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Sunday, 8 June 2014


                                                     - by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

Once again, gold was surrounded by a cloud of doubt.....doubt of gold being a safe haven asset...doubt of gold being the most dependable asset in times of uncertainty.

While Thursday showed signs of gold on the path of recovery, the US jobs data released on Friday once again proved fatal for gold. Bullion climbed 0.8 percent on Thursday, reaching the highest since May 30, after the euro strengthened against the dollar as the market discarded the European Central Bank’s unparalleled effort to weaken the single currency and strengthen growth. On Thursday, The European Central Bank announced a new and aggressive monetary stimulus package. This once again raises a question over the global economic recovery. This package along with dovish corresponding remarks from ECB president Mario Draghi  considered stock market and European bond market bullish. 

This move of the ECB has reinforced the notions of some in the market place that the U.S. Federal Reserve may be forced to back off its plan of “tapering” its quantitative easing. 

This has created a contradictory environment in the economic world where the European Union is stimulating its monetary policy while at the same time the Fed is tapering its monetary easing.

It was this tapering of the FED that gold saw its worst performance in 2013. It was in 2013 that we saw the yellow metal dropping almost 28 percent over expectations that the Federal Reserve will taper its monetary stimulus programme as the US economy strengthened. Since January, 2014, The Fed has made four tapers as we saw US moving gradually towards the path of recovery

This week too gold dropped on positive jobs data released on Friday. Gold prices fell on Friday as the dollar index swung back into positive territory, after a closely watched U.S. employment report came in almost exactly in line with expectations, showing a solid pace of hiring in May. Friday morning’s U.S. employment report for May showed a slightly higher than expected rise of 217,000 in non-farm payrolls. The key in the report was forecast to rise by 210,000. Nonfarm payrolls increased last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, against expectations for a 218,000 rise, while data for March and April was revised to show 6,000 fewer jobs created than previously reported.

The bearish trend in the international market is further expected to bring down gold prices in the near term. This sentiment further strengthened as premium on gold in the domestic markets dropped. 

At the same time, gold consumers in India are waiting to exhale. Consumers in India are following the "wait and watch" policy as they expect prices to decline below the crucial Rs.25,000 level in the near future as the market expect customs duty to decline.

Post election, gold premiums have dropped drastically. premiums had slid from 10% to 1% and 2%, soon after the government allowed premier trading houses to import gold and increased the availability of the metal in the market. and markets have a positive feel towards a lot of sectors including precious metals. Investors and traders now await a new gold policy to be unveiled by the government.

Many have even postponed their purchases as they feel that prices will decline further.
Jewellers expect prices to slide further in the next 4-6 days, given the price slump in the international market.

In the international markets people have shifted focus from gold to equities. Following suit, In India too, stocks are stealing the lime light as gold has been sidelined. Moreover, customers expect a further fall in import duties after which gold prices are anticipated to fall further. Demand in the domestic market is also expected to remain slack for the next two months, as there is no festive season.

Many traders who had resorted to hoarding gold due to supply concerns would refrain from doing so now, as import norms for exporters have been relaxed to a certain extent, said jewellers. Moreover, June is considered a slow month as far as demand is concerned.

So as of now gold is just hanging around. While some people have shifted focus to equities and physical demand for gold isn't strong, the announcements of the ECB meeting has found some cover for gold.

Most people will just wait for the market to make a decisive move before entering at this dip.

While the only mantra now is wait and watch I expect gold to be in the range of $1238- $1273 and Rs.26,200- Rs.27,500 in the international and domestic markets respectively.

On the other hand silver is expected to move in the range of $18.15- $20.15 and Rs.39,500- Rs.41,000 in the international and domestic markets respectively.

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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"A Dreadful Week For Gold"

Monday, 12 May 2014


- By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL (RiddiSiddhi Bullions Ltd.)

The year began on a positive note for gold after a terribly weak performance in 2013. By 2014, Mid February gold was once again enjoying the status of the most sought after metal, as we saw the yellow metal moving on the road of recovery.

Now gold is being pulled between bullish and bearish factors. Gold prices peaked in march, but the pull back and consolidation is now lasting a bit too long to be considered healthy. Moreover, ETF redemptions are on the rise and this has given rise to the bearish pull for gold. Gold is now sitting on a see saw and is caught between US recovery on one side and the rising Geo-political tensions on the other.

Russian crisis brings along with it a strong bullish background for gold. But at the same time the global economic development, has shifted investors focus from gold to equities and pushed gold into the bear market. In addition, other markets are doing better and you need look no further than the fact that US equities are setting fresh record highs and corporate confidence seems to be picking up, as there has been a revival in M&A activity. Strong equities are therefore raising the opportunity cost of holding Gold.

Last year gold did disappoint many investors but still it has not been pushed out of the market. It's a temporary phase and key market players still believe that gold will soon begin to rally.

As such, we think the market could quickly get interested in Gold again if other markets start to correct, especially as Gold prices are much closer to their lows than highs. A relaxation in India’s import restrictions could be a bullish development, as could a pick-up in geopolitical tension. Nearly 70% reduction in Gold imports as compared to last year will surely please the new government with the reduction in CAD woes.

It's always stated that gold enjoys the status of a safe haven asset during times of uncertainty. Ukraine tensions have been behind much of gold's 7 percent rise this year. Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule, declaring they would go ahead on Sunday with a vote that could lead to war. The decision, which contradicted the conciliatory tone set by Putin just a day earlier, caused consternation in the West, which fears the referendum will tear Ukraine apart. While on Saturday, tensions were running at fever pitch in eastern Ukraine on the eve of an independence referendum, as rebels briefly held several Red Cross staff on suspicion of espionage. These rebels voted for self rule. Ukraine's acting President Oleksander Turchinov sad that those stand for self rule do not understand that it would mean complete destruction of the economy , social programme and life in general for the majority of the population in these regions.

But, many traders fear the gains would dissipate quickly once the situation is resolved. Many gold analysts have said that the precious metal has remained resilient the past few weeks as fundamentals remain negative for the asset, such as the Fed's commitment to continue to scale back economic stimulus.

Data released on Thursday stated that the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, indicating the labour market was strengthening despite a run-up in applications in prior weeks.

Overall, Gold posted second straight weekly decline as more strong U.S. data showed that the world's largest economy was recovering well, supportive of the Federal Reserve's stance to keep trimming monetary stimulus. Moreover, the European Central Bank stayed committed over leaving its main interest rates unchanged. Physical demand has also been muted despite the drop in prices, with many hoping that a stabilization in prices would bring back buyers.

Last year, Chinese demand for gold surged as many buyers entered the market at dips. That, along with strength in retail demand in Western markets, helped drive a 35 percent surge in physical investment last year to 47.1 million ounces and Jewellery consumption also rose 22 percent to 81.7 million ounces.

The Fed’s ongoing reduction in its bond purchases, easing concerns about fiscal situations on both sides of the Atlantic and low inflation are all headwinds for the yellow metal for the rest of 2014. This brief detention underscored jitters in the two regions of east Ukraine ahead of the disputed referendum likely to result in a new spike of Geo-political tensions.

We cannot then, underestimate gold. 

The trade range for Gold and Silver is expected to be as follows:

In the international markets gold and silver are expected to range between $1270 -$1310 and $18.20 - $20.50 respectively. While in the SPOT (delivery based) domestic markets Gold and Silver are expected in the range of INR 28,300 to 29,700 and INR 40,500 - INR 44,000 respectively

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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"Ukraine Reigns Over Gold Prices"

Monday, 7 April 2014


                                                       - by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari

I was awaiting bouncing back from its lows last week. As expected, gold crossed the $1300 mark on Friday.

Bad news turned out to be the good news last week for gold. A higher unemployment rate and worse than expected job creation is the bad news that has proved good for gold.
Throughout the week gold was lying low, but on Friday post the release of the US jobs report, gold managed to cross $1300. (future delivery)

The US jobs report were not as strong as expected. Though they were decent, but the market came off with a strong belief that the Federal reserve won't become any more aggressive in scaling back its accommodative monetary policy.

Now let's see what exactly the jobs report was all about.

Labor Department data showed private employers boosted hiring to 192,000 jobs in March, just a shade below analysts' average estimate of 195,000 net new jobs. The government reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 192,000 in March, when expectations had been for 195,000 to 200,000. Job gains for the prior two months were revised higher by a combined 37,000. However the US jobless rate remained unchanged from February at 6.7 percent as the number of unemployed held steady at 10.5 million.

Before the jobs report was out, Analysts believed that that positive jobs data means the US Federal Reserve will likely continue cutting each month the amount of monetary stimulus it injects into the economy. But that did not happen. Markets now expect the Fed to begin raising its ultra-low interest rates in the middle of next year.

The jobs data prompted some short covering along with fresh buying, as (traders) were looking for a little better report than they got. Some traders were buying to offset, or cover, positions in which they had previously sold.

Yellow metal finds its support in the simmering geo political tensions in Ukraine and the reduced curiosity about the Fed's tapering.

Earlier in the week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen provided a relatively dismal outlook of the labour market and said she and other committee members believe “extraordinary commitment is still needed and will be for some time.”

Prices for the yellow metal also got a boost from sustained consolidation in the stock market and it saw a little extra benefit due to the fact that it was a bit oversold after a few weeks where gold was lying low.

In the Asian markets, precious metals fetched a premium in Shanghai's trade as compared to London for the first time since March. This saw demand rising from top buyer China, on Wednesday.

Prices for 99.99 percent purity gold on the Shanghai Gold Exchange hit a premium of about $1 an ounce to spot prices in London before paring gains. Shanghai prices had traded at a discount of between $8-$10 to London gold since March. Before this week, the last time they were at premium to London was in January, when Shanghai prices fetched a premium of about $20 or more an ounce on ramped up demand for gold before the Chinese New Year holidays.

Amongst other precious metals, platinum rose to $1432 an ounce, a rise of one per cent and palladium gained 1.2 per cent an ounce on continued worries over supply constraint and positive US car sales.

As the Anglo American Platinum said that it has sent out force majeure motives on its supple, which underscored the impact of a near 10-week old workers strike on the leading platinum producer. It's been 10 weeks since the AMCU members have been on strike at the platinum mines. there are 70.000 members of the AMCU that have been in strike. These 70,000 workers account for more than 70 per cent of the platinum production. the AMCU has been on strike since 23rd Jan, at the Impala, Anglo American Platinum  ltd. and Lonmin Plc. Due to disruptions in operations the companies have lost more than 10.3 billion rand in revenue and workers 4.6 billion rand in earnings. This has resulted in pushing the platinum prices higher.

On the other hand, gold, in the coming week, is expected to range between $1277 and $1230 an ounce in the international markets and Rs.28,000- Rs. 30,000 on the domestic markets.

While silver is expected to range between $19.20 to $20.55 and Rs 42,000 to Rs. 46,000 per kg in the international and domestic markets respectively.

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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"Is it the right time to buy gold, silver platinum?"

Monday, 17 March 2014


-by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari,MD,RSBL

Last year it was Syria...This year it’s Ukraine. Geopolitical tensions have always been a booster for gold and other precious metals and it has helped gold in enjoying its safe haven appeal as it always does in times of economic turmoil recession, inflation etc.

This week gold remained on the top and showed some interesting record movements too.
Gold prices bounced on Friday during the trading hours, rising 3.3 per cent from last week's close at 1385$ per ounce, a level not witnessed since early September. Gold sailed through US$1,380 and was on course for a sixth successive week of gains as the situation in Ukraine showed no signs of easing.

Apart from the Ukraine Crisis deceleration of Chinese economic growth has dampened the investors risk appetites. Retail Sales and Industrial output figures were out this week and it has been quite disappointing. According to MNI, a Chinese Government source said not to panic if 1Q GDP would be below target. This once again raised the question that the all so hyped China and its economy and its hunger for gold was just a temporary thing? Well we need to wait and watch

This uncertainty surrounding the rising economies has to an extent eroded investors confidence. The catalyst for a shift in risk sentiment remains to be seen as the market shrugged off positive US data overnight, suggesting the potential for a lacklustre reaction to upcoming Consumer Confidence figures.

Gold continues to be well supported as Russia is seemingly un-phased by the prospect of sanctions from the West. The population in the Crimea province votes this weekend on whether to secede from the Ukraine, with the way the ballot has been set out seemingly certain to guarantee that is the outcome say observers. It is likely to be followed by the US and its allies imposing sanctions on Russia on Monday, potentially starting a round of tit-for-tat retaliation with serious implications for financial markets and the US dollar.

The last time gold had such a gold run was in July/August 2011, soon after which the metal started its climb to the all-time record high of $1,921 per troy ounce.

Looking at the week ahead, if emerging markets fears abate and US data continues to improve; traders may ease out of safe-haven plays like US Treasuries. The resulting rise in yields would likely help the greenback to recover some lost ground, which in turn would weigh on gold prices. 

If situation in Ukraine results in unrest or rioting, gold prices would breach $1,400. But if the Ukrainian situation either resolves itself in the coming days or stabilizes to the current standoff and does not further escalate gold could sell off quickly — returning towards $1,300 an ounce. 

Lots of ifs and buts for the Gold next move! But one thing is clear, safe haven appeal of Gold will always be there.

For the week gold is expected to range between $1364-$1420 an ounce in the international market and Rs.29,500-Rs.31,500 per 10 gram in the domestic market.

On the other hand, silver is expected to range between $20.55-$22.00 and Rs.45,000-Rs.48,00 in the international and domestic markets respectively.

The primary purpose of this blog (Prithviraj Kothari's view on Bullion Markets- MD,RSBL (Riddisiddhi Bullions Ltd.)) is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.
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"Gold Trapped?"

Sunday, 9 February 2014


- By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL (RiddiSiddhi Bullions Ltd.)

This week gold was up almost two per cent - giving it the largest weekly gain in five weeks. Initially gold was almost unchanged for the week,  until the jobs report was out. Post the US Jobs data, gold rose on Friday, after they stated that job creation slowed  over the past two months. This created waves of speculation in the market that the Federal Reserve will not taper its current stimulus. 

Last week the Fed had released a statement that they will further taper its monetary stimulus program but given the slowing economic momentum, investors believe that this tapering will not take place in the near future.

Despite the slight fall in unemployment, the market's reaction to the low employment numbers was enough to pull up the prices of gold and silver. Other commodities prices and the major stock markets also rally.

Following gold, silver too was up nearly 5 per cent this week. This is the biggest weekly gain since mid-August.

Platinum also posted small gain for the week on supply worries due to a possible strike in south Africa. However, latest news about government-brokered talks between the world 3 largest platinum producers and the mine union AMCU (Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union). The talks were to end a two week wage strike. Speculations regarding the strike caused the upward movement of platinum prices. Platinum was trading up 0.5 per cent at $1,378.50 an ounce.

For gold, following were the factors responsible for the gains-

1) Tumbling world currencies

2) Tumbling assets in emerging markets

3) Disappointing US Jobs data- Data showed U.S. employers hired far fewer workers than expected last month—nonfarm payrolls rose by 113,000, well below the consensus of 185,000—although the unemployment rate hit a five-year low of 6.6 percent.*


4) World Stocks- European stocks bounced back after an immediate negative reaction to the data, which is seen as a key gauge of the U.S. labour market

5) High demand for gold from China on account of the Lunar year

China returned to the physical gold markets strongly on 7 February, after a week-long break, as banks and retailers moved to replenish stock following solid sales during the Lunar New Year holiday. An increase in premiums and trading volumes on The Shanghai Gold Exchange, indicated that jewellery and bullion sales during the new year holiday were robust in the world's biggest gold consumer.

Shanghai premiums for 99.99% purity gold climbed to $11 an ounce over London prices. They hovered at about $4 on 30 January just before China went on holiday. Trading volumes hit their highest in a month.

While in India, premiums fell to between $70 and $75 an ounce on 7th February, compared to $80 last week, owing to the higher availability of imported jewellery and smuggled goods.

Premiums across the rest of Asia remained largely stable.

Gold is expected to range between Rs.29,000- Rs.31,000 in the domestic market and $1231 to $1278 in the international market whereas silver is expected to range between Rs.43,000 to Rs.46,000 and $19.30 and $21.00 in the domestic and international markets respectively.

 Recent data covering the speculative positioning by hedge funds still points towards short covering as one of the main driver behind the current strength, but until a sustained break emerges, many traders will still be viewing higher prices as good entry levels for selling the market. 

The primary purpose of this blog (Prithviraj Kothari's view on Bullion Markets- MD,RSBL (Riddisiddhi Bullions Ltd.)) is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.

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