Turkey cuts gold holdings for 2nd month, eurozone lifts: IMF
NEW YORK - Reuters
AFP PhotoTurkey cut it gold holdings for a second straight month in January, a period when the price of the precious metal rose the most in three years, International Monetary Fund (IMF) data showed on Feb. 24.
Turkey, which has the 12th biggest gold reserves globally, slashed its holdings by 14.227 tons to 514.893 tons last month, the IMF said.
The eurozone, on the other hand, raised its gold holdings by 7.437 tons to 10,791.885 tons in January, the data showed.
Spot gold hit a five-month high above $1,300 an ounce in January after the European Central Bank launched a multibillion euro bond buying program to revive a sagging eurozone economy.
Gold gained 8.4 percent last month, its biggest rise since 2012, though has since pared gains, trading at just above $1,200 yesterday amid expectations of a hike in U.S. rates this year.
Turkey counts gold held on deposit with commercial banks as part of the Central Bank’s bullion holdings.
Demand in the world’s fourth largest consumer of gold is expected to fall further this year with consumers seen delaying purchases ahead of a key election while a war in Iraq and a weak Russian economy could limit jewelry exports.
Central bank buying and selling can have a significant influence on gold prices. Central banks became net buyers in 2010 after two decades as net sellers, driven by an increased interest in gold in the wake of the 2008 global economic crisis.