Gold’s London AM fix this morning was USD
1,651.00, EUR 1,246.04, and GBP 1,040.85 per ounce. Yesterday's AM fix was
USD 1,636.00, EUR 1,243.16 and GBP 1,035.97 per ounce.
Silver is trading at $31.65/oz,
€23.92/oz and £19.99/oz.Platinum is trading at $1,617.00/oz,
palladium at $649./oz and
rhodium at $1,425/oz.
Gold fell 0.41% or $6.80 in New York yesterday and
closed at $1,642.50/oz. Gold traded sideways in Asia overnight and rose in
European trading which has gold now trading at $1,650.89/oz.
Cross Currency Table – (Bloomberg)
Hopes that the US economy is recovering and that the
Eurozone debt debacle is over has led to increased risk appetite in recent
weeks. This sent gold to a 2 month low yesterday.
Gold has fallen 2.8% so far in March. This has been
attributed to Fed Chairman Bernanke denying that QE will take place.
Investors will be watching the fund flows to see if
large institutions and hedge funds are increasing or reducing allocations to
gold ETF’s which could influence prices.
ETF gold demand has remained strong and
“sticky” showing that most buyers are long term and passive in
nature and not speculators, traders or paper players who use the COMEX and
futures markets to get exposure to gold.
Technicals: Euro Gold Testing Support
at 200 DMA - EUR 1,239/oz
technicals remain poor and prices are heading for
their fourth straight week of losses. This is particularly the case in US
dollar terms due to the recent period of dollar strength.
XAU-EUR 1 Year Chart – (Bloomberg)
However gold’s technicals
in euro and other fiat currency terms are not as poor. Euro gold support is
at the 200 daily moving average (DMA) at EUR 1,239.35/oz. As can be seen in
the charts buying euro gold at the 200 DMA has been prudent in recent years.
For those wishing to time the market this is another good buying opportunity.
Gold continues to climb the classic bull market
‘wall of worry’ and this has all the hallmarks of yet another
period of correction and consolidation prior to further depreciation in the
euro and other fiat currencies.
From a contrarian point of view, as long as the words
‘fiat’ and ‘debasement’ remain taboo in the popular
press and media, gold’s bull market seems assured.
Gold +15% To $1,850/oz in Q2
On Inflation and Currency Debasement - BARCAP
Capital see this most recent sell off as an opportunity to buy gold.
With gold prices are at their lowest since January,
Barclays Capital are buying the dip as they expect gold to rally around 15%
to $1,850/oz by the second quarter due to currency
debasement and inflation worries.
XAU-EUR 5 Year – (Bloomberg)
BarCap said it expects precious metals to be one of the
commodity price leaders in the second quarter, citing the "resumption of
the kind of currency debasement/inflation concerns that have been the big
driver of gold and silver prices over the past 12 months".
It recommended that investors take a long position in
December 2012 palladium, saying lower Russian exports should push the market
into a supply deficit and bring prices "significantly above current
levels" by later this year.
BarCap put a second-quarter price of $745 per ounce for
palladium futures on the London Metal Exchange, versus the past four weeks'
average of $701. Spot palladium on the LME hit a session bottom below $645 on
(Bloomberg) -- India Sets Benchmark Import Price of
Gold at $530 Per 10 Grams
India set the benchmark price for imports of gold at $530 per 10 grams,
according to an e-mailed statement from the finance ministry.
The benchmark price for imports of silver was set at
$1,036 a kilogram, it said.
(PTI) -- Govt slashes import
tariff value of gold to $530/10 grams
The government today reduced the import tariff value of gold from USD 573 per
10 grams to USD 530 per 10 grams, while the value was kept unchanged at USD
1,036 per kg for silver imports.
The tariff value, which is released fortnightly, is the
base price on which the customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing
and discourage import of gold to ease pressure on balance of payments.
The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) issued a
notification yesterday in this regard, an official release said. After crude
oil, gold is the most imported commodity in India in terms of value.
Bullion traders and jewellers
have opposed the recent hikes in tariff value as it would hit demand as the
increased costs have to be passed on to consumers.
Early this year, the government had changed the duty
structure on gold and silver from specific to value-linked, making precious
metals more expensive.
The import duty on gold was fixed at 2 per cent of the
value, instead of the earlier rate of Rs 300 per 10
grams. On silver, the import duty was pegged at 6 per cent, as against Rs 1,500 per kg earlier.
India, the world's biggest consumer of gold, imported
967 tonnes of gold in 2011.
(Bloomberg) -- Swiss Palladium Imports in February Were
Swiss imports of palladium were 1,097 kilograms in February, the Swiss
Federal Customs Administration said today in an e-mailed report.
(Bloomberg) -- Swiss Platinum Imports Were 2,639
Kilograms in February
Swiss platinum imports were 2,639 kilograms in
February, the Swiss Federal Customs Administration said in an e-mailed report
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