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Saturday, 24 January 2015


                                                                                                            - By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

Finally, there are other drivers apart from deflation and dollar that have been influencing gold prices this week. After a long time gold has found supporting drivers such as negative interest rate and market turmoil and uncertainty.

Finally gold managed to reach a high of $1300 on Thursday and then lost a little pace and settled at $1293 on Friday.

It’s just been the third week of 2015 and gold is already 9 per cent up and because of its strong momentum, gold prices do have room to move higher and a consolidation period is expected at some time soon.

Following influential factors played a significant role for precious metals this week-

ECB- On Thursday, the ECB announced the launch of an expanded asset purchase program with combined monthly purchases of 60 billion euros or $70 billion, through end September 2016.
ECB President Mario Draghi said that this stimulus package will help in pushing inflation back towards 2 per cent during this year.
However, concerns about the global economy sustained gold's safe haven appeal, keeping prices afloat.

SPDR- Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, remained unchanged at 740.45 tons on Friday from its previous. 

US Economic Indicators- a Conference Board on Friday showed positive contributions from a majority of its components and stated that U.S economic indicators rose slightly more than anticipated in December.
This did influence gold prices but not to a great extent.

Eurozone- Eurozone private sector grew at the fastest pace in five months in January, flash survey data from Market Economics showed Friday. The composite output index rose more-than-expected to a five-month high of 52.2 in January from 51.4 in December. Economists had forecast the index to rise nominally to 51.7.

Gold prices ended modestly lower on Friday, on the above mentioned mixed global economic data with the dollar trending sharply higher even as the euro slipped significantly after the European Central Bank announced a massive, larger than expected monetary stimulus.
Gold soared to 5-month highs just above $1300 earlier in the week, but a swiftly rising dollar saddened the rally in bullion.

The coming week holds a lot of surprises for gold- Some of the noted ones are:

FED- The precious metals market will be focused on the Fed and their upcoming monetary policy statement on Wednesday. But markets believer that unlike the Bank of Canada and the European Central Bank, which both shocked markets this week, the Fed is unlikely to announce any major surprises.
The dollar is expected to be bullish as the Fed is not expected to shift their monetary policy outlook because currently the Fed remains one of the only central banks that are in any position to eventually raise rates.

Dollar- Next week, the gold market should re-establish its negative correlation with the U.S. dollar, and that steady rise in the greenback would be negative for gold.
However, the report also suggested that recent changes made to the European Central Bank's monetary policy may support precious metals prices.

Chinese Slowdown- Although China's economic slowdown can also hurt metals given the country accounts for almost half of world metal consumption,a sharp slowdown of the Chinese economy remains a low probability scenario at present.

Greece Elections- Traders are likely to turn to Sunday's election in Greece. Polls show the opposition Syriza party widening its lead to about 6% over the governing conservatives. If they get it then it raises the suspect that the Euro will likely open weaker again on Monday, helping gold in the process. The potential of more economic uncertainty and positive chart patterns provides a constructive backdrop for further gains in gold.

U.S. interest rates - "While downward pressure on precious metal prices is expected to become more pronounced when the U.S. Federal Reserve raises interest rates (expected in mid-2015), the European Central Bank's plan to purchase €60 billion of assets per month through September 2016 may put upward.

People are coming to the conclusion that while the ECB is getting more expansionary, the Fed may be forced to be less restrictive because of the headwinds to inflation from the drop in oil prices, which can trigger some delay in interest rate hikes and would be positive for gold.
To conclude, Low inflation, global risks, and firmer physical demand are all modest positives for gold and silver.

- Previous blog - "All Notions To See Gold at $800 Destroyed"

Saturday, 17 January 2015


                                                                                                             - By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

A few weeks earlier, we saw a lot of noise in the market…but this time it seems that someone left the loudspeakers on!

Well, oil and SNB played the game here.Precious metals showed great volatility- all thanks to the fluctuating oil prices.

Crude oil was highly volatile after a report from Paris based energy agency IEA depicted a likely reduction in Non-OPEC output for 2015 by 350,000 BPD. 

Moreover, gold and silver prices soared in Euro terms after the SNB moves and now many market players are beginning to wonder if a loss of confidence after the Swiss fiasco has started a run on gold? 

Bullion traders said sentiment turned better after gold rallied to the highest since September in global markets as the dollar weakened after Switzerland decoupled its currency to the euro and lowered the deposit rate.

Gold had closed at 1276.50 following a brief intraday break above 1280, its highest level since September 2014. We look to the September 2nd open of 1286 as the next important level of
Resistance, followed by 1300 and 1320. Momentum indicators are increasingly bullish.

Gold regained its safe-haven mantle following a shocking and unforeseen decision by the Swiss Central Bank (SNB) to scrap its cap on the franc’s exchange rate against the euro.

After the SNB- Swiss National Bank dropped the bombshell on the markets Thursday morning, the prices of the precious metals had gone in one direction… UP.  In just two days, the price of gold was up $40 and silver $1.10.

Post this action, gold rose more than 2 percent to a 4 month high in Thursday. This was a result of the move by Switzerland to abandon its three-year cap on the franc sent global shares and bond yields into turmoil. 

Following the Swiss National Bank’s unprecedented move to abandon the franc’s peg to the euro, the country’s currency had appreciated sharply against the U.S. dollar. The surge in the Swiss franc…means it is now the most overvalued of all the developed market (DM) currencies in terms of the deviation of the real effective exchange rate from its 10-year average

The SNB has been under growing pressure to revisit the peg as speculation grows that the European Central Bank could introduce outright money-printing as early as next week, which could see the euro zone flooded with liquidity.
It looks as is the SNB decision has finally destroyed the notion of $800 gold ever again.

Furthermore, a Labor Department report released on Thursday showed that Jobless claims climbed by 19,000 to 316,000 in the week ended Jan. 10, the most since early September, from a revised 297,000 in the prior period.

Adding to it, the gold price climbed on Friday after a lackluster US inflation report had participants readjusting their timetable for the next Federal Reserve rate increase.

In data, the US consumer price index fell 0.4 percent last month, the biggest drop since December 2008, after sliding 0.3 percent in November. It also undershot the -0.3 percent forecast.

This goes directly against the Federals Reserve’s mandate to achieve inflation of around two percent as the reports imply a deflationary trend. Which further means that the fed may probably delay its rate increase as it would want to know that inflation is on track to hit this level before acting?
Additionally, deciding not to reduce stimulus in 2015 would also be consistent with a goal-oriented approach to the employment mandate.
Additionally, Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose to 717.15 tons on Friday from 707.59 tons from its previous close on Thursday.

Fall in equities and worries over Euro area political and debt issues might continue to help Bullion complex as a whole and mainly the yellow metal.
Next week we could see further volatility as the ECB are set to meet and it is widely expected they will announced a broad-based government bond purchases.
We stay with our moderate positive bias in Gold and advice buying on small dips.

- Previous blog - "Lot of Things To Smile About For Precious Metals"