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China’s SGE gold flows still at high level – 51 tons last week
Net Chinese gold imports from Hong Kong have slipped, but SGE withdrawals continue very strong.
Lawrence Williams May 4, 2015
[For investors following the continued flow of gold to China, which has relaxed its markets to facilitate imports, this is an informative read. See also Power moves east, along with gold.]
For the second week in a row, gold withdrawals from China’s Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) have been at around 50 tons – a high level for the post Chinese New Year period. Withdrawals from the exchange for the first 16 weeks of the year have already reached around 780 tons suggesting that if flows out of the SGE are maintained we could be in for a new record year with withdrawals well in excess of those of 2013, which totaled almost 2,200 tons. As we have said in these pages before, whether one considers SGE withdrawal figures to equate to Chinese gold demand, which the Peoples Bank of China would seem to suggest, or whether the true consumption figure is actually quite a bit lower as the mainstream gold analysts reckon, they still remain an excellent indicator of demand growth or fall in the world’s biggest market for the yellow metal.
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