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Gold Prices Rally as Equities Struggle But Weak Dhanteras Demand Follows Q3 ETF Selling

GOLD PRICES rallied back near last week's closing level for US and Euro investors on Thursday, as major stock markets struggled to extend their 2-day bounce and the UK central bank said business investment is slowing because of Brexit uncertainty.
 
The MSCI World Index hasn't risen for 3 days running since mid-September.
 
With gold rising back to $1230 and €1080 per ounce, crude oil retreated, as did major government bond prices.
 
That edged 10-year US Treasury yields up to 3.17% – the highest rate in more than 7 years when first seen immediatey after the start of October.
 
The previous calendar quarter, between July and September 2018, saw global gold demand hold flat from a year earlier said data provided by the mining-backed World Gold Council on Thursday, with outflows from gold ETF trust funds only just outweighed by an uptick in consumer and central-bank demand.
 
World Gold Council chart of Q3 2018 vs Q3 2017 global demand
 
The UK gold price in Pounds per ounce rallied £5 on Thursday from an overnight drop to 1-week lows of £946 after the Bank of England kept its key interest rate and QE asset-purchases unchanged yet again.
 
Forecasting that inflation in the cost of living will stay "above-target for most" of its 2-year outlook, with wage growth now the strongest in a decade, "momentum in household consumption appears greater than previously expected," said the Bank's MPC statement.
 
"[But] business investment has been more subdued...as the effect of Brexit uncertainty has intensified."
 
The British Pound had earlier reached 1-week highs versus the Dollar after The Times and Reuters both reported un-named sources as saying the UK is "making progress" towards a post-Brexit deal allowing financial services firm continued access to European Union clients and markets.
 
The rumors say the UK should expect only "equivalence" however – meaning the EU sets all standards and can reject UK banks or brokerages as it chooses. 
Over in India, " gold jewelry demand grew 10% [year-on-year in Q3] as the [summer] price dip attracted bargain hunters," says the World Gold Council's new report today.
 
But gold prices in the Delhi market are now near 6-year highs at 32,650 Rupees per 10 grams, says NDTV.
 
"[So] even as the festive season is at its peak," says the Times of India, noting the arrival over the next week of Dhanteras and Diwali on Hindu calendars – by far the heaviest period of demand for the No.2 gold consumer nation – "the demand for gold continues to remain low key.
 
"More than 50% of gold purchases, even on [Wednesdsay's] auspicious muhurat of Pushya Nakshatra, were made by exchanging old gold" for re-making into new items, says the paper, rather than creating fresh gold demand.
 
Zeebiz reports a raft of jeweler discounts and offers, including cheaper re-make charges, for this Dhanteras season.
 
Hitting new all-time lows on the FX market, India's Rupee will struggle to rally over the next 12 months thanks to 2019 state elections, plus the country's heavy trade and government deficits, according to a poll of analysts by Reuters.

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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