Gold futures are now seeing their largest jump in speculative net long positioning due to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s views on a third round of quantitative easing and the announcement of a 100 billion-euro lending plan for Spain, ETF Securities said Monday in its Precious Metals Weekly report.
“Although Fed Chairman Bernanke’s testimony to the Congressional Joint Economic Committee last week was noncommittal on the potential for QE3, bargain hunters appeared to take price weakness as an opportunity to accumulate net long gold futures positions at the fastest pace since December 2008, surging 28%,” ETF Securities reported.
In addition, the eurozone’s weekend announcement that it has agreed to lend Spain 100 billion euros, or $125 billion, to rescue its collapsing banking system contributed to the rise in gold futures in line with a rally in other risk assets on Monday morning, said report authors Martin Arnold and Nicholas Brooks.
Net longs in gold still remain near end-2008 lows despite the sharp lows, although China gold imports have surged beyond 65% in April to 103 metric tons, a record monthly level, according to the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department.
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“Gold prices look attractive now,” said Gissen, who had already read the ETF Securities Precious Metals Weekly report, in an interview on Monday with AdvisorOne. “Prices are comparatively low, and there are many factors that favor higher gold prices ahead. We’re seeing national governments buying more gold than they have over the last several years. So far this year, for example, we’re seeing Russia and Mexico buying gold. As countries become concerned about the U.S. dollar and economy long term, I believe that we’re going to see more buying of gold commodities.”