Monday, November 15, 2010
Narrow Trading Continues Ahead of US Retail Sales
Worries about Chinese tightening have weighed on oil and base metal prices as the government's measures, such as rate hike and raise in RRR, limit investments and hence, demand for these commodities. Indeed, China's impacts extend to precious metals. Recall that when the People's Bank of China raised near term interest rates last month (October 19), gold price slumped with the benchmark COMEX contract falling from 1371.7 to 1328 on that day. The impacts on PGMs will be as big as base metals as China is the world's largest auto producer and consumer.
According to Bombay Bullion Association, India’s gold imports jumped +65% y/y in October as driven by Diwali. India’s demand for other commodities such as oil and agricultural products should also surge in coming years. EIA’s Short-term Energy Report forecast annual growth in oil demand in India will be +7.95% in 2010 and +4.21% in 2011. The pace will exceed that of China (2010:+4.26%; 2011: 0.00%) although the absolute amount is still small.
Posted courtesy of Oil N Gold.Com