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Monday, 13 February 2017

GOLD STABILISES AMIDST UNCERTAINTIES

While when gold was just about to continue to maintain its 3 month high last week, there was a sudden pull back and gold prices moved lower by the end of the week.

Gold steadied on Friday, but remained below the week's three-month top as the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields came off their highs after the currency initially jumped on U.S. President Donald Trump's promise of a major tax announcement.


Gold was being pushed and pulled amidst various factors that played key roles in influencing gold prices-

Interest Rate - Gold slid on Thursday from a three-month high in the previous session after strong U.S. economic data pointed to a robust economy, increasing the possibility that the Federal Reserve will raise U.S. interest rates.
U.S. economic data has also strengthened talk that the Federal Reserve would press ahead with U.S. interest rate hikes sooner rather than later.
Gold is highly sensitive to rising U.S. interest rates which increases the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion while boosting the dollar  in which it is priced.

Dollar and Data - U.S. economic data also underpinned the dollar. Initial jobless claims unexpectedly dropped last week to a nearly 43-year low, while inventories at wholesalers surged in December for a second straight month. U.S. import prices rose more than expected in January.
The data showing rising U.S. wholesale inventories and an unexpectedly low number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits further pushed up the dollar and U.S. bond yields.                        
A stronger dollar makes gold more expensive for holders of other currencies, while higher yields increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion. Higher interest rates would lift yields further.
           
Tax Announcement - Donald Trump plans to announce the most ambitious tax reform plan since the Reagan era in the next few weeks, the White House said.
On Thursday, sending stock prices and the dollar higher on hopes leading to a cut in corporate tax rates.

French Elections - Investors are concerned about the strong showing in the French presidential race of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who has promised to take France out of the euro zone and to hold a referendum on European Union membership.

Gold held near 3-month highs on Thursday as political risks from elections in Europe and worries over U.S. President Donald Trump's policies buoyed safe haven demand for the bullion.

While gold was stabilised by Friday. It was still amongst the favourites for investors. Many of them are being bullish for gold – Reasons being :

  • Controversy over U.S. President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries has recently boosted gold as a safe-haven asset.
  • Further geo-political uncertainties, increasing hostilities in the Ukraine, Greek bailouts, French elections, Iran-U.S. sabre-rattling have supported gold prices and drawn interest from investors who seek support in safe haven assets.
  • Investors' bullish stance on gold is reinforced by an increase in net longs by speculators and a rise in holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund. (SPDR holdings rose 0.68 percent to 832.58 tonnes on Wednesday from Tuesday, rising for a sixth straight session.)

Increasing uncertainties has increased the demand for gold as a hedge. Amidst all this, gold prices are expected to rise till Mid Feb. Once January CPI data is released, it will give an idea about the possibility of a rate hike in March which will then be a deciding factor in the movement of gold prices.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

ALL NOTIONS TO SEE GOLD AT $800 DESTROYED!!!

                                                                                                             - By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL




A few weeks earlier, we saw a lot of noise in the market…but this time it seems that someone left the loudspeakers on!

Well, oil and SNB played the game here.Precious metals showed great volatility- all thanks to the fluctuating oil prices.

Crude oil was highly volatile after a report from Paris based energy agency IEA depicted a likely reduction in Non-OPEC output for 2015 by 350,000 BPD. 

Moreover, gold and silver prices soared in Euro terms after the SNB moves and now many market players are beginning to wonder if a loss of confidence after the Swiss fiasco has started a run on gold? 

Bullion traders said sentiment turned better after gold rallied to the highest since September in global markets as the dollar weakened after Switzerland decoupled its currency to the euro and lowered the deposit rate.

Gold had closed at 1276.50 following a brief intraday break above 1280, its highest level since September 2014. We look to the September 2nd open of 1286 as the next important level of
Resistance, followed by 1300 and 1320. Momentum indicators are increasingly bullish.

Gold regained its safe-haven mantle following a shocking and unforeseen decision by the Swiss Central Bank (SNB) to scrap its cap on the franc’s exchange rate against the euro.


After the SNB- Swiss National Bank dropped the bombshell on the markets Thursday morning, the prices of the precious metals had gone in one direction… UP.  In just two days, the price of gold was up $40 and silver $1.10.

Post this action, gold rose more than 2 percent to a 4 month high in Thursday. This was a result of the move by Switzerland to abandon its three-year cap on the franc sent global shares and bond yields into turmoil. 

Following the Swiss National Bank’s unprecedented move to abandon the franc’s peg to the euro, the country’s currency had appreciated sharply against the U.S. dollar. The surge in the Swiss franc…means it is now the most overvalued of all the developed market (DM) currencies in terms of the deviation of the real effective exchange rate from its 10-year average

The SNB has been under growing pressure to revisit the peg as speculation grows that the European Central Bank could introduce outright money-printing as early as next week, which could see the euro zone flooded with liquidity.
It looks as is the SNB decision has finally destroyed the notion of $800 gold ever again.

Furthermore, a Labor Department report released on Thursday showed that Jobless claims climbed by 19,000 to 316,000 in the week ended Jan. 10, the most since early September, from a revised 297,000 in the prior period.

Adding to it, the gold price climbed on Friday after a lackluster US inflation report had participants readjusting their timetable for the next Federal Reserve rate increase.

In data, the US consumer price index fell 0.4 percent last month, the biggest drop since December 2008, after sliding 0.3 percent in November. It also undershot the -0.3 percent forecast.

This goes directly against the Federals Reserve’s mandate to achieve inflation of around two percent as the reports imply a deflationary trend. Which further means that the fed may probably delay its rate increase as it would want to know that inflation is on track to hit this level before acting?
Additionally, deciding not to reduce stimulus in 2015 would also be consistent with a goal-oriented approach to the employment mandate.
Additionally, Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose to 717.15 tons on Friday from 707.59 tons from its previous close on Thursday.

Fall in equities and worries over Euro area political and debt issues might continue to help Bullion complex as a whole and mainly the yellow metal.
Next week we could see further volatility as the ECB are set to meet and it is widely expected they will announced a broad-based government bond purchases.
We stay with our moderate positive bias in Gold and advice buying on small dips.




- Previous blog - "Lot of Things To Smile About For Precious Metals"

http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/01/lots-ofthings-to-smile-about-for.html



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