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Gold price gains traction for the second straight day

Gold price (XAU/USD) scales higher for the second straight day – also marking the fourth day of a positive move in the previous five – and retests a nearly two-week high, around the $1.987-1,988 region during the first half of the European session. The incoming US macro data, including the softer US CPI and PPI figures, reaffirmed expectations that the Federal Reserve (Fed) is done raising interest rates. Moreover, the markets are now pricing in the possibility of rate cuts in the first half of 2024. This, in turn, drags the benchmark 10-year US Treasury yield to a more than two-month low and is seen underpinning the non-yielding yellow metal. Expectations of a dovish shift by the US central bank, meanwhile, fail to assist the US Dollar (USD) to register any meaningful recovery from its lowest level since September 1 touched on Tuesday. Apart from this, mixed signals from high-level US-China talks lend additional support to the safe-haven Gold price and support prospects for a further near-term appreciating move. Investors now look to the US housing market data and Fedspeak for a fresh impetus. Nevertheless, the XAU/USD remains on track to register weekly gains of nearly 2.5% and snap a two-week losing streak to its lowest level since October 18 set on Monday.

From a technical perspective, a sustained move and acceptance above the $1,980 level might have already set the stage for further gains. Moreover, oscillators on the daily chart are holding comfortably in the positive territory and are still far from being in the overbought zone. This, in turn, suggests that the path of least resistance for the Gold price is to the upside and supports prospects for a move towards reclaiming the $2,000 psychological mark. The momentum could get extended further towards a multi-month peak, around the $2,009-$2,010 area, which if cleared decisively will be seen as a fresh trigger for bullish traders. On the flip side, the $1,975 region now seems to protect the immediate downside ahead of the $1,970 level and the $1,962-1,961 support zone. Some follow-through selling, leading to a subsequent break below the $1,955 area, might shift the bias in favour of bearish traders and make the Gold price vulnerable to accelerate the slide back towards the 200-day Simple Moving Average (SMA), currently around the $1,937-1,936 region. This is followed by the 100- and the 50-day SMAs confluence, around the $1,929-1,927 zone, which if broken should pave the way for some meaningful depreciating move in the near term.