GOLD PRICES again fell below $1090 per ounce in London trade Thursday, heading for a 1.7% loss from last Friday’s 10-week closing high as European stock markets fell hard and crude oil whipped around $30 per barrel – its lowest price since April 2004.
2016 gold prices will average $970 per ounce, says Bernard Dahdah at French investment and bullion bank Natixis – winner of the 2015 gold forecast competition
held by trade association the LBMA – ranging between $900 and $1300.
That would mark a 14% drop from last year’s average, and the fourth drop in a row since gold’s annual average peaked in 2012 at $1669 after 11 consecutive gains.
Dahdah forecast the 2015 gold price average down to the dollar at $1160.
“Gold could break as low as $950/oz,” says 2014 gold forecast winner
Frederic Panizzutti at Swiss refining and finance group MKS, but “the ongoing geopolitical turmoil should provide a floor on the price of gold” with the 2016 price topping at $1210 and averaging $1120.
Yuan gold prices ended Thursday flat on solid trading at the Shanghai Gold Exchange, with Asian trade seeing “downward pressure from real money [investment accounts] and [mining] producer names,” according to one local wholesale dealer.
Shares in French auto-giant Renault then lost almost €6 billion ($6.5bn) as the stock sank 20% following news of police raids over emission-test cheating
, apparently similar to the VW diesel scandal which has now halved the value of the world’s largest car marker since early summer 2015.
“It will be interesting to see if gold can manage to recover above $1100
after [commodity tracer-index] rebalancing-related selling abates later this week,” said Swiss bank UBS in a note Wednesday.
Meantime, “Short-term thinking appears to dominate for now [with] few [investment traders] willing to put on more strategic positions.”
“Rising interest rates imply a higher opportunity cost of holding gold,” says Natixis’ Dahdah in his new 2016 forecast.
“A strengthening Dollar and higher yields reduce the interest in gold. Furthermore, the stronger Dollar will continue to compete with gold as a safe haven.”
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