Apr
30

Precious metal Down 1 percent; ETF holdings hit lowest Since Sept 2009

Precious metal fell 1 percent on Tuesday, falling into negative territory following some early bargain hunting, however daily outflows from exchange traded funds highlighted investor’s lack of confidence in the gold.

Tim Riddell, head of ANZ Global Markets Research, Asia said that from a technical point of view, while the rebound has been relatively solid it appears to be a more sustained correction of the drop that we saw from late March rather than a turn in trend.

Although yellow metal’s appeal as a hedge against inflation may be burnished by hopes the US Federal Reserve will continue its bond buying programme, flowing stock markets could tempt investors to ditch gold and shift to equities.

Actually what we need to see is a series of closes above $1,505 to take the pressure off, he added that a fall below $1,435 could trigger a favored technical pullback to $1,300 and potentially even as deep as $1,245.

US gold for June delivery gave up early increases and stood at $1,461.10, down $6.30.

US gold futures and Cash dropped to almost $1,321 on April 16, their lowest in more than two years, after a fall below $1,500 led to a sell-off which stunned investors, and encouraged them to slash holdings of exchange-traded funds.

Precious metal fell $14.18 per ounce to $1,461.61 by 0617 GMT.  It had increased slightly on Monday on expectations the Fed would keep the pace of its bond buying unchanged at $85 billion a month following less than expected US growth.

The SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s biggest gold backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings dropped 0.22 percent to 1,080.64 tonnes on Monday from 1,083.05 tonnes on Friday to their lowest since September 2009.

A weak March employment report in the US and other softer signals from the economy seemed to kill off expectations the Fed could taper the pace of bond buying in next months.

Asian shares edged higher on Tuesday, a day after the S&P 500 index ended at an all-time high and as investor risk appetite was bolstered by expectations the European Central Bank and US Federal Reserve the will continue with growth supportive monetary stimulus measures.

The Fed is currently buying longer dated US Treasuries and mortgage backed bonds every month and is expected to vote to keep doing so at the conclusion of a two day policy setting meeting on Wednesday.

Fears that central banks money printing to buy assets will stoke inflation have been a key driver in enhancing gold, which rallied to an 11-month high in October last year subsequently the Fed announced its third round of aggressive economic stimulus.

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