• Gold under pressure after US data, ahead of FOMC meeting.
  • XAU/USD break short-term barrier of $1780.
  • US dollar remains mostly in recent ranges versus most of its rivals.

Update: Gold, XAU/USD, remains better offered, albeit within sideways consolidation. The month of December has not given traders much in the way of volatility in the gold price that has been accumulated between $1,762 and $1,808 without a direction either way. With that being said, the 10 EMA crossed below the 20 EMA at the end of November which leaves the bias to the downside.

Today's slide is one of the largest we have seen so far for the month and with the US inflation report and the Federal Reserve around the corner, there are risks of a surge in the US dollar. This comes at a time where the greenback may well be favoured as one of the more reliable of safe-haven plays as the covid variant continues to spread around the world, leaving a sombre tone in financial markets. 

Technically, the price could be on the verge of breaking the daily support. However, failures to do so could lead to an upside breakout as follows:

End of update

Gold prices are under pressure on Tuesday following US data and ahead of the Federal Reserve decision. The yellow metal broke below the $1780 support and tumbled to $1766, reaching the lowest level since December 3.

From the bottom, XAU/USD rebounded to as highs at $1777 and as of writing it is moving toward $1770, still facing a negative momentum. The decline started after the release of US PPI numbers that sent US yields higher.

The US 10-year rose from 1.44% to 1.47% and the 30-year to 1.86% from 1.82%. The move in the bond market weakened gold. At the same time, the dollar gained momentum but posted limited gains. The greenback still remains in negative ground for the day against most of its main rivals, although trading in the recent range.

Market participants await the outcome of the FOMC meeting. On Wednesday the central bank will announce its decision on monetary policy. The central bank is expected to announce a faster reduction of its bond-buying program.

From a technical perspective, XAU/USD still is under pressure. A recovery above $1780 would alleviate the pressure. The next support stands at $1760 followed by $1745. On a wider perspective, $1795 is the critical resistance; a daily close clearly above should open the doors to a recovery above $1800 and more.

Technical levels

XAU/USD

Overview
Today last price 1771.75
Today Daily Change -15.53
Today Daily Change % -0.87
Today daily open 1787.28
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1798.31
Daily SMA50 1796.11
Daily SMA100 1789.96
Daily SMA200 1793.5
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1791.61
Previous Daily Low 1781.87
Previous Weekly High 1793.17
Previous Weekly Low 1770.19
Previous Monthly High 1877.23
Previous Monthly Low 1758.92
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1787.89
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1785.59
Daily Pivot Point S1 1782.23
Daily Pivot Point S2 1777.18
Daily Pivot Point S3 1772.49
Daily Pivot Point R1 1791.97
Daily Pivot Point R2 1796.66
Daily Pivot Point R3 1801.71

 

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