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Tuesday
Oct212014

Chinese and Indian gold buyers back in market in a big way

The gold price has been falling but physical gold demand appears, counter-intuitively, to have been rising dramatically over the same period.

Author: Lawrence Williams
Posted: Tuesday , 21 Oct 2014 

LONDON (MINEWEB) - 

What has been particularly strange about the gold market over the past two years is that the stronger the physical demand appearing for gold, the weaker the gold price has tended to get.

In the past few months, the gold price has fallen back from around $1,340 down at one time to $1,190 and now hovering back seemingly trying to breach $1,250 on the upside again, yet by all accounts demand in the two biggest consuming nations has been soaring and they are, between them, taking in virtually everything the world’s gold mines can produce.

The two countries are India and China. A mild relaxation of some of the import controls put on gold in the former saw gold imports rise to around 95 tonnes in September, while the weekly withdrawal statistics from the Shanghai Gold Exchange show that gold demand has latterly also picked up extremely well in China after a good start to the year, but then a marked downturn from March to August.


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The miners had started 2014 very well indeed on the back of rising gold prices, however, they have since fallen away badly, will the year end on a high note or not?

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