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Sunday, 29 March 2015

RSBL: Yemen's push while Fed's Caution

                                                                By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari,MD,RSBL

We have seen quite interesting movements in gold over the past fortnight. In fact the price of gold has been on a rally over the last one week, rising from well below $1150 to the current level of about $1205. Based on recent trend, the price of the yellow metal is currently testing a major resistance zone of $1200 to $1220.

Undoubtedly, Yemen's turbulence had to play a major part in this up-move. Gold was rocketed towards a break out of USD $1220 that acts to be its key resistance. Silver did follow Gold up-move and touched a high of USD $17.41. Initial air strikes by Saudi Arabia caused a spike in oil prices and other commodities edged higher.

The current volatility in gold has been mainly due the recent comment by Fed Chair Janet Yellen that the policy makers won’t be rushing on rate hike. 
The Fed has kept its benchmark rate at a record low near zero for more than six years.

Some of the important statements released by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen were-
  • She said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed's key interest rate could come later this year but at the same time she stated that any rate increases would happen gradually.
  • Yellen said Japan's experience over the past 20 years argues for a cautious approach.
  • She stated that main reason for this gradualist approach is that the risk of raising them quickly is much higher than doing so gradually. Tightening the loan rates could stall the economy. Which will again have its own side effects.
  • Both Yellen and Fischer stressed the Fed's expectation that rate hikes would be gradual and that the Fed's action would depend on how the economy performs in coming months.
Next week markets continue to look volatile for gold as the market will react to data in anticipation of potential Federal Reserve rate hikes and Saudi strikes in Yemen. 

Gold prices have a more bearish outlook. Reasons being:
  • The U.S economic data have so far continued to impress and another positive commentary would subsequently end the recent rally in the price of gold. A stronger than expected US PMI data and some hawkish comments from Feds Lockhart did take some shine out of the rally. Even the unemployment claims filed by US citizens have fell more than expectations creating a sign of stonf fundamental growth.
  • Weakening demand for gold from China and India poses several challenges for the yellow metal to reach its January highs. China's gold imports from Hong Kong fell to their lowest in six months in february, data showed on Thursday. Whereas the sudden jump in prices have dampened demand in Indian markets.
  • SPDR Gold trust has continued to see outflow in-spite of the ongoing rally, where it reported that the holdings fell by nearly 6 tonnes to 737.24 tonnes on Thursday, the lowest since January.
If anything, the recent rally is a magnificent reward to gold bulls, especially considering the overall market bias, and hence some would be looking to cash in at the current level which would again put more pressure on the price. This would shift focus from gold to US equities and the USD thus pressuring gold prices to fall further.

But the ones who believe that the market is bullish for gold have their own justifications. They believe that a long with uncertainty in the Middle East, Greece’s negotiations could also create a safe-haven bid for gold next week.

The bottom line is that the recent rally in the price of gold lacks enough catalysts to sustain it towards levels seen in late January. In fact, based on recent events, a lot more could count against a continuous rally thereby signaling an end to the current run.


$1185-$1230 an ounce
Rs.26,000- Rs.27,500 per 10gm
$16.40-$18.00 an ounce
Rs.37,600- Rs.40,000 per kg
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“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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"An Action Packed Week For Gold"

Monday, 23 March 2015


                                                                                                             -By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

Yes Indeed…It seems like a miracle. It’s so surprising to see what a difference a few days can make as the gold market sees renewed optimism, ending the week solidly positive on the back of a weaker U.S. dollar and lower U.S. treasury yields.

Gold prices hit two-week highs on Friday and were poised for their biggest weekly jump since mid-January, after the U.S. Federal Reserve's cautious note on interest rates arrested a dollar rally and sparked broad-based buying of commodities.
Though the week began with a rough patch for gold by the end of the week it was a completely different scenario for gold.
On Tuesday, Gold fell to a four month low of $1,142.92 an ounce. Market players had expected gold prices to drop further amid the dollar's surge and speculation about when the Federal Reserve will begin raising interest rates.  

With positive economic indicators, the US dollar gets stronger. The interest rate hike expectation had further strengthened the dollar which meant that the future for gold is not good.

Following these sentiments the precious metal traded at $1,148.60 Wednesday morning and plummeted 12 percent in the last eight weeks.

Gold prices were seen heading towards a consecutive loss in the past seven sessions as a robust dollar and expectations of higher U.S. interest rates curbed appetite for the metal.
But Wednesday FOMC meet was a game changer for gold. Following  the Federal Open Market committee (FOMC) meeting on Wednesday, The Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made it clear (again) those interest rates would not be raised until inflation gains more steam. With current inflation rates negative for the first time since 2009, and with the U.S. dollar index at an 11-year high, we can probably expect near-record-low interest rates for some time longer.

Post this news, gold prices sparked immediately rising nearly 2 percent, from $1,151 to $1,172. That’s the largest one-day move we’ve seen from the yellow metal in at least two months.

At the highest peak of the week, Spot gold was up 1.2 percent at $1,184.55 an ounce by 1:55 p.m. EDT (1755 GMT) after hitting $1,187.80

Wednesday’s FOMC policy meeting caused a stir in the gold market, which is now looking like it may close off the week on a positive note.

The U.S. currency fell as much as 1.8 percent against a basket of major currencies on Friday, after the Fed downgraded its growth and inflation projections earlier in the week, signaling it is in no rush to push borrowing costs to more normal levels.

Apart from the main game changer for the week, we saw following significant activities in the market.
  • Post-Fed, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, New York-listed SPDR Gold Shares, saw its first inflows since Feb. 20, also boosting sentiment. Holdings in SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.24 percent to 749.77 tonnes on Wednesday - the first inflow since Feb. 20.
  • In the physical markets, Chinese buying was steady, with premiums on the Shanghai Gold Exchange staying at a robust $6-$7 an ounce on Friday. Sustained physical buying could further support prices.
  • Gold climbed on the heels of a softening U.S. dollar and focus in Europe turning back from its political problems to the [European Central Bank] stimulus rollout.
  • Demand for gold from India picker up ahead of the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa.
Though there is not much data set to be released next week, analysts are expecting gold to continue to take its cue from the U.S. dollar. Most commodity analysts see room for the yellow metal to move higher as investors take some of their U.S. dollar profits off the table.

A significant number coming in for the week will be the housing date- release for existing and new home sales number.

Next week, financial markets will receive more housing data with the release of existing and new home sales numbers.

Apart from the key US indicators, one more thing that needs consideration is Greece. Investors need to keep a watch on what is happening in Greece as funding talks are expected to resume again. Greece is once again pushing back against austerity measures, but with no new funding deal, there is a chance they would default on their debt and be forced out of the Eurozone.

Any breakdown in funding talks next week is going to be positive for gold, as a safe-haven asset.
Though no major game changers are in queue for gold, the yellow metal will be taking cues from the above mentioned data.


GOLD $1163- $1205 an ounce Rs.25,700- Rs.27,000 per 10gm
SILVER $16.15- $18.00 an ounce Rs.36,000- Rs. 40,000 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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"Gold To React To FOMC"

Sunday, 15 March 2015


- By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL


Gold has been trying to find itself. It was at its peak in 2011-12, touching a lavish bull level of $1900. But in the last one year, gold prices have been falling, hovering around $1000 these days.

The ones who were bullish for gold are now speechless. Some supporters of gold have even lost faith in it. 

Though gold has been just above they key areas of $1150, there more downside risk for the yellow metals as the dollar continues to strengthen ahead of the Fed’s policy-setting committee meeting on March 17-18.

The dollar hit its highest in nearly 12 years on Friday and is widely expected to reach parity with the euro, due to the gap between U.S. and European interest rates.
Ahead of an expectation of an interest rate hike, a stronger dollar has been clouding over the positive outlook for gold.

A stronger than expected U.S Jobs report last week had raised expectations that the Fed would hike interest rates soon. Since then gold has taken a beating.

Gold was consecutively down since 8 days, falling more than 1 per cent on Wednesday. Gold has been strongly influenced by a robust dollar and expectations of higher U.S. interest rates.
The metal was headed for its sixth weekly loss in the past seven, down 1 percent so far and having hit its lowest in more than three months at $1,147.10 on Wednesday.

Following these negative sentiment, holdings in SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.28 percent on Thursday to 750.95 tonnes, the lowest since January. It had been three weeks since the fund saw any inflows.

Moreover, cutting the appetite for gold was last week's stronger than expected U.S. non-farm payrolls data that renewed expectations the Federal Reserve would begin to increase U.S. interest rates in mid-year.

A strengthening dollar makes dollar denominated assets like gold more expensive for holders of other currencies thus making gold unattractive.

After breaking a nine day lowering streak, gold prices managed to stay positively stable on Friday, Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,154.35 an ounce during the day.


Analysts have noted that gold and silver have struggled all week as investor and traders piled in the U.S. dollar, driving it to a 12-year high. They add that the trend does not look like it will end soon.
The key event for financial markets next week will be the Federal Open Market Committee meeting, which will release its monetary policy statement Wednesday.

In the week, market player will be closely keeping a watch on the Federal Reserve as analysts are expecting gold to suffer on the back of a stronger U.S. dollar as the central bank prepares for an eventual rate hike.

However, the eventual rise in interest rates will cap any rally in gold next week.
Although the FOMC meeting will garner most of the market’s attention, other economic reports that could be market moving include regional manufacturing to be released Monday and Thursday as well as some housing data at the start of the week.


1130$-1200$ an ounce
Rs.25,500- Rs.26,500 per 10gm
15.23$- 17.00 $ an ounce
Rs.34,000- Rs.37,000 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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