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Gold Price 'Certainly Set for $2400' as Banking Woes Hit Crude Oil and Copper

GOLD PRICES edged higher on Tuesday but stock markets, commodities and bond prices fell, edging longer-term borrowing costs higher, ahead of tomorrow's US inflation data.
After yesterday's Loan Officer survey from the Federal Reserve showed US banks tightening lending conditions and fearing an economic recession ahead, Wednesday will bring US cost-of-living data for April, widely seen as boosting the case for further Fed rate hikes if inflation doesn't slow.
Now trading at $2029 per ounce, gold last Thursday set its 4th highest ever London PM benchmark price, fixing $3.75 per ounce below mid-March's near-record peak of $2048.45, set when US regional bank SVB collapsed.
With industrial commodities falling, last Thursday also saw the Copper/Gold Ratio – often judged to be a 'greed/fear' indicator because of the base metal's vital role in economic production versus gold's primary use as a store of value – drop to its lowest since December 2020, back when gold fell hard from its record-high Covid Crisis peak on news of Pfizer developing a successful vaccine.
Chart of Copper/Gold Ratio vs. S&P500 index. Source:
With the broad S&P500 index now trading 3.7% higher from this time a year ago, S&P Global's banking subindex has dropped more than 30% while the tech-stock subindex has gained 8.3%.
"The CEO and the director should suffer" when a bank fails, said legendary US investor Warren Buffett at the weekend's shareholder meeting for Berkshire Hathaway, where the conglomerate reported a 12% rise in Q1 operating earnings.
"The stockholders in the future shouldn't suffer. They didn't do anything."
CEO of failed Swiss giant Credit Suisse Ulrich Körner will join UBS' executive board following its $3.25bn takeover, the newly integrated business announced Monday, taking "responsible for ensuring Credit Suisse's operational continuity and client focus."
While shareholders in UBS got around 40 cents in the Franc through the government-driven UBS purchase, creditors lending it CHF 16bn in "additional Tier 1" capital were wiped out in a move which shocked banking analysts and regulators in other countries.
With the US banking crunch becoming a "key driver" of the falling oil price according to some analysts and traders, much of the rally in crude following Friday's stronger-than-expected US jobs report was reversed today, with US benchmark WTI dropping back below $73 per barrel.
Down $10 from this time a month ago, WTI last week bottomed $10 below today's level at the cheapest since November 2021 and barely half the peak of March 2022 when Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.
Improving economic growth in China plus new oil-output cuts from the Opec cartel of producer nations should stabilize the crude price reckons Daniel Hynes, senior commodity strategist at Australasian banking group ANZ, speaking to Bloomberg overnight.
For gold, "I suspect we'll see a record high reached in the not-too distant future as [financial crisis] risks play out."
Gold prices today hit a new record high in Pakistani Rupees, rising 1.4% to Rs230,100 per tola according to the All Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), as former prime minister Imran Khan was arrested on money-laundering charges in the so-called Al-Qadir Trust case while attending a hearing at the Islamabad High Court.
For Dollar gold prices, "We certainly think [gold] will go to $2400 an ounce," says US financial giant Citi Group's commodity global head Edward Morse.
"But we have to remind investors that this is a choppy road, and they need patience."

Adrian Ash

Adrian Ash, BullionVault Gold News

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the world-leading physical gold, silver and platinum market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and he has now been researching and writing daily analysis of precious metals and the wider financial markets for over 20 years. A frequent guest on BBC radio and television, Adrian is regularly quoted by the Financial Times, MarketWatch and many other respected news outlets, and his views from inside the bullion market have been sought by the Economist magazine, CNBC, Bloomberg, Germany's Handelsblatt and FAZ, plus Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore.

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