Today’s AM fix was USD 1,269.00, EUR 935.98 and GBP 748.81 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,264.50, EUR 932.18 and GBP 745.45 per ounce.
Gold fell $1.50 or 0.12% yesterday to $1,270.20/oz. Silver climbed $0.09 or 0.46% to $19.72 per ounce.
Gold edged lower today as headline geopolitical risk out of Ukraine and Iraq abated somewhat.
Oil prices remain near multi month highs on concerns of supply disruption. Iraq's largest oil refinery is under attack from Sunni militants today and may largely be controlled by insurgents, according to Reuters.
U.S. inflation figures were worse than expected yesterday showing that inflation pressures are building which is bullish for gold. Higher oil prices and slowing economic growth is a recipe of stagflation – economic conditions that gold thrives on.
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Traders and more speculative investors are waiting on the sidelines for the U.S. Federal Reserve to conclude its policy meeting before placing big bets on gold.
In China, the world’s largest physical gold buyer, gold prices were trading either at a discount of about $1 an ounce or on par with the global benchmark, in a sign that buying interest has waned somewhat.
Platinum and palladium edged higher again on continuing supply concerns, particularly from Russia.
China’s Largest Gold Company Seeks To Become Kingmaker In Gold Industry
China National Gold Group Corporation or China Gold, China’s largest gold conglomerate with primary interests in mining and also refining, is on the hunt for global acquisitions and partnerships, the company's president said yesterday.
The state owned Chinese gold miner and producer and retailer of custom-designed gold and silver bars, which was founded in 2003, appears to have designs on becoming a kingmaker in the global gold industry.
China is the world's biggest producer, importer and buyer of gold, giving the country increasing sway over prices, output and the global gold market in general. The country's official gold consumption increased to 1,176 metric tons last year while its production was 428 metric tons. This is encouraging overseas acquisitions.
China Gold’s President Dr. Xin Song said he believes that long term demand for gold in China will remain strong as a younger generation buys gold online, even if demand falls slightly this quarter from the first.
Acquisitions by China Gold would revive a mostly moribund market for gold mergers and acquisitions. This has been seen in both the mining and investment segments of the gold market. Indeed, the German refinery and bullion wholesaler Degussa’s acquisition of small UK bullion retailer, Sharps Pixley, in November 2013 was one of the only deals seen in the investment sector in recent years.
Mr. Song said that his company is searching for opportunities in the gold and silver markets. "The growing strategy is very clear: We are going out looking at things globally," he said through an interpreter. "We have a few opportunities, at different stages."
He said the company's current preference is for assets in countries near China, such as Mongolia, Russia and in Central Asia. It also is looking for acquisitions in developed countries such as Canada, Australia and the U.S.
A third option is in developing countries, including in Africa and South America. "The political situation has to be stable," he said.
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Mr. Song said he talked last week with Barrick Gold Chairman John Thornton. Barrick is the world’s largest gold producer. Barrick has placed a priority on establishing long-term relationships with Chinese partners. "Both parties are looking for potential opportunities jointly," Mr. Song said.
China Gold is working on potential partnerships with both Barrick Gold Corp., Newmont Mining Corp. and Kinross Gold Corp its president said on Tuesday.
If China’s largest gold producing company is successful, the alliance would bring one or both of the world’s largest western gold mining companies closer to China. It could mean an important new source of supply for the insatiable demand that is coming from China.
Zhongyuan Gold Smelter Co Ltd, is the largest gold refiner and bar refinery in China and part of China National Gold Group Corporation (CNGGC), is a subsidiary of China Gold Co Ltd (Zhongjin Gold Co Ltd), which is headquartered in Beijing.
The refinery works closely with an associated company, China National Gold Group Gold Jewellery Co Ltd, which is also headquartered in Beijing and responsible for the design and sale of CNGGC-branded gold investment bars and other bars and products for the retail gold market in China.
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Sanmenxia City, which is built on the west bank of the Yellow River, is known as “Gold City”, in recognition of the importance of the city and Henan Province to China’s gold industry.
For 53 years the Chinese people were banned from owning gold. But that all changed in 2003, and now the enormous demand by 1.3 billion Chinese over the last ten years is causing an important paradigm shift, as gold and silver moves from the West to the East.
Another factor in the paradigm shift is official Chinese demand from the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) who are diversifying some of their massive foreign exchange reserves, some $3 trillion, into the much smaller physical gold market.
The ramifications of that paradigm shift have yet to be appreciated.
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