Gold seen climbing from 2-month high on Asian physical demand

The metal rallied to $1,376.87 an ounce in London on Friday, the highest price at close since 17 June, paring losses to 18% this year
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First Published: Sat, Aug 17 2013. 03 20 PM IST
The surge in physical demand of Gold may help counter a selloff in bullion-backed exchange-traded funds by investors including billionaire John Paulson. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
The surge in physical demand of Gold may help counter a selloff in bullion-backed exchange-traded funds by investors including billionaire John Paulson. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
Mumbai: Gold may extend a rally from a two- month high as an increase in demand from jewelry buyers in China and India helps counter a drop in assets under exchange-traded funds backed by bullion.
Prices may rally to as much as $1,550 an ounce by the end of the year, said Jeffrey Rhodes, managing director of the financial institutions division of the Kaloti Jewellery Group, a Dubai-based gold trader and refiner. There are no signs of demand abating from India and China, which account for about 60% of global gold consumption, he said at the India Gold Convention in Jaipur on Saturday.
A rally may help trim gold’s first loss in 13 years after some investors lost faith in the metal as a store of value amid expectations that the US economy was recovering. The metal has rebounded 17% since reaching a 34-month low of $1,180.50 an ounce on 28 June as demand for jewelry, bars and coins soared from India to China and Turkey. The surge in physical demand may help counter a selloff in bullion-backed exchange-traded funds by investors including billionaire John Paulson.
Underlying strength in physical demand will underpin gold prices and there have been signs of western investors coming back to gold, Rhodes said. The economies are doing much better but we are still in a world of negative real interest rates, so till then gold will flourish. There is much more upside potential than downside.
Coins, bars
Consumer demand in India, the biggest buyer, jumped 71% in the second quarter and in China, the second-largest, it gained 87%, helping to push global bar and coin purchases to a record and jewelry usage to the most since 2008, producer-funded World Gold Council said 15 August.
The metal rallied to $1,376.87 an ounce in London on Friday, the highest price at close since 17 June, paring losses to 18% this year. Prices could rally to $1,430 by the year end because of physical demand from China, India and the Middle East, Cameron Alexander, an analyst at Thomson Reuters GFMS Ltd., said in an interview. Bullion may climb to as high as $1,475 in the first quarter of 2014 before declining because of improving economies worldwide, he said.
Holdings in gold exchange-traded products are down 26% this year, wiping $55.5 billion from the value of the assets. Paulson, the biggest investor in the SPDR Gold Trust, the largest gold ETP, cut his stake by 53% in the second quarter, an 14 August government filing showed.
Silver rally
Silver may rally to $30 an ounce by the end of 2013, Kaloti Jewellery’s Rhodes said. The metal rallied 13% this week to $23.2575, the most since September 2008, as holdings in exchange-traded products backed by silver reached an all-time high.
Gold imports by India may tumble to about 150 tons in the six months through December from 478 tons a year earlier because of an increase in taxes and central bank curbs, Prithviraj Kothari, a director of the Bombay Bullion Association, told the Jaipur conference.
A surge in shipments in the second quarter prompted the government to increase a tax on imports for a third time this year to 10% to contain a record current-account deficit that’s weakened the rupee to an all-time low. Higher tariffs and central-bank rules linking overseas purchases to re-exports have fueled premiums in the domestic market to a record. BLOOMBERG
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