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Gold inches up, headed for third weekly gain

26 Jul

Gold edged up on Friday and was headed for its third straight weekly gain, helped by a weaker dollar and hopes of a prolonged period of easy monetary policy.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold had climbed 0.07 percent to USD1,333.95 an ounce by 0014 GMT, after gaining about 1 percent in the previous session.

* US data showed that new claims for jobless benefits edged higher last week, but remained within a range that suggests the labour market’s recovery is on track.

* Investors fear that strong US economic numbers would prompt the Federal Reserve to start tapering its stimulus measures sooner rather than later.

* China’s gold demand could hit a record 1,000 tonnes this year, the World Gold Council said on Thursday, which means it would overtake India as the world’s biggest bullion consumer.

* Gold premiums in India jumped to USD 20 an ounce over London spot prices on Thursday due to short supplies even as traders, looking to stock up for festivals, waited for prices to fall further from their highest level in more than a month.

* Gold mining companies are expected to cut their gold hedging position by 20 tonnes on a net basis in 2013 even though the price of bullion has fallen sharply, precious metals consultancy Thomson Reuters GFMS said on Thursday.

* SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.26 percent to 927.36 tonnes on Thursday.

* Goldcorp Inc , the world’s largest gold miner by market capitalisation, posted weaker-than-expected second quarter results on Thursday, hit by a sharp drop in the gold price and a USD 2 billion non-cash impairment charge.

MARKET NEWS

* The dollar languished at one-month lows against a basket of major currencies on Friday, having suffered a setback overnight as investors turned cautious ahead of next week’s Fed policy meeting.

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China Copper Prices May Witness New Lows in Q4 2013: Barclays

29 Jun

“Our economists have cautioned that implementation of the new government’s agenda of no stimulus, deleveraging and structural reform means there is an increasing downside that China could experience a temporary hard landing in the next three years,” the bank noted.

copper updatesLONDON : Copper prices in China may witness new lows in the fourth quarter of this year on rising copper mine supply, recent liquidity tightening and lower base metals consumption, stated London based Barclays in its recent market analysis.

“Our economists have cautioned that implementation of the new government’s agenda of no stimulus, deleveraging and structural reform means there is an increasing downside that China could experience a temporary hard landing in the next three years,” the bank noted.

In the first quarter of 2013, world copper consumption is estimated to have declined by around 5.3% compared with that in the same period of 2012, according to International Copper Study Group (ICSG). Chinese apparent demand declined by 10% owing to a 46% decline in net imports of refined copper.

Excluding China, year-on-year world copper usage declined by around 1.7%. On a regional basis, usage is estimated to have declined by 7.8% in Africa, 1.8% in the Americas, 7.6% in Asia, 0.2% in Europe, and 14.3% in Oceania.

World mine production is estimated to have increased by almost 11% in the first three months of 2013 year-on-year basis mainly owing to a recovery in production levels from constrained output in early 2012.

Meanwhile, according to ICSG projections for 2013, the global copper market is expected to have a production surplus relative to demand.

World production of refined copper is expected to exceed demand for refined copper by about 415,000 t, as demand will lag behind the growth in production. For 2014, although a recovery in usage is anticipated, a higher surplus is expected with increased output from new and existing mines.

Freeport McMoRan has restarted open pit production at its Grasberg mine in Indonesia, and the company expects underground mining to resume shortly. Furthermore, the labour contract negotiations have yet to be restarted, a process that poses a further risk of disruptions, according to Barclays view.

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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.

What would move Gold, Silver today

30 May

Two key data releases are awaited for the day and yes, it is from US. Both releases—US GDP QoQ and initial jobless claims—are scheduled for around 07.00 PM IST.

The US GDP is forecast to have grown by 2.5% in the first quarter of this year (January-March). If the reading turns out to be a positive surprise i.e. to the upside, it would strengthen US Dollar and thereby weaken bullion prices.

The other data release scheduled for the evening for 7.00 PM IST is US Initial Jobless Claims. The data measures the number of people who have applied for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week.

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If the data released exceeds the forecast of 3,40,000 in numbers, then it would give a fillip to dollar and weaken the precious metals gold and silver.

Besides, the data would also be tracked by US Federal Reserve’s FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) as the debate on whether or not to continue with QE measures rages on.

The FOMC, responsible for initiating Quantitative Easing measures that involves bond-buying to the tune of $85 billion a month, has tethered the termination of the program to job market recovery and healthy inflation.

Both gold and silver have been plagued by correction and are entrapped in a stalemate condition ever since news arrived that George Soros has liquidated his holdings in SPDR Gold Trust, world’s biggest ETF of gold. While physical demand of gold has picked up recently, it has failed to buoy prices beyond a point.

“Physical buyers have helped to limit declines but they have also become more price-sensitive and tend to stay on the sidelines near $1,400,” said Yang Shandan, a senior trader at Cinda Futures Co., in China to Bloomberg.

Total holdings in ETPs have dipped to the lowest level since June 2011, shrinking by 5.4 percent this month, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Barclays notes:

“Market sentiment remains negative towards gold with non-commercial Comex gold positions at their lowest since December 2008 and ETP outflows showing little sign of slowing down. Net redemptions have hit 94 tons in May thus far (as of Saturday), and once again negative interest is skewed towards the US listed products, with GLD down 58 tons and at its lowest since February 2009.

On a regional basis, US listed products have suffered the largest outflows of 341 tons for the year to date, followed by UK primary listed products at 48 tons and the Swiss listed products at 47 tons. Metal held in trust across the 55 physically backed products we track are now at their lowest since July 2011 with year-to-date outflows of 443 tons, almost the equivalent of the net inflows over the past two years (476 tons).”

Gold on the Comex for delivery on August 13 was seen trading at $1,394.25/oz, a gain of $2.45 or 0.18% as of 10.39 AM IST. Silver on the Comex for delivery on July 13 was seen trading at $22.433/oz, a loss of $0.020 or 0.09%.

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Bullion, base metals under pressure, sell on rally: Emkay

23 May

In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Ashok Mittal, CEO of Emkay Commodities shared outlook on commodities market.

Below is a verbatim transcript of the interview:

Q: How are you mapping commodities on a day like this when we have some poor Chinese data and generally the trend has been weakish?

A: The overall trend on the commodities market – whether it is bullion or base metals or energy products – remains quite under pressure.

On base metals, Chinese data is not very supportive and hence the outlook on the entire base metal pack, especially copper, looks little negative. We think that the prices will remain under pressure on the international markets as well as on the Indian market.

The only difference, which is applicable to all commodities whether bullions or base metals etc is the depreciation of rupee. While the international markets remain under pressure and we expect the prices to remain lower for most of the commodities – the fall in India on Indian rupee terms might be comparatively lesser because of the depreciation of the rupee. Whether it is gold, silver or base metals, the advise for investors is that they should look to sell on uptick.

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Q: Give us a word on what is happening with crude as well that is beginning to blink?

A: In crude, for a long-term perspective we had been saying that we expect the range to be between USD 80 per barrel to USD 100 per barrel. Inventory levels, which came yesterday, are quite good for gasoline as well as crude oil. The expectation in terms of demand increasing is comparatively much lesser.

We expect that crude prices will remain under pressure. In short-term, we expect them to go closer to USD 91-92 per barrel and we expect it should not go above USD 97 per barrel.

On Indian market, we are suggesting to sell crude somewhere around Rs 5,300-5,320 keeping USD 1 per barrel stop loss. We expect USD 2-3 per barrel downside. That means we might see levels of around Rs 5,200 per barrel or lower.

Another very interesting analysis that we have seen on the difference between Brent crude oil and Nymex crude oil is that gas, which used to be around USD 18-20 per barrel has shrunk to around USD 8 per barrel or so. So, we expect that while there will be a lot of pressure on the overall crude oil prices, Nymex crude oil will remain more under pressure because of the factor that the supply is more on that side whereas the Brent will remain not that much under pressure. So the gap between these two will increase further to USD 12-13 per barrel. So this will be a good trade for traders to do. They can buy Brent crude oil and sell Nymex crude oil.

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