Economic Updates : 2015 Forecast / Deflation

Two New Articles

1) Outlook for U.S. and global economies next year is cautiously optimistic

OPEC Is Finished Oil Crash Will Continue : Bank of America

Warning from Bank of America

 The Telegraph | December 10, 2014 8:41 AM ET

An engineer walks in the Barjisiya oil fields in Iraq. Bank of America says the OPEC cartel is dead and free markets now control the global cost of oil.

Getty ImagesAn engineer walks in the Barjisiya oil fields in Iraq. Bank of America says the OPEC cartel is dead and free markets now control the global cost of oil.

The OPEC oil cartel no longer exists in any meaningful sense and crude prices will slump to $50 a barrel over coming months as market forces shake out the weakest producers, Bank of America has warned.

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Revolutionary changes sweeping the world’s energy industry will drive down the price of liquefied natural gas (LNG), creating a “multi-year” glut and a much cheaper source for Europe’s gas needs.

Francisco Blanch, the bank’s commodity chief, said OPEC is “effectively dissolved” after it failed to stabilize prices at its last meeting. “The consequences are profound and long-lasting,” he added.

The free market will now set the global cost of oil, leading to a new era of wild price swings and disorderly trading that benefits only Middle East petro-states with the deepest pockets, such as Saudi Arabia.

BoA said in its year-end report that at least 15 per cent of US shale producers are losing money at current prices, and more than half will be under water if US crude falls below $55. The high-cost producers in the Permian basin will be the first to “feel the pain” and may have to cut back on production soon.

The claims pit BoA against its arch-rival Citigroup, which claims the US shale industry is far more resilient than widely supposed, with marginal costs for existing rigs nearer $40, and much of its output hedged on the futures markets.

BoA said the current slump will choke off shale projects in Argentina and Mexico, and force retrenchment in Canadian oil sands and some of Russia’s remote fields. The major oil companies will have to cut back on projects with a break-even cost below $80 for Brent crude.

It will take six months or so to whittle away the 1 million barrels a day of excess oil on the market — with Brent falling below $60 and US crude reaching $50 — given that supply and demand are both “inelastic” in the short-run. That will create the start of the next shortage.

“We expect a pretty sharp rebound to the high $80s or even $90 in the second half of next year,” said Sabine Schels, the bank’s energy expert.

We expect a pretty sharp rebound to the high $80s or even $90 in the second half of next year

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Ms. Schels said the global market for LNG will “change drastically” in 2015, going into a “bear market” lasting years as a surge of supply from Australia compounds the global effects of the US gas saga.

If the forecast is correct, the LNG flood could have powerful political effects, giving Europe a source of mass supply that can undercut pipeline gas from Russia. The EU already has enough LNG terminals to cover most of its gas needs but has not been able to use this asset as a geostrategic bargaining chip with the Kremlin because LNG has been in scarce supply, mostly diverted to Japan and Korea. Much of Europe may not need Russian gas within a couple of years.

BoA said the oil price crash is worth $1-trillion of stimulus for the global economy, equal to a $730-billion “tax cut” in 2015. Yet the effects are complex, with winners and losers and diminishing benefits the further it falls. Academic studies suggest that oil crashes can turn negative if they trigger systemic financial crises in commodity states.

Barnaby Martin, BoA’s European credit chief, said world asset markets may face a rough patch as the U.S. Federal Reserve starts to tighten afters year of largesse.

He flagged warnings by William Dudley, head of the New York Fed, that US authorities tightened too gently in 2004 and might do better to adopt the strategy of 1994, when they raised rates fast and hard, sending tremors through global bond markets.

BoA said quantitative easing in Europe and Japan will cover just 35 per cent of the global stimulus lost as the Fed pulls back, creating a treacherous hiatus for markets. It warned that the full effect of Fed tapering had yet to be felt. From now on the markets cannot be expected to be rescued every time there is a squall.

What is clear is that the world has become addicted to central bank stimulus. BoA said 56 per cent of global GDP is supported by zero interest rates, and so are 83 per cent of the free-floating equities on global bourses. Half of all government bonds in the world yield less than 1 per cent. Roughly 1.4 billion people are experiencing negative rates in one form or another.

These are astonishing figures, evidence of a 1930s-style depression, albeit one that is still contained. Nobody knows what will happen as the Fed tries break out of the stimulus trap, including Fed officials themselves.

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The “New Normal “for Gold ( BTO / BTG) and Energy/ Oil/ Gas ( Baytex)

Baytex Energy*

(BTE : TSX : $16.90), Net Change: 0.44, % Change: 2.67%, Volume: 5,712,428
THE NEW NORMAL: REDUCING CAPEX AND LOWERING DISTRIBUTIONS. Baytex Energy announced its 2015
capex budget and lowered its monthly dividend. The company will be spending $575-650 million in 2015, that’s ~20% lower
than consensus estimates of $765 million. Roughly 75% of Baytex’s 2015 capital budget will be invested in the Eagle Ford.
Baytex provided 2015 production guidance of 88,000-92,000 boe/d that was just shy of the consensus estimate of 93,400 boe/d.
Approximately 52% of the company’s 2015 annual production is expected to be generated in Canada with the remaining 48%
coming from its Eagle Ford assets in the U.S. With respect to hedges, for H1/15, Baytex has entered into hedges on
approximately 41% of their net WTI exposure with 29% fixed at US$96.47/bbl and 12% receiving WTI plus US$10.91/bbl
when WTI is below US$80.00/bbl. For H2/15, the company has entered into hedges on ~12% of their net WTI exposure with
8% fixed at US$95.98/bbl and 4% receiving WTI plus US$10.00/bbl when WTI is below US$80.00/bbl. The company cut its
monthly dividend by ~58% from $0.24 per share to $0.10. Under the new dividend policy, the annualized dividend of $1.20 per share represents a dividend yield of ~7.1% based yesterday’s close.
B2Gold* (BTO : TSX : $2.08)

Net Change: 0.09, % Change: 4.52%, Volume: 7,748,492

Update
UNSCATHED? B2Gold reports that operations are running normally at the Masbate Mine, Philippines, following Typhoon
Hagupit. The typhoon first made landfall last Saturday at the island of Samar, just southeast of Masbate Island, reaching
Masbate early Sunday. The eye of the storm tracked close to the site of Masbate Gold Mine. By late Sunday, the typhoon had
diminished in strength and passed over the island. Mining operations were curtailed during the storm event and have resumed.
Ore processing continued, however at the peak of the typhoon there was a 15.5 hour shutdown to plant production as operations were halted as a precautionary measure. The process plant is now operating at full capacity and the 2014 Masbate production forecast of 180,000 ounces of gold remains unaffected. According to Reuters, Hagupit has left 27 dead, nearly 13,000 houses destroyed and more than 22,300 damaged on the eastern island of Samar. According to Canaccord 
Analyst Rahul Paul, based on current projections and assuming no additional debt/equity raises or drawdowns, he foresees no capital shortfalls for B2Gold to the end of 2017 provided gold prices were to remain above US$1,151/oz.

 

Here is our recent letter:

Managed Accounts Year End Review and Forecast

Managed Accounts Year End Review and Forecast
November 2014 – 40 % cash position
Gold and Precious Metals

The largest gains for our clients came from the exit from the gold producers at $18oo an ounce and continuing until we hold no gold and no gold miners . This from the author of The Gold Investors Handbook.

2015 – We continue to be on the sidelines for this sector – regardless of the gnomes of Switzerland . As a safe haven gold simply wasnot there for investors despite turmoil in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.How much more frightening can the prospect for peace be than to have wars in multiple locations? Secondly the spectre of inflation – on which I have given numerous talks – simply failed to materialize. In fact economists and portfolio managers such as myself are now more concerned about deflation – and the spectre is a Japanese style decades long slide in the world economy.

Shipping Sector / Bulk Shippers

You can review our stock market letter at http://www.amp2012.com to follow our profits in the shipping sector before our retreat as overcapacity has yet to effect continued overbuiding. In 2008-9 rates-  illustrated by the Baltic Dry Index – were at their peak. The BDI hit over 10,000. Today it is roughly 10 % of that benchmark and the sector slide continues. We have an impressive watchlist of former ” darlings” – but we are content to watch and wait .

Oil/ Energy

I am very happy for the call in natural gas prices – out at $12 and into oil. When oil was above $100 we lessened positions and that is our saving grace in the past two weeks. We are not bottom feeders and will wait for a turn in the market before reentering drillers or producers.

On Friday November 27th, crude oil prices dropped to below $72 and the slide has continued into the weekend, with Brent crude oil at $70.15 as I write this post. Shares of major oil companies traded down on Friday. Our former energy sector holdings are down another between 4% and 11%, including SDRL, which dropped another 8% following Wednesday’s 23% plunge…

 

Have you avoided these sectors – you would have been better off to follow our advice in 2014 and now you have to decide for 2015.
No one – and I am not being humble here – can project the future with great accuracy but our clients continue to do very well and we offer that experience to you.

Fees : 1 % annual set up and a performance bonus of 20 % – only if we perform.

You can withdraw your funds monthly if you require an income stream.

Contact information:

To learn more about portfolio management ,asset protection, trusts ,offshore company formation and structure for your business interests (at no cost or obligation)

Email

jackabass@gmail.com OR

info@jackbassteam.com  OR

Call Jack direct at 604-858-3202

10:00 – 4:00 Monday to Friday Pacific Time ( same time zone as Los Angeles).

Similar to wise buying decisions, exiting certain underperformers at the right time helps maximize portfolio returns. Selling off losers can be difficult, but if both the share price and estimates are falling, it could be time to get rid of the security before more losses hit your portfolio.

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Shipping Sector Drops With Oil Sector – Don’t Try To Pick The Bottom

Tonnage Keeps on Coming – sector keeps drifting to the reefs

Dry Bulk Forecaster

London, UK, 8th February 2012 – Drewry Maritime Research’s latest edition of its Dry Bulk Forecaster pulls no punches in its assessment of a market that looks certain to continue hitting dry bulk shipowners hard.

Tonnage supply hit a massive 605 million dwt at the end of 2011, an increase of 15.2%, which is even more impressive considering 19 million dwt was removed in the same period. With rates suffering under current market conditions Drewry’s forecast for the fleet hitting 684 million dwt by the end of 2012 and 765 million dwt by the end of 2016 signals daunting prospects for the future.

The near future will play heavily on supply-side fundamentals, as ships continue to hit the water at a very fast pace. Given the colossal delivery schedule and slippage from previous years, deliveries in 2012 are forecast to increase further to 97.6 million dwt. The largest increase in deliveries is foreseen in the VLOC segment, where a total of 16.5 million dwt of tonnage will hit the water compared with only 8.9 million dwt in 2011. In light of
China’s recent ban on such vessels, this could mean further headaches for owners.

Demolition in this over-supplied market totalled 19.1 mdwt in 2011, nearly quadruple that of the preceding year, as the ailing hire market forced owners to retire older ships. 2012 levels are forecast to reach almost the same as 2011 due to the declining average demolition age of vessels. However the Capesize segment is set to see a decline in demolition levels as most of the obsolete vessels were already demolished in 2011. In the longer forecast period all demolitions are expected to decline, to total 10.6 mdwt in 2016.

Shalini Shekhawat, a dry bulk analyst at Drewry stated, “It’s not all bad news for the sector as Drewry forecasts a 4% growth in trade for 2012, increasing yearly to a rate of 5.8% come 2016, which considering growth stood at less than 1% in 2011 is a boost for the market . Coupled with an orderbook that has been shrinking since February 2009, when it sat at 295 million dwt, there are glimmers of hope that the serious issue of over supply can start to be addressed.”

The AMP Year End Forecast – right on oil and the shipping sector :

Here is our recent letter:

Managed Accounts Year End Review and Forecast

Managed Accounts Year End Review and Forecast
November 2014 – 40 % cash position
Gold and Precious Metals

The largest gains for our clients came from the exit from the gold producers at $18oo an ounce and continuing until we hold no gold and no gold miners . This from the author of The Gold Investors Handbook.

2015 – We continue to be on the sidelines for this sector – regardless of the gnomes of Switzerland . As a safe haven gold simply wasnot there for investors despite turmoil in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.How much more frightening can the prospect for peace be than to have wars in multiple locations? Secondly the spectre of inflation – on which I have given numerous talks – simply failed to materialize. In fact economists and portfolio managers such as myself are now more concerned about deflation – and the spectre is a Japanese style decades long slide in the world economy.

Shipping Sector / Bulk Shippers

You can review our stock market letter at http://www.amp2012.com to follow our profits in the shipping sector before our retreat as overcapacity has yet to effect continued overbuiding. In 2008-9 rates-  illustrated by the Baltic Dry Index – were at their peak. The BDI hit over 10,000. Today it is roughly 10 % of that benchmark and the sector slide continues. We have an impressive watchlist of former ” darlings” – but we are content to watch and wait .

Oil/ Energy

I am very happy for the call in natural gas prices – out at $12 and into oil. When oil was above $100 we lessened positions and that is our saving grace in the past two weeks. We are not bottom feeders and will wait for a turn in the market before reentering drillers or producers.

On Friday November 27th, crude oil prices dropped to below $72 and the slide has continued into the weekend, with Brent crude oil at $70.15 as I write this post. Shares of major oil companies traded down on Friday. Our former energy sector holdings are down another between 4% and 11%, including SDRL, which dropped another 8% following Wednesday’s 23% plunge:

Company                                   (Ticker)                        Price Change
Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE:ETP)             $ 65.17 -4.13%
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM)                $ 90.54 -4.17%
Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX)                       $108.87 -5.42%
ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP   )                                 $ 66.07 -6.72%
Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC (NASDAQ:VNR) $ 23.22 -6.86%
Seadrill Ltd. (SDRL)                                                  $ 14.66 -8.32%

Have you avoided this sector – you would have been better off to follow our advice in 2014 and now you have to decide for 2015.
No one – and I am not being humble here – can project the future with great accuracy but our clients continue to do very well and we offer that experience to you.

Fees : 1 % annual set up and a performance bonus of 20 % – only if we perform.

You can withdraw your funds monthly if you require an income stream.

Contact information:

To learn more about portfolio management ,asset protection, trusts ,offshore company formation and structure for your business interests (at no cost or obligation)

Email

jackabass@gmail.com OR

info@jackbassteam.com  OR

Call Jack direct at 604-858-3202

10:00 – 4:00 Monday to Friday Pacific Time ( same time zone as Los Angeles).

Similar to wise buying decisions, exiting certain underperformers at the right time helps maximize portfolio returns. Selling off losers can be difficult, but if both the share price and estimates are falling, it could be time to get rid of the security before more losses hit your portfolio.

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Oil Just Crashed To A 5-Year Low – as we forecast ( update DEC 10 )

DEC 10

WTI Crude Declines as U.S. Inventories Grow; Brent Slides

West Texas Intermediate crude extended losses after the Energy Information Administration reported a gain in U.S. supply. Brent fell to a five-year low.

Crude inventories rose 1.45 million barrels in the week ended Dec. 5, the EIA, the Energy Department’s statistical arm, said. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg expected a drop of 2.7 million. Brent declined as OPEC said it expects demand for its crude next year to be the lowest since 2003.

Both Brent and WTI collapsed by about 15 percent after OPEC agreed to leave its production ceiling unchanged on Nov. 27, resisting calls from members including Venezuela to cut output to stabilize prices. Saudi Arabia and Iraq this month deepened discounts on crude exports to their customers in Asia, bolstering speculation that group members are fighting for market share.

WTI for January delivery fell $2.69, or 4.2 percent, to $61.13 a barrel at 10:37 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the lowest level since July 2009.

Brent for January settlement decreased $2.56, or 3.8 percent, to $64.28 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange after touching $64.23, the lowest since September 2009.

Crude stockpiles increased to 380.8 million barrels last week, the EIA said. Inventories at Cushing,Oklahoma, the delivery point for WTI futures, rose 1.02 million to 24.9 million. Refineries operated at 95.4 percent of their capacity, up from 93.4 percent the previous week and the highest since August 2005.

Price Forecasts

The EIA yesterday reduced its price forecasts for next year while also downgrading its production outlook for a second month.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries reduced its demand estimate by about 300,000 barrels a day to 28.92 million next year, according to the group’s monthly oil market report. That’s below the 28.93 million required in 2009, and the lowest since the 27.05 million a day OPEC supplied in 2003, the group’s data show.

The group pumped 30.56 million barrels a day in November, exceeding its collective target of 30 million for a sixth straight month, a Bloomberg survey of companies, producers and analysts showed.

Crude might fall as low as $40 a barrel amid a price war or if divisions emerge in OPEC, said an official at Iran’s oil ministry.

“Any break in OPEC solidarity or price war will lead to an enormous price-dive shock,” Mohammad Sadegh Memarian, head of petroleum market analysis at the Oil Ministry in Tehran, said yesterday. Iran, hobbled by economic sanctions over its nuclear program, wants to raise production to 4.8 million barrels a day once the curbs are removed, he said at a conference in Dubai.

The risk of Brent dropping to $60 is “clear,” Francisco Blanch, head of commodities and derivatives research at Bank of America Corp., said yesterday at a press event in New York. WTI may decline to $50, he said.

The oil price crashed to a new low this morning DEC 9

At the time of writing Brent was 3.20% down on Monday and is currently being traded at $66.86. In earlier trading it hit $66.80, a new record low not seen since 2009.

 

US benchmark WTI Crude is in similar shape, losing 2.13% of its value on Monday falling as low as $64.13 just after 12 GMT.

Crude Price Update
The $70 level for West Texas oil is significant, but, it may not represent the final support level.

There is some support at the $65-$60 zone, though not nearly as strong as the $70 level. Bottom line: At this point, Light crude oil prices are in a free-fall. Having reached the $70 level, the next lower support zone is at $65-$60. Investors are
recommended to stay on the sidelines for now until there is ample evidence of a turn-around.

Note:

This on-going weakness in oil prices plus in gold, silver, copper and grains reinforces our opinion that the
secular commodity cycle is over.

“Brent is oversold but that is no indication of a rebound. Oversold is like undervalued. It can go on for a
long time. Brent is into a fairly solid support zone on $70-$80. I would expect some traction
in this area. At this point, $70 appears to be the next likely target, no relief yet for oil. Keep
to the sidelines and do not try to catch a falling knife.” (27Nov2014)

 

The devaluation of oil since it hit a record high in June this year. Brent fell from $115 to its current $67, a drop of around 40%.

Oil Price 6 Months Low

In a report date 5 December, Morgan Stanley adjusted its forecasts for oil prices, saying saying oversupply will likely peak next year with OPEC deciding not to cut output. “Without OPEC intervention, markets risk becoming unbalanced, with peak oversupply likely in the second quarter of 2015,” Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Longson told Reuters.

In a meeting on 27 November, the oil producers’ cartel announced it would not cut its output in the next future, a move that aims at out pricing the US domestic shale production according to many analysts.

Morgan Stanley now expects prices to go as down as $43 a barrel in 2015, meaning that the crude could lose a further $20 in the upcoming months.

Mixed Chinese data hit a further blow to the oil price: the Asian giant reduced its imports in November by 6.7%. China’s export growth slowed too, a hint that the country could be facing a sharp slowdown.

and last week we posted this in http://www.youroffshoremoney.com

JACK A. BASS MANAGED ACCOUNTS – YEAR END UPDATE AND FORECAST
November 2014 – 40 % cash position

Year End Review and Forecast

“Oil/ Energy

I am very happy for the call in natural gas prices – out at $12 and into oil. When oil was above $100 we lessened positions and that is our saving grace in the past two weeks. We are not bottom feeders and will wait for a turn in the market before reentering drillers or producers. “

No one – and I am not being humble here – can project the future with great accuracy but our clients continue to do very well and we offer that experience to you.

Fees : 1 % annual set up and a performance bonus of 20 % – only if we perform.

You can withdraw your funds monthly if you require an income stream.

Contact information:

To learn more about portfolio management ,asset protection, trusts ,offshore company formation and structure for your business interests (at no cost or obligation)

Email info@jackbassteam.com or

Call Jack direct at 604-858-3202

10:00 – 4:00 Monday to Friday Pacific Time ( same time zone as Los Angeles).

 

DOW to 20,000 ?

Longtime stock bull Jeremy Siegel told CNBC on Tuesday that he sees favorable market trends-including the prospect for solid economic growth with low inflation-that could send the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow Jones Global Indexes: .DJI) past the 20,000 level by the end 2015.

“There are a number of goods things, I think, that need to happen, but certainly that would be even conservative for fair market value if we get some of these favorable trends coming together over this next year,” the Wharton School finance professor said on “Squawk Box .”

He cited economic growth of 3 percent to 4 percent, low inflation, cheap gas prices and an improving job market as some of the factors that could help push stocks higher. But he said, “The 3 percent [GDP], that’s the wild card.” He cautioned that many forecasters are calling for growth of 2 percent to 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter.

During the October selloff, Siegel had started to waver a bit on whether his prediction of Dow 18,000 by year-end would come to pass. But with the market back on track, he told CNBC earlier this month that he’s again confident that blue chips would reach that level after all.

In a lackluster session Monday, the S&P 500 (^GSPC) eked out its 42nd new high of 2014. The index has moved less than one-tenth of a percent in each of the last five sessions, and the Dow has only had one triple-digit point move this month after having 16 in October. The S&P was up almost 10.5 percent for the year as of Monday’s close. The Dow was up about 6.5 percent in 2014.

“Two to three years ago, I thought we were really undervalued given interest rates and earnings,” Siegel told “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. “I thought the bullish calls were really easy to make. I still think we are 10 percent undervalued given the interest rate structure.” Siegel said he’d view the Dow between 19,000 and 19,500 as fair value.

While Siegel kept preaching his bullish message, other market watchers including Carl Icahn are less optimistic. At a Reuters investment summit Monday, the billionaire warned of a “major correction” in the next few years.

Gold Action/ Direction Continues Down : Braggin’ Rights To JAB Part 2

You can review my past articles to confirm my calls:

1) BUY when gold was below $ 900

2) Steady reductions in all positions for Jack A. Bass Managed Funds

from $ 1800 til today.

Friday morning Oct .3 gold fell $20 an ounce – our accounts are smiling – gold bugs are crying conspiracy 

 

THIS Is What We Wrote Last Week

 

Now What ?

We continue to see more downside risk in the next several days

 

: ” as the next major level of support is 1,180 & if that price level is broken prices could slide rather dramatically. Gold prices settled last Friday at 1,216 finishing slightly lower for the trading week as volatility has certainly increased as prices were up $20 a couple of days back on the news of the coalition & the United States bombing ISIS but then prices came right back down as I still think lower prices are ahead as there’s no reason to own gold right now especially with a very strong U.S dollar so continue to play this to the downside making sure you place your stop above the 2 week high.”

No stocks are being spared .

In my book ” The Gold Investors Handbook” – available on Amazon – I pick B2Gold ( BTO) as my top junior . It moves lower and is so very tempting but there is no way to call a bottom. Wait and buy when there is a turn rather than catch all the falling knives.Use the book to develop your own gold watchlist . In the meantime there are so many better places to earn money with less risk.

The ever lower prices for Yamana are almost painful to watch – but there is less pain in the sideline compared to watching your portfolio wither away.

It is criminal in my less than humble opinion the Sprott and Peter Schiff continue to urge investors to buy into the conspiracy theory of manipulation of the commodity price. The printing press in the U.S. runs at full speed 24 hours a day – but the fact is there is still no inflation and no inflation on the horizon. This undermines a central argument for owning gold. Mining costs continue to escalate and thus pressure mining returns at lower commodity prices.

Even the Ukraine and Middle East turmoil and have not proved to be much of a factor to boost gold as a safe haven in times of trouble. Gold bugs are reduced to hoping the stock market stops its advance and the economic recovery in the U.S. runs out of steam.Right now dividend paying stocks in a recovery are more attractive than the gold sector.

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The Gold Sector :The Worst Slump In Prices In 30 Years Will Continue

The gold industry, recovering from the worst slump in prices in 30 years, needs more mergers to help

improve investor returns and eliminate unprofitable mines or prices will continue to fall said Jack A.

Bass , author of The Gold Investors Handbook.

ABN Amro’s commodity analysts put it plainly last week. They expect gold’s 11% rise in the first-half of 2014 to be “temporary” because US Fed rates hikes are coming, while the outlook is “positive” for equities. Such thinking makes sense based on 2013’s example. Taper talk pushed bond prices down last year, nudging market interest rates higher. The S&P500 meanwhile returned 32%, a little more than gold prices fell.
Logic might also see a trade-off between gold and rising returns on other assets. Because the metal yields nothing and does nothing. It can’t even rust. Equities and interest-paying investments on the other hand work to increase your money. So gold prices should fall when equities rise, and also when the markets expect higher interest rates. Or so analysts now think.
GOLD was a universal “sell” for professional analysts at New Year, writes Adrian Ash at BullionVault.
Losing 30% in 2013, the gold price faced the long-awaited start of US Fed tapering – widely supposed to make fixed-income bonds go down, nudging interest rates higher – plus strong hopes for further gains in world equities. Who needed the barbarous relic?

Gold producers, which are gathering for the annual invitation-only Denver Gold Forum that began yesterday, cut budgets, sold assets and adjusted mine plans after the metal plunged 28 percent last year, prompting more than $26 billion of writedowns. The industry already has started a consolidation process.

“The industry did a very poor job from a capital-allocation standpoint, from a risk-management standpoint and from an operational-execution standpoint,” he said. “For long-term oriented investors it would be better for the industry to get more right-sized where companies are focused on generating profit at a conservative gold price assumption.”

‘Darwinistic Scenarios’

Combining companies can help eliminate their respective unprofitable operations, he said. Weak companies with good assets may also be targeted by stronger producers, he said.

“Or the least appealing of the Darwinistic scenarios is a company that has gotten all of those things — capital allocation, risk management and operational execution — wrong and they wind up going bankrupt,” he said.

There have already been some moves toward consolidation this year. Yamana Gold Inc. and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. bought Osisko Mining Corp. after beating out a hostile bid from Goldcorp Inc. Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) and Newmont Mining Corp., the two largest producers by sales, also discussed a merger this year before breaking off talks in April.

“I do believe the gold industry is in the process of consolidating,” Wickwire of Fidelity  said.

‘Survivors and Thrivers’

Wickwire said as an investor he focuses on companies he terms “survivors and thrivers”: those with good management and strategy. He is also interested in enterprises that may have poor strategy or boards and management but own good assets that would be better operated by another producer. He declined to name specific companies.

The Fidelity Select Gold Portfolio rose 17 percent this year through Sept. 12, compared with a 2.4 percent increase in New York gold futures. The Philadelphia Stock Exchange Gold and Silver Index of 30 companies gained 8.9 percent.

Wickwire holds both bullion and gold equities in his fund. While gold miners underperformed the metal in the past two years, they can also outperform strongly when companies’ operations, capital allocation and risk-management decisions improve, he said.

“Under the appropriate backdrops, if you have a 10 percent movement in the gold price, some companies out there have the potential to generate 30 to 40 or 50 percent cash flow and earnings-per-share growth,” Wickwire said. “And when the companies are executing, the market rewards that dynamic aspect with a higher valuation.”

WTI – and Gold – Drops on Date – as Global Manufacturing Misses Estimates

West Texas Intermediate crude fell amid speculation that weakening manufacturing from Germany to China will cap global oil demand. Brent declined in London.

Futures dropped as much as 1.2 percent from the Aug. 29 close. Floor trading in New York was shut for the Labor Day holiday, and transactions will be booked for settlement purposes today. Purchasing manufacturing indexes for Germany, Italy, the U.K. and China all came in below estimates for August, while OPEC’s output increased to the highest level in a year.

“All eyes are on the demand side, and weaker statistics for example in China are bearish,” Bjarne Schieldrop, chief commodity analyst in Oslo at SEB AB, said by telephone. “The increase in tension between Russia and Ukraine is bearish for oil” because economic sanctions on Russia may eventually result in a slowdown in Europe, he said.

WTI for October delivery declined as much as $1.19 to $94.77 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at $94.88 at 1:46 p.m. London time. The volume of all futures traded was more than double the 100-day average for the time of day. Prices decreased 2.3 percent last month and are down 3.6 percent this year.

Brent for October settlement was $1.11 lower at $101.68 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The European benchmark crude traded at a premium of $6.83 to WTI, compared with a close of $7.23 on Aug. 29.

Factory Output

China’s manufacturing slowed more than projected last month, joining weaker-than-anticipated credit, production and investment data in indicating that the economy is losing momentum. The nation is the world’s second-largest oil consumer.

Markit Economics’ euro-area gauge slid more than initially predicted, with the index for Italy unexpectedly falling below 50, signaling the first contraction in 14 months. In the U.K., manufacturing expanded by the least in more than a year.

A final reading of Markit’s U.S. manufacturing PMI is due today, along with the Institute for Supply Management’s factory index for August, which economists forecast will drop to 57, from 57.1 in July.

“There are slowdowns occurring,” Jonathan Barratt, the chief investment officer at Ayers Alliance Securities in Sydney, said by phone. “OPEC is producing enough oil to placate any issues.”

Production from the 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries rose by 891,000 barrels a day to 31 million in August, according to a Bloomberg survey of oil companies, producers and analysts. Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Angola led supply gains as new deposits came online, security improved and field-maintenance programs ended. Iran and Venezuela were the only members to reduce output.

Ukraine warned of an escalating conflict in its easternmost regions as U.S. President Barack Obama headed to eastern Europe to reassure NATO members. Ukraine’s army will take on Russia’s “full-scale invasion,” Defense Minister Valeriy Geletey said on Facebook, a shift away from the government’s earlier communication that focused on battling insurgents.

Dollar Strengthens Before Data as Bonds Decline With Gold

The dollar strengthened to a seven-month high against the yen, government bonds tumbled and gold fell before data that analysts forecast will show expansion in U.S. manufacturing.

The dollar climbed 0.6 percent to 104.93 yen at 8:42 a.m. in New York and gained 0.4 percent to $1.6535 per British pound. Yields on 10-year Treasury notes increased four basis points to 2.38 percent. Futures (SPX) on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index added 0.1 percent after the index rallied the most since February last month. Gold dropped 1.5 percent.

U.S. investors return after the Labor Day break with manufacturing and construction spending reports. Gauges of factory output in Europe and China signal slower growth, boosting speculation that policy makers will need to boost stimulus measures. European money markets are pricing in about a 50 percent probability that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates by 10 basis points this week, according to BNP Paribas SA.

“In the U.S. across the board we have had strong data,”said Niels Christensen, chief currency strategist at Nordea Bank AB in Copenhagen. “That will keep growth momentum going. We have had a positive dollar trend for the past two months. I find it difficult to see this trend is going to disappear in the short term.”

U.S. Reports

The Institute for Supply Management’s August factory gauge probably held last month near the highest since April 2011, according to the median of 70 estimates in a Bloomberg survey. Another report probably will show U.S. construction rebounded in July, a Bloomberg survey showed. Reports yesterday signaled manufacturing slowed in China, the U.K. and the euro area.

The yen fell to its lowest level against the dollar since Jan. 16 amid speculation Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will appoint an ally to head the ministry in charge of reforming the Government Pension Investment Fund, potentially boosting investment overseas. The currency weakened to 105.44 on Jan. 2, a level not seen since October 2008.

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index, which tracks the U.S. currency against 10 major peers, climbed 0.3 percent to 1,033.71 and touched 1,034.16, the strongest since January.

The pound weakened after a YouGov Plc poll showed growing support for Scottish independence before this month’s referendum. One-month implied volatility on sterling versus the dollar jumped by the most in almost six years.

Government Bonds

European government bonds fell as Germany’s 10-year yield increased four basis points to 0.91 percent and the U.K.’s rose five basis points to 2.43 percent.

The euro overnight index average, or Eonia, which measures the cost of lending between euro-area banks, fell to a record minus 0.013 percent yesterday.

Corporate borrowing costs fell to a record in Europe, with the average yield demanded to hold investment-grade bonds in euros dropping to 1.28 percent, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data. The gauge declined 19 basis points in the past month on stimulus speculation.

The Stoxx 600 of European shares fell 0.1 percent after increasing 0.5 percent in the past two days.

Vallourec SA climbed 4 percent after UBS AG advised investors to buy shares of the French producer of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry. Weir Group Plc gained 2.9 percent after Credit Suisse Group AG raised its recommendation on the British supplier of pressure pumps to outperform from neutral.

S&P 500 Tops Record Level

U.S. stocks climbed, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index above a closing record, as investors speculated the Federal Reserve will continue to support the economy as central bankers meet in Jackson Hole.

The S&P 500 added 0.1 percent to 1,988.94 at 9:34 a.m. in New York, above a closing high of 1,987.98 reached July 24.

“Markets are looking for some indication from Yellen as to what happens once quantitative easing stops,” Peter Dixon, a global equities economist at Commerzbank AG in London, said by phone. “I suspect she’ll say that it depends on the data. The U.S. economy is in reasonable shape. The task for central banks, and Yellen is at the forefront, is how to wean markets away from almost unlimited liquidity provisions when the economy is recovering but remains fragile.”

The S&P 500 rose 0.3 percent yesterday, closing within two points of a record. The benchmark index has rebounded 4 percent from a three-month low on Aug. 7 as investors speculated central banks will keep interest rates low even as the economy shows signs of recovery.

Fed Minutes

Minutes to the central banks’ July meeting released yesterday showed that officials raised the possibility that aggressive stimulus will end sooner than anticipated, even as they acknowledged persistent slack in the labor market. The central bank will probably wind up its asset-purchase program at its October meeting, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.

Data today showed fewer Americans than forecast applied for unemployment benefits last week. Yellen has highlighted uneven progress in the labor market in making the case for further accommodation.

The Fed minutes showed “many participants” still see “a larger gap between current labor market conditions and those consistent with their assessments of normal levels of labor utilization.” At the same time, “many members” noted that the “characterization of labor market underutilization might have to change before long,” particularly if the job market makes faster-than-anticipated progress, the minutes also said.

Jackson Hole

Fed Chair Janet Yellen will speak tomorrow at the Fed Bank of Kansas City’s economic symposium that starts today in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will also speak.

The S&P 500 has almost tripled since its March 2009 low, helped by three rounds of Fed stimulus, coupled with better-than-projected corporate earnings. The gauge has not had a decline of 10 percent in almost three years. It trades at 17.8 times the reported earnings of its companies, near the highest level since 2010.

Soft Touch

Investors are betting that a soft touch on monetary policy will continue to suppress stock volatility, pouring a record stretch of cash into an exchange-traded note that rallies as calm returns to equities. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, the gauge known as the VIX (VIX), has lost 31 percent this month, closing at its lowest level since July 23.

Among other economic reports today, data at 9:45 a.m. may show a preliminary gauge of manufacturing slipped to 55.7 this month from 55.8 in July. Another report may indicate existing-home sales expanded at a slower pace in July while the Conference Board’s index of leading indicators, a measure of the outlook for the next three to six months, rose 0.6 percent in July, economists forecast.

Gap Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc. are among eight S&P 500 companies reporting earnings today.

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