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Monday, 19 September 2016

BULLISH SENTIMENTS FOR GOLD: RSBL

 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL







Recently gold has been struggling to climb up due to the recurrent changes in the expectations of an interest rate hike. There is quite a possibility that market players are paying too much heed to the whole interest rate scenario and in turn missing on the bigger picture.
Nonetheless, Gold continues to work lower alongside the rest of precious metals – a resilient dollar and rising US real rates have prompted traders to unwind their long positioning. Investors have become increasingly edgy ahead of the conclusion of the Fed and the BoJ meetings

The spot gold price inched lower during Asian trading hours on Friday amid Mid-Autumn festival holidays in the region.
Spot gold was last at $1,314.66-1,315.00 per ounce, down $1.17 from Thursday’s close.
The spot gold price had tumbled to a week’s low of $1,307.75 on Thursday on selling pressures following a brief spike to $1,328.10 sparked by weak US retail sales data.
In data released Thursday-

  • US retail sales in August undershot at -0.3 percent
  • Core retail sales in August undershot at -0.1 percent.
  • Industrial production month-over-month in August also disappointed at -0.4 percent
  • The US PPI in August was unchanged; a 0.1-percent gain from the previous month has been expected.
  • The core PPI – excluding food and energy costs – was in line at 0.1 percent.
  • The Empire State manufacturing stood at -2.0 missed the expected -0.9
  • The Philly Fed manufacturing index at 12.8 beat the predicted 1.1.
  • Capacity utilization rate in August stood at 75.5 percent, a touch below the 75.8 percent
  • Weekly unemployment claims for September 1-8 in at 260,000 were just below the forecast 262,000 and, more importantly, the psychological 300,000 mark.
  • Lastly, the current account balance in June was in line with consensus at -$120 billion. Business inventories month-over-month was unchanged in July, missing the 0.1 percent forecast.




There was disappointment in the markets when the data was released that showed signs of a softening US economy,.aThe US economy has recently shown signs of softening – data including retail sales, its PPI and industrial production have undershot.
While disappointing numbers have lowered the likelihood of an imminent Fed rate increase - for September was just 12 percent, November was 19.3 percent and December was 46.2 percent. Earlier this week, majority had expected a rate hike in December.

With such soft data coming in from the US, expectations have largely diminished towards the Fed doing anything in September and the market is drifting back towards the view they might do nothing for quite a while.

Some even feel that markets are overeating to a potential rate hike and giving too much attention to it, thus ignoring other crucial factors that have the potential to influence gold prices.
The market is once again divided between the supported of bulls and bears for gold. The ones that are bullish are not worried about gold’s recent downtrend. What is the most important factor for investors is that the gains seen so far are sustainable and that gold has more or less stabilised before it takes that long jump to rally.
They believe Fresh disappointing US data has reinforced our view that the Fed should remain on hold in September, resulting in renewed weakness in the dollar and US real rates and prompting fresh buying in gold.
Moreover, demand for gold from China and India is expected to rise over the months to come which will further boost gold prices higher. The market is  moving towards to a festive season and this period of the year has generally seen demand for gold rising and this rise in demand will make up for the weakness gold has faced over 2016.

Given that gold is heavily influenced by fluctuations in the dollar and US real rates, we are not surprised by the metal continuing to weaken. But the bullish supporters for gold also believe that this weakness is temporary and is currently driven by a stronger dollar and higher US real rates
Our big-picture outlook remains bullish but more profit-taking could easily be triggered if the price action disappoints, as it may be starting to do.




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 STABILISES: RSBL"
 http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2016/09/gold-stabilises.html

Saturday, 19 December 2015

MARKETS REMAIN CALM FOR GOLD: RSBL

 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL







Gold showed wave like movements this week. Beginning with a positive tick on Monday, then lowering by the middle of the week and again picking up pace on Friday, it seemed like a see saw trend for gold.

Though gold was up on Monday, it continued to remain under pressure from a Federal Reserve policy meeting that was due on 15-16 December weeks, when the US central bank was expected to raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. In its last policy meeting of the year on December 15-16, the Fed was seen raising rates by a quarter of a percentage point. 

Gold has already slid 9 percent for the year, its third straight annual decline, in anticipation of a rate hike.

Gold dipped on Thursday morning in the US, with the start of US monetary policy normalization spurring the dollar.

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided to start to normalize US monetary policy after seven years of near-zero interest rates, lifting the federal funds rate to 0.5 percent from 0.25 percent. The policy board still sees the long-run rate at 3.5 percent and finishing next year around 1.375 percent.

After markets halted to examine the impact of the rise, the dollar gained against other major currencies and pressured the precious metals lower – the greenback was last 0.7 percent stronger at 1.0844 against the euro.

Post the FOMC meet, gold was expected to come under increased downside pressure from a stronger dollar.
Investors will now focus on the pace of future rate rises, which will be affected by the general strength of the economy and underlying inflation data.

In US data, weekly unemployment claims for were in line with forecasts at 271,000 and were below the psychologically important 300,000 mark.

The Philly Fed manufacturing index for December at -5.9 missed the predicted 2.1 while the current account for September at -$124 billion was largely as expected.

While the Fed does not expect to reach its inflation target of two percent until 2018, Chairwoman Janet Yellen said in the following press conference that current transitory factors stem from low oil prices.

After Thursdays decline, the markers expected gold to drop further. But Gold prices jumped in morning trades Friday after the dollar weakened against other currencies and as investors bought back oversold position after prices slumped to over four-month low on Thursday.
Gold prices finally found some support in the weakening dollar index following profit booking and buying at lower level. Prices of the bullion were down as dollar index weakened against other currencies, boosting investors' appetite for dollar-denominated commodities.

Gold was in positive territory on Friday morning in London after the dollar eased slightly amid growing expectations that the path to higher interest rates in the US will be a slow one.

The spot gold price was last at $1,054.9/1,055.2 per ounce, up $2.20 on Thursday’s close. Trade has ranged from $1,051.2 to $1,058.1 so far. In the previous session, the yellow metal dipped below $1,050.


Gold (and silver) rose on Friday, taking back about half of Thursday’s loss of approximately 2.00%.
Reasons behind the price rise were-

  • The anxiety in equities restricting from the despair in crude prices
  • A changed deliberation of a longer-term view that gold is “due” to rise because of weakening dollar strength
  • Hurry to grasp snips.
In the coming days and weeks, the downside in precious metal prices may be limited due to low activity as a result of Christmas and New Year, volatility is expected to remain calm. But the year could start on a negative note for gold. Chairwoman Janet Yellen said future rate increases will be gradual and the policy could be reversed if the US economy begins to slow

In the interim, volumes are expected to shrink while market participants head to the sidelines during the holiday period, possibly resulting in choppy conditions.



The primary purpose of this blog by Prithviraj Kothari - MD, RSBL, is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.

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"Tricky Week For Gold : RSBL"
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Sunday, 13 December 2015

TRICKY WEEK FOR GOLD: RSBL



By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL






Following a 3 year trend, gold is once again on a decline, losing 9.8 percent of its value this year.
Gold, which touched a five-year low last week, was little changed during the start of the week, Prices fell on Thursday as a stronger dollar reduced the appeal of the metal as an alternative asset.

Gold futures remained lower on Thursday, after data showed the number of people who filed for unemployment assistance in the U.S. rose to the highest level in five months last week, but remained in territory usually associated with a firming labor market.

The U.S. Department of Labor Said the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits increased by 13,000 last week to 282,000. Analysts expected jobless claims to hold steady at 269,000 last week.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade weighted basket of six major currencies, was up 0.4% to 97.72. Dollar priced commodities become more expensive to investors holding other currencies when the greenback gains.

On Wednesday, gold eased up $1.20, or 0.11%, in familiar trading range, as market players braced for the first U.S. rate hike since 2006 next week. While investors widely expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at its December 15-16 meeting, they anticipate the pace of increases to be gradual amid concerns over tepid growth overseas and divergent monetary policies between the U.S. and other nations.

Gold declined further on Friday and was headed for the seventh weekly drop in eight weeks as investors positioned for a looming U.S. rate hike.
If the Fed raises rates, gold will witness immense volatility. A robust dollar was limiting interest in gold. The greenback rose for a second session on Friday, extending a rebound from a one-month low on expectations of a rate hike.

A higher dollar makes greenback-denominated gold more expensive for holders of other currencies.  Weakness in oil was also hurting bullion. A slide in oil could trigger fears of deflation, a bearish factor for gold, which is often used as a hedge against oil-led inflation.

 A strong U.S. nonfarm payrolls report last week cemented expectations of a rate hike at the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting on Dec. 15-16.

Traders have been restrained to stride into the market before the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) convenes next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Gold has witnessed obstinate gusts, as dollar, real rates; commodity prices and volatility have all not motivated investors to increase their exposure to the yellow metal.
The approaching Fed rate hike, has been one of the most influential factors that has put a block in the price rise of gold. And if any such hike is announced then gold prices might fall to $950 in the near future.

Recently hawkish Fed member statements have essentially turned the meeting into a guaranteed launch of the US policy normalization.

Industry watchers are largely expecting the US Federal Reserve to lift its federal fund rate next week for the first time in almost a decade after positive US payrolls data in the recent months.
The first hike in nearly a decade is expected to dent demand for gold, a non-interest paying asset.

Gold is going nowhere as investors expect trading within tight ranges before next week’s Federal Reserve meeting, where policy makers are forecast to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006.

Traders are expecting that borrowing costs will be increased at the Federal Open Market Committee gathering on Dec. 15-16, a decision that would dank the appeal of bullion because it doesn’t pay interest. Gold has swung between gains and losses the last two weeks as Fed Chair Janet Yellen, along with Fed Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard, have said the pace of tightening will be gradual.

Now the market waits impatiently for the Fed with one week to go.


The primary purpose of this blog by Prithviraj Kothari - MD, RSBL, is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.

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"Gold Bounces Back: RSBL"
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Monday, 9 November 2015

INTEREST RATE HIKE TO HAPPEN SOON?: RSBL



By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD,RSBL





The downtrend in gold continues, with the metal charting its seventh straight session loss and expectations for the same trend continue for the coming week.
The gold price was steady on Friday morning, making time ahead of the much-awaited US non-farm payrolls data, set for release later in the day.

Gold was confined to a narrow trading range, before the release of the monthly US jobs report.
Once the report was out, gold prices plummeted as the market continued its recent downtrend.

Gold fell below $1,100 on Friday after US jobs data surprised with the upside, raising the chance that the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates by the end of the year.
Spot gold was last at $1,087.40/1,087.60 per ounce, down $17 on Thursday’s close. At its intraday low of $1,085.40, it was at its cheapest since August 7.

After the U.S. labor market revealed its fastest pace of job gains this year, gold, on Friday, witnessed its lowest level since early August.

Treasuries tumbled and the dollar strengthened, as the report alleviated concerns of a hiring slowdown after weaker payroll advances cooled in August and September. Such improvement means a go-ahead signal for the Fed officials, who last month held out the possibility of a December rate increase.

Since this report was considered as one of the key influential factors for a rate hike, let’s have a detailed look at the highlights:

  •  The US economy added 271,000 jobs in October, while the unemployment rate fell to 5.0 percent
  • The government revised the September jobs gain down to 137,000 from the previously reported 142,000
  • The August gain was revised up to 153,000 from 136,000. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth had averaged 230,000 per month
  •   Meanwhile, the unemployment rate dipped to a seven-year low of 5.0% in October, from the 5.1% level of the previous month
  • Consensus expectations compiled by various news organizations called for non-farm payrolls to rise by between 177,000 and 190,000 in October, while the unemployment rate was expected to hold at 5.1%.
  • In October, average hourly earnings for all employees on private non-farm payrolls rose by 9 cents to $25.20. The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls remained at 34.5 hours in October.
  • The Labor Department said job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and construction sectors.
  • Employment in professional and business services increased by 78,000 in October, while healthcare added 45,000 jobs and retail trade added 44,000.
  • Employment in mining continued to trend downwards in October with a 5,000 decline. The industry has shed 109,000 jobs since reaching a recent employment peak in December 2014, the government said
  • The civilian labor force participation rate was unchanged at 62.4% in October, following a decline of 0.2 percentage point in September, the Labor Department said. The number of persons employed part-time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) edged down by 269,000 to 5.8 million in October, the government added.
  • In additional data from this morning, average hourly earnings month-over-month rose 0.4 percent, above consensus at 0.2 percent.


The 271,000 gain in payrolls was the biggest this year and exceeded all estimates in a Bloomberg survey of economists, a Labor Department report showed Friday.



The key highlight of the report was the non-farm payrolls number. It jumped 271,000 in October, far more than the 183,000 consensus expectations and was a clear negative for gold prices.
A better-than-expected payroll and hourly earnings number caused the dollar index to spike, which further pushed the gold prices down.

The surprisingly strong U.S. payrolls has had a big impact on FOMC rate hike expectations, sparking a new rally phase for the U.S. dollar against many currencies, including gold.
The marketplace deemed the report as positive and has prompted strong selling in the gold market, as investors do not see a 2015 rate hike as far-fetched.  

Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen has stated that 4.9 percent is the Fed’s estimation for full employment and reiterated before the report that she would prefer to raise rates by December.
Earlier this week, Yellen said a December rate hike was a “live possibility” and the policy-board would raise the federal funds rate if the data was sufficient.
This has intensified the speculation for a December rate rise and has pressured gold prices lower, with the shift in safe-haven buying probably adding further downside.
The Fed hasn’t lifted interest rates since 2006, but dovish members see low inflation as sufficient reasoning to hold-off until 2016.

Traders watch the monthly U.S. jobs report most closely as they try to gauge whether the Federal Open Market Committee might hike U.S. interest rates yet this year. One more jobs report, for November, is scheduled for release before policy-makers meet again in mid-December, which will once again be a crucial factor for raising interest rates in 2015.



The primary purpose of this blog by Prithviraj Kothari - MD, RSBL, is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.

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