The week has lot of gold friendly news: but unfortunately none of it supported gold. Be it the soft US data reports or the Greece Crisis or the weakening US dollar any many other news: Gold failed to benefit from any of them.
Any news failed to ignite gold prices leaving it range bound for the week untill the later part of Friday which did some new movement but downwards.
On Friday, the price of gold was down more than 1.5%, or nearly $20 an ounce, to as low as $1,176, the lowest price for the precious metal since late March. Gold ended lower on Friday as investors were more interested in next week’s monetary policy meet of the Federal Reserve. Investors believe that this meeting would give signals on Fed’s interest rate hike plans. The yellow metal was also impacted after some upbeat manufactured durable goods data from the U.S., even as the dollar continued to fluctuate.
US weekly unemployment claims increased to 295,000 in April, higher than the forecast 288,000. US new home sales for March, meanwhile, came in at an annual rate of 481,000, which was 11.4 percent below the prior month’s reading and missed the 514,000 forecast. The recent soft data from the US could delay the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) from raising interest rates from near-zero levels until later this year. The Fed’s next meeting takes place on April 28.
In some upbeat economic news, new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods increased much more than expected in March, a report from the Commerce Department showed Friday.
Fed Interest Rate Hike:
Soft economic US data has pushed the expected dates of interest rate hike even further. The run of weak US macroeconomic data has taken a June rise in interest rates by the Federal Reserve off the table and even a change in September now looks unlikely, according to the CME Group’s Fed Watch. Interest rates have been zero since December 2008 and now the members of the Fed’s policy board are locked in what has become an increasingly public debate on when will be the right time to raise interest rates with most of them believing that the hike will come sometime in September.
Weak data on U.S. jobless claims, manufacturing and home sales have hurt the dollar this week, boosting uncertainty over whether the Federal Reserve will conduct its first U.S. rate rise in nearly a decade in June or September.
Gold fell on Friday, on track for a third successive weekly loss as strength in global equities diverted interest, though uncertainty over the timing of a U.S. rate rise pegged prices in a narrow range. World stocks hit all-time highs on Friday as corporate updates in Europe and a post-dot com-boom peak for the U.S. NASDAQ stoked investor optimism.
Gains for equities are spurring investors to shun gold, with prices posting the biggest tumble in seven weeks.
Gold prices dipped below $1,180 on the London spot market and on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday afternoon after some progress was made in Greek debt talks. Gold’s credentials as a safe-haven investment appear to have taken a hit on suggestions that Greece is closer to a bailout deal after a summit of Eurozone ministers in Riga. The country is running out of money – Athens is under pressure to accelerate reforms that would secure a deal before it defaults on its debts.
Greece ordered state entities from municipalities to a fund meant for future generations to park idle cash at the central bank in a scramble on Monday to pay the bills. With IMF loan repayments due next month, Greece has been tapping into public cash reserves in temporary transactions.
Meanwhile Eurozone ministers are attended a summit again to discuss Greece’s possible default on its debt obligations but positive headlines have been supportive of the single currency, which possibly reduced gold’s safe-haven appeal.
In other news, Russia have increased their Gold reserves by adding nearly 30 tons in April. The brings the country’s total reserve to 1238 tons. Russia have steadily invested in Gold through the last nine months of 2014, to diversify reserves and protect Ruble illiquidity.
Now the market players have turned their attention to Wednesdays Federal Open Market Committee statement. Investors was looking out for some signs of tightening of monetary policy as the FOMC decides exactly when to start normalizing. That would raise the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion, while boosting the dollar.
Despite the current stickiness within the range, I do feel that a bigger move is about to come. GDP and FOMC or even the Greece could be the next big catalyst not leaving the Geo-political tensions out of the way.
Whatever be the move, yellow metal will always be known for its safe haven appeal and as the countries are adding their reserves, it clearly indicates that Gold will never be out of picture.
|GOLD||$1173- $1200 an ounce||Rs.26,500- Rs.27,500 per 10gm|
|SILVER||$15.40- $16.30 an ounce||Rs.35,000- Rs.37,000 per kg|