• The USD remains supported by upbeat US economic data and capped gains.
• Further escalation in the US-China trade tensions helped limit the downside.
Gold seesawed between tepid gains/minor losses and remained confined in a narrow trading band through the mid-European session on Friday.
A combination of diverging forces failed to provide any meaningful impetus to the commodity and led to a subdued/range-bound price action on the last trading day of the week. The US Dollar held steady near two-week tops and remained well support by Thursday robust US economic data, which eventually dented demand for the dollar-denominated commodity.
However, reports, suggesting that China is no longer interested in negotiations with the US, further fueled concerns about a full-blown trade war between the world's two largest economies and weighed on investors' sentiment. The cautious mood was evident from a fresh leg of a downfall in equity markets, which underpinned the precious metal's safe-haven status and might help limit deeper losses.
Moving ahead, today's relative thin US economic docket - featuring the only release of the Prelim UoM Consumer Sentiment Index for May seems unlikely to produce any meaningful trading opportunities and hence, the broader market risk sentiment/USD price dynamics might continue to act as key determinants of the commodity's momentum on Friday.
Technical levels to watch
|Today last price||1286|
|Today Daily Change||0.37|
|Today Daily Change %||0.03|
|Today daily open||1285.63|
|Previous Daily High||1307.3|
|Previous Daily Low||1284.2|
|Previous Weekly High||1291.45|
|Previous Weekly Low||1275.1|
|Previous Monthly High||1310.7|
|Previous Monthly Low||1265.6|
|Daily Fibonacci 38.2%||1293.02|
|Daily Fibonacci 61.8%||1298.48|
|Daily Pivot Point S1||1277.45|
|Daily Pivot Point S2||1269.28|
|Daily Pivot Point S3||1254.35|
|Daily Pivot Point R1||1300.55|
|Daily Pivot Point R2||1315.48|
|Daily Pivot Point R3||1323.65|
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