Gold dips, down for 7 of last 8 sessions as dollar firms

Gold futures on Tuesday were headed for a seventh drop in eight sessions as the dollar saw firm early gains.

December gold GCZ6, -0.24% fell $3.80, or 0.3%, to $1,256.60 an ounce, while December silver SIZ6, -0.42% fell 5 cents, or 0.3%, to $17.61 an ounce.

The ICE U.S. dollar index DXY, +0.45% was up 0.6% to 97.45.

A stronger dollar often can weigh on dollar-denominated commodities, as they become more expensive for holders of other monetary units.

What’s more, prospects for higher U.S. interest rates could cut demand for gold, which doesn’t bear a yield. No major economic reports were on the U.S. docket Tuesday, leaving financial markets to focus on recent Federal Reserve rhetoric, most of which left the door open to an interest-rate hike yet this year.

“The dollar gains as the market becomes more convinced that Fed will raise rates this year—probability of rate hike in December rises to 68% from 64% before last week’s nonfarm payrolls. [Democratic presidential candidate Hillary] Clinton’s improving position in the polls is also helping USD, as do higher US Treasury yields as rising oil prices pushed up U.S. [market] interest rates,” said Marshall Gittler, head of investment research for FX Primus.

Last week, gold dropped roughly 5% for the week—the largest such loss in three years. But to start the week, gold moved back above the 200-day moving average near $1,260.

Gold prices at auction rose to a two-year high

At the auction in Singapore on the morning of Wednesday, July 6, the price of gold rose 1.1%, to $ 1,371.39 an ounce, showing the highest level since March 2014, and continued to trade at $ 1367.64. At the same time, silver prices have grown by 2.4%, to $ 20.4103 an ounce and traded at $ 20.2469.

“Investors are investing in gold, as growing concerns over the global economic outlook, as well as about the political uncertainty,” – said an analyst at Bloomberg Shenhua Futures Co Wu Zhili.

Tuesday, July 5, the gold exchange-traded fund assets increased by 2%, to 1997.28 metric tons, which was the highest rate since 2013, says Bloomberg, since the beginning of the year they grew by 37%

Gold Price Cuts India Demand as Government Schemes Don’t

HIGH GOLD PRICES have seen India’s gold import volume fall sharply, something the government has been trying to achieve with new schemes to deter household demand since the end of 2015, writes Katie Hillan at BullionVault.

With gold prices in Rupee terms rising over 16% in 2016 so far, gold imports into India have fallen year-on-year for four months straight due as consumers cut their demand.

“At this level,” says trade body director Bachhraj Bamalwa at the All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation, “no one wants to buy. Everyone is waiting for a correction.”

April saw only 22 tonnes imported, with May’s inflow to the world’s No.2 consumer market more than halving from the same month last year to 31 tonnes.

2015 imports totalled 939 tonnes – a monthly average above 78 – despite the launch of several government schemes aimed at deterring demand.

With Indian residents owning an estimated total 11% of the global gold stock, the Indian government last year announced two schemes to try and curb India’s high demand for gold.

The objective of the Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) was to mobilise some of the gold already held by Indian households, estimated to be around 22,000 tonnes worth $1 trillion.

The scheme then plans to make gold available as a raw material, on loan, to the jewellery sector in order to reduce its reliance on imported bullion to meet new domestic demand.

Over the past 6 months only 2.8 tonnes of gold have been collected under the GMS.

State-owned Punjab National Bank is the top gold collector, having mobilised 1,311kg of gold, according to The Economic Times of India.

The Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme, meanwhile, allows investors to acquire returns linked to the gold price, plus a rate of interest. The bonds are bought and sold in Rupees but denominated in grams of gold.

The first three tranches of gold bonds, issued between November and March, attracted Rupee investment equal to 3.8 tonnes according to figures quoted by India Express.

“Prices [are] expected to move higher during the second half of this year,” says specialist consultancy Metals Focus in its latest India Focus Monthly.

“As price expectations continue to improve, this will lure back Indian investors and see consumers increase their spend on gold.”

Gold importing increased in May from March and April’s lows, when many Indian jewellers were closed in protest at the government imposing a new 1% excise tax in its February budget on all gold objects made and sold in India.

“The excise duty will bring jewellers’ business to a standstill,” said Ketan Shroff, a spokesman for India Bullion and Jewellers Association, warning that many of the nearly 10 million artisans working in the industry could lose their jobs.

What’s Next for Gold Investors?

After witnessing the best quarter in almost three decades, investors are expecting gold to move sideways for the second quarter of 2016. With the Chinese markets recovering from their recent fall, safe-haven bids may be expected to vanish slowly. However, the dipping global interest rates may lift the demand for this non-yield bearer, helping its price.

Gold gave steady returns to investors for the first two months of 2016 as unrest and instability continued in the markets. However, March started with some ups as well as downs for gold. As of April 18, gold has posted a 2% loss on a five-day trailing basis. However, silver and palladium maintained gains of ~0.4% and 4.3%, respectively, during the same timeframe.

What’s next?

The most important determinant for gold under the current circumstances is the Federal Reserve’s call for an interest rate hike. With the recent upbeat economic data from the US and hawkish comments from the Fed’s decision-makers officials, investors are remaining curious.

However, the global downward sticky interest rates continue to concern the members of the Fed with respect to the appropriate time for an interest rate hike.

Charles Evans, president of the Chicago Federal Reserve, noted on April 15, 2016, that the Fed is unlikely to raise interest rates when it meets later this month. However, it seems to be on track for at least two increases over the rest of the year. An interest rate hike could subdue precious metals as well as the mining companies.

Gold regains upside momentum after Fed dials back rate hikes

Gold futures bounced back Thursday to push higher, a day after the Federal Reserve scaled back expectations for the next interest rate hike, citing a weak global economic environment and volatile stock markets.

The U.S. central bank signaled two more rate increases this year instead of the four hinted at back in December, as the policy makers “continue to see risks” to the economy. The dovish outlook sent the dollar sharply lower and instead spurred a rally in dollar-denominated commodities such as gold.

“Never underestimate the power of the Fed to impact the markets. The doves are clearly winning the argument resulting in yesterday’s dovish announcement, which dragged the Fed back far more in line with market views on the potential for rate hikes in 2016,” said Richard Perry, analyst at Hantec Markets, in a note.

“Once the dust settles we will get more of an idea of how sustainable this move is for the gold bugs,” he added.

Gold for April delivery GCJ6, +2.98%  tacked on $34.60, or 2.8%, to $1,264.70 an ounce.

The ICE dollar index DXY, -0.95%  slumped 0.9% to 94.85.

Gold has reclaimed its upside momentum and it has potential for an extended rally if it closes above $1,287.80 in the near term, which was last week’s high, said Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco.com, in a report.

Randgold signs three new joint ventures in Congo

Randgold Resources has signed three joint venture agreements with junior miners to explore potential gold deposits in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, its chief executive Mark Bristow said on Tuesday.

Randgold already operates the Kibali mine in northeastern Congo, a joint venture with AngloGold Ashanti and state miner Sokimo. It also has a joint venture with Kilo Goldmines to explore for gold in the area.

The new joint ventures with the Toronto-listed Kilo, Deveron Resources and Loncor Resources more than double the size of Randgold’s landholdings in Congo.

“We have offered them to take over their ground,” Bristow told reporters in the Congo capital of Kinshasa. “If we discover any deposits and are able to deliver a pre-feasibility study, we get 65 percent of the joint venture.”

Kibali and other new gold mines opened by companies like Banro Corporation have boosted Congo’s gold output from near zero in 2011 to an expected 26 tonnes in 2015.

Randgold also announced on Tuesday that Kibali, which poured its first gold in 2013, was likely to exceed its 2015 production target of 600,000 ounces.

Congo, which hopes to become one of Africa’s leading gold producers, increased output 69 percent in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 despite falling gold prices.

Bitcoin Retesting the October Highs

Bitcoin is in the process of retesting the October 17th highs, at least on some of the USD exchanges. On BTC-E prices topped out at $269.76 today, only $3 dollars below the $272.96 high. In the next three hours bitcoin fell to $265.00 but now we’re moving back up again. One coin is selling for $267.16 at the moment.

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On OKCoin’s USD exchange we rallied to a high of $272.71 today, $6 dollars below the $278.79 high reached on October 17th. Futures rallied as well, albeit at a small clip. The nearer October 23th contract spiked to $276.78 today, $10 dollars below the $286.87 high. This futures contract is currently quoted at $274.49 dollars.

The reason futures haven’t come back as strongly is because Chinese bitcoin exchanges are trading weaker. The gap between USD and CNY sites is currently at $6 dollars, with most BTC/USD sites quoting prices around $270 dollars while most BTC/CNY exchanges are trading at 1,557 Yuan, or $276 dollars. You can find a quick snapshot of the major bitcoin exchanges HERE.

Just three days ago this premium was at a fantastic $10 dollars in favor of the Chinese exchanges. After regular financial markets opened on Sunday the USD/CNY exchange rate stayed pretty much the same, with the Yuan gaining slightly on the US Dollar. This probably quelled some of the anti-CNY speculation.

As we’ve previously noted, the price settlement for most futures contracts is derived by a mix of the major USD and CNY sites. Chinese exchanges contribute 50% of the weighting and when they trade higher, the usually pull up futures prices as well.

The important levels remain the same. To end the current rally, we will need to see a break below $240 on BTC-E and $243 on OKCoin. On the other side of the coin a decisive breakout above the October 17th highs at $272.96 (BTC-E) and $278.79 (OKCoin) would reignite the lost momentum higher. Note that the OKCoin levels above are for the USD spot exchange, not futures.

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Gold Price ‘May Rise’ on Fed Rate Hike But 2015 Investment Sinks as Global Demand Drops 10%

GOLD PRICES steadied against a falling US Dollar on Tuesday in London, trading around $1095 per ounce as Western stock markets bucked another slump in Chinese equities.

Commodity prices also ticked higher, rising from new 13-year lows on Bloomberg’s index, ahead of Wednesday’s expected ‘no change’ decision on US rates from the Federal Reserve.

“It remains our view,” says London-based consultancy Thomson Reuters GFMS, “that a US rate hike this year is already priced into the market.

“An increase [at the Fed’s September or December meetings] could well prompt a review of asset allocations that leads to an increase in gold holdings.”

So far in 2015 in contrast, gold investment in bullion coin slowed to its weakest level since at least 2008 on GFMS’s new data, released Tuesday.

“Retail investment – [meaning] demand for bars and coins – fell another 12% year-on-year” in the April-June period, says GFMS, “and is now some 63% below the Q2 2013 peak” despite strength in Europe, notably Germany.

With the gold price averaging 7% below the first half of 2014, total world gold demand in H1 2015 dropped some 10% annually on GFMS’s data, with jewelry and investment demand from China – the world’s No.1 consumer market last year – dropping “substantially”.

Gold prices in Shanghai today edged higher against London quotes, pushing the premium per ounce – an incentive for new imports – up to $2.50 according to Swiss refining and finance group MKS’s trading desk.

Less demand for gold bullion to use in ‘trade financing’ means imports are likely to fall further from June’s 10-month low, says GFMS.

“All this gold that was used for financing,” agrees Michael Mesaric, CEO of giant Swiss refiner Valcambi – sold this week to Indian jewelry corporation Rajesh Exports for US$400 million – “has been given back.

“There is liquidity in the market and liquidity is cheap. There is no need to use gold anymore,” Mesaric told Reuters, forecasting a drop in China’s imports of perhaps 40%.

Following today’s 1.7% drop in the Shanghai stock market, Beijing assured Chinese investors it will continue to support equities prices after the last 7 weeks’ 30% drop, with the People’s Bank pumping the equivalent of $5 billion into the money market.

“Physical demand in Asia remains lackluster,” says one brokerage today, pointing to “both the Indian and Chinese markets.”

“Market participants,” says a note from South Africa’s Rand Refinery, “will be closely watching the Federal Reserve meeting” for hints of whether a rate rise is coming in September.

Asset Order Perfect Money and BlockChain Update

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