|Day's range||1,621.60 - 1,652.10|
India, the world's second-biggest gold consumer, has discovered gold fields with reserves of over 3,000 tonnes in Uttar Pradesh, a government official said on Saturday. India mines between 2 to 3 tonnes of gold annually, relying on expensive imports to fulfil nearly all of its demand, which averaged 843 tonnes per year over the past 10 years. Its hunger for gold - used extensively in jewellery, as offerings to Gods and in lavish weddings - cost India more than $31 billion on imports last year, making the metal its second-biggest import item after crude oil.
BENGALURU/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Rising prices dented demand for physical gold in most Asian hubs this week, while the coronavirus outbreak dragged China's premiums to their lowest since July 2016. Benchmark spot gold prices have risen over 3% so far this week, having risen to a seven-year high at 1,643.89 an ounce. Dealers were offering a discount of up to $7 an ounce over official domestic prices this week, up from $3 last week.
Silver has recorded strong gains this week, as investors unnerved over the coronavirus have boosted precious metals, which are safe-haven assets. Silver prices could hit the lofty $19 level as early as next week.
It was a Risk-off Thursday, with the S&P500; down 0.5% heading into the close and Europe’s Stoxx600 closed 0.9% lower. US 10y yields slipped 5bps to 1.52%, levels not seen since early February.
Oil prices fell on Friday in Asia as fears about the coronavirus in China outweighed data that showed crude stockpiles rose much less than expected last week. U.S. Crude Oil WTI Futures dropped 0.9% to $53.42 by 1:19 AM ET (05:19 GMT), while international Brent Oil Futures lost 1.0% to $58.73. Oil inventories rose by 414,000 barrels for the week ended Feb. 14, the EIA said.
Based on the early price action and the current price at 99.735, the direction of the March U.S. Dollar Index into the close is likely to be determined by trader reaction to yesterday’s close at 99.597.
Based on the early price action and the current price at 29043, the direction of the March E-mini Dow Jones Industrial Average the rest of the session on Thursday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to a pair of Gann angles at 28937 and 29031.
The US stock markets continue to show resiliency overall, although it was a bit quiet during the trading session on Thursday. The market currently covers just below the 3400 level, and I think we are trying to build up the necessary pressure to break above it.
Silver markets spent most of the day falling on Thursday but did find buyers eventually near the $18.25 level to turn around and show signs of trying to break out in becoming an impulsive move to the upside.
The crude oil markets rallied again during the trading session on Thursday, as the markets had been oversold. At this point, we are seeing a deceleration of new cases of coronavirus in China, at least as far as official numbers are concerned.
The natural gas markets have pulled back just a bit during the trading session on Thursday, awaiting for some type of directionality when it comes to the overall inventory. Ultimately, this is a market that is continuing to struggle with oversupplied.
Gold markets initially pulled back a bit during the trading session on Thursday, but then shot higher as we got close to the $1600 level. Ultimately, this is a market that is trying to break out to the upside and therefore continue the longer-term uptrend.
Based on the early price action and the current price at $1617.70, the direction of the April Comex gold market the rest of the session on Thursday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to $1611.80.
After strong gains this week, silver has steadied. With the coronavirus causing massive disruptions to China’s economy, risk apprehension remains high, which is bullish for silver.
The Paxos Settlement Service has gone live, allowing for the simultaneous exchange of cash and a select number of U.S.-listed securities on the firm's own private version of ethereum.
Equities retreat after the broad market hit a new all-time high in the previous session. Risks of virus-related correction continue to grow.
Gold prices marked their best annual increase since 2010 last year and are currently above $1,600 per ounce, as concerns over global economic health, low interest rates and geopolitical tensions triggered investor interest in safer assets. Newmont, Kirkland and others have snapped up rivals in a flurry of deals to replace reserves and lower costs, and are now rewarding investors by hiking payouts and buying back shares. Kirkland Lake, fresh from acquiring rival Detour Gold, said on Thursday it would double its annual dividend to $0.50 per share and repurchase 20 million of its common shares over two years as it steps up exploration.
Dutch tax enforcers with the Netherlands’ Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service arrested two men Monday for laundering millions of euros in cryptocurrency.