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Silver Jumps, Gold Price 'Stuck at $1245-65' as Oil Defies Trump, Indian States Disagree on GST

GOLD PRICES held in a tight $5 per ounce range Tuesday, trading around $1260 as world stock markets extended their push to new record highs.
 
English police made an arrest following the suicide-bomb murder overnight of 22 children, teenagers and other concert-goers in Manchester.
 
India's army reported making its first  "punitive" strikes of 2017's spring thaw on Pakistani forces across the disputed border of Kashmir.
 
South Korea meantime said its troops today fired at what may have been an un-manned drone from North Korea, where hereditary dictator Kim Jong Un yesterday "supervised" the test-launch of a long-range missile.
 
Silver prices popped sharply higher to its highest since end-April at $17.30 per ounce Tuesday lunchtime in London.
 
"Gold is struggling to make it out of this $1245-65 range," Reuters quotes spreadbetting provider Saxo Bank.
 
"Gold is now probing [a] first significant hurdle at $1263-65," agrees the latest technical analysis from French investment and bullion market-making bank Societe Generale, also putting "$1245 [as] short term support."
 
"Resistance is at $1264.50," agrees bullion bank Scotia Mocatta's New York team, pointing to the 61.8% Fibo retracement of April's high to May's low, and also putting "Support at $1245.50...[the] 200 day Moving Average.
 
"Momentum indicators are biased to the upside and...remain bullish as long as gold closes above the 200-day MA."
Chart of Dollar gold price's 200-day moving average, basis London PM benchmark
 
Monday saw the giant SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca:GLD) expand its bullion backing by almost 2 tonnes, only its 3rd inflow of the last month against 5 days of shareholder liquidation.
 
That leaves the GLD almost 1% smaller from late April needing 852 tonnes of physical bullion to back the value of its exchange-traded shares.
 
Premiums in Shanghai, over and above London quotes, slipped to their lowest Dollar equivalent in a month, dropping below $8 per ounce against a 12-month average $9.40 incentive for new bullion shipments into the world's largest gold mining, importing and consumer nation.
 
Gold imports to No.2 consumer India jumped 4-fold in April from the same month last year, Bloomberg reported last week, but shipments are now likely to drop according to industry figures as fears about the looming imposition of General Sales Tax on jewelry adds to the traditional summer lull in Hindu wedding and festival demand.
 
"This trend [of heavy imports] will not continue in the coming months," Reuters quotes James Jose, at India's Association of Gold Refineries and Mints.
 
"Ahead of GST, some people are stocking up fearing higher tax, but demand has been falling."
 
Deferred until the end of next week, the decision on gold GST rates "was agreed at 5% by most states," says Thomas Isaac, finance minister of Kerala, who wanted a higher rate while Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu pushed for a lower level.
 
"This means more discussions are in order before a decision next month."
 
Having visited the oil-rich Arab state of Saudi Arabia this weekend meantime, US President Trump announced plans overnight to sell off half the United States' strategic petroleum reserve, built to defend against Middle Eastern supply problems and price volatility in the 1970s.
 
With Saudi ministers now urging other Opec oil-cartel officials to extend output cuts in a bid to boost prices at this week's meeting in Vienna, crude oil initially lost 50 cents before rallying towards new 1-month highs above $51 per barrel of US benchmark WTI.

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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