Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD refreshes session lows, eyeing a break below $1,800 mark

Update: Gold faded an early North American session bullish spike and refreshed daily lows in the last hour, with bears now eyeing a sustained break below the $1,800 mark. Gold, which is often considered as a hedge against inflation, benefitted from an unexpected rise in the US consumer price data. In fact, the headline CPI smashed market expectations and accelerated to 5.4% YoY in June. Adding to this, CPI at the core level jumped 4.5% YoY during the reported month.

Meanwhile, the data further fueled market speculations that the Fed is moving towards tightening its monetary policy stance sooner than anticipated. It is worth recalling that the June FOMC meeting minutes released last Wednesday revealed that Fed officials agreed on the need to be ready to act if inflation or other risks materialize. This, in turn, provided a goodish lift to the US dollar and might keep a lid on any runaway rally for dollar-denominated commodities, including gold.

Even from a technical perspective, the commodity has been oscillating in a range over the past one week or so. This further makes it prudent to wait for a sustained break through the mentioned trading range before positioning for any meaningful appreciating move in the near term. Investors might refrain from place aggressive bets ahead of Fed Chair Jerome Powell's congressional testimony on Wednesday and Thursday, which will be closely watched for his response to the inflation figures. This, in turn, will play a key role in determining the next leg of a directional move for the non-yielding gold.

Previous update: After a negative start to a fresh week on Monday, gold price is back in the green zone, advancing towards two-week highs of $1818 ahead of the critical US inflation release. Though gold bulls may face an uphill battle, as the US dollar rebounds across the board amid a cautious market mood. Concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta covid strain on both sides of the Atlantic seem to dent investors’ risk appetite.

Gold traders remain cautious as well heading into the US CPI data, which may shed more light on the Fed’s timeline for monetary policy normalization. Fed Chair Jerome Powell's testimony before Congress on Wednesday and Thursday on the monetary policy and inflation outlook will also hold the key for gold’s next direction. Meanwhile, markets ignored upbeat Chinese exports data, which suggested a strong global economic recovery.

Read: Powell Preview: Three reasons to expect the Fed Chair to down the dollar

Gold Price: Key levels to watch

The Technical Confluences Detector shows that gold price is retreating towards powerful support at $1803, which is the convergence of the Fibonacci 61.8% one-day and SMA5 one-day.

The next support awaits at the intersection of the SMA50 four-hour and the Fibonacci 61.8% one-week at $1798.

Further south, the last line of defense for gold bulls appears at $1791, where the Fibonacci 23.6% one-month, SMA10 one-day and pivot-point one-week S1 coincide.

Alternatively, a firm break above a dense cluster of healthy resistance levels around $1812 could expose a fierce hurdle at $1815.

That level is the confluence of the pivot point one-day R1 and Fibonacci 38.2% one-month.

Buyers will then aim for the previous week’s high of $1818.

Here is how it looks on the tool       


About Technical Confluences Detector

The TCD (Technical Confluences Detector) is a tool to locate and point out those price levels where there is a congestion of indicators, moving averages, Fibonacci levels, Pivot Points, etc.  If you are a short-term trader, you will find entry points for counter-trend strategies and hunt a few points at a time. If you are a medium-to-long-term trader, this tool will allow you to know in advance the price levels where a medium-to-long-term trend may stop and rest, where to unwind positions, or where to increase your position size.


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

Latest Forex News

Latest Forex News

Editors’ Picks

EUR/USD retreats below 1.1300 area as NFP-inspired dollar weakness fades

EUR/USD jumped to a daily high of 1.1333 with the initial market reaction to the disappointing November Nonfarm Payrolls data but quickly returned below 1.1300. Rising US Treasury bond yields seem to be helping the dollar stay resilient against its major rivals. 


GBP/USDdrops to 1.3250 area as dollar regains strength

GBP/USD spiked above 1.3300 in the early American session with the initial market reaction to the gloomy US November jobs report. However, the greenback regathered strength on hawkish Fed commentary and forced the pair to turn south.


Gold struggles to capitalize on weak NFP data, holds near $1,770

Gold spiked to a daily high near $1,780 with the initial market reaction to the disappointing Nonfarm Payrolls data from the US but seems to be having a difficult time preserving its bullish momentum with the 10-year US T-bond yield staying resilient.

Gold News

The bull and the bear case for BTC

Bitcoin price saw a bullish impulse that faced massive headwinds before it tagged a crucial psychological barrier. Bitcoin is likely to experience massive volatility as the situation resolves over time. 

Read more

Cyber Monday 2021 Discounts!

Glued to your trading screen on Cyber Monday? Upgrade your skills by signing up for FXStreet’s Premium service, offered at a discount of up to 50%. Fellow traders have already taken advantage of Black Friday profits. What about you? 

Subscribe now!