BUY GOLD prices in London’s wholesale market edged higher on Friday, as world stock markets fell again ahead of this weekend’s Greek referendum, asking voters whether they accept the terms of a bail-out which Athens’ creditors now say is off the table.
With the New York gold futures market closed for Independence Day, prices to buy gold with Dollars touched $1170 per ounce, regaining two-thirds of the week’s earlier 1.5% drop.
“Bookmakers odds might be a better guide to political outcomes than opinion polls,” writes investment bank ICBC Standard Bank’s FX strategist Steven Barrow, citing last year’s Scottish independence referendum and UK elections this May.
“Scouring some of the leading bookmakers,” “it looks like the probability of a ‘yes’ outcome is put in the 60% region while the chances of a ‘no’ vote are put at around 40%.
Greece’s banks and financial markets remained closed Friday amid capital controls restricting depositors to €60 withdrawals per day from ATMs, with reports spreading that cashpoints are already empty.
“Referendums are in fashion these days,” says one London bullion market-making bank’s note, pointing to the Scottish as well as Swiss gold referendum
of late 2014.
“Unlike those, no one in the investment world really has much time (or willingness) to position ahead of [Sunday’s Greek] result, especially in a week shortened by the US Independence Day.”
Shanghai’s stock market meantime sank by more than 5% yet again on Friday, extending the last 3 weeks’ slump to 30% and prompting the China Securities Regulatory Commission to say it’s investigating short sellers and market manipulation, “based on reports of unusual movements” in stock and derivatives prices.
“Whether there is a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No, an agreement is in the offing
,” said Athens’ finance minister Yaris Varoufakis to Irish broadcaster RTE today, repeating a claim he made to the BBC and also Bloomberg on Thursday that “a deal is more or less done.”
On the contrary, said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker – who said last week he felt “betrayed” by Athens’ negotiators – because “If the Greeks vote ‘no’, the Greek position is dramatically weakened
Seasonally weak demand to buy gold in major consumer nation India, meantime, has driven local prices as far as $15 per ounce below London benchmarks, Reuters reports.
Typically quoted at a premium to London, retail prices to buy gold in India already slipped $1 below in June, but the last two weeks’ price drop “failed to lure customers
,” the news-wire quotes Bachhraj Bamalwa, director at the All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation.
Latest Swiss gold export data, says consultancy Metals Focus
in a new report, “ties in well with feedback from our field trips, that gold demand in India [has] eased.”