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Gold Struggles Sub $1,300, Bullion Demand From India Slumps

Gold Struggles Sub $1,300, Bullion Demand From India Slumps

2014-05-20 07:08:00
David de Ferranti, Currency Analyst
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Talking Points

  • Slowing of gold ETF outflows may afford the yellow metal some breathing room
  • Light economic docket in the session ahead may see recent ranges persist
  • Relaxing of Indian gold import restrictions could boost demand over the near-term

Gold and silver continue to tease traders near key resistance zones as a push higher for the US Dollar counteracts safe-haven demand for the precious metals. Looking at longer-term drivers for the yellow metal; a continued slowing of gold ETF outflows may afford the commodity some breathing room. Additionally, following the Indian national election if restrictions on imports intothe world’s second largest consumer of the metal are relaxed, it could boost demand for gold over the longer-term. Meanwhile, over the session ahead a light economic docket may leave the commodities space uninspired and recent ranges could persist.

Gold ETF Outflows Slow To A Trickle

Traders continue to question what could cause the next leg lower for gold prices. While the precious metal suffered the largest percentage fall since 1981 last year, the commodity’s decline has halted over recent weeks. One source of support has likely been the ongoing tensions in Eastern Europe, which has bolstered safe-haven demand for bullion. However, an additional consideration is the diminished outflows from gold ETFs. A veritable torrent of investors heading for the exits last year has slowed to a trickle in recent months.

The slowing of outflows may suggest the initial hot-money fleeing from the alternative asset has faded, and there is some potential for gold to remain supported going forward. This comes as equities and bonds appear relatively expensive, with current levels for US equity benchmarks looking a little lofty, and unattractive yields on fixed income assets.

Gold Struggles Sub $1,300, Bullion Demand From India Slumps

Relaxed Restrictions May Boost Indian Bullion Demand

Restrictions on gold imports into India introduced last year did little to boost the demand outlook for bullion. Indeed a report from the World Gold Council released today showed gold demand from the world’s second largest consumer of the metal, plunged by roughly 41 percent from Q1 2013 to Q1 2014. However, the recent landslide victory by the NDA party in India’s national elections has bolstered speculation that the new government may lift the restrictions on gold, which would bode well for bullion demand over the near-term.

Gold Struggles Sub $1,300, Bullion Demand From India Slumps

Thin Docket Offers Little Event Risk In The Session Ahead

Market-shifting event risk looks relatively scarce in the session ahead, which may leave the commodities space to continue their directionless drift. Potential catalysts that could cause of shift in gears for the major commodities later in the week include the FOMC April Meeting Minutes as well as China HSBC Flash Manufacturing PMI data. A hawkish lean from Fed officials may help the recovery in US yields gain traction, which could put pressure on the precious metals. While a disappointing Chinese manufacturing reading would likely weigh on growth-sensitive commodities including copper. Full details available on the economic calendar here.

CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Sentiment may be shifting for crude oil following a failure to breach the 102.30 mark in recent trading. The formation of an Evening Star candlestick pattern near the resistance level suggests the bears may be looking to stage a return. However, with prices above the 20 SMA and a positive reading from the rate of change indicator a mixed technical bias is offered.

Crude Oil: Recovery Stalls At Nearby Resistance

Gold Struggles Sub $1,300, Bullion Demand From India Slumps

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Gold’s recent range between $1,277 and $1,305 persists which may afford short-term range-trading opportunities on either side of the narrow corridor. A lack of momentum signaled by the Rate of Change indicator, as well as low volatility levels (reflected by the ATR) and several Doji formations suggest the consolidation may continue.

The DailyFX Speculative Sentiment Index suggests a mixed bias for gold based on trader positioning.

Gold: Dojis Highlight Trader Indecision As Range Persists

Gold Struggles Sub $1,300, Bullion Demand From India Slumps

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

SILVER TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

The Bearish Engulfingcandlestick pattern on the daily chart for silver is warning of a pullback for the precious metal to critical support at $19.00.

Silver: Eyes The Critical $19.00 Handle

Gold Struggles Sub $1,300, Bullion Demand From India Slumps

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

COPPER TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

The copper bulls have regained their grip on prices following some signs of hesitation near resistance-turned-support at $3.149. With the base metal remaining in an uptrend alongside building positive momentum, longs are preferred with a target offered by the 61.8% Fib retracement level near $3.213.

Copper: Bulls Return As Uptrend Persists

Gold Struggles Sub $1,300, Bullion Demand From India Slumps

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

PALLADIUM TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Palladium has staged a false breakout with prices pulling back below the $815 handle. While a Bearish Engulfing pattern has formed on the daily, it may find little follow-through, given that prices remain within an ascending trend channel. A test of the ascending trendline would be seen as an opportunity to enter new long positions.

Palladium: Pullback May Offer New Long Opportunities

Gold Struggles Sub $1,300, Bullion Demand From India Slumps

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

PLATINUM TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Platinum is at a critical juncture as the precious metal retests its descending trendline from the April 2013 high. As is often the case, a retest helps confirm the original breakout and this instance validation would leave a preference for longs. However, a Dark Cloud Cover pattern near $1,486 is warning of a continued pullback.

Platinum: Retest Of Trendline Offers Make-Or-Break Moment

Gold Struggles Sub $1,300, Bullion Demand From India Slumps

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

Written by David de Ferranti, Currency Analyst, DailyFX

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