Gold’s London AM fix this morning was USD
1,648.50, EUR 1,248.86, and GBP 1,039.01 per ounce.
Yesterday's AM fix was USD 1,654.00, EUR 1,256.93 and
GBP 1,044.26 per ounce.
Cross Currency Table – (Bloomberg)
Gold rose $2.60 in New York
yesterday to close at $1,662.70/oz. Gold dropped in Asia this morning and
losses continued in Europe where gold is now trading at $1,649.90/oz.
The superficially rosy US economic outlook has dimmed
gold’s safe haven appeal for speculators and some investors. Some
investors opted to allocate cash to equities which have outperformed and been
more buoyant of late.
The flight to safe haven gold has slowed in recent
weeks due to the perception that the worst of the Eurozone debt crisis is
over and that the US economy is recovering.
Gold 1 Year Chart – (Bloomberg)
Weak speculative hands have been washed out of the gold
market and many smaller retail investors have also sold bullion recently due
to the widespread concern that gold is overvalued and a bubble.
Jewelers in India are protesting the tax hike on gold
imports and plan to keep their shops closed for two more days. This is
India’s first nationwide strike in seven years and shows how important
the gold industry is in India. The excise duty hike is expected to lead to
less demand however Indian demand may again prove to be robust despite tax
SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed ETF,
said its gold holdings remained unchanged at 1,293.268 metric tonnes for the 5th straight session on Monday, despite
the drop in prices last week.
Gold will have a “sharp” rally as the U.S.
boosts monetary stimulus because of a faltering economy in the coming months,
Societe Generale said in
a report that was picked up by Bloomberg.
Data on U.S. gross domestic product in the first and
second quarters will “surprise dramatically to the downside,” the
bank said today in a report.
Meanwhile, ANZ has said that central bank gold buying
may lead to a nominal gold record price in 2012 and prices to average $1,744/oz from $1,571/oz in 2011.
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(Bloomberg) – Gold May Near Record On Central Bank Buying, ANZ Says
Gold may near a record this year, averaging $1,744 an ounce compared with
last year’s average of $1,571, on retail and central bank buying,
according to Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd.
“Retail investors will continue to seek
protection from the longer-term bearish outlook for the dollar and insulate
themselves from the risks posed by negative real interest rates and the
crisis in Europe,” the bank’s analysts wrote in a report today.
(Bloomberg) -- Silver to Outperform Gold For Most of
2nd Half, BNP Paribas Says
An improving economic outlook means silver may outperform gold for most of
the second half of this year and in 2013, BNP Paribas SA said today in an
The bank maintained its gold forecasts for this year
and next, and reduced its 2013 estimate for silver to $51 an ounce. It raised
its 2012 platinum forecast to $1,840 an ounce and cut its palladium estimate
for this year to $825 an ounce.
(Bloomberg) -- Economist Dennis Gartman
Says He’s Cutting His Gold Position
Economist Dennis Gartman is cutting his gold
position priced in yen by half, he said today in his daily Gartman Letter.
(Bloomberg) -- CPM Sees Gold at ‘Cyclical Peak in
Secular Bull Market’
Gold prices “are at a cyclical peak in a secular bull market,”
and the metal is “unlikely” to top the intraday record reached in
2011, CPM Group said today in a statement before the release of its
“Gold Yearbook 2012” on March 27.
Silver is trading at $32.32/oz,
€24.48/oz and £20.39/oz.
PLATINUM GROUP METALS
Platinum is trading at $1,658.63/oz, palladium at
$691./oz and rhodium at
(Wall Street Journal)
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(The Financial Times)
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