Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD bulls retreat amid recession woes ahead of United States Nonfarm Payrolls

  • Gold price remains on the way to snapping two-week downtrend despite recent fall.
  • XAU/USD prints the biggest daily loss in two weeks amid recession woes, cautious mood ahead of United States Nonfarm Payrolls.
  • US Dollar weakness keeps Gold buyers hopeful but it all depends upon NFP amid recently disappointments from US data.
  • XAU/USD can seesaw on US employment statistics amid lack of liquidity due to Good Friday.

Gold price (XAU/USD) remains defensive at $2,007 during the early hours of Good Friday, after falling the most in a fortnight. In addition to the holiday-driven lack of liquidity, the cautious mood ahead of the top-tier United States employment data for March also restricts the XAU/USD moves. It’s worth noting that the fears of recession recently weighed on the Gold price even if the US Dollar struggles to recover, mainly due to the downbeat US statistics.

Gold price recently bears the burden of recession woes

Gold price snapped a three-day uptrend and marked the biggest daily loss in nearly two weeks as consecutive weakness in the United States data and downbeat US Treasury bond yields triggered fears of a recession in the world’s largest economy.

Talking about the latest US employment data, US Initial Jobless Claims improved to 228K for the week ended on March 31 versus 200K expected and upwardly revised 246K prior. It’s worth noting that the Challenger Job Cuts for the said month rose to 89.703K from 77.77K prior. Previously, US JOLTS Job Openings dropped to the 19-month low in February while the ADP Employment Change for March also disappointed markets with 145K figures. Further, the US ISM Services PMI for March also amplified pessimism as it dropped to 51.2 versus 54.5 expected and 55.1 prior.

Elsewhere, Reuters recently flagged fears of recession by citing the Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell’s the preferred bond market indicator’s latest slump. “Research from the Fed has argued that the ‘near-term forward spread’ comparing the forward rate on Treasury bills 18 months from now with the current yield on a three-month Treasury bill was the most reliable bond market signal of an imminent economic contraction,” said the news.

Amid these plays, Wall Street licks its wounds while the US 10-year and two-year Treasury bond yields also stay pressured, despite the latest consolidation around 3.30% and 3.83% in that order.

Given the looming fears of recession, Gold traders will have to closely examine the incoming US employment data to trade better.

Geopolitical fears also prod XAU/USD buyers

Not only the looming fears of the economic slowdown that recently challenged the Gold buyers, but escalating geopolitical fears surrounding the US, China, Russia and North Korea also seem to poke the XAU/USD prices.

China’s criticism of the US-Taiwan ties and dislike of the White House competition hints at worsening relations among the world’s top two economies, namely the US and China. The same should weigh on the Gold price considering China’s status as one of the world’s biggest Gold consumers, as well as due to the likely US Dollar’s haven demand.

In addition to the US-China tension, the Ukraine-Russia war and Moscow’s tussle with the West, as well as North Korea’s warning to use nuclear powers, also roil the geopolitical context and prod the Gold buyers.

De-dollarization, downbeat greenback allow Gold price to remain firmer

In contrast to the aforementioned catalysts, the latest moves in the market against the US Dollar’s reserve currency status seem to allow the Gold price to stay on the bull’s radar amid the downbeat greenback.

Russia’s latest likes for the Chinese Yuan and the China-Brazil pact to ignore the US Dollar as an intermediate currency are a key news that recently challenges the greenback’s imperial status.

Adding strength to the Gold’s likelihood are the chatters that some of the US Congressmen have proposed a Gold Standard Restoration Act to defend the US Dollar. The bill suggests re-pegging the greenback with a fixed amount of the Gold’s weight, like it was before 1971.

United States Nonfarm Payrolls are the key

Looking forward, Gold price relies on how the United States employment data arrives for March, especially amid recession woes and receding hawkish Fed bets.

Market forecasts suggest a softer print of the headline Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP), to 240K from 311K prior, as well as no change in the Unemployment Rate of 3.6%. However, the mixed expectations for the Average Hourly Earnings make the outcome even more interesting for Gold traders.

Should the scheduled US jobs report arrive as disappointing, the Gold price may witness further upside in case of downbeat US data.

Also read: US March Nonfarm Payrolls Preview: Analyzing Gold price's reaction to NFP surprises

Gold price technical analysis

Gold price fades upside break of a three-week-old horizontal resistance, now immediate support around $2,005, as it lures sellers ahead of the key United States data.

Adding strength to the pullback bias are the bearish signals from the Moving Average Convergence and Divergence (MACD) indicator, as well as a retreat by the Relative Strength Index (RSI) line, placed 14, from the overbought territory.

With this, the Gold price is well-set to break the immediate support, which in turn can direct the quote toward the 100-bar Simple Moving Average (SMA) of around $1,971.

However, a horizontal area from mid-March and the 200-SMA, respectively near $1,935 and $1,906, could challenge the XAU/USD bears before giving them control.

On the contrary, recovery moves need to defy Wednesday’s Doji candlestick by crossing the latest peak of around $2,032.

Following that, the 61.8% Fibonacci Expansion (FE) of March 10-21 moves, near $2,045, which can please the Gold buyers.

Though, the year 2022 peak of $2,070 will precede the all-time high of $2,075 marked in 2020 to act as the final defense of the Gold bears.

Overall, Gold buyers are running out of steam but the bears have a long and bumpy road to travel before taking control.

Gold price: Four-hour chart

Trend: Pullback expected

Additional important levels

Today last price 2007.82
Today Daily Change -13.01
Today Daily Change % -0.64%
Today daily open 2020.83
Daily SMA20 1953.84
Daily SMA50 1897.26
Daily SMA100 1859.79
Daily SMA200 1786.73
Previous Daily High 2032.11
Previous Daily Low 2010.08
Previous Weekly High 1987.7
Previous Weekly Low 1944.08
Previous Monthly High 2009.88
Previous Monthly Low 1809.46
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 2023.69
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 2018.5
Daily Pivot Point S1 2009.9
Daily Pivot Point S2 1998.98
Daily Pivot Point S3 1987.87
Daily Pivot Point R1 2031.93
Daily Pivot Point R2 2043.04
Daily Pivot Point R3 2053.96



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