Gold and silver prices rise after three sessions of drop

After three sessions of loss, gold prices ended higher on Monday, 03 November, 2008. Traders anticipated that bullion metals are done with current low levels that they have attained in recent times. Silver prices also rose today.

Generally, a stronger dollar pressures demand for dollar-denominated commodities, such as crude oil and gold, which become more expensive for holders of other currencies. Losses in equity markets had also forced traders to sell gold. Since past couple of weeks, precious metals, mainly gold, had dropped as traders tried to gain back some of the money that had lost in other markets.

On Monday, Comex Gold for December delivery rose $8.6 (1.2%) to close at $726.8 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On 17 March, 2008 prices had skyrocketed to a high of $1,034/ounce. But prices have dropped significantly (30.5%) since then. Last week, gold prices ended lower by 1.6%. For the month of October, gold ended lower by 18%. It was the biggest percentage loss for gold since February, 1983.

This year, gold prices have lost 12.7% till date. The dollar index has gained 13.5% this year and of that almost 8% in October, 2008 itself. For the third quarter ended September, 2008, gold prices ended lower by 5.1%. It was the first quarterly loss for the yellow metal since the second quarter in FY 2007. Prior to that, the yellow metal ended second quarter with a marginal gain of 0.7%. For first quarter prices gained 10.7%.

On Monday, Comex silver futures for December delivery rose by 2 cents (0.2%) to $9.75 an ounce. Last week, silver fell 1.9%. For the month of October, silver slipped by 20%. Till date, silver has lost 35% this year. Silver had ended month and quarter of September 2008 with a loss of 10%. For the second quarter, it had gained a paltry 1.4%. Silver had gained 16% in Q1. The metal also had gained for seven straight years.

Generally, a stronger dollar pressures demand for dollar-denominated commodities, such as crude oil and gold, which become more expensive for holders of other currencies. On the other hand, a lower dollar pushes up precious metal prices as their demand lessens as it becomes cheaper for traders holding other currencies. Gold has traditionally been used as a safe-haven asset against rising inflation. Investor sentiments are boosted by the fact that gold and silver are alternate sources of good investment in the face of declining dollar and rising energy prices and vice versa.

In the currency market on Monday, the U.S. dollar posted broad-based gains against other major currencies rising both against the British pound and the euro ahead of key interest rate decisions in Europe due later this week. The dollar index, a measure of the greenback against a trade-weighted basket of six currencies, rose 1.3% to 86.35.

On Monday, crude for December delivery closed at $63.91, lower by 5.8%. It gained 5.7% last week but ended 32.6% lower for the month of October, 2008.

Earlier this year, the weakening dollar and higher global demand for raw materials had led to records this year for commodities including gold. Gold reached a record in March as a U.S. housing slump and credit crisis spurred the Federal Reserve to slash borrowing costs. In the latest move, the Federal Reserve has cuts its target bank lending rate to 1% from 5.25% in September, 2007. The Fed did it in eight steps.

Gold had witnessed the greatest annual gain in twenty eight years by gaining $200/ounce (31%) in FY 2007 as lower interest rates had sent the dollar tumbling, and crude-oil prices rose to a record. Silver had climbed 16% in FY 2007. In 2006, silver had jumped 46% while gold gained 23%.

At the MCX, gold prices for December delivery closed lower by Rs 118 (1%) at Rs 11,614 per 10 grams. Prices rose to a high of Rs 11,777 per 10 grams and fell to a low of Rs 11,545 per 10 grams during the day's trading.

At the MCX, silver prices for December delivery closed Rs 180 (1.06%) lower at Rs 16,768/Kg. Prices opened at Rs 17,100/kg and fell to a low of Rs 16,617/Kg during the day's trading.

2 comments:

Stock Tips said... December 20, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Gold posted an inside day with a higher close on Friday as it consolidated some of last week’s decline but remains below the 20-day moving average crossing.

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