Gold Outlook: XAU/USD Facing Strong Fundamental Headwinds, YTD Lows in Sight Once More
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Gold struggled to remain above the psychological $1700 level on Friday as markets digested stronger than expected US job numbers. The precious metal still posted gains for the week in what was its best week since July. The precious metal continued its decline with a $12 drop in early trade today as rate hike expectations intensified once more.
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The updated projections for the Fed’s rate hike path have seen a 18% increase over the past week for a 75bp hike at its upcoming November meeting. The recent job’s report seems to have solidified the Fed’s position in its fight against inflation. This follows last week’s comments by a host of Fed policymakers who had a simple message: rates hikes remain necessary in the fight against inflation for as long as it takes.
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The year has proved interesting for the precious metal as the US Dollar has been preferred as a safe haven while unprecedented Treasury yield rates have played a massive part. The price of gold has already declined some 17% from its YTD highs while a new YTD low cannot be ruled out at this stage. Later this week we have US CPI as well as US retail sales with US CPI of particular interest as the core inflation rate is set to rise once more while the inflation rate YoY is set to decline. The prints from these two data points could serve to enhance the Fed’s conviction around rate hikes.
Later in the day we have Fed policymakers Charles Evans and Lael Brainard speaking. Should policymakers stick to recent rhetoric and not spring any surprises, it’s unlikely these speeches will change the overall sentiment of markets toward the dollar. US bond markets and most banks are closed today as the US celebrate Columbus Day which could result in less liquidity and volatility as we start the week.
XAU/USD Daily Chart – October 10, 2022
From a technical perspective, we are seeing mixed signals for the precious metal. On the weekly timeframe last week’s close completed a morningstar candlestick pattern which indicates strong potential for further upside. On the daily timeframe price double-topped last week around the resistance area $1730 before pushing down. A bearish candle close on Friday below the $1700 psychological level confirming the mixed signals at play when looking at price action.
The 1700 key psychological level remains key with immediate support resting around the $1670-1675 area. The $1675 area lines up perfectly with the 20-SMA which could provide support in pushing price back toward the $1700 level. The YTD lows are back in sight with a break below the support area opening up the possibility of the precious metal reaching the $1600 level.
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Written by: Zain Vawda, Markets Writer for DailyFX.com
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