Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD stays pressured below $1,800, US data eyed

  • Gold is trading below the prior day's close and eyes are on the downside. 
  • The key support levels to watch are $1,790, $1,780 and $1,770. 

Update: After testing the high near $1,806 gold prices quickly retreated below $1,800 on Wednesday where it currently hovers. The prices trade in a very narrow trade band as the US dollar recovers some ground following a fall driven by the US Inflation data released on Tuesday. The eased inflation readings raised doubts about Fed’s timeline to begin asset purchasing. A higher USD valuation makes gold expansive for other currency holders.

The upside in the precious metals is being capped by the rebound in the US Treasury yields following the cooler-than-expected inflation data. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury bond rose up 2.2 basis points to 1.30%.

However, persistent risk relating to COVID-19 and its effect on global growth, which could incentivize major central banks to keep an accommodative monetary policy keep the footing for gold. Investors turn their focus on the US Retail sales data due today to gauge the market sentiment.

End of update

The gold price is trading in familiar territories, but the bulls attempted a test near to the critical $1,810 level in earlier trade, failing at $1,806. The price has since deteriorated by some 0.70% on the day and $1,791 marks the low so far. At the time of writing, gold is trading near $1,791.

On a positive note, the US dollar is softer and stocks are higher which is a supportive factor for precious metals. In what might be regarded as a delayed reaction to Tuesday's miss in Consumer Prices, the US dollar weakened against major currencies on Wednesday. 

Eyes on DXY

Short-term expectations about tapering of asset purchases from the Federal Reserve are mixed as a consequence. The dollar index, DXY, last stood at 92.529, down about 0.14% on the day from Tuesday, when it dropped following the inflation data but then recovered on haven demand as stocks slid on Wall Street.

The index has stuck to a tight 92.3 and 92.9 range over the past week. Investors are weighing rhetoric from several Fed officials ahead of next week's FOMC meeting. In the main, the Fedspeak has been hawkish and has advocated for the central bank to reduce its QE programme by the end of the year as the economy turns a corner, despite the last dismal Nonfarm Payrolls result. 

While elevated inflation has kept the pressure on policymakers, data on Tuesday showed the US Consumer Price Index, excluding the volatile food and energy components, edged up just 0.1% last month. The rise in August’s CPI was the smallest advance in seven months. Treasuries rallied, with the 10y yield then falling 5bps to 1.25%. This provided some support to gold, with the spot price breaking above USD1,800/oz.

Gold key support is at $1,790

''But considering that inflation has met the Fed's threshold for 'substantial further progress', we don't expect substantial tailwinds from the economic print as the employment report captures more share of mind at the Fed,'' analysts at TD Securities explained. 

''Notwithstanding, waning downside momentum in gold prices is also catalyzing a buying program from algorithmic trend followers.

In fact, we expect that positive flows from CTAs should support gold prices even higher, so long as the yellow metal can hold above the $1,790/oz threshold. Our ChartVision framework also argues that gold prices need only breach $1,870/oz by year-end for an uptrend to form.''

Gold technical analysis

The price is below the prior day's close and an hourly 50-day EMA channel as illustrated below within a firm bearish trend. 

A retest of the 50-EMA channel that has a confluence with the 38.2% ratios could be the last defence before a downside break of $1,790 and $1,780 14 Sep pivot low. This guards a critical daily support area and $1,770 is the line in the sand:

In the above daily chart, the price has reached a 50% mean reversion of the prior bearish impulse. The price is now headed lower below this area and a downside extension towards the -61.8% near $1,763 would be expected on a break of $1,770 prior 16 Aug lows.

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