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Sunday, 22 November 2015

GOLD FAILS TO ATTRACT SAFE HAVEN BUYING: RSBL

 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL








The week began with a lot of geo political uncertainty and these rising tensions were expected to ignite gold prices.
But geopolitical tensions  took more of a backseat, with the minutes from the FOMC’s latest policy meeting set to be scrutinized later in the week for clues on the timing of a rate rises in the US.

The gold price had risen to a one-week high on Monday following Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, which fuelled safe-haven demand.

On Friday, 13 November, a coordinated terrorist plot in Paris led to over 100 deaths and hundreds injured. The Islamic State boasted and claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, which follows recent attacks by the organization in Lebanon and a suspected bombing of a Russian airliner.

French President Francis Hollande responded by launching a massive airstrike on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.
In tumultuous periods, gold harvests safe-haven appeal as investors seek physical assets like gold versus other investments like bonds or equities. 

However, Gold failed to attract safe-haven buying as a strong dollar offset geopolitical concerns. The dollar placed a cap on the market as it traded at a 7-month high.

Gold received only a small safe-haven lift from the terrorist attacks over the weekend in Paris and Beirut. It rose to $1,097 on Monday but those gains faded away as a strengthening dollar ended the rally. The dollar remained well-supported by broad expectations that the first US interest rate hike in nearly a decade could likely be initiated by the US Federal Reserve in December.

Gold prices dropped to a 5.5-year low on Tuesday, pressured in part by rallying U.S. and world stock markets early this week. 

U.S. economic data released Tuesday was a mixed bag thus leaving the markets confused.

  • A heavy data day, US consumer price index month-over-month for October rose  0.2percent, in-line with expectations.
  • The core CPI also increased 0.2 percent.
  • The capacity utilization rate at 77.5 percent was as forecast.
  • US industrial production over the same period dipped 0.2 percent, below the forecast 0.1 percent.
  • The NAHB housing market index for November was 62, just missing the estimate of 64.
  • The spot gold price was last at $1,081/1,081.30 per ounce, down $2.40 on Monday’s close.

While in the US, market players still expect the Federal Reserve to raise rates for the first time in nearly a decade at the mid-December Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC); Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen has argued for an increase in the Federal Funds rate before the end of the year, citing worries of prolonged periods of cheap capital and its long-term effects on the economy.

On Wednesday, investors’ focus shifted to the minutes from the FOMC’s October policy meeting.
Spot gold was last at $1,075.1/1,075.4 per ounce, up $3.50 on the Wednesday closing level.

Seventy percent of market participants believed the Fed will raise rates next month, according to the CME Group Fed Watch.

The minutes released showed that most members of the Federal Open Market Committee at the October meeting said the conditions for a rate rise could be met by December. A minority, however, said the data may not support a hike and suggested the Fed may need to add monetary stimulus if the economy unexpectedly slows.

The release of the minutes from the October FOMC meeting suggested that  it “could well be” time to raise short-term interest rates at the December policy meeting and as a result the committee chose to alter the wording of their policy statement to ensure their options were open for a move next month.

Gold prices climbed on Thursday morning in London as the dollar fell back even though a majority of US Federal Reserve members believe a December rate hike is becoming more appropriate.

Gold prices climbed on Friday morning in London, boosted by short-covering and fresh buying despite the October FOMC minutes suggesting the Fed will lift interest rates from December. But later in the day gold prices declined.

With the US essentially closed for half the week for Thanksgiving, it’s a quieter week for news and gold may continue to consolidate. All the potentially market impacting fundamental news is packed into Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The key report is U.S. GDP which could potentially impact gold through the U.S. dollar as it could impact speculation on a FOMC rate hike next month.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

IS GOLD BEING COMPLETELY CONTROLLED BY THE DOLLAR?


by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL




Gold is being pressurised on multiple fronts-

  • Equities
  • U.S Dollar
  • Chinese Demand for Gold
  • European Union
  • Japanese Bank


The equities markets is yet another reason that continues to pressurise gold. The stock market continues to look poised for another run higher into new high territory.  

Moreover investors have been more confident about the equities market as compared to gold and this has prolonged the ongoing lack of interest in gold and precious metals.
Apart from equities, The US dollar index too has been mounting pressure on gold. 

Dollar is at multi-year highs and does not appear headed for a reversal anytime soon. Ongoing deflationary pressures in the Euro zone along with economic struggles in Japan could potentially keep the greenback well-supported for some time. 

Gold has been dancing to the tunes of the U.S dollar and there is a big expectation that the U.S. economy will continue to grow and that will further boost the dollar. The notion of higher rates and economic strength is driving the dollar higher and gold lower. 

Surge in the dollar, in which gold is priced, has knocked the metal in recent days through key chart support at $1,180 an ounce -- the lowest level hit during last year's 28 percent plunge -- and $1,155 to its lowest since early 2010 at $1,137.40.

Initially $1150 was considered a good support level for gold but now that gold has crossed this level too,  technical analysts have said a test of the $1,000 level could be on the cards after a break of support at $1,155, a retracement level of its rally to record highs in 2011.

Moreover, robust demand for gold from China has been raising concerns amongst analysts and investors. It has been marked that China, the leading gold consumer of the world, usually buy lot of jewellery, bars and coins at dips. 

Chinese gold buyers, who in the past often took advantage of falling prices as a cheap way of buying into the yellow precious metal, are still biding their time. But this year demand from this country has also been low.

On Wednesday, gold touched the lowest since April 23, 2010. Gold sank about 2 percent on Wednesday to its lowest since mid-2010, potentially opening the way for a fall to $1,000 as a surging U.S. dollar weakened the investment case for non-yielding bullion.

Moreover,  the divergence between the U.S. and economies including the European Union and Japan is driving gains for the dollar. 
Gold futures fell, capping the longest slump since May 2013, as the dollar rally eroded the appeal of the precious metal as an alternative investment.

Gold prices ended the U.S. day session narrowly mixed Thursday and not far above this week’s 4.5-year lows. Trading was quieter ahead of Friday morning’s important U.S. jobs report.  Once the report was out and the key indicators were not as per expectations , precious metals rebounded. The spot gold price was last $8 higher at $1147.90/ $1,1468 an ounce in Thursdays close after spiking up to $15850 with the dollar last at 1.2374 against the euro.

The metal has lost around $100 an ounce over the past week, regenerating memories of a stunning two-day drop in 2013 that started a huge wave of divestment and an annual drop in gold prices after 12 consecutive years. 

Silver was down 3.6 percent at $15.43 , paring losses after hitting $15.13, its lowest since mid-2010.
On Thursday, spot gold prices gained after the US jobs data was out. Spot gold was $8 higher at $1147.90/1148.60 per ounce. The US jobs data stated that the US added just 214,000 jobs in October. This was down from 248,000 in September and also below the predicted 235,000. This gave some support to gold that been witnessing a tumble since quite some time now.

Next week brings more attention to euro zone and Chinese economic data, and the results may serve to underscore the monetary policy divergence between the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The would result in strengthening of the dollar thus further putting pressure on gold which would act completely opposite to gold price movements on Friday.
Moreover, several European countries will release their first third-quarter gross domestic product data, and China will release reports on industrial production growth, producer price index and export data.

Even as China Japan and the Euro zone shows that their economy has been growing as much slow pace and they need easy monetary policies, next week there will more outlook on policy divergence with the Federal Reserve needing to decide on the interest rate hike which many analysts believe wont come in March

While the longer-term trend remains down, gold will likely not go straight down. A short covering and/or relief rally will likely be soon in the coming weeks and gold could possibly test the breakdown level of $1183 before potentially heading lower again.




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 -
"Fed Sets The Rules For Gold"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2014/11/fed-sets-rules-for-gold.html


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Sunday, 26 October 2014

GOLD ONCE AGAIN SURRENDERS IN FRONT OF THE DOLLAR


by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL




Firstly, on behalf of RSBL, I would like to wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. We hope that this new Hindu Year brings in optimism in your life along with the precious metals market industry, other investment assets and the world economy.

Gold prices reached to three session highs by Monday lunchtime in London. Gold prices touched $1246 an ounce which is considered to be a crucial trading range for gold. Thanks to last week stock rally, gold prices gained as European stock markets reversed half of Friday's big bounce.

Let's have a look at some market making news that happened over the week:
  • The U.S. dollar is up  5 % this year against a basket of 10 leading currencies. 
  • The country’s unemployment rate is at a six-year low, suggesting the world’s biggest economy will survive slowdowns in Europe and ⦁ Asia. 
  • The European Central Bank plans to stimulate growth by buying asset-backed debt, aimed at boosting the ECB's own balance-sheet by €1 trillion in a bid to avoid deflation for the 18-nation currency zone through monetary stimulus.
  • Economists cut estimates for Chinese growth after disappointing data on industrial profits, factory output and credit. Chinese central bank will inject short-term loans into major banks this week drove Beijing's 1-year money market rate down to 2.99% – its lowest level in 25 months .
  • The global economy was further threatened over the spreading Ebola virus threatens the global economy further.
Gold prices recovered on Thursday, and was seen trading around $1232-$1233. Post the US data release, investors once again were confused between gold and equities as the dollar rose and safe haven demand for gold declined. Gold prices fell to a one-week low at $1232.55 per ounce on Friday in London as safe haven demand was eroded after a rebound in US equities and a strengthening dollar.

Even when the US economy is showing signs of strengthening, Investors have plenty to be concerned about: Russian-inspired insurrection in Ukraine, Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong, the spread of Ebola from Africa to Europe and the U.S., war in the Middle. One thing they can leave off the list: inflation.

Whereas FED shall ponder on the below 2 points:

1) QE (Quantitative Easing): The Fed has bought $3.95 trillion of securities since 2008, a program called quantitative easing, or QE. The Fed official are worried about prices remaining too low as the cash that is currently there in the financial system has raised worries about incipient inflation.
The Fed’s bond-buying program, which the central bank plans to end this month, appears to have succeeded in stimulating the economy without debasing the currency because banks are holding onto reserves instead of lending. Falling prices, or deflation, can create a vicious circle of less spending and declining wages.

2) Consumer Spending: Low wages and low spending on consumer products will also keep a lid on inflation.

This was a snapshot of the world scenario. 

But where domestic markets are concerned, this year too gold sales shot up during the 5 day festive season. Tuesday being Dhanteras, gold demand was quite high as it is considered auspicious to buy gold on this day. Gold purchases in India gathered pace since Tuesday as consumers took advantage of a year-on-year drop in the price of the metal at the most-auspicious time to buy it. The prices seem to have dropped at the right time and markets saw people rush to buy gold at dips.

Now the international and domestic markets will have their eyes glued on the Fed policy makers meet scheduled on October 28-29.


TRADE RANGE


METAL
INTERNATIONAL
Gold/Silver price range
DOMESTIC 
Gold/Silver price range
GOLD
$1208- $1247
an ounce
Rs. 26,750- Rs. 27,800
per 10gm
SILVER
$16.85- $17.64
an ounce
Rs. 38,000- Rs.40,000
per kg






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 Tend to Move Side-Ways"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2014/10/gold-tend-to-move-side-ways.html

Sunday, 19 October 2014

GOLD TEND TO MOVE SIDE-WAYS

by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL



As we just thought gold was acting positive and making a comeback, it proves us wrong by the end of Friday.

Gold erased this year’s gains earlier this month on the outlook for higher borrowing costs as the U.S. economy improves. Bullion has since rebounded as the Fed signalled a worldwide economic slowdown may delay interest-rate increases and as equities to commodities slid.

The week was decent enough for gold in the domestic markets, but then internationally showed a sideways performance.

Internationally, gold prices declined after the U.S data reports were in. The better than expected consumer sentiment data lowered gold's safe haven appeal while on the other hand the ongoing concerns over global economic growth and a recovery in global stock markets gave the yellow-metal some support.

Equities and bond yields dropped sharply and the uncertainty over the Fed's hike in interest rates have changed the sentiment for gold from bearish to neutral. Gold showed mixed trends in the week over various economic figures coming in from US

  • U.S retail sales and inflation numbers slumped
  • Core Retail Sales dipped 0.2%, its first decline since April 2013.
  • This indicated to a decline in consumer spending which one of the key indicators of economic growth
  • PPI fell by 0.1%, after a reading of 0.0% a month earlier
  • US Unemployment Claims dropped to 264 thousand, marking a 14 -year low. 
  • Manufacturing numbers were a mix, as Industrial Production gained 1.0%, its best showing since November. 
  • The Philly Fed Manufacturing Index dipped to 20.7 points, but this beat the estimate of 19.9 points.
So it was quite a volatile market for gold and there were several factors responsible for this volatility.


DISAPPOINTING GLOBAL GROWTH AND MIXED US DATA REPORTS-
The global equity drop was induced by the European equities sell-off, which was prompted by the negative August industrial production data from Germany and the market's disappointment with the lack of further monetary announcements by the ECB to fight deflation and a likely recession in Europe. The September U.S. retail sales of -0.3%, an inflation expectation of 1.5% in 2019, and foreign growth slowdown have fuelled growth recovery concerns in the U.S. The September manufacturing output climbed 0.5% compared to -0.5% in August, which can signal that the U.S. recovery is holding up.


GOLD DEMAND
The global equity tumult and the ongoing geopolitical concerns have raised the appetite for gold even though the inflationary pressure has created a negative attitude for gold.
The U.S. SPDR gold trust holdings have risen 0.20% this week after declining for four consecutive weeks. 

Moreover demand for gold from India has risen ahead of the biggest festive season of Diwali and many have made their purchases at dips. India's September gold imports jumped sharply to $3.75 billion ahead of the wedding and festival season, data from the trade ministry showed.

Meanwhile in China, the world's largest consumer for gold, has witnessed a significant drop in demand for gold even though price are running low but demand here is also expected to pick up. Growth in Gold mine output from China is set to slow significantly in coming years in the face of declining ore grades and waning profitability, an analyst at Business Monitor International said on Friday.

Now we need to see what's in basket for gold in the coming week. Gold could trade sideways next week and multiple factors are expected to influence the price of the precious metal.

FED- markets will keep an eye in the Fed Chair's speech this Friday

US- Traders will be tracking news coming in from the equity markets, alongside news about a likely global slowdown, the future pace of US stimulus, US interest rates, the Ebola scare in the US , the U.S leading indicators index , the U.S September new home sales, the U.S September CPI, September US leading indicators index and geopolitical tensions the world over.

CHINA-Next week, we will monitor the September China industrial production data, the Q3 China real GDP growth.






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 -
"Is Gold Making A  Comeback?"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2014/10/is-gold-making-comeback.html