Recent years have seen countless claims that gold and silver prices have to head far lower, implying demand is low or supply is high. But the actual data continues to prove this false, showing precious-metals bearishness is rooted in sentiment and not fundamentals.
Currently market sentiments for the yellow metal are bullions over the month for January as the global equities routs and a growth discomfort spurred gold prices nearly five percent – the biggest monthly gain in a year.
Gold prices headed for their best monthly rise in a year on Friday, slipping back to $1110 per ounce as world stock markets gained, but trading 4.6% higher from the start of 2016. This was gold’s best monthly gain in Dollar terms since January 2015.
This year where on one side we saw the global equity markets began with a major sell off the yellow metal has given its best signal months performance since January 2015- as it rose 4.9per cent this month. Gold had hit a 12-week high of $1,128.20 during US trading on Wednesday and has since eased on profit-taking.
The gold price inched higher during Asian trading hours on Thursday supported by market uncertainties, as well as expectations of slower future Fed rate hikes.
Gold edged higher on Friday after U.S. data showed economic growth decelerated sharply in the fourth quarter and the price of the precious metal was on track for its biggest monthly rise in a year after global economic headwinds hit riskier assets.
Data released was as follows:
- Fourth quarter advance GDP came in at 0.7 percent, missing the forecast of 0.8 percent. GDP Price Index stood at 0.8 percent versus the estimate of 1.2 percent.
- Revised University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment was at 92.0, below the projection of 93.1, while inflation expectations rose 2.5 percent.
- Employment Cost Index was in-line with projections at a 0.6 percent gain, while the Goods Trade Balance was at -61.5 billion, in range of the economic consensus of -60.0 billion.
- Core durable goods in December at -1.2 percent missed the estimate of -0.1 percent durable goods orders at -5.1 percent was sharply below the forecast -0.6 percent.
- US weekly unemployment claims at 278,000 were better than the forecast 281,000 and below the psychological 300,000 mark.
The gold rally is now battling a physical demand concern as Indian trade has lost pace and Chinese investors prepare for the aforementioned Chinese Lunar celebration.
This will further constrain the gains for gold as physical demand is likely to weaken.
While sentiment is improving across commodities the major concern now is where golf will re-bound of it will be carried along if long-term investors get favorable towards commodities.
Gold reached a 12-week high of $1,127.80 on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve said it was closely watching the global economy and financial markets. This supported the view that U.S. policymakers may not be able to raise interest rates again as soon as March.
Currently the major deciding factor is the US tightening policy. Market players believe that even one further lifting of the fed funds target this year will come with great difficulty, and that the Fed’s own projected pace of four hikes this year is a near impossibility.
Maybe things won’t be this bad next month in the wider markets, so it is possible that if ETF flows are subsiding, prices will be lower too.
But one positive lesson we can learn from this month is that gold does still have a safe-haven role and that could stand it in good stead through a testing year to come.