While 2013 will go down as the year gold lost its glitter, 2014 may be remembered as the era it recovered some sparkle, yet it remained dull — analysts.
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Half of the experts interviewed see gold moving slightly up next week to $1,230.
Prices improved 1.3% in the previous two sessions, but the metal is still set to drop for the fourth consecutive month.
Gold's recent move higher to within sight of $1,800 an ounce for the first time since September is tracking that of oil which is trading at a nine-month high on tensions between the West and Iran. Gold futures have gained $185/oz so far this year.
December gold suffered another day of steep losses, dropping $82 an ounce, or 4.7%, to $1,659.50 in New York in noon trade on Friday, as investors were forced to raise cash to cover losses suffered on global stock markets this week. Copper extended its sharp declines on the London Metal Exchange falling as much as 7.3% to $7,115.75 a metric ton. Prices declined for a sixth day in a row losing 14% this week and have now slumped 26% from the record high of $10,190 set in February. Silver was hardest hit on Friday, plummeting 11.2% to $32.48. One metals analyst summed up the day this way: “We’re in a downward spiral, and no one knows when it’s going to end."
Gold failed to capitalize on the stock market rout and December futures tumbled 4% or $74/oz to $1,734/oz by early Thursday afternoon as the Fed warned of "significant downside risks" and pessimistic economic data from China further damaged sentiment. Silver was hardest hit and platinum and palladium prices came under pressure as well. December silver slid -9.8% or almost $4 to $36.50 an ounce while October platinum lost -4.9% or $87 and palladium for December delivery traded down -8.1% to $655. One trader summed up the day this way: “The textbook ideas, the things we follow, the things we believe to be so are being shot to pieces for the moment and it’s very difficult to trade other than for a long-term view.”
The surging price of gold is fueling inflation from India to Indonesia and forcing statisticians to decide whether jewelry made of the metal still belongs in consumer-price indexes.
Gold declined in New York on speculation further stimulus measures by the Federal Reserve will cut demand for the metal as a protection of wealth.
Research firm Metals Economics Group reports gold continues to be top exploration target accounting for more than 50% of global exploration of non-ferrous metals for the second consecutive year in 2011. Latin America is set continue to be the industry's favorite regional exploration destination in 2011, while Canada will remain the top overall country. Copper will account for roughly a fifth of 2011 nonferrous exploration budgets that is expected to exceed US$17 billion for expenditures related to precious and base metals, diamonds, uranium, and some industrial minerals. It represents an increase of about 50% from the 2010 total and a new all time high.
Both gold and silver gained on the bullion market on Saturday as bargain hunters returned to the market. While gold surged by Rs 420 to Rs 28,160 per 10 grams, silver went up by Rs 1,100 to Rs 64,400 per kg. Trading sentiment in Mumbai improved after gold rose the most in a week on Friday in New York. However, many analysts say the gold price could continue to weaken into next week possibly going as low as $1,700/oz as indicated by technical chart patterns that have turned bearish, investors turning to riskier assets like shares, the dollar gains further and concerted efforts to shore up Europe's banks may begin to show fruit. Volatility in the gold market is increasing and the gap between gold’s highs and lows this year, have reached more than $600, the largest since the 1960s.
Gold futures returned to above $1,800 an ounce Friday as investors sought the perceived safety of the precious metal ahead of the weekend and news emanating from Europe injected a dose of uncertainty back into markets. Gold for December delivery added $33, or just under 2%, to settle at $1,815 an ounce in afternoon trade. Reuters reports between gold’s highs and lows this year, there is a more than $600 gap, the largest since the 1960s, though its 32% range is below the 42% range seen in 1980.
Gold for December delivery declined $15.00, or just under 1% to $1,815.10 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange in late afternoon trade on Wednesday after the EU said it would soon present options on how it might issue bonds jointly and that Greece would remain in the euro zone. Gold is heading for its second weekly fall, its longest since early July although on Monday it struck an all-time high of 1,373.92/oz when measured in euros. December silver, down more than 1.5% on Wednesday managed to stay above the psychologically important $40/oz level.
Bloomberg reports gold may decline to below $1,700 an ounce in September before climbing to an all-time high of $2,000 in October as the metal extends its longest rally in at least nine decades, according to technical analysts. The Wall Street Journal reports market participants expect volatile trading in gold to continue this week, as traders look to what may be contentious debate on US President Barack Obama's proposed jobs and infrastructure program and as traders take positions ahead of the meeting of the Federal Reserve's policy-making committee next week.
Gold for December delivery – the most actively traded contract – fell 2.4% or $45, to $1,815 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange by lunchtime on Monday failing to capitalize on its safe-haven status as investors were forced to raise cash to cover losses on equity markets. The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered another day of heavy selling, declining more than 120 points in volatile trade while European and Asian markets were battered after the deputy finance minister of Greece said the debt-laden country has cash to operate only until next month. Germany was readying measure to protect its banks against a Greek default while France's financial institutions were downgraded because of its exposure.
Gold fell more than 1 percent on Monday after ending at its lowest level since June last week but bargain hunters could cushion the fall, while escalating worries about Europe's debt crisis sent bullion priced in euro to a record high.
Gold prices continued to surge at the domestic bullion market here today on heavy speculative and investment buying amidst firm global market. Silver recovered moderately on fresh stockist as well as industrial demand. Standard gold (99.5 purity) spurted
Gold slid on Friday, closing its worst week since June, as profit-taking by investors and a spike in the U.S. dollar outweighed the desire for a safer haven. Gold tumbled in early U.S. hours on apparent investor liquidation, but clawed back much of its
Gold has turned into an attractive investment option in the aftermath of delivering a spectacular rate of return last year. The investment demand for the yellow metal has been growing at a fast clip in countries like India and China. So, is the gold
Gold slid on Friday, closing its worst week since June, as profit-taking by investors and a spike in the U.S. dollar outweighed the desire for a safer haven. Gold tumbled in early U.S. hours on apparent investor liquidation, but clawed back much of its loss by mid-afternoon as the resignation of European Central Bank policymaker Juergen Stark reignited aversion to riskier assets. But even as US stocks fell nearly 3 percent and other commodities tumbled, gold came under renewed pressure as two weeks of extreme volatility for bullion rattled some confidence in its bull run -- despite the prospect of a second recession.
The price of December gold added $52.50 or 2.9% to trade at $1,870.30 an ounce in afternoon dealings on Thursday regaining much of the ground lost since hitting an intraday record of $1,923.10 an ounce on Tuesday. During August the metal added 12% as investors sought a safe haven from the slumping US economy and the continuing debt crisis in Europe. The ECB on Thursday decided to keep interest rates at 1.5% and cut forecasts for growth in the euro area while in the US jobless claims came in worse than expected. Bullion was also boosted by comments from the US Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke who all but confirmed a new round of stimulus will be announced at a meeting later this month.
The price of December gold – the most actively traded contract – dropped by almost $80 to trade below $1,800 an ounce on Wednesday morning. By midday bullion had regained some of its footing but was still down just over 3% or $56.60, at 1,816/oz in New York as traders banked profits. Gold has declined $120 in less than 24 hours after setting an intraday record of $1,923.10 an ounce on Tuesday. During August the metal added 12% as investors sought a safe haven from the slumping US economy and the continuing debt crisis in Europe. Despite the losses many analysts believe gold will hit $2,000 an ounce soon as talk of another round of monetary stimulus or a direct injection into the economy as part of a jobs programme lead to more cheap money entering the financial markets.
SYDNEY: Spot gold prices suddenly fell over $30 an ounce on Wednesday to as low as $1,826.18, though it then quickly steadied around $1,840. The move down from $1,864 seemed not to be driven by any particular news event and might have been due to a
Gold futures fell slightly to settle at $1,873 as spot gold jumped to a record high Tuesday after Switzerland pegged its currency to the euro, then the precious metal retreated 2 percent from that level as investors took profits. The spot price of gold—which tracks global trades in bullion—and U.S. gold futures set all-time highs above $1,920 an ounce after the Swiss National Bank set a minimum exchange-rate target on the soaring franc to stave off a recession. Analysts said they still expect gold to chart new peaks on worsening euro zone troubles.
Gold fell from record highs on Tuesday, after Switzerland’s decision to peg its currency to the euro shook financial markets and battered the franc, putting the price of bullion in Swiss francs on track for its largest daily gain in three years.
Precious metal gold is trading low since quite some time as investors have turned away from safe-havens, expecting the US Federal Reserve to announce further monetary easing (QE3) when it meets on September 20. However, some experts still believe that this is the best time to go for gold as it may become more expensive later.