God rose by 15 dollars last week from $1229 to $1244 having hit a high of $1252 and a low of $1227. Silver rose by 41 cents from $17.36 to $17.77 having reached a high of $17.78 and a low of $17.33. The dollar index stands at 99.62 that’s down 0.68 on the week. Gold prices moved higher as the Euro gained traction and the dollar edged lower following stronger than expected German PMI data. Analysts believe that gold has further to rise but will be seesawing between $1230- $1260 before perhaps it breaks out up to $1280 levels
Silver markets were also positive last week and is attempting to reach $18 level. Similar to gold we see a see saw effect between the price range of $17 where there is significant support and the $18 level where there is resistance. As I have mentioned in my previous blogs that political uncertainty could have a greater effect on prices primarily because of their effect on the value of the dollar which actually fell a little during the week. Also a fall in the Dow enabled funds to be moved out of equities and back into gold, though to be fair this transference was relatively small.
Gold prices finished higher on Friday to log a second weekly gain in a row as demand for assets perceived as risky waned and the U.S. dollar touched its lowest level in about seven weeks.
Traders also eyed developments tied to a Republican-backed U.S. health-care bill, which could have wide-ranging influence in financial markets.
The main focus globally was on a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on a bill to abolish the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The vote was expected late Thursday, but was postponed by the Republicans when there were serious doubts the Republicans had the votes to strike down Obamacare. After negotiations between the Trump administration and members of the House Thursday, President Trump took a hard line and declared the vote should take place Friday, or he would move on to other matters and leave Obamacare in place. There is no clear consensus in the marketplace on the outcome of this key vote, which could move markets in its immediate aftermath.
A “no” vote on the House bill would likely favour the gold market bulls, as it could put downside pressure on the U.S. stock market.
Gold could back off and The U.S dollar is expected to strengthen and bonds yields should rise if the health care bill gets passed. The main reason being that the markets will see it as one hurdle out of the way for finally moving onto tax reform and other fiscal stimulus measures.
But if it happens otherwise and if the bill doesn’t get passed then gold is quote likely to rise.
On Friday, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said U.S. labour market improvement is slowing down. U.S. data on core durable goods has shown that the economy is strong, but this is not something which is going to excite the Fed that much.
The U.S. data released was as follows
- The Department of Commerce said new order of durable goods increased by $3.9 billion or 1.7% to $235.4 billion last month, following January’s revised 2.3% increase. According to consensus forecasts, economists were expecting to see a 1.1% rise.
- Stripping out the volatile transportation sector, new orders of core durable goods rose 0.4%, in February, following January’s revised increase to 0.2%. Economists were expecting to see an increase of 0.5%.
The political uncertainties over in Europe around French elections and Brexit are going to provide a lot of tailwinds for the gold rally
Analysts believe that the short term outlook for gold is positive as it will rise and shine amidst all the volatility and uncertainty prevailing. The coming week, US durable goods orders and housing sales will be announced. Globally reports on Japanese trade and UK inflation could also influence the currency markets and so it is possible that the dollar may lose a little ground against the Sterling and the Euro as it did last week. So this week we are positive for gold and silver while the limits mentioned are tested. What also needs to be focused is the divergence between the Fed’s growth forecast of 2% and President Trumps envisaged plans for a 4% economy growth rate. Time will tell which of the two proves to be more accurate.