Gold price prolongs its strong uptrend, climbs to fresh all-time peak beyond $2,350 level


  • Gold price prolongs its recent bullish trend and climbs to a fresh all-time peak on Tuesday.
  • Geopolitical risks keep a lid on the recent optimism in the markets and benefit the commodity.
  • Reduced Fed rate cut bets remain supportive of elevated US bond yields and might cap gains.

Gold price (XAU/USD) attracts some buyers for the third straight day on Tuesday – also marking the tenth day of a positive move in the previous eleven – and climbs to a fresh all-time peak during the first half of the European session. The optimism over a possible ceasefire between Israel and Hamas fades rather quickly, which is evident from the cautious market mood. This, in turn, is seen as a key factor acting as a tailwind for the safe-haven precious metal.

Meanwhile, the flight to safety drags the US Treasury bond yields away from a multi-month peak touched on Monday. This keeps the US Dollar (USD) bulls on the defensive and lends additional support to the non-yielding Gold price. That said, expectations that the Federal Reserve (Fed) could delay cutting interest rates should limit any meaningful downfall in the US bond yields and the USD, which, in turn, should cap the XAU/USD amid overbought conditions. 

Traders might also prefer to wait for more cues about the Fed's rate-cut path before placing fresh directional bets. Hence, the focus will remain glued to the release of the US consumer inflation figures for March on Wednesday, which will be followed by the FOMC meeting minutes. This, in turn, will play a key role in influencing the near-term USD price dynamics and provide some meaningful impetus to the Gold price. 

Daily Digest Market Movers: Gold price bulls retain control near all-time peak amid persistent geopolitical tensions

  • The upbeat US jobs data released on Friday, along with the recent hawkish remarks by Federal Reserve officials, force investors to trim their bets for the total number of rate cuts in 2024 and cap gains for the Gold price. 
  • Chicago Fed President Austan Goolsbee acknowledged on Monday that the US economy remains strong, but the central bank must determine how long to be restrictive on monetary policy without damaging the economy. 
  • Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari said that the inflation rate is running around 3%, and the Fed has to get back down to 2%. The labor market is not red hot like it was 12 months ago, but it's still tight.
  • The markets are now pricing in a nearly 50% chance that the Fed will leave the policy rate unchanged in June, lifting the yield on the benchmark 10-year US government bond to its highest level since late November.
  • Elevated US Treasury bond yields act as a tailwind for the US Dollar and further contribute to keeping a lid on the non-yielding yellow metal, though geopolitical tension might continue to lend some support.
  • Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that a date has been set for a ground offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, tempering hopes for a potential ceasefire and keeping a lid on the latest optimism.
  • Investors now look to the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the FOMC meeting minutes on Wednesday for clues about the Fed's rate-cut path, which should provide a fresh directional impetus to the XAU/USD.

Technical Analysis: Gold price shows no signs of bullish exhaustion despite overbought RSI on the daily chart

From a technical perspective, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) on the daily chart is flashing extremely overbought conditions and warrants some caution for bullish traders. Hence, it will be prudent to wait for some near-term consolidation or a modest pullback before positioning for an extension of the recent blowout rally witnessed over the past two weeks or so. In the meantime, any corrective decline below the Asian session low, around the $2,336 area, is likely to find decent support and remain limited near the $2,300 mark. The said handle should act as a key pivotal point, which, if broken decisively, might prompt some technical selling and drag the Gold price further towards the $2,267-2,265 horizontal support.

Gold FAQs

Gold has played a key role in human’s history as it has been widely used as a store of value and medium of exchange. Currently, apart from its shine and usage for jewelry, the precious metal is widely seen as a safe-haven asset, meaning that it is considered a good investment during turbulent times. Gold is also widely seen as a hedge against inflation and against depreciating currencies as it doesn’t rely on any specific issuer or government.

Central banks are the biggest Gold holders. In their aim to support their currencies in turbulent times, central banks tend to diversify their reserves and buy Gold to improve the perceived strength of the economy and the currency. High Gold reserves can be a source of trust for a country’s solvency. Central banks added 1,136 tonnes of Gold worth around $70 billion to their reserves in 2022, according to data from the World Gold Council. This is the highest yearly purchase since records began. Central banks from emerging economies such as China, India and Turkey are quickly increasing their Gold reserves.

Gold has an inverse correlation with the US Dollar and US Treasuries, which are both major reserve and safe-haven assets. When the Dollar depreciates, Gold tends to rise, enabling investors and central banks to diversify their assets in turbulent times. Gold is also inversely correlated with risk assets. A rally in the stock market tends to weaken Gold price, while sell-offs in riskier markets tend to favor the precious metal.

The price can move due to a wide range of factors. Geopolitical instability or fears of a deep recession can quickly make Gold price escalate due to its safe-haven status. As a yield-less asset, Gold tends to rise with lower interest rates, while higher cost of money usually weighs down on the yellow metal. Still, most moves depend on how the US Dollar (USD) behaves as the asset is priced in dollars (XAU/USD). A strong Dollar tends to keep the price of Gold controlled, whereas a weaker Dollar is likely to push Gold prices up.

 

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