• Gold Price was dragged below the $1,800 mark at the end of the week, its lowest level since May 16.
  • Aggressive Fed rate hike bets and a goodish pickup in the USD demand exerted some pressure.
  • Recession fears and the risk-off mood did little to lend any support to the safe-haven XAUUSD.

Gold Price prolonged this week's bearish trend and witnessed heavy follow-through selling on Friday, marking the fifth successive day of a negative move. The downward trajectory extended through the early part of the European session and dragged spot prices to the lowest level since May 16, around the $1,792 region in the last hour.

Flows were driven away from gold by the prospects for more aggressive rate hikes by the US central bank. These were reaffirmed by Fed Chair Jerome Powell's remarks on Wednesday, which said that the US economy is well-positioned to handle tighter policy. Speaking at the ECB Forum in Sintra, Powell added that the Fed remains focused on getting inflation under control and the market pricing is pretty close to the dot plot. Apart from this, broad-based US dollar strength further exerted downward pressure on the dollar-denominated commodity.

This combination of factors overshadowed the prevalent risk-off environment which tends to benefit the safe-haven precious metal. The market sentiment remains fragile amid concerns that rapidly rising rates and tightening financial conditions would pose challenges to global economic growth. Adding to this, the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has been fueling fears about a possible recession. One would have thought this would embolden gold bulls but in reality it did little to impress investors or ease the bearish pressure surrounding gold.

The anti-risk flow was reinforced by the recent slump in the US Treasury bond yields, which, again, failed to lend any support to the yellow metal. With the latest leg down, spot prices now seem to have confirmed a fresh bearish breakdown below the $1,800 round-figure mark. Furthermore, effortless acceptance below the said handle might have already set the stage for an extension of the depreciating move towards the YTD low, around the $1,780 region. The downward trajectory could now extend towards the next relevant support near the $1,755-$1,750 zone. From here, traders now look forward to the release of the US ISM Manufacturing PMI for a fresh impetus.

Technical levels to watch

XAU/USD

Overview
Today last price 1792.51
Today Daily Change -14.79
Today Daily Change % -0.82
Today daily open 1807.3
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1834.99
Daily SMA50 1849.89
Daily SMA100 1891.72
Daily SMA200 1845.12
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1825.19
Previous Daily Low 1802.79
Previous Weekly High 1847.95
Previous Weekly Low 1816.99
Previous Monthly High 1879.26
Previous Monthly Low 1802.79
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1811.35
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1816.63
Daily Pivot Point S1 1798.33
Daily Pivot Point S2 1789.36
Daily Pivot Point S3 1775.93
Daily Pivot Point R1 1820.73
Daily Pivot Point R2 1834.16
Daily Pivot Point R3 1843.13

 

 

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