Goldman vs. China on Gold Prices
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September 19, 2013 - 2:31pm
Housewives in Shanghai don't buy Goldman Sachs $1000 gold call...
LAST WEEK, writes Byron King of Addison Wiggins' Agora Financial in The Daily Reckoning, while tensions ramped up in the Middle East (and despite the Russia-Syria-US ballet of oddball diplomacy, tensions remain high), the price of gold plummeted.
Week over week, the price of gold was off nearly 5\% – or about $50 an ounce. Much of that downward action happened in one day, too.
What happened? Well, a representative from Goldman Sachs (the share-price of which is about to become part of the Dow Jones Index, by the way) stated that the price of gold might drop to below $1000 per ounce. That lowered the boom on gold.
When Goldman speaks, people listen. Then they sell or buy accordingly. Goldman moves markets as was the case last Thursday. I'll refrain from saying more on that specific point.
Aside from Goldman, much of the mainstream media is already working against gold and other precious metals like silver, platinum and palladium. Precious metals are no longer the flavor of the month, at least like they used to be.
After a great, decade-long run, precious metals have pulled back in the past year. Is it a temporary issue for long-term investors? Or is something fundamental really changing for shiny stuff? It matters with respect to the value of physical metal that you own, and definitely for the prospects of mining companies in which you might invest.
The gold price has been on a downward slide year over year – for example, the price per ounce is down over $400. The redeeming thing is that, for much of 2013, we've had strong support for gold, silver, etc. in the form of physical buying on pullbacks.
Stories are now legendary about "Chinese housewives" mobbing gold selling counters in Shanghai. Or great accounts of clever smugglers bringing gold bars into India in defiance of government controls. With the latest price tumble, are new stories like these – anecdotal evidence for the "love trade" in gold – about to dry up?
Or consider news stories about how emerging, hot-running markets of the past few years are on the ropes. The bloom is distinctly off the rose for prospects in, say, China, India, Brazil, Turkey and many more former go-go lands. Their government-administered, goosed-up economies have outrun the kind of fundamentals – household savings and company profits – that make for long-term economic strength. Bad for gold, right?
Meanwhile, developed economies appear to be improving by many metrics. Just look close to home in the US, where housing had a good summer and autos are rolling off the lots at rates not seen since before the Crash of 2008.
Also in the US, the Dollar has been strong relative to other world currencies. I contend that much of the latest "Dollar strength" is due to increased domestic oil output, courtesy of our ongoing energy revolution, aka fracking. With fracking, the US has displaced about 2.5 million barrels-per-day of imported oil.
Now instead of imports, the US economy uses domestic crude, much to the benefit of the overall economy, tax receipts, the national current account and more. Indeed, the large increase in domestic oil is one development for which Pres. Obama never seems to "blame Bush."
Overseas, European economies are improving. Look at Germany, Britain and others. There's less and less bad news from the southern rim (Italy in particular), which could be a sign that things have stopped getting worse and have found a bottom. Is there a rebound coming?
Japan is looking up too, despite lingering effects of the 2011 nuclear plant disaster at Fukushima. One Japanese highlight is that the International Olympics Committee just awarded the 2020 event to Tokyo. We can look forward to seven strong years of people in Japan pouring concrete for new stadiums, roads, rail, airports, etc. And you just know that the Japanese will want to outdo their rivals in China, who hosted the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
With all this good news for "conventional" economics, and bad news for the gold-demand side, is the gold run over? Are we waiting for a golden Godot or something?
Well, not so fast. At least, don't rush for the exits. All is not what it seems. Let's look at one item – just one! – that could cause precious metal prices to rebound sharply.
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