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Jun
1

Gold falls 1.6 Percent Notches Second Sharp Monthly Loss

Precious metal knock down almost 2 percent on Friday following US data showing low inflation and improving consumer confidence dampened investor interest, with gold notching sharp losses for a second consecutive month.

A combination of declining fund interest, option expiration and squaring of books following investors covered short positions also sent open interest in US gold futures to its lowest in approximately four years traders said.

Data showing a six-year high in consumer sentiment weighed on yellow metal a traditional safe haven.

Carlos Perez-Santalla at brokerage Marex Spectron said that the metals were previously under pressure going into the end of the month as many people have a lot of short positions outstanding and the consumer confidence statistics just added fuel to selling.

Spot gold knock down 1.6 percent to $1,390.80 per ounce by 3:17 p.m. EDT (1917 GMT), its largest one-day loss in two weeks.

US Comex gold futures for August delivery settled down $19 at $1,393 per ounce, with trading volume almost 30 percent below its 30-day average.

Yellow metal had gained more than 3 percent in the previous three sessions as discouraging US growth data and jobless claims figures boosted expectations for continued Federal Reserve stimulus.

However for the month of May, precious metal fall 5.8 percent following April’s decline of more than 7 percent. On Thursday, CME data showed Comex gold futures open interest inched up less than 1 percent to 385,901 contracts, hovering near its weakest level since September 2009. The market gauge was 13 percent lower versus 445,517 lots previous Thursday.

Economic optimism and increasing investor interest in better-performing assets such as equities explained decreasing interest in the safe-haven metal.

Holdings in the SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s biggest gold backed exchange traded fund, remained unchanged at 1,013.15 tonnes on Thursday, following increasing for the first time in three weeks on Wednesday. However these are still near four-year lows, having lost almost 337 tonnes in 2013 so far.

May
18

Gold Drop Further in Longest Losing Streak in Four Years

Precious metal knock down on Friday for a seventh straight session, in its greatest losing streak since March 2009 because the dollar strengthened and investors cut exposure to the gold fearing further drops and choosing equities instead.

Yellow metal has lost almost 6 percent of its value in the six sessions through Thursday as stocks added on the back of strong US economic statistics and on fears the Federal Reserve could end its bullion friendly bond buying program.

Spot gold was losing 0.34 percent at $1,380.91 per ounce by 0538 GMT, having plunge to a four-week low of $1,369.29 on Thursday as renewed liquidation in precious metal’s ETFs and a recent drop below the $1,400 per ounce level spooked investors.

The gold is down 17 percent for the year and is on track for its worst weekly turn down in a month. Holdings in SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s major gold-backed exchange-traded fund, knock down to their lowest in four years.

Traders and dealers said Physical demand was also quiet on Friday as consumers in the largest gold buyers, China and India, wait for prices to stabilize or fall further.

Brian Lan, managing director of GoldSilver Central Pte Ltd in Singapore said many people are waiting on the sidelines as they are expecting another fall.

Demand in India is being hurt by central bank curbs on gold imports. Limits on bank batch have hit supply and triggered a sharp jump in premiums.

Indian gold futures chop down 1.5 percent on Thursday, extending losses for a second straight session to their lowest level in almost a month in line with global markets.  Lan said buying in India had plunge considerably from Monday, which saw the celebration of Akshaya Tritiya, considered an auspicious day to buy metal.

Premiums for gold bars in Hong Kong the main supply of gold for China, strike record highs this week on supply constraints.

Yellow metal demand knock down 13 percent to a three year low of 963 tonnes in the first quarter because rising jewelery demand and strong appetite for coins and bars failed to offset a sharp fall in investment, the World Gold Council says.

SPDR said holdings knock down 0.55 percent to 1041.42 tonnes on Thursday, the weakest in four years.

US gold future for June delivery was down 0.52 percent at $1,379.70 per ounce.

May
11

Precious Metal Fall 1.5 percent on US Dollar Gain, Posts Weekly Plunge

Yellow metal knock down almost 1.5 percent on Friday as a sharp increased in the US dollar against the Japanese yen triggered technical selling, sending the metal to a two-week low.

Bullion slip for a second consecutive day as the yen plummeted to its weakest against the US dollar in more than four years on Friday, a day following the US currency climbed above the 100-yen level. The US dollar rally also weighed on industrial commodities led by crude.

Gold posted a weekly fall of almost 2.5 percent as continued outflows in gold-backed exchange-traded funds more than offset strong physical retail demand following yellow metal’s historic selloff in mid-April.

Precious metal’s sharp losses previous month has intensified a disconnect among funds that sold on dissatisfaction over gold’s under performance and individual investors who could not get sufficient physical gold coins and bars at bargain prices.

Miguel Perez-Santalla, vice president of BullionVault, an online physical gold and silver market it’s all about the greenback strength, that’s where all the fast money is going. He said, I believe this is another opportunity for physical buyers.

Spot gold knocks down as much as 2.5 percent to a low of $1,420.60 per ounce earlier in the session. It was down 1.3 percent at $1,438.51 per ounce by 2:28 p.m. (1828 GMT)

US Comex division gold futures for June delivery settled down $32 at $1,436.60 per ounce, with trading volume almost 10 percent over its 30-day average.

Carlos Sanchez, director of commodities and asset management at CPM Group said yellow metal accelerated losses following sell-stops were triggered below technical support at $1,450 per ounce.

Gold’s failure to break above a $40 trading range in the precedent two weeks suggested sentiment remains weak following the metal plunged to $1,321.35 an ounce on April 16, its lowest in more than two years.

Apr
29

Precious Gold Rises 1 percent, Holds near One Week High

Yellow metal rose more than 1 percent on Monday and held near its highest level in more than a week as a bounce back in prices from multi-year lows failed to control investor appetite for the gold’s, leading to a shortage in physical supply.

Current bleak US growth statistics that raised expectations the Federal Reserve will keep its current pace of bond buying at $85 billion a month also supported precious metal that is typically seen as a hedge against inflation.

However investors are still roiled by the very recent event of the tumble. The question is how supportable is this physical buying as at the same time, we are still seeing funds flowing out of yellow metal. Retail investors won’t be buying bullion in hundreds of millions of dollars like the funds.

Both cash gold and futures dropped to around $1,321 on April 16, their weakest in over two years, subsequently drop below $1,500 sparked a sell-off that encouraged investors to slash their holdings on exchange traded funds. They touched an 11 day high above $1,484 on Friday.

I don’t consider gold is out of the woods yet, however there’s room for upward correction. One of the reasons why precious metal has plunged so much was the strong signs of US economic recovery.

US gold futures which often give trading cues to cash metal, hit a high of $1,472.20 per ounce. By 0226 GMT, prices stood at $1,469.60 climbed $16.00. Spot gold gain $7.51 per ounce to $1,470.01.

Premiums for gold bars have jumped to multi-year highs in Asia as of strong demand from the physical market, which has led to a shortage in gold coins, bars, nuggets and other products.

In other markets, shares in Asia crept ahead on Monday however the US dollar lost ground to the yen as markets braced for a busy week for economic statistics and central bank policy meetings in the United States and euro zone.

Holdings on the biggest gold-backed exchange-traded-fund ETF, New York’s SPDR Gold Trust continue to drop, which was a sign investors have yet to reinstate their confidence in gold. The holdings are currently at their lowest since September 2009.

The current string of underwhelming statistics will strengthen the hand of the doves at the Fed and temper any talk of tapering back the bond buying programme. The policy setting Federal Open Market Committee will announce its decision at 1815 GMT on Wednesday.

Report by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed on Friday that yellow metal rallied to an 11-month high in October previous year after the Fed announced its third round of aggressive economic stimulus, raising fears the central bank’s money printing to buy assets would stoke inflation, money managers and Hedge funds trimmed their net longs in gold futures and options in the week to April 23 as investors reduced optimistic bets.

 

Apr
27

Gold down Still Posts Greatest Weekly Addition in 3 Months

Bullion knock down in choppy trade on Friday on as investors took profits, however the market still posted its greatest weekly gain in three months on strong physical demand following bullion hit a two year low previous week.

In untimely trade gold climbed more than 1 percent following the US Commerce Department reported that economic growth regained speed in the first quarter, however not as much as expected. Gold gave back those early additions and slipped into negative territory as options related selling kicked in, and losses in industrial commodities including copper and crude oil also weighed.

Gold has recovered more than half of the loss of $225 an ounce incurred among April 12 and 16.

Investors in exchange traded funds headed for the exits concerned regarding potential central bank sales of gold and uncertainty over the outlook for US monetary stimulus.

Erica Rannestad, precious metals analyst at the CPM Group said that there is still some long liquidation in the market, signifying that some investors are still repositioning themselves and that leaves the price susceptible to some sideways actions.

Spot gold was down 0.6 percent at $1,457.76 per ounce by 3:28 p.m. EDT (1928 GMT), off the session high of $1,484.80.

US gold futures for June delivery settled down $8.40 at $1,484.80 per ounce. Trading volume was almost 10 percent above its 30-day average.

Robin Bhar, Societe General Analyst said that GDP is encouraging for precious metal as the whole sell off in the yellow metal was linked to perceptions that the US economy was getting stronger and stronger.

US first quarter growth expanded at a 2.5 percent annual rate, less then economists expectations for 3 percent. In the meantime, a separate report on consumer sentiment demonstrates a drop from the previous month.

Silver also climbed early, striking a 10 day high of $24.82. Then it slipped down 1.7 percent in late trade to $23.91 per ounce.

Holdings of the biggest gold backed exchange traded fund, the SPDR Gold Trust dropped 0.25 percent to 1,090.27 tonnes on Thursday from 1,092.98 on Wednesday. Holdings are at their weakest level since September 2009.

Among platinum group metals, platinum added 0.4 percent to $1,472.49 per ounce, as palladium was down 0.4 percent at $677.25 per ounce.

Apr
23

Precious Gold Gives up Early Gainss, off 1-week high

Yellow metal reversed early gains on Tuesday, coming off a 1-week peak stroke in the previous session, because more outflows from gold exchange-traded funds known as ETFs summed up investors weakening confidence in the gold.

CIMB regional economist Song Seng Wun said that from a technical stand point, there are still downside risks to yellow metal prices. I suspect we have not actually seen the market turning around to be bullish in yellow metal prices just yet.

Investors were still thrashing their wounds following gold posted its greatest ever daily loss in dollar terms previous Monday in a brutal sell-off that surprised ardent precious metal investors and bulls.

However the recent sharp fall in prices and an uneven rebound has attracted buying interest in Asia, sending premiums for gold bars in Singapore to the greatest since 2008.

Gold smack a session high of $1,431.31 per ounce however gave up gains and stood at $1,416.26 by 0624 GMT, dropped $8.88.

Prices sank to about $1,321 on April 16, its lowest in more than 2 years. Precious metal has dropped around 15 percent this year.

US gold futures for June delivery stood at $1,415.40 per ounce, losing $5.80.

Physical buying persisted in Asia even though spot gold has bounce back more than $100 from previous week’s lows, keeping premiums for gold bars at multi month highs in Hong Kong and Singapore as supply also tightened for coins and other products.

Bullion has been caught in a tug-of-war among physical buyers seeking bargains and wary investors cutting exposure to the precious metal on nagging worries regarding central bank sales and prospects of easing inflation.

Singapore based dealer said that people are still buying yellow metal and India is coming in. However Thailand is slow as they are waiting for prices to come off again.

India, the world’s biggest gold consumer, celebrates Akshaya Tritiya, a key gold-buying festival coming month, as the wedding season will continue till early June. Indian parents give gold jewelery to their daughters at weddings as a custom.

Gold for June delivery knock down $5.30 or 0.4%, to $1,415.70 per ounce. In Asian trading, gold reached $1,426.40 per ounce, its highest level since April 12 according to FactSet data.

 

Apr
22

Precious Gold Ralled More Than 2 Percent on Technical Buying

Precious metal jumped more than 2 percent on Monday following a rebound over $1,400 ignited technical buying, however sentiment was wobbly as steady outflows from exchange traded funds trimmed their gold holdings to the lowest in three years.

Edward Meir, metals analyst at futures brokerage INTL FCStone said that it remains to be seen which of these offsetting forces ultimately wins out and exerts its influence over yellow metal prices.

The technical stance for gold, which has sink more than 15 percent so far this year, is yet to recover although the safe haven asset could find support from a rush in physical buying in Asia and other parts of the world.

Our guess is that the sharp bounce in retail buying will probably dominate and succeed in sending prices higher over the course of the coming week or two.

It posted its largest ever daily loss in US dollar terms previous Monday, shocking veteran investors who see bullion as portfolio protection against inflation and other market risks. Prices sank to almost $1,321 on April 16, its weakest in more than 2 years.

Spot gold added $16.21 per ounce to $1,420.06 by 0631 GMT following increasing as high as $1,427.20 per ounce.

Tim Riddell, head of ANZ Global Markets Research, Asia  said that the aggressiveness of the drop suggests that we are still in a consolidation rather in a reversal role. For me the $1,435 level is likely to provide resistance.

We actually need to get back into the $1,500s to say that there’s something more substantial taking place. The close over $1,400 may have taken the negative pressure out of percious metal in the near term. A close below that level will heighten the risks of new lows

Outflows on exchange traded funds could also point out that investors were parking their money somewhere else, although previous week’s trading statistics from the Unites States demonstrate that funds had injected new money into gold futures.

Gold had rallied to an 11-month high in October previous year following the Fed announced its third round of aggressive economic stimulus, lifting fears the central bank’s money printing to buy assets would stoke inflation.

Hedge funds and money managers elevated their net longs in gold futures and options in the week to April 16, a report by Commodity Futures Trading Commission known as CFTC showed on Friday, because new money entered the market at lower prices.

 

US gold futures, which frequently dictate the spot market, strike a high of 1,427.3 per ounce climbed 2.3 percent from the previous close of 1,395.60 per ounce. The June delivery later stood at $1,419.80 added $24.20.

Apr
19

Gold jumps More Than 2 Percent, Still down for the Week

Yellow metal rallied more than 2 percent on Friday as its bounce back to  $1,400 per ounce spurred technical buying, however bullion was still heading for a fourth week of losses following a brutal sell-off shattered investors confidence.

Precious metal has been caught in a tug of war among physical buyers seeking bargains and wary investors cutting exposure to the gold on nagging worries about central bank sales and forecast of easing inflation.

Gold strike a session low about $1,385 before gaining strength to $1,414.30 by 0715 GMT, up $23.55. Dealers also noted physical buying, even though prices had added more than $100 since striking a 2-year trough earlier this week.

Physical dealer in Singapore, Prices have suddenly jumped however I guess it’s as gold has broken the $1,400-level again. Technically, people are just buying up again.

Physical buying from Thailand is not that strong. We are considering demand from Indonesia and local buyers and also modest from India.

Bullion investors are waiting for the 1930 GMT release of US CFTC statistics showing the newest trading by hedge fund and money managers for more cues.

The plunge in prices ignited a spate of buying in gold coins, bars and nuggets, sending premiums for precious metal bars to multi month highs in Asia. Buying also enhanced in top consumer India following a lackluster start.

This gives us some confidence that as panic selling passes, prices can rebound by $100 to $150 an ounce and trade in the $1,400 to $1,550 range over the next 3 to 6 months.

US gold futures for June delivery also staged a humble rally, standing at $1,414.30 per ounce climbed $21.80.

Selling on COMEX, blamed on the outflows on gold backed ETFs was accountable for a rout in the cash market. Spot gold recorded its largest ever daily drop in dollar terms on Monday, catching gold bulls, veteran and speculators investors by surprise.

Holdings of the SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s biggest gold backed ETF, are at their weakest in three years and there was also assumption hedge fund manager John Paulson a prominent gold bull might have liquidated his enormous gold stake.

Apr
16

Gold miners face New Challenge in Sinking Gold Price

A steep slump in the price of precious metal will strike profits at mining companies that are already straining under increasing costs, and could prompt some miners to reorganize their capital spending.

Although lower prices are not possible to wipe out miners profits, they will squeeze cash flows because companies are still feeling the impact of pricey acquisitions made at the height of the commodity cycle.

Yellow metal companies big and small sold off on Monday and Tuesday as the outlook of central bank bullion sales and fears that the US might reduce monetary stimulus tipped spot gold prices off a ledge, to a more than two year low around $1,300 per ounce.

Canada’s Barrick Gold Corp, which was forced to suspend construction on the Chilean side of its massive Pascua Lama gold and silver mine previous week over environmental concerns, fall 10.4 percent to C$20.55 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Pawel Rajszel, Veritas Investment Research analyst, who is broadly negative on the sector said that everybody was take pleasure in the high tide, and now that the tide is coming down you are seeing who’s swimming naked and the thing is everybody’s swimming naked.

The largest declines hit small and intermediate companies, which usually have less flexibility to focus exclusively on high quality assets than major producers.

The S&P/TSX Global Gold index ended with decreasing 9.3 percent on Monday following touching its lowest point since late 2008.

However competitor Goldcorp Inc was down a comparatively modest 4.7 percent at C$28.66.

Evolution Mining, which owns five gold and silver mines in Australia, drop 17 percent on Tuesday on the Australian Securities Exchange, as Alacer Gold, with gold mines in Australia and Turkey slipped 10 percent.

But bullion prices appeared to be recovering a small piece of that rout on Tuesday with futures up $16.90, or 1.2%, to $1,377.50 per ounce.

Apr
15

Gold slump for 2nd day, Week China Data Fuels Recovery Uncertainty

Precious metal sank to its weakest in two years and because investors sold off commodities for a second day on Monday, concerned that central banks will pull the plug on stimulus and as disappointing Chinese statistics signaled a setback for the global economic recovery.

China’s economy grew 7.7 percent in the first quarter undershooting market prospect for an 8.0 percent expansion and annoying investors hoping the world’s No. 2 economy would rebound following posting its weakest growth in 13 years in 2012.

The Chinese statistics comes following soft US retail sales and consumer sentiment numbers lift worries regarding the economic recovery momentum in the world’s top economy, driving down commodities and equities on Friday.

Yellow metal fell more than 3 percent, following sliding 5.3 percent on Friday, as investors further cut their gold holdings on concern that central banks are bent on halting stimulus measures this year, cutting precious metal’s appeal as a hedge against inflation. Holdings on global gold exchange traded funds strike their lowest in more than a year.

Spot gold hit a session trough of $1,427.14 per ounce, its lowest since April 1, 2011. Spot gold climbed as high as $1,495.16 early in the session, earlier than a sell-off in US futures dragged it down.

Vishnu Varathan, market economist at Mizuho Corporate Bank in Singapore said that there are questions concerning the trend of bottoming in China’s economy and whether it can re-accelerate over 8 percent this year in a sustainable way.

China’s weaker than predicted GDP growth is backed by slower boost in industrial production and fixed-asset investment, despite strong lending growth in March as previous week’s data indicated.

Varathan said that demonstrate how China’s economy looks a bit uneven and risks in the property and shadow banking sectors might be mounting. What this means is that policymakers in China have less autonomy to spur the economy because they’ll be mindful of these risks.

Gold future for June delivery fall $90.20 or 6%, to $1,411.00 per ounce. Gold last week lost 4.7%.