from Gold Core:
The fundamental outlook for gold remains encouraging as there continues to be robust physical demand for gold despite frequent sharp and sudden sell-offs in the paper futures market. Indeed, there are continuing stresses in the physical bullion market as seen in the Gold Forward Offered Rate (GOFO) rates. These are rates at which contributors, LBMA banks primarily, are prepared to lend gold on a swap against U.S. dollars.
Robust physical demand is also confirmed by the government mints and their coin and bar sales – many of whom had record sales in 2013. The U.S. Mint saw gold coin sales surge 63% to 91,500 ounces in January from 56,000 ounces in December. This was the highest monthly total since April, as sales continued to rebound from their August and September lows.
Chinese demand was quite weak in the last day or two but as ever with Chinese demand it is important to focus on the long term- the monthly and annual data, and fade out the daily noise.
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