GOLD PRICES touched a 1-week high Thursday lunchtime in London, reaching $1259 per ounce as the Dollar fell with world stockmarkets as the Bank of Japan followed yesterday’s “no change” decision from the US Fed by also voting to maintain current policy, rather than increase stimulus.
Tokyo’s Nikkei index sank 3.6% by the close, while European equities dropped over 1% after the Tokyo central bank held QE money creation at a record pace of $740 billion per year, with deposit interest rates for commercial banks held at minus 0.1%.
Gaining 2.2% from last week’s finish against the Dollar, gold rose against all major currencies barring the Japanese Yen, which shot to 1-month highs on the FX market following the Bank of Japan’s announcement
New data meantime showed Japanese household spending sank 5.3% per year in March, while consumer prices fell harder than forecast, deflating by 0.3% excluding fresh food.
“The market had clearly worked itself into a frenzy of expectations
,” says Swiss bank Credit Suisse’s head of equity sales in Tokyo, “demanding that the BoJ take action” against slowing growth and lower inflation.
“In retrospect that looks like a misguided view.”
Gold has now risen 20% since the Fed finally raised its key interest rate after 7 years at zero in December last year. Silver has gained 27%.
“The Dollar is still subdued,” says Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi’s analyst Jonathan Butler, “and falling US Treasury yields similarly are giving some upside to gold.”
“Resistance comes in at $1282.50,” says a technical analysis from Canada-based Scotiabank’s New York office, “and only a move above [that] March 11th high would return [gold] to the bull rally that began in December.”
With commodity prices rising 14% from February’s new 12-year lows, meantime, UK fund management group Schroders – which saw client assets swell to a record £325 billion by end-March
($472bn) – has launched an Alternative Solutions Commodity Total Return, investing in energy, agriculture and the metals sector according to CityWire
Crude oil held steady at $45 per barrel of US benchmark WTI on Thursday, while corn held 10% above March’s new 1-year low.
Bank and trading-house analysts have meantime raised their average 2016 full-year forecasts by $90 per ounce since the start of January, reports Thomson Reuters today
, up from $1118 to $1209.
“The chief supportive factors,” the news-wire quotes Austalian financial group Macquarie’s analyst Matthew Turner, “are the shift in Fed stance, the weaker Dollar and the prospect of inflation.”