Gold Bar Premiums In Asia Rising Again On Physical Demand

Gold’s London AM fix this morning was USD 1,652.50, GBP 1,077.11, and EUR 1,296.18 per ounce.

Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,641.00, GBP 1,063.51, and EUR 1,286.25 per ounce.

All eyes are glued to the European Central Bank’s monetary policy and interest rate announcement scheduled later today.  Gold rose above $1,650 an ounce in Europe on Thursday as the euro climbed against the dollar after a well-received auction of Spanish bonds, but its gains were limited by uncertainty ahead of a European Central Bank interest rate decision later in the day.

Economists polled by Reuters say the ECB will take a breather this month after unleashing back-to-back interest rate cuts, so they can assess the impact of the their actions in the final two months of 2011.  The wording post announcement will be closely watched for any suggestion of further monetary easing, however.

Worries that the Eurozone is still stuck in its debt crisis at a time when the US economy is improving has pressured the euro and lifted euro-priced gold.  Gold in euro terms has outperformed the yellow metal this year, rising 7.4 percent against dollar gold’s 5.6 percent.

Demand in Asia continues to be strong.  China remains the world’s largest producer of mined gold.

Premiums for gold bullion bars in Asia are rising again and are at their highest since October in Hong Kong and Singapore. Premiums are at $2.15/oz in Hong Kong and $1.65/oz in Singapore.  Bullion’s strength was also attributed to the euro’s 16 month low, with Fitch warning the ECB to purchase assets to try to stabilize the euro.  

Spot gold was up 0.6 percent at $1,650.34 an ounce at 1009 GMT, having earlier touched a one-month high at $1,652.30. U.S. gold futures for February delivery were up $12.60 an ounce at $1,652.20. 

A stronger rupee has boosted the purchasing power of gold bullion consumers in India.  This is in the run up for the Indian Wedding Season which resumes January 15th and continues until April, leaving a  few weeks break for a period that is considered bad luck for nuptials.  Chinese demand will weaken next week as many factories and businesses are set to close for the Lunar New Year’s celebrations.

Eurozone leaders will come and go but gold cannot be printed like paper money from central banks. Investors here in Europe who have had to survive austerity measures, cuts in social services, rising prices on consumer goods and unemployment are losing faith in the politicians that represent them.  Gold bullion still represents a positive play for any diversified portfolio.     

Silver & Platinum
Demand for silver coins has been strong at the start of 2012, with the U.S. Mint reporting American Eagle silver coin sales of 4.257 million ounces in January, a higher volume than recorded in any of the previous three months.

U.S. Mint gold coin sales have also been healthy at 82,500 ounces so far this month, already 26% higher than in the entire month of December.

Platinum climbed for a fourth day on Thursday, on track for its largest weekly gain since October with a rise of 7%. 

For breaking news and commentary on financial markets and gold, follow us on Twitter.

NEWS
(Reuters)
Gold steady as Spain auction, ECB meeting loom

(India Reuters)
Gold buying firm as wedding season restarts

(BusinessWeek)
Asian Stocks Fall on Economy Concern; Gold, Europe Futures Climb

(MarketWatch)
Record-high imports from Hong Kong lift bullion; platinum rallies

COMMENTARY
(The Telegraph)
Eurozone waters down its tough fiscal rules in new treaty

(ZeroHedge)
Iran: Oh, No; Not Again

(TheStreet)
Gold-Silver Price Ratio Getting Silly Again

(MoneyWeek)
The Wart on the Skin of Capitalism

(BullMarketThinking)
“There’s Physical Gold and Paper Gold–The Closer You Are to Physical the Higher the Price”

 

 

Mark O'Byrne

Also on news-goldcore-com

Videos

Uranium Squeeze AND the Case for Gold – Amir Adnani

Tavi Costa- The Fed is Trapped

Silver Market Predictions – Ed Steer Talks about the Silver & Gold Price

Blog posts

Uranium Squeeze AND the Case for Gold – Amir Adnani

Dave Russell, our host today, welcomes Amir Adnani, CEO of GoldMining Inc. He joins us to talk about the supply-side factors affecting the gold prices, The Case for Gold, and the Uranium Squeeze, as well as why he is bullish on both yellow metals. Watch the full interview to find out more. Watch the Video […]

READ MORE

Lawrence Lepard – Living in a World with Inflation

Lawrence Lepard Portfolio Manager and advocate of sound money, is our guest on this episode of GoldCore TV. With 40% of money in the US being created in the last 2 years, we ask Lawrence if the Fed is trapped. If so will this mean that it is going to be very difficult for them […]

READ MORE

Supply Chain Crisis Effects on Gold & Silver

The broken chain – could the supply crunch be worse than the oil crunch of the 1970s Anyone that has bought a new or used car in the last year has faced higher prices and long wait times for delivery. This is all because of the very small but essential semiconductor, which is in short […]

READ MORE

Featured

Gold, the Tried-and-True Inflation Hedge for What’s Coming!

READ MORE

How High is Too High for Rising Government Bond Yields?

READ MORE

Silver – 7 Reasons it is Still Set to Soar

READ MORE
Newsletter
Category
Archives
Popular

No posts available

Videos

Uranium Squeeze AND the Case for Gold – Amir Adnani

Tavi Costa- The Fed is Trapped

Silver Market Predictions – Ed Steer Talks about the Silver & Gold Price

Blog posts

Uranium Squeeze AND the Case for Gold – Amir Adnani

Dave Russell, our host today, welcomes Amir Adnani, CEO of GoldMining Inc. He joins us to talk about the supply-side factors affecting the gold prices, The Case for Gold, and the Uranium Squeeze, as well as why he is bullish on both yellow metals. Watch the full interview to find out more. Watch the Video […]

READ MORE

Lawrence Lepard – Living in a World with Inflation

Lawrence Lepard Portfolio Manager and advocate of sound money, is our guest on this episode of GoldCore TV. With 40% of money in the US being created in the last 2 years, we ask Lawrence if the Fed is trapped. If so will this mean that it is going to be very difficult for them […]

READ MORE

Supply Chain Crisis Effects on Gold & Silver

The broken chain – could the supply crunch be worse than the oil crunch of the 1970s Anyone that has bought a new or used car in the last year has faced higher prices and long wait times for delivery. This is all because of the very small but essential semiconductor, which is in short […]

READ MORE

Featured

Gold, the Tried-and-True Inflation Hedge for What’s Coming!

READ MORE

How High is Too High for Rising Government Bond Yields?

READ MORE

Silver – 7 Reasons it is Still Set to Soar

READ MORE