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Sky’s the limit for gold

Gold is on track to break through US$2,000 an ounce, and Australian gold miners could be poised to share in the bounty.

Deutsche Bank analysts have forecast gold prices above US$2,000 an ounce for the first half of 2013, driven by economic stimulus measures, low global interest rates and continued buying by central banks.

Deutsche says that China is expected to increase its holding from 1.7% of reserves to the global average of around 10%, and China’s not alone. Apart from central banks, billionaires have also been buying, with John Paulson raising his stake in a gold exchange traded fund by 25%, while George Soros has more than doubled his holdings, according to US Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Hedge funds have also doubled their positions according to Bloomberg.

Chinese companies are taking stakes in gold miners around the globe including Australia. Shandong Gold forked out $227 million for a controlling stake in Focus Minerals, an established miner in Western Australia, while Zijin Mining, a Chinese gold producer, paid $230 million for Norton Goldfields last month.

The current stimulus measures in the US are likely to put upward pressure on gold. The US Federal Reserve has announced that it intends to buy US$40 billion of mortgage backed securities each month, until employment is strong enough. That could be 6, 12, 18 months from now or even further out.

Gold stocks have generally underperformed the price of gold, so they could be re-rated. Many have fallen heavily as gold came off its highs of close to US$1800 an ounce in February this year, and fell to below US$1,550 in May. Gold is currently trading around US$1,770 an ounce.

Source: www.kitco.com

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