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Gold Extends Gains into Third Session, China Demand Aids

2 Jul

Gold inched up on Tuesday, stretching its gains into a third straight session as buyers in China continued to snap up deals after bullion’s plunge to a three-year low last week.

Prices were also helped by short covering that kicked in after gold logged its biggest ever three-month loss in the second quarter ended June on indications of an early wind down to the US Federal Reserve’s stimulus measures.

“We can see some stock loading in the market and physical buying in Shanghai,” said a trader in Hong Kong.

“However, fundamentals are still bearish and we will test the upside at USD 1,270.”

Spot gold rose 0.5 percent to USD 1,258.51 an ounce by 0318 GMT, while US gold rose about USD 2 to USD 1,257.9.

Shanghai futures rose for a second straight day after nine consecutive declines. They were trading at over USD 30 premiums to spot prices.

Bullion, typically seen as a hedge against inflation, has taken a beating since Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said last month the economy was recovering strongly enough for the central bank to begin tapering its USD 85 billion monthly bond purchases in the next few months.

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Gold plunged 22 percent in the second quarter and is headed for a 25 percent drop this year, its biggest decline since 1981. It fell to USD 1,180.71 last week, its lowest since August 2010.

Spot gold is expected to end its current rebound at or below USD 1,273 per ounce, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

Physical demand has not come to the rescue of gold as it did in April when prices fell the most in 30 years.

In Hong Kong, gold bar premiums over London prices remained at the same levels as last week, indicating that demand has not picked up strongly, dealers said.

Mixed US economic data on Monday added to uncertainty over the exact timing of the Fed’s tapering.

US manufacturing expanded last month, rebounding from an unexpected contraction in May, and construction spending neared a four-year high in May. However, hiring in the manufacturing sector was the weakest in nearly four years.

A more important jobs report, the US nonfarm payrolls, is expected to be released on Friday.

SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.12 percent to 968.30 tonnes on Monday – its lowest since February 2009.

India mines miniscule 120 kg Gold in April 2013; yet proves Chidambaram wrong!

14 Jun

“India does not produce an ounce of gold. You pay in rupee, but the government has to spend dollars to buy gold,” Chidambaram said  yesterday.

India has produced 120 kilogram of gold in April this month in sharp contrast to its hundreds of tons in imports. This should also be read in the background of Indian Finance Minsiter’s yesterday’s statement on India’s production and consumption of gold.

“India does not produce an ounce of gold. You pay in rupee, but the government has to spend dollars to buy gold,” Chidambaram said. “I do not buy gold. To think that gold is the safest investment is wrong,” the finance minister said and was quoted by the Times of India as saying.

At least India does produce much more than an ounce of gold!

The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector in April 2013 was lower by 16.9% compared to that of the preceding month. The mineral sector has shown a negative growth of 3.1% during April 2013 as compared to that of the corresponding month of previous year.

The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) in the country during April 2013 was Rs. 17772 crore. The contribution of coal was the highest at Rs. 5673 crore (32%). Next in the order of importance were: petroleum (crude) Rs. 5671 crore, iron ore Rs. 2712 crore, natural gas (utilized) Rs. 1883 crore, lignite Rs. 490 crore and limestone Rs. 382 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 95% of the total value of mineral production in April 2013.

Production level of important minerals in April 2013 were: coal 435 lakh tonnes, lignite 39 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilized) 2942 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 31 lakh tonnes, bauxite 2035 thousand tonnes, chromite 242 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 10 thousand tonnes, iron ore 119 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 16 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 194 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 124 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 198 thousand tonnes, dolomite 520 thousand tonnes, limestone 242 lakh tonnes, magnesite 16 thousand tonnes and diamond 2928 carat.

In April 2013 the output of apatite & phosphorite increased by 33.6%, bauxite 14.7% and iron ore 1.3% percent. However the production of petroleum (crude) decreased by 3.7%, natural gas (utilized) 5.5%, limestone 5.9%, lead conc. 8.9%, gold 11.1%, dolomite 15.0%, manganese ore 18.1%, copper conc. 18.6%, magnesite 20.3%, zinc conc. 23.0%, lignite 27.9%, chromite 30.3%, coal 33.0% and diamond 33.6 percent.

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