From the Trading Desk
US equity weakness at the beginning of yesterday’s trading session caused gold to shoot up over $30. It looked as if it was going to challenge the recent one year high at $1,263 but when equities, oil, and bond yields mounted a surprising rally, gold methodically trended lower as the day’s session came to a close. Today proved to be a relatively dull day for the yellow metal… it held above $1,220, now a double support level, however, it showed weakness later in the trading day and sold off from its intraday highs.
While ETF demand has been incredibly strong recently, physical demand of gold from India and China has been noticeably weak. Gold at major Indian trading centers is trading at a steep discount to global gold prices, indicating lackluster demand. A potential cut in the 10% import tariff on bullion at next week’s budget would help bolster gold demand in the region though. Most of China’s gold imports pass through Hong Kong. The release overnight of official custom’s data illustrated that gold imports from Hong Kong to the mainland in January fell to their lowest levels since 2011. Since demand in December was impressive, January figures may be an outlier. It is expected that Chinese demand will recover in the coming months.
Gold might have worn out its welcome today for awhile. We have had a nice ride higher but today and yesterday’s overall price action was weak. It was only in Asia where we see the bounces higher. Interesting development. Buying in Asia and selling in U.S.
I expect to see a big drop soon in gold. Simple as the fact we don’t see to go higher but end each trading day lower not breaking to higher highs. With the more industrial metal silver even struggling to stay above 15 today, a breakdown seems imminent. Other metals and especially platinum were down today.
Dollar was down a hair.
Unemployment data was weak today. Does the Fed see this? The markets shook that off and moved higher today with good durable goods data and a higher oil price. Oil and the markets have been trading in sync.
With the move higher in the markets I do see weaker gold prices ahead as long as the markets cimb higher. The VIX was down today with UVXY even going to a lower low.
Right now in Asia we have gold up 2.20 to 1236.10.
We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
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