Gero: Ukraine Crisis Could Send Gold Prices Higher

Release Date: 
Friday, April 25, 2014

Gold and Silver Prices

Gold prices moved higher on a late week rally due to rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine. “Gold is higher on safe-haven buying interest in early U.S. trading Friday, and on follow-through strength from Thursday’s gains. Prices have pushed back above the key $1,300.00 level…Ukraine’s military has taken action against pro-Russian separatists, killing several of them. In turn, Russia has mobilized its troops near the Ukraine border...This situation is now a geopolitical flashpoint in the eyes of the market place.” (“Gold Rallies On Safe-Haven Demand Heading Into An Uncertain Weekend,” Kitco News, 4/25/14.)

Gold finished the week at $1,304.80, up $9.20. Silver prices closed up $0.08, at $19.83.

Gero: Ukraine Crisis Could Send Gold Prices Higher

Precious metals strategist, George Gero told CNBC ongoing tensions in Ukraine could send precious metals prices higher. “‘One of the largest suppliers of gold, and of course platinum, is Russia,’ said George Gero, precious metals strategist at RBC Capital Markets. ‘And if they're going to be involved in sanctions, and more problems with Ukraine, and deliveries are curtailed—and there is already a problem in South Africa between the miners of platinum, palladium and the mining companies—all of that could somehow explode on the upside and curtail deliveries, meaning higher prices.’” (“Crisis in Ukraine could ‘explode’ gold: RBC expert,” CNBC, 4/24/14.)

China Begins Funneling Gold Imports via Beijing

The South China Morning Post, China’s oldest English language newspaper, reported on the People’s Bank of China’s decision to import gold via Beijing, a move that will limit public information on China’s gold purchases.

“The mainland has begun allowing gold imports through the capital, sources familiar with the matter said, in a move that would help keep purchases by the world's top bullion buyer discreet at a time when it might be boosting official reserves. The opening of Beijing as a third import point after Shenzhen and Shanghai could threaten Hong Kong's pole position in the mainland's gold trade, as the country can get more of the metal it wants directly rather than through a route that discloses how much it is buying. The mainland does not release any trade data on gold. The only way bullion markets can get a sense of its purchases is from the monthly release of export data by Hong Kong, which supplied US$53 billion worth of gold to the mainland last year.” (“China opens Beijing to gold imports, cutting into Hong Kong's transit role,” South China Morning Post, 4/21/14.)

Analysts Survey Sees Higher Gold Prices Next Week

“Concerns about potential escalation in the situation between Ukraine and Russia, plus a move back above certain technical chart levels, should support gold prices next week, a majority of participants said in the weekly Kitco News Gold Survey. Twelve [out of nineteen respondents] see prices up, while four see prices down and three see prices sideways or unchanged. [S]everal survey participants said they are erring on the side of caution and calling for higher prices next week.” (“Higher Gold Prices Seen In Weekly Survey,” Kitco News, 4/25/14.)

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