Once the Federal Reserve statement was out on December 17, gold fell
considerably to a two week low.
The Fed removed the phrase ‘considerable time’ from the guidance statement and replaced it with patience, but then said patience is consistent with considerable time.
So it was rather a confusing but disappointing statement for gold.
The Federal Reserve just came out and said that it was going to be “patient” when normalizing the monetary policy. This replacement referent to borrowing costs to remain low for a considerable time but at the same time it’s a pledge to be patient on the timing for higher rates. Rising rates and a stronger dollar can cut gold’s allure because bullion generally offers investors returns only through price gains.
As we are approaching 2015, we also are moving towards a long weekend with holiday cheers.
Just ahead of the Christmas break, the U.S. Department of Commerce will release the final estimate for fourth-quarter gross domestic product.
Said markets will receive important manufacturing data from the Institute of Supply Management, but they also said that the impact would be limited.
Over all, the markets won’t seem to having too much volatility over the next two weeks as holiday bells seem to be ringing around.
But yes, it doesn’t mean that it will be a hassle free week for gold. Gold prices could destabilize over the holidays if the Russian economy surprisingly deteriorates, or if there is more volatility in oil prices.
With everyone now focused on the holidays, most analysts are not expecting to see any major movement in the gold price in the next two weeks.
The trading week in North America will be disrupted as markets are closed on Dec. 25 for Christmas and January 1 for New Year’s Day. Analysts said that liquidity will be extremely leaving most market participants will sit on the sideline, waiting for activity to pick up in 2015.
While the market was into the Feds statement, there were rumors doing the rounds that Russia sold considerable amount of gold in November. But the Russian monetary authority made it quite clear, that at least in November, Russia not only did not sell any gold, but in fact bought another 600K ounces in the month of November.
The precious metals market is made up of various players- analysts, traders, investors, miners, customers, bankers etc. Each player has a different forecast for gold in 2015.
Market analysts state that gold seems to have stabilized at $1200 an ounce and could remain around these current levels, until at least the first or second week into the New Year.
Gold mining companies have noted that much of the gold mining industry is already under water at $1,200, let alone $1,150 or lower. Even those who have felt that using a gold price of only $1,000 to calculate whether their operations are viable or not at lower gold prices will be looking to re-assess where they stand at $900 gold.
While the traders predicted $1,100 level, or perhaps $1,050 or even lower.
Looking at these predictions do we feel that there is any hope left for the investors in the gold sectors?
Gold has already been driven downwards and has been pressurized on a number of occasions and at $1,100 gold or lower the supply gap is likely to continue to widen as scrap sales dwindle away, the lower price stimulates new purchases in the East and new mine production falls as some miners bow to the inevitable and have to shut down lossmaking operations.
So do we feel that 2015 is going to be a better year for gold? Will gold return to its peak it had created in 2011?
Well it’s practically difficult to comment on this right now. Gold is actually seen as in short supply anyway in the West, which is why the gold believers cannot understand recent price movements which seem to fly in the face of economic supply/demand logic and a China boost could have a very rapid strong upwards effect. Western governments may be wise not to tweak the tail of the dragon as it certainly has the wherewithal to play the gold card and throw global markets into turmoil.