Gold Rout Bottoming as Asia Buys

Gold demand near record levels in India and China is credited with turning around global drop in prices.

The rout in gold that wiped out $56 billion of value this year is spurring consumer demand in China and India, the biggest buyers, and leading JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. to say prices are bottoming.

Sales of jewelry, coins, and bars will reach as much as 1,000 metric tons in India and China in 2013, valued at a combined $87.6 billion, the World Gold Council estimates. Prices will average $1,300 an ounce in the fourth quarter, or 5 percent less than now, the median of 17 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg shows. Bank of America is the most bullish, predicting a fourth-quarter average of $1,495, and JPMorgan anticipates rising averages in every quarter through the end of next year.

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A Bloomberg survey this month showed that 65 percent of economists expect policy makers to reduce the $85 billion of monthly asset purchases starting in September.

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