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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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Perpetual volatility: Will investors abandon Gold?

24 Jul

mcx gold tradingGold futures are weighing and responding in earnest to the Ben Bernanke Congressional testimony of the last week. While the futures look comfortable in dealing with the anticipation that the Fed would not taper as soon as the markets had thought, lending it some buying appetite, the prospect of a tapering lingers with an uneasy calm.

“There’s still a bit of a thirst for the metal,” Jonathan Barratt, chief executive officer of Barratt’s Bulletin said to Bloomberg.

“Given that Bernanke has already suggested that tapering will only occur when they’re very comfortable with the economic outlook, we’re going to see tapering on the agenda but it’s going to be some time before it actually starts,” he added.

Gold on the Comex for delivery on August 13 was seen trading at $1,338.85/oz, a gain of $4.15 or 0.31% as of 10.05 AM IST.

The multi-billion Dollar question used to be this: When will the US Federal Reserve start to taper? After a series of testimonies this year, the answer looks very much elusive. The Fed could not be blamed on this, because they are doing what that is mandated out of them.

The Fed do own the trigger of shooting the Quantitative Easing measures point-blank. Only thing is that they cannot pull it at their will. In fact, having started this whirlpool of money printing, a genie is out, which is refusing to go into the bottle.

The markets have in effect become QE fetish to such an extent that it would be difficult to pull the trigger on QE execution. Playing to the gallery is imperative in a politicized economy.

Now, the mult-billion Dollar question is if the QE measures would be tapered at all? High profile leadership at PIMCO, world’s biggest institution investing in bond markets, believe that the ultra-loose monetary policy may continue until it is 2016.

That is no walking distance from 2013!

The fact remains that gold futures would see extended periods of volatility as data releases occur every time. The Fed has clubbed the QE measures to a recovery in job markets, housing markets and a moderate and healthy inflation. Each data release in this category, fluctuating as each one is, would take the futures on a roller coaster ride.

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Any negative sign is taken for a point to rally up and any positive sign on economy could be interpreted as a point to rally down in gold. Now imagine that happening all the way to 2016! That is a perfect incentive for investors to abandon gold. Especially when there are other less volatile instruments to conduct trade and make money.

But, at some point in time, all these QE measures would have to be curtailed. That would be the time when markets would see the perfect storm.

Gold near one-month high as dollar slips

23 Jul

A weaker dollar supported bullion prices, but stricter Indian import rules and continued outflows from exchange-traded gold funds could cap gains

goldGold was trading near its highest in a month on Tuesday after gaining 3 percent the session before and breaking through key resistance at the USD 1,300 level.

A weaker dollar supported bullion prices, but stricter Indian import rules and continued outflows from exchange-traded gold funds could cap gains.

 FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold was down 0.08 percent at USD 1,334.01 an ounce by 0020 GMT, while US gold fell USD 2.50 to USD 1,333.50.

* Gold hit a one-month high of USD 1,338.91 on Monday, as speculators fearing a reversal of the recent downward price trend rushed to buy back bearish bets.

* Bullion prices have garnered support from Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke’s assurance last week that the US central bank would be careful in scaling back its USD 85 billion monthly bond purchases.

* September is still the most likely time for the Fed to announce that it will trim its monthly bond purchases, according to a Reuters poll taken after Bernanke’s congressional testimony last week.

* Analysts have slashed their 2013 gold and silver price forecasts after sharp falls earlier this year and expect them to remain weak in 2014 as the United States reins in monetary stimulus, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.

* India’s central bank moved to tighten gold imports again on Monday, making them dependent on export volumes with an eye to reducing a record current account deficit, but offered relief to domestic sellers by lifting restrictions on credit deals.

* SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.13 percent to 931.26 tonnes on Monday.

* A group of indigenous Chileans asked the Supreme Court to revoke the environmental license of Barrick Gold Corp’.

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Gold rises to 1-month high on weaker US dollar

22 Jul

Gold hit a high of USD 1,314.49 an ounce, its highest since June 20, and stood at USD 1,312.24 by 0024 GMT, up USD 16.50

mcx goldGold jumped more than 1 percent to its highest level in a month on Monday as the US dollar slipped against other currencies, with gains in Japanese bullion futures adding extra support.

Gold hit a high of USD 1,314.49 an ounce, its highest since June 20, and stood at USD 1,312.24 by 0024 GMT, up USD 16.50. Gold last week posted its second weekly gain after the Federal Reserve’s assurance the timing of any tapering in economic stimulus is not set in stone.

US gold rose 1.49 percent to USD 1,312.10 an ounce. The most active June 2014 gold contract on Tokyo Commodity Exchange rose as high as 4,243 yen a gramme, its highest since June 20, because of a weaker yen.

Hedge funds and money managers raised their bullish bets in gold and silver futures and options in the week to July 16, while they trimmed net shorts in copper, a report by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed on Friday.

China’s central bank removed controls on bank lending rates, effective Saturday, in a long-awaited move that signals the new leadership’s determination to carry out market-oriented reforms.

SPDR Gold Trust GLD, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.29 percent to 932.46 tonnes on Friday from 935.17 tonnes on Thursday.

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Cheap Gold and Silver prices – the deal of a lifetime?

20 Jul

Eerily, perhaps the worst precious metals market sentiment currently exists that has been observed since the early 1970’s.

mcx gold silverThe gold and silver markets have fallen dramatically in the wake of the FOMC signaling an end to its controversial Quantitative Easing or QE programs. The pricing in of such FedspeakQE taper-talk has also triggered a yield spike in southern Europe that could deepen that region’s existing debt crisis.

Furthermore, sharply rising interest rates have resulted as billions of investors exit perhaps the largest financial bubble ever seen. The end of cheap real estate refinance has finally arrived as mortgage rates are now approaching five percent.

Rising government bond rates mean more money that will increase the chances of stealth inflation. The Fed acting to crush the effects of inflation may even lead to more money printing.

Other background factors

In addition, rising oil prices have been cutting in to already lofty equity valuations, as fallout from the “Black Swan” in the Gulf of Mexico expands. Gasoline prices are already rising.

The public has also been caught largely off guard by embroiling social unrest in various parts of the world. This dissatisfaction is indirectly the result of exporting inflation that is collateral damage from currency depreciation wars.

A dead precious metals mining sector has been cutting off any “perceptual” idea of supply as paper metal prices are now well below the cost of production. New supply matters little for gold. For silver, by the time the sector catches up with demand, there will be no silver left.

Precious metal prices suffer despite bullish fundamentals

Offset by an unprecedented and record breaking surge in physical demand for silver, from silver coins to international demand. Yet, eerily, perhaps the worst precious metals market sentiment currently exists that has been observed since the early 1970’s.

Bullion banks are currently long buyers by every indication, yet they are still maintaining a concentrated short position in the futures market. This could be an intentional effort to suppress physical metal prices by selling paper so that they can accumulate real metal more cheaply.

In short, it is unfathomable how low the precious metals markets are by any measure. Technically, the market could still go lower, but does this change the likelihood that investors have now been presented with what seems to be the precious metal buying opportunity of perhaps multiple lifetimes?

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Investors Flee Gold as Long Positions Hunker Their 2002 low

17 Jul

Although gold is perched near its highest levels in nearly three weeks, investors remain wary of buying it. BofA analysts note that market players have largely liquidated their bullish bets on gold: at USD 2.1 billion, bullion long positions are hunkered at their lowest levels since 2002, the bank said.

mcx gold tradingGold has fallen out of favor with large speculators, according to data from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, with positioning sliding to its lowest spot in nearly a decade.

Although gold is perched near its highest levels in nearly three weeks, investors remain wary of buying it. BofA analysts note that market players have largely liquidated their bullish bets on gold: at USD 2.1 billion, bullion long positions are hunkered at their lowest levels since 2002, the bank said.

Meanwhile, “speculative shorts in gold are their largest ever,” BofA added.

Despite global central banks’ having no intention of removing their collective foot from the monetary throttle anytime soon, gold bulls have been chastened by a dizzying selloff that has shaved more than 25 percent from bullion’s value in 2013.

Hedge fund guru John Paulson’s flagship gold fund has plummeted by more than 65 percent this year, according to reports.

Over the last week, gold has staged a modest rebound. Still, it is far from the heady days of 2011, when the Federal Reserve’s loose monetary policy prompted gold bugs to bid bullion up to a record USD 1,900 an ounce.

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BofA called market signals on gold “extreme” and said that positioning “remains in the contrarian buy zone,” given that the metal has broken above a near-term resistance area at USD 1,270 an ounce. That creates a “near-term base and positioning-led squeeze higher,” the bank added.

—By CNBC’s Javier E. David

History Shows Gold Could Fall Another $500/oz

16 Jul

A slowdown in growth in China, as evidenced in data released on Monday which showed that growth had slowed to 7.5 percent, was one potential indicator of lower gold demand.

gold updatesThe price of gold could fall below USD 800 an ounce over a long-term horizon, a drop of some USD 500 from its current level of USD 1,294 an ounce, Duke University’s Campbell Harvey told CNBC on Monday.

Harvey, who works at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, said that over 2,500 years of history, the real price of gold (the nominal price adjusted for inflation) had remained roughly the same.

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“Right now we’re way above the mean,” Harvey said, suggesting that the price of gold would correct over the long-term to approximately USD 800 an ounce.

“If you look historically, it doesn’t just go down to the average and stay there. It actually goes through and falls below, then comes back up,” he said.

The price of gold could therefore potentially go even lower than USD 800, he said. “It has been lower in recent history.”

“It might not be tomorrow,” Campbell added, but “the cycles go in 10-15 years, and we’re well into one of these cycles.”

He said investors mulling the price of gold should focus on demand rather than supply, which he said was “amazingly constant”.

A slowdown in growth in China, as evidenced in data released on Monday which showed that growth had slowed to 7.5 percent, was one potential indicator of lower gold demand.

“China is a demander of gold, lower growth there means lower demand,” Campbell said.

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