Update: Gold trimmed a part of its intraday gains, albeit has managed to hold its neck above the $1,800 mark heading into the North American session. The XAU/USD built on its recent bounce from the $1,750 area, or the lowest level since mid-April and edged higher for the sixth consecutive session on Wednesday. Concerns about the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus continued weighing on investors' sentiment and extended some support to traditional safe-haven assets, including gold.

Apart from this, the ongoing sharp decline in the US Treasury bond yields was seen as another factor that drove some flows towards the non-yielding yellow metal. That said, a modest US dollar uptick acted as a headwind for the dollar-denominated commodities. Investors also seemed reluctant to place any aggressive bets ahead of Wednesday's release of the FOMC meeting minutes. This, in turn, capped the upside for gold. Hence, it will be prudent to wait for some follow-through buying beyond the overnight swing highs, around the $1,815 region, before positioning for any further appreciating move.

Given that the Fed brought forward its timetable for the first post-pandemic interest rate hike at the end of June policy meeting, investors will look for fresh clues about the central bank's policy outlook. This will play a key role in influencing the USD price dynamics in the near term and assist investors to determine the next leg of a directional move for gold.

Previous update: Gold price is riding higher on concerns over dwindling global economic recovery, fuelled by Delta covid strain flareups and weaker US ISM Services PMI and German ZEW survey. The re-emergence of global economic concerns led to an influx of risk-off flows into the safe-haven assets such as the US Treasury bonds, gold etc, weighing negatively on the returns on the markets. The recent sell-off in the Treasury yields across the curve has been the main driver behind gold’s move above the $1800 mark. The US dollar’s upside also remains capped by the weakness in the yields, with the benchmark 10-year rates down about 2.50%, as of writing. Meanwhile, the risk-on action in the European equities also exerts bearish pressure on the safe-haven dollar while underpinning gold price.  

Next of relevance for gold traders remain the June Fed meeting’s minutes due for release at 1800 GMT on Wednesday. The minutes could shed more light on the interest rate trajectory after the Fed delivered a hawkish surprise last month.

Read: FOMC Minutes June Preview: A view of the Jackson Hole agenda

Gold Price: Key levels to watch

The Technical Confluences Detector shows that gold price is marching towards the previous day’s high at $11815, where the Fibonacci 38.2% one-month coincides.

Ahead of that level, the confluence of the Fibonacci 23.6% one-day and pivot point one-day R1 at $1810 could challenge the latest leg up.

If Tuesday’s high is taken out convincingly, a rally towards the pivot point one-week R2 at $1822 cannot be ruled out.

Alternatively, strong support awaits at $1800, which is the intersection of the Fibonacci 61.8% one-day, SMA10 four-hour and SMA10 one-hour.

The next relevant cushion is seen at the previous week’s high of $1795.

Powerful support at $1790 is the level to beat for gold bears. That level is the convergence of the SMA100 one-day, Fibonacci 23.6% one-month and the previous day’s low.

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