Gold Fundamental Analysis August 16, 2012, Forecast

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Analysis and Recommendations:

Gold futures prices were modestly lower in early U.S. trading Wednesday. Traders are in a bearish posture for the precious metals, as the U.S. dollar index is higher and crude oil prices are weaker but turned up after the EIA release. There were no major news developments in the eurozone with light news flow and little on the eco calendar. The US failed to follow through on positive eco data today, as most of the releases were negative and might once again stir the dreams of Fed hopefuls. Gold is trading at 1602.55 adding a bit but moving between small losses and gains.

Reports overnight said major investors George Soros and John Paulson have significantly increased their holdings in the largest gold-backed exchange traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust. These two heavyweights are considered the “smart money” in the market place, and it appears they are doing some bargain-hunting shopping and looking for gold prices to appreciate in the coming months.

The U.S. dollar index is higher in early trading Wednesday. The greenback is seeing choppy trading action recently, but the bulls maintain the solid overall near-term technical advantage.

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Economic Data August 15, 2012 actual v. forecast

 

 

Currency

 

 

 

Event 

actual

 

forecast

 

previous

   

Aug. 15

 

AUD

 

 

 

Westpac Consumer Sentiment 

-2.50%

 

 

 

3.70% 

 

 

 

 

AUD

 

 

 

Wage Price Index (QoQ) 

1.0%

 

0.8% 

 

0.9% 

 

 

 

 

TRY

 

 

 

Turkish Quarterly Unemployment Rate 

8.20%

 

8.90% 

 

9.00% 

 

 

 

 

GBP

 

 

 

Average Earnings Index +Bonus 

1.6%

 

1.8% 

 

1.5% 

 

 

 

 

GBP

 

 

 

Claimant Count Change 

-5.9K

 

6.0K 

 

1.0K 

   

 

 

GBP

 

 

 

MPC Meeting Minutes 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USD

 

 

 

Core CPI (MoM) 

0.1%

 

0.2% 

 

0.2% 

 

 

 

 

USD

 

 

 

CPI (MoM) 

0.0%

 

0.2% 

 

0.0% 

 

 

 

 

USD

 

 

 

NY Empire State Manufacturing Index 

-5.8

 

6.5 

 

7.4 

 

 

 

 

USD

 

 

 

CPI (YoY) 

1.4%

 

1.6% 

 

1.7% 

 

 

 

 

USD

 

 

 

Core CPI (YoY) 

2.1%

 

2.2% 

 

2.2% 

 

 

 

 

USD

 

 

 

TIC Net Long-Term Transactions 

9.3B

 

63.0B 

 

55.9B 

   

 

 

USD

 

 

 

Industrial Production (MoM) 

0.6%

 

0.5% 

 

0.1% 

   

 

Upcoming Economic Events that affect the CHF, EUR, GBP and USD

Date

Time

Currency

Event  

Forecast

Previous

Aug 16

9:00

CHF

ZEW Economic Expectations

 

-42.5

 

9:00

EUR

CPI y/y

2.4%

2.4%

 

12:30

USD

Building Permits

0.77M

0.76M

 

12:30

USD

Unemployment Claims

365K

361K

 

12:30

USD

Housing Starts

0.76M

0.76M

 

14:00

USD

Philly Fed Manufacturing Index

-4.3

-12.9

Aug 17

6:00

EUR

German PPI m/m

0.4%

-0.4%

 

8:00

EUR

Current Account

7.8B

10.9B

 

13:55

USD

Prelim UoM Consumer Sentiment

72.5

72.3

Government Bond Auctions

Date  Time  Country 

Aug 16  09:30  UK

Aug 16  15:00  US 

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