• Gold holds onto Friday’s recovery gains, well above $1850.
  • US dollar dips as stocks rise on covid vaccine progress.
  • All eyes remain on US Markit PMIs, covid and vaccine updates.

Despite a green day last Friday, Gold (XAU/USD) fell for the second straight week and held onto the critical $1850 support. Fresh calls for US fiscal stimulus kept the gold buyers alive, although the further upside remained elusive amid vaccine progress. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday hinted that the stimulus talks would continue just a day after halting Fed’s emergency lending program. The US dollar suffered alongside stocks, in the face of the Fed-Treasury clash, spiking COVID-19 cases and fresh lockdowns in the US cities, which lifted the sentiment around gold.

Gold clings onto the recent recovery gains so far this Monday, benefiting from the persistent weak tone seen around the US dollar amid the vaccine optimism. Increased expectations over the rapid rollout of the covid vaccines on both sides of the Atlantic weigh on the safe-haven greenback. The UK is likely to give a green signal to Pfizer’s vaccine by the end of this week while a top US health official said that the vaccinations could start in three weeks. However, gold’s upside could be capped by the risk-on rally in the global stocks. On the macro front, the US Preliminary Markit Manufacturing and Services PMIs will be featured later in the NA session. Also, the global covid statistics and vaccine updates will be closely followed.

Gold: Short-term technical outlook

Hourly chart


The hourly chart shows that gold remains capped below the horizontal 200-hourly moving averages (HMA) at $1877, which is tough not crack for the XAU bulls.


Meanwhile, the upward-sloping 21-HMA at $1871 offers immediate support, with the hourly Relative Strength Index (RSI) having turned flat while hovering above the midline.

Acceptance above the 200-HMA barrier is critical to reviving the recovery momentum from the powerful $1850 support area. The next upside target is aligned at $1900.

On the flip side, 50-HMA at $1867 is the relevant support, below which the October low of $1860 could be tested. Only a daily close below $1850 could call for a resumption of the correction from record highs of $2075.

Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Markets and instruments profiled on this page are for informational purposes only and should not in any way come across as a recommendation to buy or sell in these assets. You should do your own thorough research before making any investment decisions. FXStreet does not in any way guarantee that this information is free from mistakes, errors, or material misstatements. It also does not guarantee that this information is of a timely nature. Investing in Open Markets involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment, as well as emotional distress. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of FXStreet nor its advertisers. The author will not be held responsible for information that is found at the end of links posted on this page.

If not otherwise explicitly mentioned in the body of the article, at the time of writing, the author has no position in any stock mentioned in this article and no business relationship with any company mentioned. The author has not received compensation for writing this article, other than from FXStreet.

FXStreet and the author do not provide personalized recommendations. The author makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, or suitability of this information. FXStreet and the author will not be liable for any errors, omissions or any losses, injuries or damages arising from this information and its display or use. Errors and omissions excepted.

The author and FXStreet are not registered investment advisors and nothing in this article is intended to be investment advice.

Feed news Join Telegram

Recommended Content

Recommended Content

Editors’ Picks

EUR/USD holds steady below 1.0800 ahead of EU data Premium

EUR/USD holds steady below 1.0800 ahead of EU data

EUR/USD is holding steady just shy of the 1.0800 mark in the early European morning. The US Dollar is consolidating the upside amid a cautious market tone, as investors assess Friday's US NFP blowout and hawkish Fed expectations. Eurozone data coming up next. 


GBP/USD attempts to cross 1.2050, downside looks likely amid US-China tensions

GBP/USD attempts to cross 1.2050, downside looks likely amid US-China tensions

The GBP/USD pair has attempted to extend its rebound move above the critical resistance of 1.2050 in the Tokyo session. The Cable gauged an intermediate cushion around 1.2000 amid subdued performance by the US Dollar Index (DXY).


Gold rebounds but not out of the woods yet Premium

Gold rebounds but not out of the woods yet

Gold price is making a tepid recovery attempt toward the $1,900 level at the start of the week on Monday. Gold buyers a breathing a sigh of relief after two back-to-back days of extreme sell-off.

Gold News

Top 3 Price Prediction Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple: Is this the beginning of the end for bulls?

Top 3 Price Prediction Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple: Is this the beginning of the end for bulls?

Bitcoin (BTC) price is the glue that is holding this 2023 bull run intact for Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP) and other altcoins. But chinks in BTC bulls’ armor are beginning to show, therefore, investors need to be cautious of a sudden reversal. 

Read more

The Week Ahead - RBA rate meeting, UK Q4 GDP and earnings

The Week Ahead - RBA rate meeting, UK Q4 GDP and earnings

Back in November the RBA hiked rates by a less than expected 25bps, amidst concern about the effects recent rate hikes were having on the Australian economy and ergo the housing market. At the time Governor Philip Lowe said that the RBA wanted to slow the pace.

Read more