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Saturday, 17 October 2015


By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

This week gold continued to hover around the levels of $1176.75 and broadly the key trade range for the yellow metal was $1170- $1175 an ounce.

Gold reached a four-month high of $1,192 on Thursday but was unable to maintain this level, because the US dollar was driven up by higher than expected US inflation figures for September, which in turn put pressure on gold.
Fed has set inflation target for years as it’s a part of the dual-mandate along with full employment. But Inflation has failed to meet the Fed’s target.

Persistently low inflation has led some Fed members to remain dovish on the apt timing for a stabilization of US monetary policy.
At the beginning of the week, Chicago Federal Reserve president Charles Evans said earlier today that he would prefer to wait until 2016 to raise interest rates, citing inflation as a central impediment.
Moreover, Data released on Thursday showed that the US labor market is steadily recovering despite the worrisome September job’s report – weekly unemployment claims came in at 255,000, below the consensus of 269,000.

Apart from this some other important data released through the week were-

  • US CPI month-over-month in September met expectations of a 0.2 percent decline
  • PPI month-over-month in September dipped 0.5 percent, disappointing market expectations of a 0.2 percent drawdown
  • Empire State manufacturing index for October at -11.4 was worse than the expected -7.3
  • The Philly Fed manufacturing index at -4.5 missed the -1.8 forecast
  • Core retail sales month-over-month in September fell 0.3 percent, below the forecast of -0.1 percent. Retail sales over the same period rose 0.1 percent, just missing the 0.2 percent consensus
  •  Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said its Consumer Price Index fell by 0.2% for the month of September, in line with consensus estimates. A month earlier, the reading fell by 0.1% in August. On a year over year basis, the headline reading is identical to its level 12 months ago
  • Core PPI month-over-month last month stood at -0.3 percent, another figure to miss estimates, which were a 0.1 percent uptick

Though the Core CPI was moving in a positive direction from its previous levels of August still it remained under the Fed's preferred gauge of under 1.5%.
The set target for long term inflation by the Fed is likely 2% before it raises its benchmark Federal Funds Rate.

Gold prices eased in Asia on Friday on profit taking on recent gains on a soft. Outlook for U.S. interest rates. On Thursday morning, the U.S. Department of There were signals throughout the report of weakness in the energy sector, restraining inflationary pressures overall.
The spot gold price was last at $1,176/1,176.20 per ounce, down $5.90 on Thursday’s close. 

Jobs data has acquired greater significance after the US Federal Reserve made its approach to the normalization of monetary policy entirely data-dependent.

Gold drifted lower still on Friday morning in Europe after dollar continued to pare earlier losses thanks to better-than-expected US jobs data.

As dissent grows in the Federal Reserve over the appropriate measures for 2015, the dollar has deteriorated to the weakest mark since August 25.

Various Fed members are growing more vocal in their view that the US economy is not ready for a federal funds hike – in direct opposition of Chairwoman Janet Yellen.

Yellen, along with vice chair Stanley Fischer, have said recently that a normalization of US monetary is still a viable option for 2015.

However as per market analysts, the FOMC is not seen lifting rates until March at the earliest.

While the market is once again divided into bearish and bullish supporters, the yellow-metal has found support as the market’s pricing of the next US Federal Reserve rate hike is pushed out.

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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"Ambiguity For Gold: RSBL"

Monday, 14 September 2015


By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

It was September 2011 when gold reached its peak. It’s been years since gold has been out of favor. Does it mean that it’s time again for gold to regain its sheen?
What will happen in the weeks to come is what we all are waiting for , till then lets analyze gold’s price movement- how and why?

Gold was range bound on Thursday morning after the previous session’s price slump when a rally in global equities paused.
Gold did manage to rebound after hitting a 4-week low on Wednesday but many market players still have a negative sentiment in mind for gold.

Gold traded sideways for the week ahead of the much anticipated an talked about meeting of the Federal reserve that’s due on September 16 while investors remain cautious .
The spot gold price was last at $1,107.70/1,108 per ounce, little changed from the previous close. Trade has ranged from $1,104.0 to $1,108.6 so far. Gold slumped to $1,101.5 on Wednesday, the lowest level in a month.

With so much uncertainty surrounding the Fed’s monetary policy decision next week, the near-term outlook for gold can, at best, be described as mixed.
Although analysts are slightly more bullish heading into next week, their enthusiasm appears to be tempered. While some analysts are optimistic on gold prices and think that the yellow metal could bounce higher if the Fed delays its rate hike; however gains could be limited as expectations will only be pushed back until December. 

Currently the market is divided into two segments-
Firstly the ones who believe that the Fed would raise rates on September 17 while the others believe the opposite.

Let’s take a brief look at both these segments-

If the Fed hikes rates at first it will be U.S. dollar positive and gold negative, but the tightening could create a selloff in equity markets and capital could start moving into gold.
If the Fed raises rates on Sept. 17 then he would expect gold to fall below support at $1,080. Traders can then lock in profits from that put. In fact this drop could bring in some strong buying momentum, for gold which could later drive gold prices higher at around $1160. 

On the other hand, that if the Fed delays its hike it will be U.S. dollar negative and gold positive in the initial reaction. However, the loose monetary policy will support equity markets and capital will flow out of gold and back into stocks. If the Fed doesn’t hike rates then gold could push up to $1,150 in initial reaction.

Currently gold is being surrounded by a lot of uncertainties.

Though the FOMC meet will be the focus of the market, one should also bear in mind the key economic data slated for release during the week-

  • U.S. August retail sales
  • Regional manufacturing data
  • The consumer price index for August,
  • Housing market data.

The Federal Open Market Committee’s two-day policy meeting begins Sept. 16 and gold investors will focus on the conclusion to see if the central bank will raise rates for the first time in nine years. The consensus seems to be that if the Fed tightens, gold will suffer.
Apart from the US markets, another notable market is that of China.
China has now stepped into the global financial market by depreciating its currency, which has sent ripples through emerging market economies and may in turn unsettle financial markets in the months ahead.
The volatility in China’s equity markets has now stabilized, reducing both the tension in markets and the need for safe havens. 
Another positive news coming for gold was from the India market where gold monetization has now been approved.

For now, The FOMC meeting on September 17 is expected to initiate a more definitive price movement, especially if the FOMC decides to increase the Federal Funds rate for the first time since 2006.
Staying positive for the yellow metal, market players are expecting prices to be around $1,200 an ounce by the last quarter of 2015, with sturdy demand coming from central bank purchases.

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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"No Help For Gold:RSBL"

Sunday, 6 September 2015


-By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

Firstly,I would apologise to all my readers for not drafting a blog for last week. 

I would like to present you an in depth analysis of this weeks gold movement.

It all began on a positive note for gold. The yellow metal entered the positive territory on the first day of the week and investors once again gained confidence of gold being a safe haven asset. But as we moved further, it once again lost its glitter. Gold prices fell by the end of the week and there were a varied reasons responsible for this fall.

Gold was marginally higher on the first morning of the week but remained rooted within a narrow range. Gold was vulnerable to a fresh wave of selling from funds poised to increase bearish bets.

In Shanghai, poor PMI dampened the sentiment and this decline in Asian markets boosted gold’s safe haven appeal as gold continued its gradual positive trend in European trading and was up around $6 an ounce to $1,141- around two per cent off a recent high reached a little over a week ago.

Gold has been struggling to gain from equities volatility in recent weeks, but it reverted to its inverse correlation with wider markets on Wednesday as spot prices recorded the sharpest fall in a week.

Gold found "no help" on Thursday as a spate of economic data from Europe and the US reduced inflation expectations. This sent the dollar higher, weighing down on the value of a precious metal that is often treated as a proxy currency and typically moves in the opposite direction to the greenback.

Gold fell 1 percent on Thursday as the dollar jumped versus the euro after the European Central Bank (ECB) cut inflation forecasts, while a U.S. jobs report that could provide clues on the timing of a Federal Reserve rate rise remained in focus.

The ECB left interest rates unchanged at record lows as expected, but lowered its forecasts for inflation and economic growth, citing a slowdown in emerging markets and weaker oil prices.

As a traditional hedge against inflation, gold suffered from the downward revision.

Spot gold had hit its lowest in a week during trading sessions on Thursday after comments from the ECB president Mario Draghi boosted the dollar against the Euro.

The president warned of negative inflation in the months to come, while noting that the Euro zone recovery has been weaker than expected.

The central bank left its benchmark interest rate at 0.05 per cent, a move that was widely expected whit Euro zone inflation currently at 0.1 percent.

By Friday afternoon, gold slipped about 0.4 percent in Europe following the release of a mixed US labor report.

The spot gold price was last at $1,120- $1,120.5 per ounce- almost down $4.70 from Thursday’s close. The US nonfarm payroll employment increased by 173,000 in August- below the forecast of 215,000 but on the contrary the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 per cent from 5.2 per cent in the prior month.

While average hourly earnings rose eight cents to $25.09 following a six cent gain in July- the hourly earnings rose 2.2 percent over the year.
Gold that was trading in a narrow range but on a positive side- immediately moved to the negative territory after the release of the report.

Though the reports were conflicting in nature- overall it did support the fact the interest rate hike may happen in September itself.
Reasons to justify this was a strengthening dollar and a strengthening gold, both of which happened after the data release. Their usual inverse relationship trend as broken which reflected some speculation surrounding a September interest rate hike.

The jobs report has taken on greater importance ahead of the September FOMC meet. The Fed is deciding whether to raise the Federal Interest rate for the first time since 2006.

After from the Euro zone and the US, In India a less than optimal monsoon will surely affect the demand for gold which may pull down gold prices further.

On the other hand demand for gold from China too seems to be weak. Chinese markets will be closed until Monday after the September 3-5 celebrations to mark the allied victory over Japan in the World War 2. The two day holiday in China also had some bearing on gold.

Currently we don’t see any help for gold from any of the world economies.

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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"Optimism For Gold"

Sunday, 12 July 2015


By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL


The world economies are tumbling. Greece is trying to get more days…Chinese economy is foundering and there us downside pressure on the US markets too. A collapsing economy directly means that the money flocks to gold. But the markets have something else to say.

The precious-metals sector is enduring losses for the third straight week. Gold has also rallied yet remains dangerously close to making a new weekly low for the bear market.
The metals opened lower on Monday in the shadow of the Greek ‘no’ vote but ended the day mixed with average losses of one percent.

Precious metals closed down 0.7 percent on Monday, with gold holding value at $1,169.20 while on Wednesday, gold was last up $4.60 closed at $1162/ 1162.80 an ounce.
Precious metals prices moved away from recent lows in trading on Thursday morning after Fed minutes failed to provide a clearer picture on when the normalization of US monetary policy might begin.

There is more than one factor that is collectively responsible for the movement in gold prices. Let’s take a detailed look at them.

Greece- In Greece, negotiations will continue over the weekend after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras presented a proposal that accepts many of initial cuts introduced at a June 26 meeting.
Investors seem to believe this latest chapter in the multi-year negotiations process will end in Greece remaining in the Eurozone – the euro was last up 0.8 percent to 1.1130 against the dollar.

The uncertainty over Greek debt crisis boosted the dollar, dampening demand for the precious metal as an alternative investment.
A $60 billion bailout plan is headed to the Greek parliament. It includes most of the austerity measures Europe has insisted upon and the gross dollar amount of the bailout is slightly higher. We shall see next week what happens and how it affects markets.

FOMC and Interest Rate Hike- “Based on my outlook, I expect that it will be appropriate at some point later this year to take the first step to raise the federal funds rate and thus begin normalizing monetary policy,” Yellen said in her speech in Cleveland.

“But I want to emphasize that the course of the economy and inflation remains highly uncertain, and unanticipated developments could delay or accelerate this first step,” she added.

US, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen predicted the timeframe for the initial interest rate hike, but also provided a hedge regarding the importance on inflation.
Friday, Yellen said, in a speech at an event in Cleveland, that she still expects interest rates to rise later this year but also acknowledged factors that continue to hold back the U.S. economy, including potential foreign threats.

China- GOLD BULLION prices rose Thursday against all major currencies, recovering all but $1 of the week's earlier $20 drop per ounce against the US Dollar as world stock markets gained following a hard bounce in China's main equity indices.

With trading still halted in around half the shares listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock markets, the CSI300 index of the biggest companies closed 6.7% higher after the last 3 week's near one-third collapse.

No one knows where is gold is heading. Presently there is no call for safe haven investments beyond the solid currencies, namely the dollar, yen and Swiss franc.
Global market tensions may ease out next week with Greece expected to find some resolution to its ongoing credit crisis and Chinese leaders expected to keep a tight grip on equity markets to prevent another major market selloff.

Despite the negative weekly close, optimism is creeping back into the gold market. After five consecutive weekly bearish outlooks, retail investors have finally turned bullish, while market professionals remain mixed.

Nobody would want to buy in an extremely uncertain market. Investors would buy or sell gold once they get a clear signal and know what is happening with the Federal Reserve. The uncertainty in Greece and China is creating a lot of uncertainty and fear because nobody knows what the Fed is going to do.

Apart from the Global markets, there are others things that need to be watched by the investors next week. It’s a big week for US markets economic data.

  • Markets will receive retail sales data for June
  • Regional manufacturing data for July
  • Consumer inflation data at the end of the week

However, the highlight will be Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s semi-annual testimony before Congress. She will testify before the house Financial Services Committee Wednesday and the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday.
Market participants are expected to go through her indication extremely careful to find any hints on when the central bank will pull the trigger on an interest rate hike.

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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Sunday, 15 March 2015


- By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL


Gold has been trying to find itself. It was at its peak in 2011-12, touching a lavish bull level of $1900. But in the last one year, gold prices have been falling, hovering around $1000 these days.

The ones who were bullish for gold are now speechless. Some supporters of gold have even lost faith in it. 

Though gold has been just above they key areas of $1150, there more downside risk for the yellow metals as the dollar continues to strengthen ahead of the Fed’s policy-setting committee meeting on March 17-18.

The dollar hit its highest in nearly 12 years on Friday and is widely expected to reach parity with the euro, due to the gap between U.S. and European interest rates.
Ahead of an expectation of an interest rate hike, a stronger dollar has been clouding over the positive outlook for gold.

A stronger than expected U.S Jobs report last week had raised expectations that the Fed would hike interest rates soon. Since then gold has taken a beating.

Gold was consecutively down since 8 days, falling more than 1 per cent on Wednesday. Gold has been strongly influenced by a robust dollar and expectations of higher U.S. interest rates.
The metal was headed for its sixth weekly loss in the past seven, down 1 percent so far and having hit its lowest in more than three months at $1,147.10 on Wednesday.

Following these negative sentiment, holdings in SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.28 percent on Thursday to 750.95 tonnes, the lowest since January. It had been three weeks since the fund saw any inflows.

Moreover, cutting the appetite for gold was last week's stronger than expected U.S. non-farm payrolls data that renewed expectations the Federal Reserve would begin to increase U.S. interest rates in mid-year.

A strengthening dollar makes dollar denominated assets like gold more expensive for holders of other currencies thus making gold unattractive.

After breaking a nine day lowering streak, gold prices managed to stay positively stable on Friday, Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,154.35 an ounce during the day.


Analysts have noted that gold and silver have struggled all week as investor and traders piled in the U.S. dollar, driving it to a 12-year high. They add that the trend does not look like it will end soon.
The key event for financial markets next week will be the Federal Open Market Committee meeting, which will release its monetary policy statement Wednesday.

In the week, market player will be closely keeping a watch on the Federal Reserve as analysts are expecting gold to suffer on the back of a stronger U.S. dollar as the central bank prepares for an eventual rate hike.

However, the eventual rise in interest rates will cap any rally in gold next week.
Although the FOMC meeting will garner most of the market’s attention, other economic reports that could be market moving include regional manufacturing to be released Monday and Thursday as well as some housing data at the start of the week.


1130$-1200$ an ounce
Rs.25,500- Rs.26,500 per 10gm
15.23$- 17.00 $ an ounce
Rs.34,000- Rs.37,000 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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