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Kaloti Precious Metals-Morning Market Report-Thursday, February 16, 2017
Feb 16, 2017 17:54CST
Gold ETFs Gain From Currency Pain as Investors Seek Haven.

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Gold ETFs Gain From Currency Pain as Investors Seek Haven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTC Trading Range For

All Times Are

 

As Per Dubai

 

Date

16/02/2017

 

15/02/2017

 

 

Gold

 

Silver

 

Platinum

Palladium

 

Open At 03.00

 

$1,228.13

 

$17.95

 

$1,003.13

 

$781.45

 

High Bid

 

$1,233.76

 

$17.99

 

$1,011.65

 

$791.59

 

Low Offer

 

$1,216.80

 

$17.76

 

$988.80

 

$777.66

 

Close At 02.00

 

$1,233.70

 

$17.98

 

$1,011.35

 

$789.35

 

Previous Close

 

$1,228.13

 

$17.95

 

$1,001.75

 

$781.50

 

Daily Change USD

$5.57

 

$0.03

 

$9.60

 

$7.85

 

Daily Change %

 

0.45%

 

0.17%

 

0.95%

 

0.99%

 

London Fixings

AM

$1,225.15

 

**

 

 

$998.00

 

$780.00

 

 

PM

$1,224.40

 

$17.88

 

$992.00

 

$783.00

 

COMEX Trading Volume

222705

 

71473

 

15108

 

5194

 

Active Month Settlement

$1,233.10

 

$17.96

 

$1,009.90

 

$786.20

 

Previous Session

 

$1,225.40

 

$17.88

 

$1,002.20

 

$780.90

 

Daily Change

 

$7.70

 

$0.08

 

$7.70

 

$5.30

 

EFP's

 

1.4/1.7

 

4/7

 

 

0/2

 

0/1

 

Forwards & Options

1 Month

 

3 months

 

6 months

12 months

 

GOFO

 

-

 

-

 

 

-

 

-

 

USD LIBOR

 

0.77

 

1.03733

 

1.33656

 

1.70789

 

Gold ATM Vols

 

12.660

 

14.240

 

15.13

 

16.24

 

Silver ATM Vols

 

20.83

 

22.97

 

24.28

 

25.7

 

Platinum ATM Vols

19.050

 

18.900

 

18.650

 

18.450

 

Palladium ATM Vols

29.000

 

27.500

 

26.650

 

26.250

 

Market Daily & Weekly

Market Snap Shot

 

15/02/2017

 

1 Day%

 

1 Week %

 

XAU

 

 

$1,233.70

 

0.45

 

-0.63

 

XAG

 

 

$17.98

 

 

0.17

 

1.17

 

XPT

 

 

$1,011.35

 

0.95

 

-0.55

 

XPD

 

 

$789.35

 

 

0.99

 

2.35

 

Euro

 

 

1.0601

 

 

0.22

 

-0.92

 

Note: Indications only, open and closing prices are bids; Data source: Bloomberg; Times as per Dubai

Fundamentals and News

Gold ETFs Gain From Currency Pain as Investors Seek Haven

  • The flip side of declines in the euro, yen and pound in recent months has been a massive increase in gold buying as investors in Asia and Europe try to protect their wealth.

 

  • The hunger for bullion is so strong that purchases of exchange-traded funds backed by gold last year eclipsed buying by the world’s central banks, the biggest holders of the metal, for the first time since at least 2010. So far in 2017, investors poured $3.1 billion into the ETFs backed by precious metals, after a record inflow of $23 billion last year. That’s helped boost gold prices 6.8 percent since the end of December, following the biggest annual gain in five years.

 

  • The European Union and countries including Japan and the U.K. are using lowinterest rates to spur economic growth, including demand for their exports that become cheaper as their currencies weaken. President Donald Trump has blamed the depreciations for the U.S. trade deficit, and Joachim Fels, the global economic adviser at Pacific Investment Management Co., went so far as to suggest a “new currency cold war” by the world’s central banks.

 

  • President Trump’s “America First” policy represents a fundamental change in the country’s dollar strategy, Hiroshi Watanabe, the former currency chief of Japan’s Ministry of Finance, said in January. The new government’s attempt to shrink the trade deficit could weaken the U.S. currency, Watanabe said.

 

  • ETFs have become a steady source of gold demand as central banks slow their purchases. In China, the largest consumer of the metal, the central bank halted bullion purchases for a third straight month in January, while investors poured $132 million this year into Huaan Yifu Gold, the nation’s largest commodity ETF. That helped boost total holdings in the fund to $931 million, data compiled by Bloomberg

 

  • In contrast, the currency-focused ETF that has had the biggest inflow this year,Dolar Trac, seeks to profit from declines in the Mexican peso relative to the dollar. The fifth-best performer in currency fund flows is ProShares UltraShort Yen.

 

  • Gold-price gains may ease as the Federal Reserve accelerates its monetary tightening, National Australia Bank analysts said in their monthly outlook in early February. Three rate increases this year wouldn’t be unreasonable, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said Feb. 9. Higher interest rates curb the appeal of precious metals because they don’t offer yields or dividends.

 

  • The weaker euro helped Xetra-Gold attract $1.6 billion this year, the most among 310 precious-metals ETFs tracked by Bloomberg. The $6.2 billion fund is listed in Germany, which has been accused by a Trump administration official of benefiting from a weaker currency. The weaker pound also helped send investors to the safety of London-listed gold-backed funds. ETF Securities Ltd.’s total assets soared last year by more than a third to 9.26 million ounces, surpassing Spain’s gold holdings, buoyed by inflows into ETFS Physical Gold.

 

  • “In Europe, people are very concerned about currency depreciation and they’re buying up gold ETFs and even gold coins,” said Natalie Dempster, a managing director of the London-based gold council, which tracks supply and demand. “The German households that were absent from the gold market for so long have become hugely prolific buyers of gold.”

 

Data Forthcoming Releases

 

Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country

Today's Events

Forecast

Previous

Actual

 

 

5:30pm

USD

Building Permits

1.23M

1.21M

 

 

 

5:30pm

USD

Philly Fed Manufacturing Index

18.5

23.6

 

 

 

5:30pm

USD

Unemployment Claims

243K

234K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy: http://kalotipm.com.sg/kaloti-market-report-16th-february-2017

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