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Jul 8, 2015

Gold struggles near four-month low on lack of safe-haven bids

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Gold extended losses to trade near its lowest since March on Wednesday as its allure as a safe-haven asset took a hit despite the Greek debt crisis and the tumble in Chinese stock markets.

Other precious metals took cues from gold, also logging sharp losses as the dollar grew more robust.

Jul 7, 2015

Gold dips below $1,170 despite Greek debt crisis

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Gold fell on Tuesday as markets awaited news from a euro zone summit to see whether progress would be made in the Greek debt crisis, even as increasing short positions in the precious metal underlined bearish sentiment towards bullion.

Gold has so far failed to see significant safe-haven bids sparked by the ongoing Greek crisis as fears of contagion seem to be limited. Strength in the dollar has also capped gains.

Jul 3, 2015

Gold prices in India at deep discounts on sluggish demand

MUMBAI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Gold prices in major consumer India were quoted at deep discounts to the global benchmark this week on tepid demand and adequate levels of inventory, dealers said.

Prices were quoted at a discount of $8 to $15 an ounce over London prices, much wider than the $1 discount in mid-June, they said.

Jul 3, 2015

Indian gold prices at deep discounts on sluggish demand

MUMBAI/SINGAPORE, July 3 (Reuters) – Gold prices in major
consumer India were quoted at deep discounts to the global
benchmark this week on tepid demand and adequate levels of
inventory, dealers said.

Prices were quoted at a discount of $8 to $15 an ounce over
London prices, much wider than the $1 discount in
mid-June, they said.

Jun 30, 2015

China targets counterweight in gold trade with yuan fix

SINGAPORE/LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – A decade after China
kicked off a series of gold market reforms, plans to establish a
yuan price fix mark one of Beijing’s biggest step so far to
capitalise on the country’s position as the world’s top producer
and a leading consumer.

While no immediate threat to the gold pricing dominance of
London and New York, the benchmark could ultimately give Asia
more power over bullion trade, particularly if the yuan becomes
fully convertible, industry sources say.

Jun 29, 2015

Gold gets safe-haven boost on Greek fears, equities slump

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Gold jumped along with other safe-haven assets on Monday after the Greece debt crisis took a turn for the worse over the weekend, with Athens looking more likely to default and exit the euro zone.

Spot gold rose 0.6 percent to $1,181.50 an ounce by 0343 GMT, after hitting $1,186.91 earlier in the session, its highest in nearly a week.

Jun 25, 2015

China’s ICBC says keen to join London gold price benchmark

SHANGHAI, June 25 (Reuters) – Industrial and Commercial Bank
of China Ltd (ICBC), the world’s largest bank by assets, said it
was interested in participating in the twice-daily London gold
price benchmarking process.

Asia is the largest consumer of gold but the London
benchmarking system has not until recently included any banks
from the region as members.

Jun 25, 2015

China plans to launch yuan gold fix by end of 2015

SHANGHAI, June 25 (Reuters) – China plans to launch a
yuan-denominated gold fix by the end of the year via the
Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), in a move aimed at giving the
world’s biggest producer and leading consumer of bullion more
influence over pricing.

The first public confirmation made by an exchange official
comes after Reuters cited sources in February on the proposal
for the fix to be set through trading on the SGE, the world’s
biggest physical bullion exchange.

Jun 25, 2015

LBMA to start reporting OTC gold trade soon; exchange model seen as costly

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) could soon take steps to report trades of the over-the-counter gold market, but the prospect of higher costs makes an exchange-traded model unattractive to participants for now, its chief executive said.

The LBMA had commissioned consultancy EY, formerly known as Ernst & Young, to review the London gold market and recommend further developments including the possibility of creating an exchange for gold trading in the city.

Jun 24, 2015

China likely to get central bank nod for yuan gold fix soon: sources

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China is expected to receive approval from its central bank for a yuan-denominated gold fix “anytime now”, with more details about the scheme potentially set to emerge at a major industry conference this week, sources told Reuters.

The world’s top gold producer and one of the biggest consumers wants to be a price-setter for bullion and is asserting itself at a time when the global dollar-denominated benchmark, the century-old London fix, is under scrutiny for alleged price-manipulation.

    • About Ananthalakshmi

      "Anantha is responsible for Reuters' gold coverage in Asia, the biggest consumer of the precious metal. Based in Singapore, she tracks the day-to-day market movement of gold prices during Asian hours, fund flows and central bank purchases. She also covers the physical markets in key buyers China and India. Anantha used to cover U.S. companies earlier from Bangalore."
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      2008
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