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Gold tumbles again, could see worst week in 30 years

21 Jun

Gold fell to a three-year low on Friday and was in danger of recording its biggest weekly drop in 30 years after the US Federal Reserve said it would wind down its bullion-friendly stimulus later this year.

Spot gold – down nearly 9 percent this week – dropped for the fifth straight session, while Comex gold futures also declined over 1 percent to their lowest in three years.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday the central bank would taper its USD 85 billion monthly bond buying programme as the US economy was recovering strongly, ending purchases around mid-2014 if economic growth held up.

“What the market is undergoing now is a state of normalisation, going back to pre-stimulus times,” said Joyce Liu, investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore.

“Since the first stimulus programme in 2009, markets have jumped despite fundamentals not justifying such a spike.”

Gold was also hurt by CME Group Inc’s move to raise initial margins for Comex gold after prices plunged over 6 percent on Thursday.

The exchange operator raised Comex 100 Gold Futures initial margins for speculators by 25 percent to USD 8,800 per contract from USD 7,040.

“That is definitely affecting gold too. For those who cannot put out margin calls on time, they will be squeezed out even when they don’t want to get out,” said Liu.

Until recently, gold – seen as a hedge against inflation – had gained as the global economy took a hit and central banks acted to boost their economies. Gold touched an all-time high of USD 1,920.30 in 2011.

Spot gold was down 0.5 percent at USD 1,271.16 an ounce by 0121 GMT on Friday. The metal fell to USD 1,269.04 earlier – its lowest since September 2010 and a level which would mark the worst weekly decline in 30 years.

It has lost 24 percent of its value this year, after recording 12 years of gains.

Gold is on weak technical ground and will fall below USD 1,200 an ounce before finding support, technical analysts said.

UBS lowered its 2013 gold price outlook by 10 percent to USD 1,440 an ounce, and its 2014 forecast to USD 1,325 an ounce from USD 1,625.

SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.42 percent to 995.35 tonnes on Thursday – the lowest in more than four years.

But the drop in prices could see a spurt in physical demand in top consumers India and China, which have been quiet recently.

However, Liu said the demand would not be as strong as April when gold prices fell the most in 30 years over just two days.

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Bullion to remain under pressure, sell on rise: Emkay

19 Jun

In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Ashok Mittal, CEO of Emkay Commodities spoke about the current trend in commodities market.

Below is a verbatim transcript of the interview:

Q: How would you approach bullion going into that Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meet today?

A: We are expecting that there will be a lot of pressure on bullion prices , although they have moved up little bit in the last few sessions largely in India because of the weakening of rupee. We think that USD 1400 per ounce remains a strong resistance for gold. Hence we are recommending to sell it at any upside towards USD 1375-1385 per ounce. We expect gold to come back around USD 1320 per ounce or so. Once USD 1320 per ounce breaks then we can expect further downside.

In the Indian market, Rs 28,100-28,200 per 10gm is a selling level and we expect it to come back to Rs 27,500 per 10gm and maybe lower than that.

People will be looking at what Ben Bernanke says because although we do not expect them to say that this USD 85 billion bond buying will be stopped but they might put some kind of conditions on that. If there is any kind of condition then obviously there will be further pressure on bullion prices. So overall the prices will remain under pressure.

Similarly, for silver also we think that USD 22 per ounce is a resistance and we can sell there and we expect silver prices to fall back.

In rupee terms we expect silver prices to fall somewhere around Rs 42,500-42,800 per kilogram range. So we should sell both gold and silver on the uptick.

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Q: There seems to be reports that money is flowing back into crude now as an asset class, how would you trade that particular commodity and at what kind of targets?

A: We expect that the broader long-term range for nymex crude oil will be somewhere around USD 80-100 per barrel approximately. We are on the higher band on that technically. We expect that around USD 100 per barrel Nymex crude should get strong resistance .

Today the data will be out and we expect that inventories will be lesser, we cannot see some kind of uptick happening. But overall inventory levels are quite high and right now the tension in Syria is something which is driving the prices on the higher side. Economic outlook is changing drastically, where we see a lot of demand coming in. There is a lot of supply available and there is no such thing that Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will cut down on the production side as well.

So our idea is that for short-term we might see some uptick happening but we do expect that crude oil prices also will not be rising too much and we can sell them maybe at some uptick when we see today’s data and we expect that Nymex crude should come back to around USD 95-94 per barrel.