Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD retakes $1,800, upside potential limited ahead of US GDP

  • Gold consolidates weekly losses during two-day uptrend, eases from daily high of late.
  • US dollar differs from firmer Treasury yields, helps gold buyers amid market’s indecision, central bank moves.
  • US GDP, ECB and US stimulus updates are the key for fresh impulse.
  • Gold Price Forecast: Bulls trying to recover the 1,800 mark

Update: Gold built on the previous day's rebound from the vicinity of weekly lows and edged higher through the Asian session on Thursday. The momentum pushed the XAU/USD back above the $1,800 mark, though a combination of factors might keep a lid on any meaningful upside. A generally positive tone around the equity markets could act as a headwind for the safe-haven precious metal. Apart from this, a solid rebound in the US Treasury bond yields, along with expectations for an early policy tightening by major central bank might further collaborate to cap gains for the non-yielding yellow metal.

Moreover, investors seem to have moved on the sidelines ahead of Thursday's key event risk – the highly-anticipated European Central Bank meeting. The ECB is expected to leave its monetary policy settings unchanged, though the outlook – amid worries about rising inflationary pressures – should infuse some volatility in the markets. Beyond this, traders will focus on the release of the Advance US Q3 GDP report. The data will play a key role in driving the USD demand and influence dollar-denominated commodities, including gold.

Previous update: Gold (XAU/USD) flirts with the $1,800 threshold, keeps the previous day’s rebound amid softer USD during early Thursday.

The yellow metal recovered the previous day from the weekly bottom as the US dollar faded the bounce off a one-month low, tracking the US Treasury yields. The latest run-up in the gold prices, however, could be linked to the market’s fears of an end to the easy money policies introduced during the pandemic. It’s worth noting that the hopes of US stimulus and Sino-American tussles are extra catalysts that helped the gold buyers at the latest.

The US 10-year Treasury yields consolidate the heaviest daily fall since mid-August, recently picking up bids to 1.55%, up 2.6 basis points (bps). The reason could be linked to the expectations that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) and the European Central Bank (ECB) will track their global counterparts and tighten the strings of monetary policies. The market consensus takes clues from the firmer inflation expectations and recently firmer data from the developed economies, as well as receding fears of the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, the Bank of Canada (BOC) announced the end of bond purchases and the UK also cuts bond issuance. Further, Australia’s strong prints of the RBA Trimmed Mean CPI also push the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) towards a rate hike.

Talking about the data, a lower-than-expected US Good Trade Balance and improvement in Durable Goods Orders probed the US dollar bulls ahead of the key Q3 GDP, indirectly helping gold buyers.

Elsewhere, the White House’s (WH) push for faster progress over the budget talks ahead of the December deadline for the debt ceiling extension keeps the gold buyers hopeful. The news joins the Democratic Party members’ scheduling of an additional meeting for President Joe Biden to sort out some last issues with expectations of a deal on the much-awaited stimulus.

Furthermore, the US-China tussles regain momentum, recently over telecom and Taiwan whereas the Evergrande fears aren’t off the table, which in turn underpin the gold’s safe-haven demand.

Against this backdrop, the US stock futures ignore the firmer Treasury yields and the US Dollar Index (DXY) stays on the back foot ahead of the key data/events.

Looking forward, firmer-than-expected preliminary prints of the US Q3 GDP will help the Fed hawks and weigh on the market sentiment, helping the US dollar to regain upside momentum. However, the ECB’s likely hawkish performance may challenge the greenback and help the gold buyers to keep the reins.

Read: US Third Quarter GDP Preview: A most uncertain estimate

Technical analysis     

Gold’s failure to cross a two-month-old horizontal hurdle doesn’t allow sellers to sneak in as a convergence of 50-DMA and a fortnight-long rising trend line restricts short-term downside.

Hence, bullish MACD and firmer RSI line, not overbought, keeps gold buyers hopeful to cross the key resistance area surrounding $1,810-11 until staying beyond $1,780 support confluence.

During the quote’s upside past $1,811, the double tops marked in July and September close to $1,834 will be crucial to watch.

On the contrary, a sustained downside below $1,780 may aim for the latest swing low around $1,760 before directing gold sellers to the horizontal line comprising multiple levels marked since September 16, near $1,745.

To sum up, gold remains in a bullish consolidation phase but has tough barriers to the north.

Gold: Daily chart

Trend: Further upside expected

Additional important levels

Today last price 1799.51
Today Daily Change 2.71
Today Daily Change % 0.15%
Today daily open 1796.8
Daily SMA20 1774.14
Daily SMA50 1780.58
Daily SMA100 1789.24
Daily SMA200 1793.15
Previous Daily High 1799.11
Previous Daily Low 1783.53
Previous Weekly High 1813.82
Previous Weekly Low 1760.37
Previous Monthly High 1834.02
Previous Monthly Low 1721.71
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1793.16
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1789.48
Daily Pivot Point S1 1787.18
Daily Pivot Point S2 1777.57
Daily Pivot Point S3 1771.6
Daily Pivot Point R1 1802.76
Daily Pivot Point R2 1808.73
Daily Pivot Point R3 1818.34



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