29 Nov 2013 Last updated at 10:28:52 GMT
LONDON (Scrap Monster): Gold prices pushed higher in quiet trade Friday morning in London, heading for the biggest November drop since 1978 for Dollar investors.
Down 5.9% from the last London Fix of October, Dollar gold prices this morning touched $1249 per ounce, the lowest monthly finish since June's 3-year low.
Global stock markets meantime hit fresh 6-year highs on the MSCI World index, as the Japanese Nikkei closed its strongest November since 2005.
The Japanese Yen today hit its lowest level in a half-decade to the Euro.
Gold prices in the Yen rose to 1-week highs Friday morning, cutting November's drop to 1.9%.
"Trading has been relatively subdued," says a European bank dealing desk, pointing to the US Thanksgiving holidays.
"Some light buying from short-term players," says a Swiss refiner's note, again citing "very thin conditions."
Tracking Friday's rally in gold prices, silver also rose but held $2 per ounce below the end of October, heading for a 9.1% drop in November at $19.93.
"Physical [gold] demand is solid," says ANZ Bank's commodity team in a special report, "but not bullish enough to spark significant short covering [by bearish traders in gold futures].
"[That's] reflected in subdued Shanghai Gold Exchange premiums."
Trading volumes in Shanghai gold slipped back Friday, pulling the premium above London gold prices down to $6 per ounce from the recent peak of $9 hit Thursday.
ANZ now forecasts 2013 gold imports to China of 1,050 tonnes, topping last year's record by some 80%.
"[But] we believe caution is warranted in expecting the growth in Chinese gold demand will be repeated next year," says the banks' analysts, stating a "baseline expectation" of a drop in 2014 imports back to 900 tonnes.
Meantime in former world No.1 gold consumer nation India, where gold prices on the MCX futures market ended the day unchanged near 6-week lows, "People have started coming with recycled gold," Reuters quotes a gold retailer in the famous Zaveri Bazaar.
Thanks to the Indian government's gold import rules effectively shutting legal inflows, "There is no gold available in the market this wedding season," the retailer, Kumar Jain, goes on.
So the parents of brides-to-be "have started exchanging their old gold for new, and paying the labor charges," he adds, forecasting perhaps 400 tonnes of gold recycling this year, compared with more typical levels of 130 tonnes.
Import duties, the lack of supply and other costs have pushed Indian gold dealers' quotes for physical bullion to $130 per ounce above world prices this month.
Author: Paul Ploumis