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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

GOLD- BUY AND HOLD: RSBL



 by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL


Bullion has rallied 26 percent in 2016, recovering from three years of losses, as low or negative interest rates have strengthened demand. Political uncertainty has also played a part, with the U.K.’s vote to quit the European Union spurring haven demand. Forecasters including Singapore-based DBS Group Holdings Ltd. have said that the U.S. contest may buttress prices amid concern about the possible implications of a Trump presidency.

Gold may be in for a bumpy ride in the final quarter as Republican candidate Donald Trump now has a 40 percent chance of winning the presidential election and investors will be preparing for the possibility of higher U.S. interest rates, according to Citigroup Inc. A probable victory of Donald Trump increases the chances of a single U.S. hike by the end of 2016.

But if it happens otherwise, then gold prices are likely to steady during 25-29 September after the US Federal Reserve decided to leave interest rates unchanged, according to analysts. 

Bullion has been provoked from inertia after Fed rate concerns had helped wipe out gains for the quarter.
There is once again an inflow of capital in the market as low borrowing costs in the U.S. and economic stimulus by central banks from Japan to Europe drive demand for the precious metal as a store of value.

Over the previous week, gold achieved the best performance since July 2016 with a 2.4% rise, while the US dollar index recoded the worst performance, reaching 95.472 against a basket of currencies.

The precious metal is heading for the biggest weekly advance since July after U.S. central bankers opted to leave interest rates unchanged while reining in their outlook for future increases.
Gold prices edged lower on Friday, but notched the strongest weekly advance in almost two months after the Federal Reserve held off on raising interest rates and scaled back the number of rate hikes it expects next year.

This has once again pushed gold prices upwards and traders are no into the buy-and-hold mode for gold.
The precious metal is sensitive to moves in U.S. rates, which lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets such as bullion. A gradual path to higher rates is seen as less of a threat to gold prices than a swift series of increases.
Meanwhile, investors will be focusing on a series of important events lined up this week that play a pivotal role in influencing gold prices.

  • A pair of speeches from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is to testify before the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of European Parliament, in Brussels.
  • For fresh hints on whether the ECB will step up monetary stimulus in the coming months to boost inflation and prop up the economy.
  • Speech by Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will be eyed in wake of last week's decision by the BOJ to modify its policy framework
  • Focus will also be maintained on the first U.S. presidential debate on Monday between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican hopeful Donald Trump
  • Other speeches to be given by
                -Swiss National Bank Chairman Thomas Jordan
                -Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz
                -Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer
                -BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda is to speak in Tokyo.


  • U.S. is to release data on new home sales, private sector data on consumer confidence, publish data on durable goods orders, to publish final figures on second quarter growth
  • Fed Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to testify before the House Financial Services Committee on regulation and supervision, while St. Louis Fed chief James Bullard is to speak in St. Louis.
  • The Bank of Japan's big policy review is likely to see more QE and negative rates in the long run.
  • Germany is to publish preliminary inflation data and a report on unemployment change.
  • Japan is to release data on inflation and household spending.
  • China is to publish its Caixin manufacturing index.
  • Germany is to release data on retail sales.
  • The U.K. is to report on the current account and publish revised data on second quarter growth.
  • The euro zone is to release preliminary data on consumer inflation.
  • Canada is to publish data on economic growth.
  • The U.S. is to round up the week with data on personal income and spending, a report on business activity in the Chicago region and revised data on consumer sentiment.
Now  that series of events are scheduled for the week we expects markets player to be alert and markets to be volatile.

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:
"BULLISH SENTIMENTS FOR GOLD: RSBL
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2016/09/bullish-sentiments-for-gold-rsbl.html
 

Monday, 19 September 2016

BULLISH SENTIMENTS FOR GOLD: RSBL

 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL







Recently gold has been struggling to climb up due to the recurrent changes in the expectations of an interest rate hike. There is quite a possibility that market players are paying too much heed to the whole interest rate scenario and in turn missing on the bigger picture.
Nonetheless, Gold continues to work lower alongside the rest of precious metals – a resilient dollar and rising US real rates have prompted traders to unwind their long positioning. Investors have become increasingly edgy ahead of the conclusion of the Fed and the BoJ meetings

The spot gold price inched lower during Asian trading hours on Friday amid Mid-Autumn festival holidays in the region.
Spot gold was last at $1,314.66-1,315.00 per ounce, down $1.17 from Thursday’s close.
The spot gold price had tumbled to a week’s low of $1,307.75 on Thursday on selling pressures following a brief spike to $1,328.10 sparked by weak US retail sales data.
In data released Thursday-

  • US retail sales in August undershot at -0.3 percent
  • Core retail sales in August undershot at -0.1 percent.
  • Industrial production month-over-month in August also disappointed at -0.4 percent
  • The US PPI in August was unchanged; a 0.1-percent gain from the previous month has been expected.
  • The core PPI – excluding food and energy costs – was in line at 0.1 percent.
  • The Empire State manufacturing stood at -2.0 missed the expected -0.9
  • The Philly Fed manufacturing index at 12.8 beat the predicted 1.1.
  • Capacity utilization rate in August stood at 75.5 percent, a touch below the 75.8 percent
  • Weekly unemployment claims for September 1-8 in at 260,000 were just below the forecast 262,000 and, more importantly, the psychological 300,000 mark.
  • Lastly, the current account balance in June was in line with consensus at -$120 billion. Business inventories month-over-month was unchanged in July, missing the 0.1 percent forecast.




There was disappointment in the markets when the data was released that showed signs of a softening US economy,.aThe US economy has recently shown signs of softening – data including retail sales, its PPI and industrial production have undershot.
While disappointing numbers have lowered the likelihood of an imminent Fed rate increase - for September was just 12 percent, November was 19.3 percent and December was 46.2 percent. Earlier this week, majority had expected a rate hike in December.

With such soft data coming in from the US, expectations have largely diminished towards the Fed doing anything in September and the market is drifting back towards the view they might do nothing for quite a while.

Some even feel that markets are overeating to a potential rate hike and giving too much attention to it, thus ignoring other crucial factors that have the potential to influence gold prices.
The market is once again divided between the supported of bulls and bears for gold. The ones that are bullish are not worried about gold’s recent downtrend. What is the most important factor for investors is that the gains seen so far are sustainable and that gold has more or less stabilised before it takes that long jump to rally.
They believe Fresh disappointing US data has reinforced our view that the Fed should remain on hold in September, resulting in renewed weakness in the dollar and US real rates and prompting fresh buying in gold.
Moreover, demand for gold from China and India is expected to rise over the months to come which will further boost gold prices higher. The market is  moving towards to a festive season and this period of the year has generally seen demand for gold rising and this rise in demand will make up for the weakness gold has faced over 2016.

Given that gold is heavily influenced by fluctuations in the dollar and US real rates, we are not surprised by the metal continuing to weaken. But the bullish supporters for gold also believe that this weakness is temporary and is currently driven by a stronger dollar and higher US real rates
Our big-picture outlook remains bullish but more profit-taking could easily be triggered if the price action disappoints, as it may be starting to do.




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:
"GOLD STABILISES: RSBL"
 http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2016/09/gold-stabilises.html

Thursday, 25 August 2016

HIGHER GOLD PRICES FOR THE DOMESTIC MARKET: RSBL

  By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL






Firstly I would like to congratulate all the Rio Olympic representatives of India who worked so hard and attained commendable feats for our country. While we saw Indian achieving remarkable feats, at the same time gold prices in the domestic market were shining in spite of a global downtrend.


Where on one hand gold in the global markets was down 0.34 percent at $1,347 per ounce, on the other hand the yellow metal in the national capital, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity commenced the week higher at Rs. 31,130 and Rs. 30,980 and advanced to closed at Rs. 31,250 and Rs. 31,100 per 10 gram respectively, showing a rise of Rs. 175 each.

Markets remained closed on Monday for 'Independence Day' and Thursday for 'Raksha Bandhan'. Bullion traders said increased buying by jewellers to meet festive season demand from retailers amid a firm global trend mainly kept precious metal prices higher.
While Makar Sankrant marks a pause to festive celebrations, on the other hand Raksha Bandhan marks the onset of the festive season in India. 

Gold has seen a sharp upsurge in demand on a sudden jump in Japanese yen against the dollar. Crude oil prices have also increased over the last few months. With the investment buying continues, gold is seen touching $1400 an oz in global markets translating thereby setting a new record in near future.

Coming to international markets, analysts hold the dovish July policy meeting minutes issued this week responsible for the decline in prices.


Interest rate expectations are the driving force behind the recent moves in both the dollar and gold. Expectations of higher interest rates here in the U.S. support a stronger dollar while they weigh on the price of precious metals.



Interest Rate Hike- Gold prices slipped on Friday, weighed down by a strengthening dollar after two Federal Reserve officials' comments that increased expectations for an interest-rate increase this year.


Gold is sensitive to higher rates which lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets such as bullion, while boosting the dollar in which it is priced. The week has seen a run of mixed signals from Federal Reserve policymakers.


San Francisco Fed President John Williams on Thursday joined a growing chorus of his colleagues signalling support for a U.S. interest rate hike in coming months. New York Fed President William Dudley reinforced his confidence in a possible rate hike for a second time in the week.  Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan, however, saw limited room to manoeuvre on rates.

US Dollar- The dollar against a basket of six major currencies was up about 0.27 percent at 94.414. The current ‘ultra low’ interest rate environment has sent global investors on a search for yield.  Hence any prospect of an interest-rate increase in the U.S. makes U.S. dollar investments more attractive to international investors, leading to an increase in the value of the U.S. dollar vs. other currencies across the globe.
The U.S. dollar, after tapping a seven-week low this week, strengthened Friday, cutting demand for precious metals, which are priced in the currency.

SDPR- Among exchange-traded funds, the SPDR Gold Trust GLD, -0.88% was 0.7% lower. Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.2% to 955.99 metric tons in the week through Thursday, according to Bloomberg data.
ECB- Meanwhile, European Central Bank rate setters agreed not to discuss any policy change at their July meeting and to keep market hopes for more stimuli in check, minutes showed on Thursday.

U.S. Jobs report- Reports showed the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, while manufacturing activity in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region saw a mild improvement this month. Members of the Fed's rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee were generally upbeat about the U.S. economy and labour market, but several said any slowdown in future hiring would augur against a near-term rate hike. U.S. economic data will continue to offer clues on the Fed’s next move. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen will also speak at a conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo. next Friday. Admittedly, a very strong U.S. labour market report in early September could already be enough to prompt the Fed to hike interest rates next month.

Still range bound, gold looks to break through USD $1,360 as the possibility of a September rate rise tempers.


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:

"Indian Gold Bullion Market- Issues, Challenges, Opportunities and the way forward: RSBL"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2016/08/indian-gold-bullion-market-issues_13.html 



Sunday, 21 February 2016

BULL V/S BEAR FOR GOLD: RSBL

By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL








So far 2016 has been subjugated by the fall out in Chinese equities and the consequent short selling of other asset classes as a proxy hedge.

Gold continued to rally this week as it gained by the strengthening of the yen which suggests that there is constant safe haven buying which does not fit too well with the pick-up in equities and industrial metals this week.

Gold soared 1 percent on Wednesday, breaking a three-day losing streak to trade above the key $1,200-an-ounce level as Asian shares and the dollar slipped.

Bullion rallied to a one-year high last week after a stock market rout boosted demand for the yellow metal as a safe haven, but has since given up some gains as equities steadied. With stocks slipping again on Wednesday, gold was back in focus.

Speculation has increased in recent days that the Fed might resort to negative interest rates to stimulate the economy after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said last week it was an option that would not be taken "off the table." Lower or negative rates would boost demand for non-interest-paying gold. Concerns remain that gold could correct further as some
Analysts say gold gained too much, too quickly.

The gold price fell during Asian trading hours on Friday after rallying overnight to a week’s high of $1,240.10 per ounce. But see the yellow metal remained well-supported on global economic uncertainty. 

Spot gold was last at $1,226.70-1,227 per ounce, down $3.80 from Thursday’s close.

The gold price had rallied overnight following a pull-back in US equities and weaker oil prices. 

Recently the analysts and market players have become more alarmed about

  • The state of the global economy and
  • The risk of debt default and
  • Equity weakness
Gold’s positive and negative movements over the week were influenced by the following-

Oil Prices- Oil prices had risen more than 14 percent this week after Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Qatar said they would freeze oil output at January levels as long as other producers also participate. Iran’s oil minister had welcomed the plan but did not commit to it.

The oil price rally also halted after Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister was reported as saying that Saudi Arabia was “not prepared” to cut production, scuttling hopes of a deal by major producers to cut output in an oversupplied market. 



Global Economic growth- Global economic growth remains friable with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) cutting its global growth forecast on Thursday by 0.3 percent to three percent for 2016 as it warns of slowing economies in Brazil, Germany and the US, and exchange rate volatility in some emerging markets. 

The OECD on Thursday reports that some emerging markets are particularly vulnerable to sharp exchange-rate movements and the effects of high domestic debt.


Economic Data- Major economic data released on Thursday was mixed with a slight negative bias. China’s January PPI was -5.3 percent, a gentler decline than the forecast -5.5 percent and December’s -5.9 percent. January was the 47th straight month of decline, however. 

Weekly US unemployment claims came in at 262,000, below the forecast of 275,000 and under the psychological 300,000 mark. The Philly Fed manufacturing index for February at -2.8 was close to the -2.9 estimate. 

But the US CB leading index disappointed at -0.2 percent against a forecast of -0.1 percent Meanwhile in data, US CPI and Core CPI month-over-month in January came in unchanged and an increase of 0.3 percent respectively, both were above forecasts of a -0.1 decline and 0.2 percent gain.

Gold Demand- Physical demand slowed during the Chinese Lunar New Year, but global demand is also suffering as consumers and well-stocked jewellery manufacturers hold off while waiting for the price of gold to drop, according to multiple gold traders.

The gold price increased modestly for the third consecutive day as a safe-haven rally is being thwarted by weak physical demand.


Monetary policies- Market participants also await further monetary decisions out of the Eurozone and China, which has drawn closer scrutiny after the Japanese central bank decided to lower nominal interest rates into negative territory for the first time in history.
A lack of inflation and threats of another global recession has led central bankers to adopt looser monetary policy and aggressively combat sagging growth.


Market participants appear content to wait until monetary decisions out of the Eurozone and China become clearer.

The recent decision by the Japanese central bank to lower interest rates into negative territory has led other regions to consider the same action.
A lack of inflation and threats of another global recession are forcing central bankers to adopt looser monetary policy and aggressively combat sagging growth.

Till then we need to wait and watch and this seems to be the only mantra as the mart once again stands divided into a bear v/s bull market for gold.


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 -
" Gold Glitters All The Wayl: RSBL"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2016/02/gold-glitters-all-way-rsbl.html