Analysis and Recommendations:

Gold dropped 3.35 to trade at 1696.45. The markets are gearing up for the Fed rate decision which will be hold along with the FOMC minutes, which is not expected to hold any surprises, but it is more likely to avoid mention of any QE, and as the markets hopes for additional monetary support, Gold should continue to fall. Tomorrow (Wednesday) Fed Chief Bernanke speaks and he has a way of making markets crazy. He might introduce sterilization or address the issue of QE or other policies. The markets are hoping to be able to interpret some direction from the minutes being released.

Economic Data March 13, 2012 actual v. forecast

 

JPY

 
 
 

Tertiary Industry Activity Index (MoM) 

-1.7%

 

0.4% 

 

1.8% 

 
 

 

GBP

 
 
 

RICS House Price Balance 

-13%

 

-14% 

 

-16% 

 
 

 

AUD

 
 
 

Home Loans (MoM) 

-1.2%

 

-0.1% 

 

2.1% 

 
 

 

AUD

 
 
 

NAB Business Confidence 

1

 
 
 

 
 

 

JPY

 
 
 

Interest Rate Decision 

0.10%

 

0.10% 

 

0.10% 

 
 

 

EUR

 
 
 

French CPI (MoM) 

0.4%

 

0.4% 

 

-0.4% 

 
 

 

HUF

 
 
 

Hungarian CPI (YoY) 

5.9%

 

5.8% 

 

5.5% 

 
 

 

CHF

 
 
 

PPI (MoM) 

0.8%

 

0.3% 

 

0.0% 

 
 

 

SEK

 
 
 

Swedish CPI (YoY) 

1.9%

 

1.8% 

 

1.9% 

 
 

 

GBP

 
 
 

Trade Balance 

-7.5B

 

-7.8B 

 

-7.2B 

 
 

 

EUR

 
 
 

German ZEW Economic Sentiment 

22.3

 

10.5 

 

5.4 

 
 

 

EUR

 
 
 

ZEW Economic Sentiment 

11.0

 

3.8 

 

-8.1 

 
 

 

USD

 
 
 

Core Retail Sales (MoM) 

0.9%

 

0.8% 

 

1.1% 

 
 

 

USD

 
 
 

Retail Sales (MoM) 

1.1%

 

1.0% 

 

0.6% 

 
 

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Economic Calendar March 14, 2012

10:30     GBP      Average Earnings Index +Bonus                                1.9%                      2.0%       

10:30     GBP       Claimant Count Change                                               6.0K                       6.9K

The Average Earnings Index measures change in the price businesses and the government pay for labor, including bonuses.  Claimant Count Change measures the change in the number of unemployed people in the U.K. during the reported month. A rising trend indicates weakness in the labor market, which has a trickle-down effect on consumer spending and economic growth.              

 11:00    EUR       CPI (YoY)                                                                      2.7%                      2.7%                     

 11:00    EUR        Industrial Production (MoM)                                        0.7%                      -1.1%                    

 11:00    EUR       Core CPI (YoY)                                                              1.6%                      1.5%       

This is a triple report covering all of the eurozone. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures the change in the price of goods and services from the perspective of the consumer. Industrial Production measures the change in the total inflation-adjusted value of output produced by manufacturers, mines, and utilities.         

13:30     USD       Current Account                                                             -114.0B                                 -110.0B

The Current Account index measures the difference in value between exported and imported goods, services and interest payments during the reported month. The goods portion is the same as the monthly Trade Balance figure. Because foreigners must buy the domestic currency to pay for the nation's exports the data can have a sizable affect on the USD.

13:30     USD      Import Price Index (MoM)                                                0.6%                      0.3%

The Import Price Index measures the change in the price of imported goods and services purchased domestically.

15:00     USD      Fed Chairman Bernanke Speaks

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (February 2006 - January 2014) is to speak. As head of the Fed, which controls short term interest rates, he has more influence over the U.S. dollar's value than any other person. Traders closely watch his speeches as they are often used to drop hints regarding future monetary policy       

Government Bond Auction Schedule     (this week)

Mar 14  10:10  Italy   BTP/CCTeu auction

Mar 14  10:10  Sweden  Auctions T-bills

Mar 14  10:30  Swiss  Bond auction

Mar 14  15:30  Sweden  Details nominal bond exchange auction on Mar 21

Mar 14  18:00  US  Auctions 30Y Bonds

Mar 15  09:30  Spain  Obligacion auction

Mar 15  09:50  France  BTAN auction

Mar 15  10.30  UK  Auctions 4.5% 2042 conventional Gilt

Mar 15  10:50  France  OATi auction

Mar 15  16:00  US  Announces auction of 10Y TIPS on Mar 22

Just a heads up since gold is volatile and will react to most economic indicators we will begin to post the daily calendar with events that could affect the price of gold. The gold price is sensitive to a number of scheduled U.S. and Euro area macroeconomic announcements-including retail sales, non-farm payrolls, and inflation. Gold's high sensitivity to real interest rates and its unique role as a safe-haven and store of value typically leads to a counter-cyclical reaction to surprise news, in contrast to their commodities. It also shows a particularly high sensitivity to negative surprises that might lead financial investors to become more risk averse.  

These results have a number of implications. To reduce the uncertainty of the return on gold transactions, traders may wish to time their orders flow so as to avoid the release of information that has been shown to affect prices. For longer-term market participants, these results provide confirmation of the pro-cyclical bias of many commodities and gold's role as a safe-haven during periods of economic uncertainty.

Gold Pivot Points (Time Frame: 1 Day)

 

Name S3 S2 S1 Pivot R1 R2 R3

Classic
1613.97
1638.18
1657.47
1681.68
1700.97
1725.18
1744.47

Fibonacci
1638.18
1654.80
1665.07
1681.68
1698.30
1708.57
1725.18

Camarilla
1664.79
1668.78
1672.76
1681.68
1680.74
1684.73
1688.71

Woodie's
-
1636.95
1655.00
1680.45
1698.50
1723.95
-

DeMark's
-
-
1691.33
1676.86
1647.83
-
-