At the same time, gold consumers in India are waiting to exhale. Consumers in India are following the “wait and watch” policy as they expect prices to decline below the crucial Rs.25,000 level in the near future as the market expect customs duty to decline.
Once again, gold was surrounded by a cloud of doubt…..doubt of gold being a safe haven asset…doubt of gold being the most dependable asset in times of uncertainty.
While Thursday showed signs of gold on the path of recovery, the US jobs data released on Friday once again proved fatal for gold. Bullion climbed 0.8 percent on Thursday, reaching the highest since May 30, after the euro strengthened against the dollar as the market discarded the European Central Bank’s unparalleled effort to weaken the single currency and strengthen growth. On Thursday, The European Central Bank announced a new and aggressive monetary stimulus package. This once again raises a question over the global economic recovery. This package along with dovish corresponding remarks from ECB president Mario Draghi considered stock market and European bond market bullish.
This move of the ECB has reinforced the notions of some in the market place that the U.S. Federal Reserve may be forced to back off its plan of “tapering” its quantitative easing.
This has created a contradictory environment in the economic world where the European Union is stimulating its monetary policy while at the same time the Fed is tapering its monetary easing.
It was this tapering of the FED that gold saw its worst performance in 2013. It was in 2013 that we saw the yellow metal dropping almost 28 percent over expectations that the Federal Reserve will taper its monetary stimulus programme as the US economy strengthened. Since January, 2014, The Fed has made four tapers as we saw US moving gradually towards the path of recovery
This week too gold dropped on positive jobs data released on Friday. Gold prices fell on Friday as the dollar index swung back into positive territory, after a closely watched U.S. employment report came in almost exactly in line with expectations, showing a solid pace of hiring in May. Friday morning’s U.S. employment report for May showed a slightly higher than expected rise of 217,000 in non-farm payrolls. The key in the report was forecast to rise by 210,000. Nonfarm payrolls increased last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, against expectations for a 218,000 rise, while data for March and April was revised to show 6,000 fewer jobs created than previously reported.
The bearish trend in the international market is further expected to bring down gold prices in the near term. This sentiment further strengthened as premium on gold in the domestic markets dropped.
Post election, gold premiums have dropped drastically. premiums had slid from 10% to 1% and 2%, soon after the government allowed premier trading houses to import gold and increased the availability of the metal in the market. and markets have a positive feel towards a lot of sectors including precious metals. Investors and traders now await a new gold policy to be unveiled by the government.
Many have even postponed their purchases as they feel that prices will decline further.
Jewellers expect prices to slide further in the next 4-6 days, given the price slump in the international market.
In the international markets people have shifted focus from gold to equities. Following suit, In India too, stocks are stealing the lime light as gold has been sidelined. Moreover, customers expect a further fall in import duties after which gold prices are anticipated to fall further. Demand in the domestic market is also expected to remain slack for the next two months, as there is no festive season.
Many traders who had resorted to hoarding gold due to supply concerns would refrain from doing so now, as import norms for exporters have been relaxed to a certain extent, said jewellers. Moreover, June is considered a slow month as far as demand is concerned.
So as of now gold is just hanging around. While some people have shifted focus to equities and physical demand for gold isn’t strong, the announcements of the ECB meeting has found some cover for gold.
Most people will just wait for the market to make a decisive move before entering at this dip.
While the only mantra now is wait and watch I expect gold to be in the range of $1238- $1273 and Rs.26,200- Rs.27,500 in the international and domestic markets respectively.
On the other hand silver is expected to move in the range of $18.15- $20.15 and Rs.39,500- Rs.41,000 in the international and domestic markets respectively.
The primary purpose of this article by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.