Since when did anyone listen JPM about metals prices?
JPMorgan analyst Michael Jansen told a room packed to overflowing with more than 500 delegates -- from corporate chief executives to geologists to fund managers -- that he expects gold prices to average $1,465 an ounce this year.
His year-end target for gold is $1,500, he said, adding the gold production outlook was strong going forward.
"We think mine supply is easily on track to grow 3 to 4 percent year on year," he said."
His forecast is slightly more subdued other predictions, such as by Barclays Capital, which said in January it expects the metal to average $1,495 an ounce this year, and range as high as $1,620 an ounce.
GFMS said in a January quarterly forecast that gold may top $1,600 an ounce by the end of 2011.
Klapwijk said gold and other precious metals will also get some impetus as investors exit other traditional safe havens.