June 16, 2015

"There is a shake-up in the gold market—and emerging markets like China and India are to blame."

MarketWatch Emerging-market demand is ‘changing the nature of the bullion market,” HSBC analysts, led by James Steel, said in a note on Tuesday. By Myra P. Saefong

'Investment demand was the primary driver of gold until recently, but “price-sensitive EM demand is an increasingly important driver of gold prices, they said.

'EM buyers and sellers “largely define” the range for gold—with prices near $1,100 an ounce attracting buyers, but prices near $1,300 causing buyers to “shy away from purchases,” the HSBC analysts said. Gold futures GCQ5, -0.42%  settled at $1,180.90 on Tuesday.

'They also point out that emerging-market central banks have contributed to purchases and they expect official-sector buying this year to climb by 25%.'

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