GOLD PRICES retreated near last week’s new 5.5-year lows in Asian and early London trade Monday, holding above $1065 per ounce as crude oil bounced hard from near 6-year lows following a surprise announcement from major Opec cartel member Saudi Arabia.
“When we do raise rates, it will be particularly important to be watching carefully for the effect on inflation, and whether the expectations that inflation will continue to rise back to 2% is being met or not being met.”
The Bloomberg Commodity Index (BCOM) suffered its worst quarterly drop since the 2008 financial crisis
between July and September, the news and data provider said in a new report at the weekend, losing 14.5% “amid forecasts for the slowest economic growth since 1990 in China, the biggest user of energy, metals and grains.”
“Expectations for a US rate rise in December remain strong,” says the Asian dealing desk at Japanese conglomerate Mitsui’s precious metals division.
“There is a band of resistance between $1079 and $1086. The market still remains vulnerable to further moves lower, with support at $1030-42.”
Last week saw the giant SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca:GLD) shrink once again, down for the 5th week in succession as stockholders liquidated shares
and the volume of gold needed to back the product fell to 660 tonnes – its smallest holding since the week of Lehman Brothers’ collapse in mid-September 2008.
Silver’s largest ETF in contrast – the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca:SLV) – added metal to reach a 9-week high of 9,897 tonnes.
Across all exchange-traded gold products, “We see the risk of accelerated selling…if prices move below $1000 per ounce,” says a note from investment and bullion bank Barclays Capital.
“There [was] a large block of shares purchased between $900 and $1000 per ounce,” BarCap goes on, saying that since the price crash of 2013, its analysts “have seen matching amounts between the amount of gold redeemed and purchased [earlier] in the same price bracket.”
Barclays say the volume at risk on a gold price drop from $1000 to $900 “totals 716 tonnes by our estimation.”
Data from the St.Louis Fed show how Dollar gold prices first rose towards and broke above $1000 per ounce as US consumer-price inflation whipped between 5.6% and minus 2.1% per year.
Priced in Chinese Yuan meantime, gold lost almost 1% in brisk trade
on the Shanghai Gold Exchange on Monday, but that extended the main contract’s premium – over and above comparable London quotes in Dollars – to the equivalent of almost $5 per ounce, twice the last 12 months’ average.
The drop in crude oil prices, Bloomberg News reports separately, has wiped $25 billion off corporate earnings
for S&P500-listed stocks so far this year, a drop of 3% overall, as earnings in the oil-producer sector sank 57%.