Geopolitical cover for GOLD!

Till 2012, gold was considered as the highest return generating asset in its class. From December 2008 – June 2011 bullion climbed 70 per cent as the Fed bought debt and held borrowing costs near zero percent to spur economic growth after the recession. Prices ended the 12-year bull run last year as inflation remained low and on concern that the U.S. central bank would slow the pace of monetary stimulus.

Lately gold has been abandoned by many as investors seem to be captivated by other assets like equities. The equity market continues to attract money as people expect that the economy will improve further.



Though gold has risen lately, many investors believe that this price rise won’t last for long and any easing of the geopolitical tension would bring gold prices down. It was these tensions that gave gold the all needed boost at the beginning of the week. Gold prices jumped 6.1 percent for the month, while recording a gain of 3 percent for the quarter ended June.

Gold was up on Monday and climbed to a three-month high on Tuesday as a softer dollar and escalating violence in Iraq increased the metal’s appeal, boosting inflows into the top bullion-backed fund. Spot gold climbed to $1,332.10 an ounce, its highest since March 24 during the trading hours.

Post the release of employment data, gold tumbled as the nonfarm payrolls data was much stronger than expected. This data was released on Thursday as Friday was a holiday. The U.S. Labor Department said the U.S. added 288,000 jobs in June, with the unemployment rate falling to almost a six-year low of 6.1%. The headline figure was sharply above the consensus estimate of slightly more than 200,000 new jobs, while the jobless rate fell 0.2 basis point from last month’s 6.3%.

In addition, the government upwardly revised the May job figure to 224,000 from 217,000 and April job gains to 304,000 from 282,000.Wage gains remained as expected, up 0.2%, and the labour-force participation rate was also flat at 62.8%. US jobs data released Thursday supplied evidence that the country’s economy is growing, with the unemployment rate nearing a six-year low.

As U.S. markets were closed in recognition of Independence Day, investors will have to wait until after the holiday long weekend to determine the full impact of Thursday’s much better-than-expected nonfarm payrolls report.

On Friday, gold prices rose as they were reinforced by mixed European shares and tensions in Iraq and Ukraine. But data indicating that the US economy is strengthening may soon reduce demand for the precious metal.

The yellow metal has benefited from its traditional haven status in recent months. However, when geopolitical tensions ease, less-committed investors are sure to exit; and one can expect gold to return to its downward trajectory witnessed since April last year.

Moreover, demand from two of the worlds largest consumers of gold has dampened in the recent months with slowdown in Chinese imports as well as continuing lacklustre performance by India. Customs duty of 10 per cent ad valorem and export obligation (80:20 scheme) have discouraged gold imports into India.

Meanwhile, a Bloomberg report indicated gold shipments into India may have plunged 77 percent in the first half amid government restrictions such as higher taxes on bullion imports.

However Modi’s government has hinted that it will relax some of the restrictions. Loosening those restrictions could help to revive Indian gold demand and further push gold prices higher. The next big event on the domestic front is the First Budget of the new government to go live on 10th July, 2014.

Meanwhile we expect gold and silver to trade in the following prices range:

GOLD $1291 – $1345

an ounce

INR 27,500 – INR 29,500

per 10 gm

SILVER $20.20 – $22.00

an ounce

INR 43,000 – INR 47,500

per kg

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