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Sunday, 24 April 2016

BEST QUARTER FOR BULLION SINCE THREE DECADES: RSBL

By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL


Gold, one of this year’s best performing assets, has room to extend its advance, according to top-ranked forecasters, even as the rebound shows signs of losing steam.
While we see gold being one the best performing asset in its class in 2016, we also this year to be one of the best performing years for gold in the past 3-4 years.

Bullion had its best quarter in almost three decades through March after the metal regained its haven status amid volatile financial markets, the spread of negative interest rates and as the Fed pared back expectations of further rate increases. Holdings in exchange-traded funds have climbed about 20% this year and there appears to be a return of confidence.

While gold has strengthened since the start of the week, putting an end to last week’s selling pressure, it has underperformed the rest of the precious metals as speculative positioning is overstretched on the long side

When markets are volatile and sentiments are confusing, we see more than ne factor influencing the prices. The same has happened with gold. This week there was more than one factor that as responsible for the ups and downs in gold. Let’s have look at each of these individually.

ETF- In paper holdings, gold ETF’s tracked by Fast Markets remain near their 2016 high – stood at 1,806 tonnes as of April 21. Investors poured $13.6 billion this year into exchange-traded products tracking precious metals, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That’s almost 80% of the total inflows into commodity ETFs in 2016. This gave a boost to gold prices.

ECB- On Thursday, the outcome of the European Central Bank meeting was as expected when it kept its current monetary programme unchanged.
The gold price was relatively flat during Asian trading hours on Friday after the European Central Bank (ECB) kept its monetary policy unchanged at its Thursday meeting as expected.
Spot gold was last at $1,250.00-1,250.20 per ounce on Friday, up just $0.50 from Thursday’s close.

But ECB president Mario Draghi warned that deflationary signals remained despite negative interest rates and billions of euros in asset purchases, while economic growth stays “tilted to the downside”.
In March, the central bank lowered nominal interest rates further into the zero-bound, citing concerns of deflationary pressure and a divergence between the northern and southern economies.

Dollar- Gold held its ground despite a stronger US dollar following the unexpected fall in US unemployment figures. With ECB policymakers holding interest rates unchanged, there was little to excite investors,” said ANZ Research on Friday morning.
The US dollar index had recovered to a three-day high of 94.70 on Thursday, but slipped 0.15 percent to 94.49 so far on Friday
Gold futures dipped Friday morning in the US, with a strengthened dollar and increased risk tolerance combining to weigh on prices.

US Report- in US data released Thursday, weekly unemployment claims between 7-14 April came in at 247,000 below the forecast of 265,000 and the lowest since November 1973.
The Philly Fed manufacturing index, however, was at 1.6, a stark divergence from the 8.1 estimate. The CB leading index month-over-month in March slipped to -0.2 percent, off the estimate of a 0.4 percent uptick.

Other markets- demand concerns in China and emerging markets weighed on global growth.
Earlier, Japan’s reading came in at 48, below the previous figure of 49.1, while PMIs from across the Eurozone were mixed.
Turning to International markets, Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC-40 were down 0.6 percent and 0.5 percent respectively, while the dollar strengthened 0.4 percent to $1.1253 against the euro.

While the current risk-on environment – evident in stronger equities and lower volatility – is exerting downward pressure on safe-haven demand, bullish factors like a weaker dollar and stronger oil price continue to prevail.



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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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"Why Gold Is Sill Cheap" 

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



Monday, 7 December 2015

GOLD BOUNCES BACK: RSBL

 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari,MD, RSBL






Christmas seems to have come in early for gold as it finished the week on a strong note, ending a six-week losing streak and bouncing off a fresh 5 and-a-half year low.
After hitting a 5.5-year low earlier this week, Gold prices prepared to end Friday's session on a very upbeat note, with the metal up 2% during the day.

The magic move happened despite a relatively in-line November jobs report that all strengthened the expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise rates after its monetary policy meeting December 16.

Gold’s rally started in earnest Friday, following the release of November’s nonfarm payrolls report, which was relatively in line with expectations.

Because expectations of a rate hike are close to fully priced into the markets, many investors and traders are starting to doubt whether the U.S. dollar can move higher under current market conditions, prompting them to take profits in their long U.S. dollar positions.
Good news for gold also came in when the Euro rebounded over the announcement of a minimum cut in its deposit rate over the disappointing market by the European Central. The central bank eased its monetary policy, dropping its deposit rate to negative 0.30% from negative 0.20% on Thursday.

The rebound in the euro, following the ECB’s monetary easing that was less than expected, pushed the dollar index down to 97.59, last at 98.30 and that seems to be helping to underpin the metals.

Markets eagerly awaited the US employment report that is likely to be the next directional influence on the dollar and markets generally. 

The gold prices recovered after falling to fresh five-and-a-half year lows during Thursday morning trading after Asian participants reacted to the strong US job data from the previous session.  
Spot gold was indicated $1,053.20/1,053.50 per ounce, down $0.80 from Wednesday and off its session low of $1,046.40, its lowest since February 2010 – market participants largely expect the US FOMC to increase interest rates this month. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, on Friday,  said 211,000 jobs were created in November, down from October’s upwardly revised number of 298,000; September's employment report was also revised higher to 145,000, from the previous report of 137,000. The report noted that 35,000 more jobs were added in the previous two months as a result of the revisions.
According to consensus estimates, economists were expecting to see job gains of 200,000.
Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 218,000 per month. As expected the unemployment rate held steady at 5.0% last month; at the same time the participation rate was little changed at 62.5%.

As anticipated the U.S. labor market cooled off a little in November after seeing immense gains in the previous month; however, the job growth still managed to slightly beat outlooks, according to the latest employment data from the Labor Department.

It was one of last few data releases before the Federal Reserve meets in two weeks to decide whether to raise interest rates and these reports will play a significant role for the same.

This raises expectation that the Fed has a go ahead signal to increase interest rates on December 16 as long as other things remain steady globally over the next few weeks.

Yellen has been adamant about raising rates before the year concludes, citing concerns over an expedited tightening cycle if the policy-board waits until 2016.

With another two weeks to go before the Federal Open Market Committee meets to discuss raising rates for the first time since 2006 the market remains focused on the expected positive impact such a move might have on the dollar together with the subsequent negative gold impact. Taking a look at the past four rate hikes we actually find that instead of rising, the dollar has weakened in the weeks and months following the first announcement. 

While this time round may be different considering the expected diverging trajectories of the ECB and FOMC it nevertheless raises the risk of a correction both on dollar longs and gold shorts. Not least considering the big jump in positioning seen in both markets during November.  

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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"Critical Week For Gold: RSBL"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/11/critical-week-for-gold-rsbl.html 


Sunday, 26 July 2015

DISAPPOINTING WEEK FOR GOLD: RSBL


                                                                                     By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL



 
Gold has always been considered a commodity and a currency. But currently it has lost its appeal as both. At present it is not sought after in either form.

Investors are selling the metal from gold-backed funds at the fastest pace in four months. Holdings in exchange-traded products declined 17.6 metric tons this week to the lowest since 2009, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

This year gold has plunged 8.3 percent. Gold’s appeal has been curbed due to high borrowing costs. This in turn doesn’t pay interest or generate yields like other current income generating assets including equities. Moreover, a projection of an interest rate hike in September is influencing gold in losing its sheen.

A strong dollar and expectations that the US Federal Reserve will hike their interest rates by the end of the year triggered selling pressure on gold and took prices to their lowest point since April 2010. The US greenback rallied to a three-month high following comment from the Fed Chairperson last week, which eased gold’s appeal as a safe haven. Huge selloffs witnessed in Chinese futures market and breaking the key technical support of $1130 has ignited liquidation.

Earlier, spot gold tumbled to a fresh five year low of $1,077.50. 

The gold market has some pretty big hurdles to cross as prices hit fresh five-year lows early Friday. Although a late-day rally helped push prices back to around $1,100 an ounce and cut gold’s loss to only around 3% from Monday. Gold prices bounced back after touching a 5-year low earlier in the trading session as the dollar flattened on poor US housing data.

The gold price recovered from its earlier lows during Friday sessions, but sentiment surrounding the yellow metal remained poor as it continued to trade under $1,100 per ounce.
Spot gold was last at $1,082.90/1,083.70, but off the fresh five year lows it hit earlier when gold tumbled to just $1,077.50.




               












But there many analysts in the market who still believe that gold prices will rise. On the other side there are some who believe that gold will no longer be accepted as a commodity or a currency.
The current volatility has created new waves in the market that has disowned gold from many investors list. Let’s view the reasons behind the bull v/s bear sentiment.

This week’s volatility sparked as we saw important data coming in from various economies
U.S. - better-than-expected US jobs data sparked the move lower. After an optimistic US weekly unemployment reading was released, market participants wondered how that would affect next week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. Further hints that the Fed is on track for a September rate hike could present downside risks for gold especially given current momentum.

China- Chinese Caixin Flash China General Manufacturing PMI came out at 48.2 against a forecast of 49.8. The number was below the psychologically important 50 level for the first time in 15 months. This created disappointment in the market for gold.

Eurozone- in the Eurozone, EU flash services number disappointed at 53.8, though the manufacturing number was as expected at 53.8. EU flashes services number disappointed at 53.8, though the manufacturing number was as expected at 53.8.

Although there is improving market sentiment among some analysts who say gold is oversold and are expecting to see a modest technical rally, there is still a strong bearish undertone among retail investors.
  • Gold has fallen by 7.9 percent year-to-date compared with base metals, which in aggregate are down 15.6 percent and energy commodities which in aggregate are down 9.7 percent
  • Even though gold is down this year, it remains a relative outperformer against the bulk of commodities
  • Expectations that further data coming in from US maybe under expectations, which again sends positive signals for gold.
More volatility is likely next week as the market will switch its attention to the US FOMC meeting.


 Next week, the focus will be on the FOMC meeting – further hints that the Fed is on track for a September rate hike could present downside risks for gold especially given current momentum.
Investors are bailing on gold on expectations the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates as the economy strengthens.
All eyes will be on the Federal Reserve, the U.S. dollar and economic data next week; and, according to analysts, any weakness could be positive for the gold market



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"Gold Keeping Investors Perplexed: RSBL"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/07/gold-keeping-investors-perplexed-rsbl.html