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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Gold Expected to Drift Lower by Year End

Firstly, wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous year ahead.

And indeed it was a Happy Diwali for domestic jewellers, as the slump in gold demand had finally gained momentum this October.

Demand for gold jumped in India this week on account of Dhanteras and Diwali, but high prices took some sheen off the yellow metal's lure during the key festival period this year.

Demand in the world's second largest gold consumer generally rises during the final quarter as the country welcome the festive and wedding seasons, where buying bullion is considered auspicious and propitious.

Though a lull was witnessed in gold demand during Dussehra, it significantly improved during Dhanteras and Diwali.


Gold prices spurted by Rs 290 to 3-week high of Rs 31,000 per 10 grams on the eve of Diwali at the bullion market on increased buying by local jewellers to meet festive demand.

Demand was expected to be even better, if global prices had shown similar movements. However in Asia and other international markets, gold prices were seen falling down.

CHINA - Elsewhere in Asia, there was a slight uptick in demand for physical gold, with benchmark spot gold rates headed for a weekly decline after touching a one-week low of $1,276.22 an ounce on Thursday, pressured by a firmer dollar.

However, investors remained cautious, awaiting direction on economic policy and market reforms during the 19th Communist Party Congress in China which kicked off on Wednesday and were also focused on the upcoming elections in Japan.

In top consumer China, premiums charged ranged between $8 and $12 per ounce over the benchmark this week, compared with $9-$14 a week earlier

JAPAN - Gold hit its lowest in more than two weeks on Monday as expectations that Japan’s ultra-loose monetary policy would stay in place after Shinzo Abe’s election victory at the weekend lifted the dollar to a three-month high versus the yen.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s win also fed into positive sentiment in equity markets that were buoyed last week by fresh optimism about tax cuts in the United States, curbing interest in gold as an alternative asset.

U.S. DOLLAR & U.S. ECONOMY- Gold prices touched the lowest in more than one week on Thursday, as the dollar stood firm on rising U.S. Treasury yields, with investors focusing on who would replace Janet Yellen as the next chair of the Federal Reserve.

Financial markets are now awaiting guidance on who will succeed Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, whose term expires in February.

U.S. President Donald Trump is considering nominating Fed Governor Jerome Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor for the central bank’s top two jobs. Powell is considered less hawkish than Taylor, who is seen advocating higher interest rates.

Moreover, the economy expanded at a modest to moderate pace in September through early October, despite the impact of hurricanes on some regions, the Fed said its latest snapshot of the U.S. economy thus hinting markets that the US economy is doing well which will further create a downward pressure on gold.

The dollar had already posted its biggest one-day gain in a month on Friday after the U.S. Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 financial year, allowing Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support.

The dollar hit its highest in about two weeks versus the yen, supported by this week's rise in U.S. bond yields, with U.S. President Donald Trump set to make a decision in the "coming days" on Yellen, who is also one of the five candidates being considered for the job.

Higher interest rates tend to boost the dollar and push bond yields up, putting pressure on gold by increasing the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula, however, continue to weigh upon gold and the metal could drift down towards the $1,250 level by early December weighed down by the prospect of a further increase to U.S. interest rates in December.


Friday, 6 October 2017

September proves to be the worst month of 2017 for gold so far

September was an action-packed month, with North Korean rockets and a succession of monster hurricanes all coming at the markets almost at the same time. Not forgetting the comments coming out from the Federal Reserve that contributed to thefrenzy by giving a clear signal of a December rate hike. In the process, it perhaps single-handedly helped the dollar index recover from a three-year low hit earlier in the month.

Amid a resurgent dollar, the month of September proved to be worst for gold since November 2016. However, as geopolitical tensions soar, with the standoff between the U.S. and North Korea probably topping the list, demand for precious metals surged with Gold ETF holdings rising most since Feb 2017.



Last week, gold prices ended lower on Friday as weak U.S. consumer spending and inflation data did little to alter expectations for a third interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve this year.
The dollar has risen in recent weeks as investors grow more optimistic about the prospect for U.S. rate hikes and tax cuts that some expect to boost the U.S. economy.

Data on Friday showed that
U.S. consumer spending barely rose in August.
Inflation also remained sluggish with the core personal consumption expenditures price index rising 1.3% year-on-year, slowing from 1.4% in July.
The core personal consumption expenditures price index is the Fed’s preferred inflation measure and has a 2% target.

The data did little to temper rate hike bets after Yellen indicated earlier in the week that the central bank was sticking to plans for a third rate hike this year and three in 2018.

The metal recorded its biggest monthly decline so far this year in September, despite netting a quarterly rise of nearly 3 percent partly due to geopolitical tensions including North Korea’s missile tests.

The U.S. currency recorded its best week of the year on Friday, despite benign inflation data for August, as expectations that the Fed would raise interest rates again in December loomed large after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank planned to stay on its current rate hike path.
Higher interest rates tend to boost the dollar and push bond yields up, weighing on greenback-denominated gold

The dollar’s rise paused on September 28 and 29, but was seen gaining momentum on Monday morning.

Gold slipped to its lowest in nearly seven weeks early on Monday, 2nd October as the U.S. dollar rose and equities gained, while growing expectations for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike in December also added to pressure.

Spot gold was down 0.3 percent at $1,274.90 an ounce by 0353 GMT, after earlier touching its lowest since mid-August at $1,273.55.

Gold prices fell in Asia on Monday as the dollar gained and the euro dropped as investors mulled the implications of the disputed referendum on Catalonia independence in Spain on the euro zone and a sentiment survey out of Japan in a thin trading day with China's markets shut for the week and holidays regionally expected to see thin flows.

Elsewhere,The Bank of Japan released its Tankan survey for the third quarter with investors focused on the large manufacturer’s index as it rose to 22, compared with an expected reading of 18.

This week, comments by Fed Chair Janet Yellen will be closely watched for further hints on the timing of the next rate hike along with Friday’s U.S. jobs report. Market watchers will be looking ahead to remarks by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Wednesday.

Gold, silver and platinum prices continue to correct and the stronger dollar and lull in tensions over North Korea, seem to be weighing on prices. We would let the corrections run their course, but the North Korean situation is likely to escalate again at some stage, so the next rally in gold prices may not be that far away.

Monday, 24 November 2014

LOTS IN BASKET FOR GOLD IN THIS WEEK


by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL



The week was volatile for gold. Gold acted weak on Monday but later picked momentum by the end of the week, ultimately closing the week higher and notching a third straight week of gains.

On Monday, gold prices ended slightly lower and pulled back from the positive gains witnessed last Friday. A stronger US dollar weakened the gold and silver markets. But later in the week gold managed to rise above $1200 even though the dollar gained. 

George Gero, vice president with RBC Capital Markets Global Futures, said gold attracted some buying when it rebounded over $1,200. Few other news that moved the market:
  • China: In order to fuel the slow moving Chinese economy,  China’s central bank reduced its interest rate. Chinese economic data in the past has been disappointing. This move by the China central bank comes as a bullish factor for gold. 
  • European Central bank: The statement released by ECB president Mario Draghi made it very clear that the ECB will use all means within the ECB’s mandate to return the EU to its inflation target, including implementing quantitative easing and this he said will happen soon. 
  • Gold Buying:  European and Russian central banks were looking to acquire more gold.The Dutch Central Bank says it has recently shipped 122.5 tons of gold worth around 4 billion Euros ($5 billion) from safekeeping in New York back to its headquarters in Amsterdam. With this move the Dutch Central Bank has joined the bandwagon along with other banks that are keeping a larger share of their gold supply in their own country. This boosts demand for gold and gives a positive outlook for the yellow metal. 
Gold futures climbed to a two-week high topping $1,200 an ounce after Russia added to reserves, fueling speculation that a rebound in demand for bars, coins and jewellery will help stem this year’s drop.

The gold market has a lot in basket to be seen in the next week. 
  • There is a major meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, inflation data out of the euro zone, and a major holiday in the U.S. to keep volatility high.
  • Swiss Referendum- The market may also see some last-minute positioning ahead of the Nov. 30 Swiss gold referendum. Traders are also already discussing next week’s Swiss referendum which would require the Swiss National Bank to hold 20% of its assets in gold. A Swiss poll on Wednesday showed the majority of voters were not in favour of the measure. This news was credited in part with weakness in the gold market Wednesday. This can be a game-changer worldwide. If the Swiss franc stops falling and starts rising because of this then more people will understand that a strong currency is good not a weak currency.
  • November Germany IFO business climate 
  • The November U.S. consumer confidence index 
  • the October U.S. Core PCE price index and personal spending 
  • the Euro zone private sector loans, 
  • the October Japan inflation data, 
  • Later in the week, analysts said they’ll watch to see what euro zone inflation data shows. Inflation has remained tame, which doesn't support gold, analysts said, and euro zone inflation has been particularly soft.

TRADE RANGE

METAL
INTERNATIONAL
DOMESTIC
GOLD
$1180-$1215 per ounce
Rs.26,250-Rs.27,000  per 10gm
SILVER
$16.00- $17.50 per ounce
Rs.35,000- Rs.39,000 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 -
"The Dollar Is Being Watched Closely" - http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2014/11/the-dollar-is-being-watched-closely.html
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Sunday, 2 November 2014

FED SETS THE RULES FOR GOLD


by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL






Since December 2008 to June 2011, gold rose 70 % as the Fed bought debt and held borrowing costs near zero percent. 

Last year being the worst performing year for gold, as prices slumped 28 per cent as the markets had expected that the central bank would taper its monthly stimulus program which was the main reason for the spark rise in gold in 2011. 

After spending much of the month bouncing off a triple-bottom low around $1,180 made on Oct. 6, and previously in December and June 2013, gold prices turned weaker and spent the last week and a half drifting lower.  

The U.S. Federal Reserve had dismissed financial market volatility, a slowdown in Europe and a weak inflation outlook as factors that might undercut progress towards its unemployment and inflation goals.

The hawkish comments and the strong economic data dulled gold’s appeal as a hedge. This continued to put pressure on gold. 

Post FOMC, gold dropped more than $20. The market recouped some losses edging back up to $1215, but early London were aggressive sellers, pressuring the market another $20 lower to a low of $1196.50.

Moreover, on Wednesday, The Fed ended its monthly bond purchase program and dropped a characterization of U.S. labour market slack as "significant" in a show of confidence in the economy's prospects. As the Federal Reserve ended its asset purchase program amidst signs of a growing and improving US economy, gold lost its appeal as a safe haven asset and demand to won gold declined. 

Gold is 0.6 % lower in October after losing 6.2 % last month, and the metal during the last session erased the year’s advance as Dollar Spot Index rose to a three-week high. Gold traded USD 1160.85 while Silver and Platinum tested respective support levels of 15.80 and 1220. Gold support for the short term is expected at $1150.

Apart from this, there were few other reasons responsible for the crash in gold and silver prices.

Central Bank Interest Rate - The central bank, which has held its key rate at zero to 0.25 percent since 2008, this week cited an improving job market in deciding to end bond buying, while maintaining a commitment to keep rates low for a considerable time. It also said inflation is running below its 2 percent target.

SDPR Gold Trust- Reflecting bearish sentiment, SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.16 percent to 741.20 tons on Thursday, the least since Oct. 2008.

US DataPrecious metals cratered, hit by a double-whammy of the rather hawkish Fed policy statement, coupled with a stronger-than-expected US GDP report. Fed officials this week cited an improving job market in deciding to end bond-buying, while maintaining a commitment to keep interest rates low for a considerable time. 

Dollar- Gold and silver were hit hard after the dollar rose to a near four-week high against a basket of major currencies on Friday, Reuters reported. The greenback got a boost from strong US gross domestic product data and the Bank of Japan’s surprise move to expand its massive monetary easing that weakened the yen.

Bond Buying Program- Gold was languishing near a three-week low on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its bond-buying stimulus program and expressed confidence in the economic recovery, dimming bullion's safe-haven appeal.

Lack Of Support From Asian markets- Gold failed to get any support from the Asian physical markets, a factor that could likely push it to further lows. Physical demand usually provides a floor to dropping prices.

China's factory activity unexpectedly fell to a five month low in October as firms fought slowing orders and rising costs in the slow moving economy.

Buyers in top consumer China failed to emerge despite the drop below $1,200. Gold of 99.99 percent purity on the Shanghai Gold Exchange - the main platform for physical trades in the country - sank as much as 3.1 percent to 230.05 Yuan per gram ($1,172.35 an ounce), the lowest level this year, Bloomberg reported. Volumes tumbled to a one-month low on Friday.
    
For the coming week, gold is expected to be influenced by any comments coming in from the ECB and also any important data cropping from the October U.S nonfarm payroll report. Following Thursdays GDP growth reports news, the Federal Reserve is more upbeat on the labour markets and the Federal Open Market Committee meeting to be held on Wednesday expects a strong data report. This may make the bearish sentiments strong for gold.


TRADE RANGE

METAL
INTERNATIONAL
Gold/Silver price range
DOMESTIC
Gold/Silver price range
GOLD
$1150 - $1200 
an ounce
Rs.25,500 - Rs.26,750 
per 10gm
SILVER
$15.00 - $17.00 
an ounce
Rs.34,000 - Rs.37,500 
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 Once Again Surrenders In Front Of Gold"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2014/10/gold-once-again-surrenders-in-front-of.html