000 last week.
Gold prices have done well, especially with equity markets setting fresh highs, but the weaker dollar of late has no doubt helped fuel the rally and it may be that as equities are setting fresh highs, more investors are expecting a correction so may be putting more into havens. Silver has been following gold, platinum prices have struggled to follow gold and palladium is still consolidating after the strong run in May/June. For now we expect the dollar to be the main driver in gold prices.

This week began with a positive note for gold as it Monday held around its highest price in nearly seven weeks as tensions on the Korean peninsula boosted safe-haven demand for the metal and as the U.S. dollar hovered close to multi-month lows.

News that North Korea has conducted yet another missile test spurred a late-week push higher in gold prices which stretched into near-term resistance just ahead of the European close.

The United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force on Sunday and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said China, Japan and South Korea needed to do more after Pyongyang's latest missile tests.

Though a weaker dollar is the main driver for gold prices, currently deepening political turmoil in Washington and North Korea's progress on ballistic missiles will all ensure the uncertainty premium continues to support gold's price.

Looking ahead to next week, markets will be closely eyeing central bank interest rate decisions from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) & the Bank of England (BOE) with the highly anticipated U.S. Non-Farm Payroll report slated for Friday. While the broader outlook for bullion remains constructive, prices are eyeing near-term resistance heading into the close of the month and could limit the topside near-term.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Gold and Silver prices on RISE: RSBL

                                                                                      - Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD RSBL




Precious metals price rise is eminent and it ended the week on a positive note post poor US data released. The negative data sent the dollar tumbling, stimulating a good recovery for the yellow metal and its white counterparts.

Data released from the US was as follows:
  • GDP data out of the U.S. disappointed on Friday, growing at a seasonally and inflation adjusted +1.2% during Q2 (exp: +2.5%) as business inventories contracted for the first time since Q3 2011
  • The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index dropped to 90.0 in July (exp: 90.2) from 93.5 in June as both current and future conditions declined.
  • The poor data countered the Fed’s statement that the US economy is stable and the near-term outlook is positive. Even though the unemployment rate is around five percent, the policy-board has been ineffective at spurring inflation or consistent wage growth. All eyes were on this meeting as something crucial was expected to happen regarding the interest rate hike. But negative data has postponed this hike and this gave gold the push. 
Apart from the US there was news that came in from other economies which affected the gold price: 

U.S Dollar:
Major downturn in the dollar created by the release of second quarter US GDP where it plummeted to 95.38 around the lowest mark since mid-June, before staging a modest uptick to 95.60.

Japan:
Host of new data releases and a Bank of Japan decision to inject further stimulus, markets were directionless this week with volatility and volumes continuing to drift lower. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) decided to adopt a minor adjustment to the existing monetary policy by increasing its purchases of exchange-traded stock funds to 6 trillion yen and expanded its dollar lending programme to $24 billion but kept its policy rate unchanged at -0.1 percent while maintaining the pace of government bond purchases.

The BOJ certainly doubled purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and said it will “conduct a thorough assessment of the effects of negative interest rates and its massive asset-buying program in September.”

The bank was considering a $265 billion package, part of which would target low-income citizens in another attempt to boost inflation and weak wage growth.

This can be understood as- either the central bank may feel that Japan’s economic growth needs very, very extensive stimulation and they have yet to formulate an appropriate plan or it can be interested that they want to see how the chips fall in eight weeks and move cautiously from there.

India:
Coming to the domestic markets- India being one of the largest consumers of gold, but currently the demand for gold isn’t intense. Frankly speaking, very few people want to invest in gold at this price. Buyers, it seems, feel that the current price is not sustainable and hence, they wait for a correction. Gold price in India is governed by two major factors: global economic conditions and the movement of rupee against the dollar. Both factors have contributed to the current price rise. While global economic conditions continue to pose a greater risk by the day following fluctuating recovery trend in the United States, Britain’s exit from the European Union (BREXIT) and other geopolitical tensions. On the other hand, Indian rupee has depreciated against the greenback despite reports of good inflow of dollars.

Since BREXIT, spot gold price jumped rapidly but, stayed elevated. Also, rainy season is considered as a lean period for gold purchase due to the lack of festivals, weddings or any other occasions during this season. Also, consumers have faced two subsequent years of deficient monsoon rainfalls. Although, the current year has seen normal rainfalls yet its distribution continues to remain uneven. Also, the crucial rainfall month – August – is yet to come. So, let’s keep our fingers crossed for the Kharif sowing and harvesting this year. In case of normal monsoon and its even distribution, Kharif crop would bring some cheers for farmers with higher output which would translate proportionate increase in gold demand.

In India, therefore, standard gold is available at Rs. 31,300 per 10 grams approx. Gold price may touch $1400 in near future in the international markets which will translate in rupee term at Rs. 32,500 per 10 grams. While the uptrend continues there could be some profit booking.

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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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