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Monday, 16 June 2014

Safe haven buying returns: Gold in picture!

          - by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

As the week ended, Gold once again became the centre of attraction in the commodities market.  

Bullion metals rallied on Thursday. Gold was at a three week high on Thursday, sustained by safe haven buying following outbreak of violence in Iraq and disappointing economic news out of the US. Last month it was Ukraine, this month it’s Iraq.

Iraq was once again the topic of discussion as civil war has broken out in that country amid escalating violence. Crude oil prices were sharply higher on Thursday, mostly on the Iraq news. The bigger worry is that the violence in Iraq could spread to other Arab countries. Insurgents linked to al-Qaeda seized northern cities of Mosul and Tikrit on Wednesday. Post this, gold and silver prices shot up due to their safe-haven appeal. The U.S. said that it is working with Iraq's leaders on a coordinated response to regain lost territory and would provide additional assistance to Baghdad. 

Along with this crisis, came in a report from the US that was not as per expectations. US unemployment claims and retail sales came in below expectations, giving investors an excuse to sell equities with sentiment relatively risk averse were also friendly for the gold market.

Claims increased by 4,000 to 317,000. That was roughly in-line with the consensus estimate, which was pegged at 315,000. Total retail sales for May increased 0.3%. Excluding autos, they were up 0.1%. Those results were below the consensus estimates, which called for increases of 0.7% and 0.4%, respectively. Separately, April business inventories rose 0.6%, while the consensus expected an uptick of 0.4%. This followed the prior month's unrevised increase of 0.4%. In other overnight news, industrial production in the European Union rose 0.8% in April from March and was up 1.4% year-on-year. The increase was a bit larger than forecast.

India's monsoon season is off to a slow start, and this could have implications for gold should it continue. A lack of rainfall would have a detrimental effect upon the wealth of Indian farmers, which in turn could inhibit the ability to buy gold in one of the world’s key gold consuming nation

In 2013, gold has entered the bear market after a long period of time. This tremendous dip in prices, led to a huge demand for gold in Asia. in April 2013 Asian demand came in, in tremendous force and drained the gold market of all of that tonnage from U.S. sellers of gold taking out a total from the developed world, over the entire year of 2013 around 1,188 tonnes of gold, refining it to 1 Kg bars in Switzerland before shipping it into Asian markets, particularly that of China. The gold price was halted in its fall at $1,280 making a double bottom at that price later in the year.

Now we see more than one reason for gold prices to move even further-
  1. Demand for gold from China remains robust with an annualized +2100 tonnes (approx.) set to being withdrawn from the Shanghai Gold Exchange in 2014. While this is less than the amount seen on 2013 it is sufficient to buoy the gold price at current levels
  2. The pricing power of the U.S. gold market that came with the 1,280 tonnes of gold has been used up. With the U.S. accounting for only 7.35% of global gold demand, the U.S. markets would have to rely on the influence of the derivatives market of COMEX.
  3. Gold is currently trading at $1280 and on the lower side it has a good support at $1210. So gold is more vulnerable to shoot up from here,
  4. Indian demand could reignite on the easing of gold import restrictions that severely curtailed Indian gold demand since August last year. The new ruling party is expected to review these restrictions in the budget in the next week or so.
  5. Geo-political tensions will play a key role as they have been doing over the years.

As Gold inches up, so will the Silver do! But Silver from a fundamental perspective of it being used in Industries will give it a boost as the economy shows sign of improvement. Moreover with the depreciation of rupee, Gold is expected to move upto the levels of USD 1300 and in India terms INR 28500 to 29000. 

Finally, one of the most awaited Headline: Platinum strike deal reached ‘in principle’. An agreement in principle has been reached between platinum producers and trade union AMCU, the companies said on Thursday. “AMCU will be discussing these in principle undertakings with its members to seek a mandate to accept the offers which, if given, will bring to an end the 21-week-long strike,” the platinum producers’ spokeswoman Charmane Russell said in a statement. Platinum lost 40 USD and traded down to a low of 1436.

USD may be under some downside pressure ahead of the US CPI also due tomorrow. The marquee event of the week has to be the FOMC decision due on Wednesday where the Fed is expected to leave its tapering course intact which will bring down the monthly asset purchase to $35 billion with the end date still likely to be October according to Fed Fisher. Traders will keep a close eye on the updated economic forecast which may be a tad more upbeat than previously which will help to give the USD a prop. Fed Chief Yellen's conference will also be closely eyed.

I expect gold to be in the range of $1265- $1305 and INR 26,800 – INR 28,500 in the international and domestic markets respectively.

On the other hand silver is expected to move in the range of $18.75- $20.10 and INR 40,100 - INR 45,000 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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Sunday, 23 March 2014


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

On Monday, gold reached a high of $1391.99, after the Crimean people had voted over the weekend in favour of joining Russian Federation. As Putin passed on the legislation, the west did their move with the first sanctions on Russia, now it is time to wait and see what Putin Replies. 

After shifting focus from Ukraine issues, gold then concentrated on growth figures from China and then the US tapering.

On Wednesday, gold dropped two percent, when Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank will probably end its massive bond-buying program this fall, and could start raising interest rates around six months later.

It was a bumpy week for gold. After surging to near $1,400 earlier this week when Crimean voters agreed to join Russia, gold prices tumbled, picking up speed after the Federal Open Market Committee cut another $10 billion from its monthly bond purchases, and new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed may consider hiking interest rates about six months after it ends its quantitative easing program.

The US data so far has been supple. The month of Feb did not show a positive growth (weather conditions and harsh winter to be blamed) but now the economic growth is expected to accelerate.

However, the bank said it could take several more weeks, until April economic data is released, to get confirmation that the economy is  fact picking up. The Fed, as expected, tapered its QE by $10 billion on 19 March. With inflation staying low, rising nominal interest rate will lead to a jump in the real interest rate, which will likely cause the gold prices to trade lower.

Apart from this, precious metals were also partly related to the data released from the Chinese economy. The worries over this have also been rampant. The growth forecasts of China have been downgraded by many. In fact in 2014 the growth is expected to be 7.3 per cent compared to the prior estimate of 7.6 per cent. This means that the demand for gold will be affected which in turn will push gold prices down as China plays a central role in the market and had also become the leading consumer of gold in the world in 2013.

On the domestic front, this week, RBI added 5 domestic private banks to import Gold under the 80/20 rule, which is will assist in facilitating imports and ease premiums to some extent. Their quota will be dependent on how many customers do they have for exports.

India's CAD level is now nearly at 4 years low. The deficit is around$4.5 billion in Oct-Dec period as compared to $5.2 billion in the previous year. This is surely good news for Gold trade in India as it provides a chance for the government to work out strategy to allow Gold imports, but the time frame for that decision to come will take sometime since general elections are just about to begin.

What we need to watch out for in the week-
U.S. - Consumer Spending, new home sales on 25 March, the U.S. Q4 final GDP and core PCE Index
U.K.- Consumer Price Data
Japan- Inflation rates
Germany-a report on business confidence, IFO Business Climate Index
China- March flash manufacturing PMI 
Europe- Developments in Ukraine and Crimea

Since there is a lot to watch out for gold, giving "a" particular prediction for the yellow metal gets difficult at this stage.

But in the long run, gold is expected to be range bound by $1272-$1430 in the international market and Rs.28,000- Rs.31,500 in the domestic market.

On the other hand silver is expected to range between $19.55 and $23.00 and Rs.43,000- Rs.52,000 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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