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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Winter demand good for gold but prices likely to fall

Gold prices were hovering near multi-week highs for most investors outside the US Dollar and Euro on Thursday, as the Bank of England followed the Federal Reserve's widely expected "no change" decision by raising UK rates off an all-time record low as analysts and traders had forecast.
However in Friday, Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,267.01 per Ounce and touched a one-week low of $1,265.16 over positive economic data and central bank decisions.



The past week was a significant week for central banks. The Bank of England raised interest rates for the first time in ten years, the Federal Reserve indicated that a December rate hike may happen and President Trump named Powell as his choice for leader of the Federal Reserve.

But still uncertainty prevails as there is no surety that how economies will manage when the central bank support is withdrawn. Moreover none of the financial centers have managed to meet inflation targets which they were all so vocal about.

Adding to the uncertainty is the issue that three of the world’s four most important central bank chiefs are nearing the end of their terms and may be well replaced. The rally in the gold price and fall in the dollar is just the first indication with how markets feel about such changes.

Gold held steady on Monday, but hovered near a one-week low hit in the previous session, as largely upbeat U.S. economic data reinforced the prospects of another rate hike by the Federal Reserve next month.

U.S. jobs growth accelerated in October, although wage growth was tepid, adding to the Fed’s assessment last week that “the labor market has continued to strengthen”, with the sluggish wage data doing little to change expectations.

JP Morgan Chase & Co on Friday raised its forecast on the number of U.S. interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve next year to four from three as the October payrolls data reinforced the view of a tightening domestic labor market.

Markets are increasingly confident the Fed will hike interest rates in December, which has weighed on the precious metals complex,

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

The Federal Reserve looks likely to raise interest rates, and that should bring up the value of the US dollar in general. If that’s the case, then gold could roll over a bit. Ultimately, this is a market that will continue to be just as mixed up as many others are right now, as we do not know with any type of certainty that the Federal Reserve is going to do one thing or the other.

Analysts said the yellow metal could also find support after U.S. President Donald Trump, who kicked off a 12-day Asia trip, looked to present a united front with Japan against North Korea.
Moreoverdemand for gold is likely to rise not only in the domestic market butinternationally too.
While we see the onset of the wedding season in India, normally winter is also a good time for gold globally with men buying their significant others jewellery for Christmas and lots of New Year’s Day marriage proposals

This rise in demand is expected tousher in renewed interest for bullion in coming week.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Gold expected to cross $1375 mark

Gold prices have risen to the highest level since November last year as investors shift away from risky assets in the wake of geopolitical uncertainty.

Futures for the yellow metal rose to $1,303.90 per ounce, while spot gold remained just below $1,300 per ounce.

A market that was once worried about the nuclear war has now moved on a host of other factors that are creating concerns for various market players.

Let’s have a look at the various factors that created jitters in the market in the past week.

Barcelona Attacks - Heightened terror fears added to the risk off sentiment after at least 13 people died when a van plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona. The terror attack was a reminder of lingering geopolitical risks, with nerves still raw after last fortnight’s escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Investors fled into German and U.S. Treasury bonds and bought gold for the third day in a row, as the appeal of such top-notch assets grew further due to this deadly attack.

US Data - The global risk-off mood accelerated overnight on Trump "stability concerns", coupled with fallout from the Spain terrorist attack and lingering North Korea tensions.

Data released showed that Jobless claims for the week ending Aug. 12 came in at 232,000, versus expectations of 240,000. The Philadelphia Fed Index, gauging overall manufacturing conditions, came in at 18.9 for August, compared with consensus estimates of 18.5.

Industrial production grew 0.2% on the month in July, slipping below estimates of 0.3%.Concerns that Trump’s stimulus is in peril spiked following speculation that his top economic advisor, former Goldman COO Gary Cohn, was set to resign roiled markets on Thursday until reports that he’d opted to stay on board steadied the ship, however the weak dollar and dialling back of US Federal Reserve (Fed) monetary tightening expectations has given a modest lift to the precious metals, which stood up high.

US Dollar - The dollar was pulled lower on Wednesday as traders grappled with the prospect that the Federal Reserve might not raise interest rates again this year following the release of the Fed’s July meeting minutes.

The U.S. dollar retreated against haven currencies like the Swiss franc and the Japanese yen Thursday, following a day of negative headlines.

Earlier on Thursday, the greenback was propped up by weakness in the euro EURUSD, -0.0850% following the release of dovish minutes from the European Central Bank’s last meeting. The U.S. unit also remained stable as initial jobless claims and the Philadelphia Fed Index came in better than expected, but was weaker than the prior period, while industrial-production data missed expectations.

FED comments - The metal started its rise from $1268 on Thursday afternoon after the release of Fed minutes from the July FOMC policy meeting, according to which policymakers grew increasingly concerned about the sluggish inflation numbers. Whilst also on Thursday US President Donald Trump fell out with business leaders over his response to the recent turmoil in Charlottesville.
This followed a mixed session on Thursday in which gold strengthened a little while the rest of the complex was under downward pressure in spite of a friendlier macro backdrop (i.e. lower US real rates, equity losses) due to the release of dovish US Federal Open Market Committee minutes on Wednesday and dovish Fed speech.

Geo political uncertainty - Gold’s status as a safe-haven asset has seen investor demand surge during periods of heightened risk. In recent times, however, President Trump's combative style has seen safe-haven buying reach a sustainable high level. With tensions around North Korea and Iran rising, this is unlikely to subside any time soon.

Gold Supply - political uncertainty has been impacting investment in supply. In fact, global mine supply has fallen in 2017. According to World Bureau of Metal Statistics, gold production is down 2% y/y in the first five months of the year. Production in May alone was down 3.1% y/y. Growth in mine output is at its lowest point since the financial crisis, with risks only getting greater

Although Gold failed to break above $1300/oz today (Friday), it remains in position to do so because of its renewed strength in real terms. As long as the US$ index does not rally hard, we expect Gold to break above $1300 and reach $1375. The gold stocks as a group have been lagging recently but in the event of a Gold breakout, we foresee significant upside potential as the group could play catch up.

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.

- Previous blog -
"Gold Bounces Back: RSBL"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/12/gold-bounces-back-rsbl.html 




Sunday, 26 July 2015

DISAPPOINTING WEEK FOR GOLD: RSBL


                                                                                     By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL



 
Gold has always been considered a commodity and a currency. But currently it has lost its appeal as both. At present it is not sought after in either form.

Investors are selling the metal from gold-backed funds at the fastest pace in four months. Holdings in exchange-traded products declined 17.6 metric tons this week to the lowest since 2009, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

This year gold has plunged 8.3 percent. Gold’s appeal has been curbed due to high borrowing costs. This in turn doesn’t pay interest or generate yields like other current income generating assets including equities. Moreover, a projection of an interest rate hike in September is influencing gold in losing its sheen.

A strong dollar and expectations that the US Federal Reserve will hike their interest rates by the end of the year triggered selling pressure on gold and took prices to their lowest point since April 2010. The US greenback rallied to a three-month high following comment from the Fed Chairperson last week, which eased gold’s appeal as a safe haven. Huge selloffs witnessed in Chinese futures market and breaking the key technical support of $1130 has ignited liquidation.

Earlier, spot gold tumbled to a fresh five year low of $1,077.50. 

The gold market has some pretty big hurdles to cross as prices hit fresh five-year lows early Friday. Although a late-day rally helped push prices back to around $1,100 an ounce and cut gold’s loss to only around 3% from Monday. Gold prices bounced back after touching a 5-year low earlier in the trading session as the dollar flattened on poor US housing data.

The gold price recovered from its earlier lows during Friday sessions, but sentiment surrounding the yellow metal remained poor as it continued to trade under $1,100 per ounce.
Spot gold was last at $1,082.90/1,083.70, but off the fresh five year lows it hit earlier when gold tumbled to just $1,077.50.




               












But there many analysts in the market who still believe that gold prices will rise. On the other side there are some who believe that gold will no longer be accepted as a commodity or a currency.
The current volatility has created new waves in the market that has disowned gold from many investors list. Let’s view the reasons behind the bull v/s bear sentiment.

This week’s volatility sparked as we saw important data coming in from various economies
U.S. - better-than-expected US jobs data sparked the move lower. After an optimistic US weekly unemployment reading was released, market participants wondered how that would affect next week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. Further hints that the Fed is on track for a September rate hike could present downside risks for gold especially given current momentum.

China- Chinese Caixin Flash China General Manufacturing PMI came out at 48.2 against a forecast of 49.8. The number was below the psychologically important 50 level for the first time in 15 months. This created disappointment in the market for gold.

Eurozone- in the Eurozone, EU flash services number disappointed at 53.8, though the manufacturing number was as expected at 53.8. EU flashes services number disappointed at 53.8, though the manufacturing number was as expected at 53.8.

Although there is improving market sentiment among some analysts who say gold is oversold and are expecting to see a modest technical rally, there is still a strong bearish undertone among retail investors.
  • Gold has fallen by 7.9 percent year-to-date compared with base metals, which in aggregate are down 15.6 percent and energy commodities which in aggregate are down 9.7 percent
  • Even though gold is down this year, it remains a relative outperformer against the bulk of commodities
  • Expectations that further data coming in from US maybe under expectations, which again sends positive signals for gold.
More volatility is likely next week as the market will switch its attention to the US FOMC meeting.


 Next week, the focus will be on the FOMC meeting – further hints that the Fed is on track for a September rate hike could present downside risks for gold especially given current momentum.
Investors are bailing on gold on expectations the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates as the economy strengthens.
All eyes will be on the Federal Reserve, the U.S. dollar and economic data next week; and, according to analysts, any weakness could be positive for the gold market



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"Gold Keeping Investors Perplexed: RSBL"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/07/gold-keeping-investors-perplexed-rsbl.html

Monday, 8 June 2015

BULLS AND BEARS TO CLASH

                                              By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

 


Over the past year and to be precise, lately, there has been a strong belief in the market that the U.S. is on it way of raising its rates. While evidence of continued improvement in the US economy is not gold-friendly and ultimately acts as an obstacle for the price rise in yellow metal.

Let’s have a quick glance to the important highlights during the last week:

Non farm payrolls data: 
       The most awaited or rather the most influential factor this week was the jobs report. The US created 280,000 new jobs in May, significantly above analysts’ estimates of 222,000 and the highest climb in jobs figures seen in months. US indicators have increased in importance at the moment as the Federal Reserve specifically identified US jobs data as one of the key factors on its decision when to raise interest rates from near zero.
      The unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 5.5 percent. Private sector job growth has increased 63 straight months, a US record.

EUROZONE:

      In the Eurozone, French trade balance in April was a negative three billion, above forecasts of four billion, while German factory orders month-over-month in April was up 1.4 percent, beating consensus of 0.6 percent. With investor sentiment for gold so weak gold prices may well continue lower, but we do feel this is leading to a better buying opportunity and given developments in Greece and with potential for corrections in other asset classes, it may not be too long before the markets start looking for a safe-haven again.

DOLLAR:

    The dollar jumped to a 13-year high against the yen and gained against most major currencies, cutting the appeal of precious metals as alternative assets. The expectation of an interest rate hike has benefited the dollar and it has enjoyed a dramatic and sustained rally. 

GREECE: 

      Meanwhile in Greece, the country delayed a 300-million-euro repayment to the IMF until the end of June and bundling all the payments together, increasing the risk of a Greek exit from the bloc. 
      Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reportedly rejected proposals put together by its lenders, arguing that any deal to unlock crucial bailout funds must be based on his own side’s conditions. But the two sides remain “very close” to agreeing a deal, after creditors supposedly proposed lower primary surplus goals.


Geopolitical Tension:

       Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists on Wednesday fought their first serious battles in months and Ukraine's defense minister said an attempt by rebels to take the eastern town of Maryinka had been thwarted.

Post the US job data release, gold prices tumbled as the economy showed strong signs of recovery after a lackluster first quarter.
Investors have been barring gold on signs that the economy has grown enough adhesion to damp the need for haven assets, encouraging worry that better progress will push policy makers to raise rates. 

It’s not possible to give a clarity to what exactly the price of gold is going to be tomorrow. Nor it is easy to take a buy call in Silver as the metal continues to follow gold with the risk to the downside. There are many factors that support and upper drive and a contrary lower drive for gold prices.

First, we think about international geopolitical tensions. Second, the uncertainty coming from Greece is still lingering in the minds of traders and captains of industry. Third, strategic or policy-related bullion purchases by central banks remain significantly high: After eight quarters of capital outflows from the ETF industry, the first quarter of 2015 saw a rebound in gold purchases.

However, two factors might hamper the bullion’s technical ascent, reducing the precious metal’s value over time. The first element comes from long-term charts: Gold is still in a long-term bearish trend, which has caused the precious metal to drop 30% in value from the peak reached during the summer of 2011. Second obstacle to higher gold prices: the strong US dollar and the historically negative correlation between the American currency and the yellow metal. To add Hedge funds and money managers cut net long positions in gold and silver during the week ended June 2, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed on Friday.

A stimulating clash awaits for bulls and bears in the coming months! But, as usual, the final word rests with the markets.


TRADE RANGE:

METAL
INTERNATIONAL
DOMESTIC
GOLD
$1151 - $1191 an ounce
Rs.25,700 - Rs.27,300 per 10g
SILVER
$15.70 - $17.00 an ounce
Rs.36,500 - Rs.39,500 per kg

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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"Calmness before the big move in Gold and Silver"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/06/calmness-before-big-move-in-gold-and.html

Monday, 27 April 2015

RSBL: FRIENDLY NEWS....BUT GOLD FAILS TO IGNITE

                                                        By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

  
The week has lot of gold friendly news: but unfortunately none of it supported gold. Be it the soft US data reports or the Greece Crisis or the weakening US dollar any many other news: Gold failed to benefit from any of them.

Any news failed to ignite gold prices leaving it range bound for the week untill the later part of Friday which did some new movement but downwards.


On Friday, the price of gold was down more than 1.5%, or nearly $20 an ounce, to as low as $1,176, the lowest price for the precious metal since late March. Gold ended lower on Friday as investors were more interested in next week’s monetary policy meet of the Federal Reserve. Investors believe that this meeting would give signals on Fed’s interest rate hike plans. The yellow metal was also impacted after some upbeat manufactured durable goods data from the U.S., even as the dollar continued to fluctuate.

US Data

          US weekly unemployment claims increased to 295,000 in April, higher than the forecast 288,000. US new home sales for March, meanwhile, came in at an annual rate of 481,000, which was 11.4 percent below the prior month’s reading and missed the 514,000 forecast. The recent soft data from the US could delay the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) from raising interest rates from near-zero levels until later this year. The Fed’s next meeting takes place on April 28.

            In some upbeat economic news, new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods increased much more than expected in March, a report from the Commerce Department showed Friday.

Fed Interest Rate Hike:

             Soft economic US data has pushed the expected dates of interest rate hike even further. The run of weak US macroeconomic data has taken a June rise in interest rates by the Federal Reserve off the table and even a change in September now looks unlikely, according to the CME Group’s Fed Watch. Interest rates have been zero since December 2008 and now the members of the Fed’s policy board are locked in what has become an increasingly public debate on when will be the right time to raise interest rates with most of them believing that the hike will come sometime in September.


US Dollar: 

           Weak data on U.S. jobless claims, manufacturing and home sales have hurt the dollar this week, boosting uncertainty over whether the Federal Reserve will conduct its first U.S. rate rise in nearly a decade in June or September.

Equities: 

           Gold fell on Friday, on track for a third successive weekly loss as strength in global equities diverted interest, though uncertainty over the timing of a U.S. rate rise pegged prices in a narrow range. World stocks hit all-time highs on Friday as corporate updates in Europe and a post-dot com-boom peak for the U.S. NASDAQ stoked investor optimism.
          Gains for equities are spurring investors to shun gold, with prices posting the biggest tumble in seven weeks.

Greece: 

          Gold prices dipped below $1,180 on the London spot market and on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday afternoon after some progress was made in Greek debt talks. Gold’s credentials as a safe-haven investment appear to have taken a hit on suggestions that Greece is closer to a bailout deal after a summit of Eurozone ministers in Riga. The country is running out of money – Athens is under pressure to accelerate reforms that would secure a deal before it defaults on its debts.
           Greece ordered state entities from municipalities to a fund meant for future generations to park idle cash at the central bank in a scramble on Monday to pay the bills. With IMF loan repayments due next month, Greece has been tapping into public cash reserves in temporary transactions.

Meanwhile Eurozone ministers are attended a summit again  to discuss Greece’s possible default on its debt obligations but positive headlines have been supportive of the single currency, which possibly reduced gold’s safe-haven appeal.


In other news, Russia have increased their Gold reserves by adding nearly 30 tons in April. The brings the country's total reserve to 1238 tons. Russia have steadily invested in Gold through the last nine months of 2014, to diversify reserves and protect Ruble illiquidity.


Now the market players have turned their attention to Wednesdays Federal Open Market Committee statement. Investors was looking out for some signs of tightening of monetary policy as the FOMC decides exactly when to start normalizing. That would raise the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion, while boosting the dollar.


Despite the current stickiness within the range, I do feel that a bigger move is about to come. GDP and FOMC or even the Greece could be the next big catalyst not leaving the Geo-political tensions out of the way.


Whatever be the move, yellow metal will always be known for its safe haven appeal and as the countries are adding their reserves, it clearly indicates that Gold will never be out of picture.
 
TRADE RANGE:


METAL INTERNATIONAL DOMESTIC
GOLD $1173- $1200 an ounce Rs.26,500- Rs.27,500 per 10gm
SILVER $15.40- $16.30 an ounce Rs.35,000- Rs.37,000 per kg





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

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"RSBL:A Puzzled Market For Gold"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/04/rsbl-puzzled-market-for-gold.html

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