Gold’s London AM fix this morning was USD
1,560.50, EUR 1,240.66, and GBP 996.04 per ounce. Yesterday's AM fix this
morning was USD 1,558.50, EUR 1,239.27, and GBP 993.62 per ounce.
Silver is trading at $28.30/oz,
€22.60/oz and £18.13/oz. Platinum is
trading at $1,430.00/oz, palladium at $588.70/oz and rhodium at $1,275/oz.
Gold was off $1.70 or 0.11% in New York yesterday and
closed at $1,559.50/oz. Gold fell in Asia prior to gains late in the session
and these gains continued in early European trading as lower prices are
leading to some safe haven demand.
Gold USD Chart – (Bloomberg)
Gold looks set to see a fourth consecutive monthly loss
which will be bearish technically. Gold will need to rally nearly $100/oz between now and end of trading of next Thursday May
31st to not incur a monthly loss of some 6% in May.
It will be the first time it has had four consecutive
monthly losses since the four months to January 2000 – prior to the
current secular bull market.
Gold’s monthly decline is primarily in dollar
terms and therefore a dollar phenomenon as it coincides with a very poor
month for the euro which currently is down nearly 5% versus the dollar.
Thus, gold is only down 1% against the euro while most
European equity indices are down by 5% plus.
Although gold is a safe haven, in recent days speculators and investors burnt by riskier assets
like equities, oil and industrial metals have been forced to liquidate their
gold paper positions to cover losses in other markets.
While speculative players in futures markets can exert
considerable influence in the short term, as ever physical supply and demand
will be the ultimate arbiter of price in the long term.
The debt crisis in Europe looks like it may spiral out
of control and trigger a global economic slowdown and contagion which will
again support gold in the long term.
Holdings in the SPDR Gold Trust, the biggest
bullion-backed exchange-traded fund, rose for a second day to 1,270.30 metric
tons yesterday. Demand in Asia outside of India was “good”
yesterday and interest in Europe is “evident,” UBS said in a
report this morning.
Premiums of gold bars in Tokyo rose to as much as $1.50
per ounce above London prices, the highest level since last March, as
investors turned from sellers to buyers during this most recent price
correction, dealers told Reuters.
The IMF central bank gold demand figures for April were
very bullish and suggest that central bank demand in 2012 may be even higher
than the 456.4 tons added last year – which was the most in almost five
The World Gold Council estimates that central banks
will buy as much as 400 tons this year.
The data yesterday suggests that demand may be even
higher than these levels and there is also the near certainty that larger
central banks, such as the People’s Bank of China, are quietly
accumulating gold reserves and not reporting their purchases to the IMF - as
was done previously.
XAU/EUR Currency Chart – (Bloomberg)
Today, the deputy chairman of Russia's central bank,
Sergey Shvetsov, said that the Bank of Russia plans
to keep buying gold on the domestic market in order to diversify their
foreign exchange reserves.
"Last year we bought about 100 tonnes.
This year it will be less but still a considerable figure," Shvetsov told Reuters on the sidelines of a financial
conference in Milan.
Russia's gold and foreign exchange reserves fell to
$514.3 billion in the week ending May 18, from $518.8 billion a week earlier.
However, they have risen from the $498.6 billion seen at the end of 2011.
Yesterday, Shvetsov said that
Greece has plans for a parallel currency and that it is a
“necessity” for Greece to leave the euro.
US exchanges are closed on Monday for Memorial Day.
XAU/GBP Currency Chart – (Bloomberg)
(Bloomberg) -- CME Group Cuts Margins for Gold, Hog, Lumber Futures
CME Group Inc. cut margins for gold on the Comex in
The amount that speculators must keep on deposit for an
initial account in gold futures was reduced to $9,113 from $10,125, CME Group
said today in a statement on its website.
CME also lowered margins for hog and lumber contracts.
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Cross Currency Table – (Bloomberg)
Gold weakens on euro, on track for 6 pct loss in May - Reuters
Italians recycle family gold –
The Financial Times
Gold ends up but stronger dollar limits gains
Greek Exit Could Trigger a Run on European Banks
– Business Week
Gold is near a critical turning point – where
will it go next? - MoneyWeek
James Rickards: Currency
Wars – The Making Of The Next Global Crisis - GoldSeek
Police Urging Greeks To Stop Stuffing Mattresses
– Zero Hedge
Bond exodus on a par with eurozone
bank run - The Financial Times