Precious metals have been watching the dollar and interest rates over recent months, and they are getting conflicting signals. The dollar index tanked throughout 2017, and at the start of 2018, the selling continued. The recent rise in the price of precious metals from the middle of December has been a reflection of the diving value of the dollar against other world currencies, particularly the euro.
Gold could hit levels last seen in 2013 if the dollar extends its slide and equity markets reverse. Bullion at $1,400 an ounce is “achievable” in the next two months, Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia Pacific at brokerage Oanda Corp., said in an interview Thursday. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index plunged to the lowest since 2014 after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin endorsed the currency’s drop at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Gold futures gained Tuesday to mark the highest finish since early September, even as a closely watched U.S. dollar index tried to end its streak of declines. “The near-term trend remains higher for gold, and that is in line with inflation taking hold,” said analysts at the Sevens Report. “That, in turn, is weighing on real interest rates, which is bullish for gold.”
Gold hit its highest since late September on Tuesday, extending a year-end rally that saw the metal rise 4.4 percent in the last three weeks of 2017, as a further retreat in the dollar drove prices above $1,310 an ounce. Palladium prices meanwhile bounced to a new 17-year high, within $5 of their all-time peak, as tightening emissions controls and a swing away from diesel cars in Europe fueled fears of a shortage of the…
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Chart Patterns The prices of the metals dropped $20 and $0.39, a downhill slide interrupted on Thursday by speculation fueled by some economic data, and which resumed on Friday.
The price of several metals has traditionally been looked at paired with that of another metal. For example, gold and silver prices are looked at in isolation and relative to each other, in part because both metals make up a major part of the jewelry trade.
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India’s Diwali festival, which starts October 18, 2017, and lasts five days, is approaching. It is customary for people to buy gold at this time for the upcoming festival and wedding seasons, and populous India is one of the world’s largest consumers of gold. Gold is projected to regain ground at this time, recovering from September lows. According to NDTV, India’s gold imports: “… recorded a threefold jump to $15.24 billion during the April–August period…
Gold led the charge to recent highs. A correction where the weak get weaker and the strong stay strong. Geopolitics favor precious metals. The path of least resistance for the dollar is supportive for the sector. The long-term trends support buying dips; hold your nose and ignore the naysayers. In their heyday of acceptance and utility, governments employed gold and silver as comfort for their paper currencies. While countries around the world abandoned their policies…