Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gold Could Jump on Inflation, Dollar, India Jewelry Demand

Gold prices may be poised to rebound as several elements are combining to give the yellow metal a probable boost.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made a statement that rising oil prices could spark inflation, the U.S. dollar has been under pressure, and jewelers in India are ending a 5-day shutdown protesting proposed tax increases from the Indian government; all of which could push gold prices up quickly over the short term.

Another major factor is the ongoing sovereign debt crisis in Europe, which continues to weigh down the Zone. The media has neglected it recently, so it hasn't been part of the conversation, even though it's a significant factor in the movement of gold prices.

Bernanke was extremely bearish on European banks, which points to the fact there will be more quantitative easing coming, which is also very bullish for gold.

So far in 2012 gas prices in the U.S. have soared 18 percent, reaching a ten-month high of $3.864 a gallon Wednesday. Not only is inflation a trigger for gold prices to rise, but in the case of higher gas prices, it takes away from consumer spending, which weakens the economy, which also can push gold prices higher.

Gold for April delivery on New York Mercantile Exchange the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange settled at $1,650.30 an ounce, up $3.30, or 0.2 percent.

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