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05:34:50 25-06-2024

Gold price attracts some sellers amid cautious Fed rhetoric

  • Gold price edges lower in Tuesdays Asian session. 
  • The stronger US economic data and the Fed's hawkish stance continue to underpin the yellow metal. 
  • Investors will focus on the speech from Feds Cook and Bowman on Tuesday. 

Gold price (XAU/USD) trades in negative territory on Tuesday despite the weaker Greenback. The stronger-than-expected US Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) released last week triggered Federal Reserve (Fed) officials to push out the timing of the first interest rate cut this year, which continues to cap the golds upside. However, the safe-haven flows on the back of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine might boost the yellow metal in the near term.

Investors will take more cues from the Fed members' speeches on Tuesday, with Lisa Cook, Michelle Bowman scheduled to speak. The crucial US economic data to be closely watched this week will be the final reading of the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter (Q1) on Thursday and the Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Price Index for May, which is due on Friday. Any evidence of a trend of easing inflation could prompt the expectation of Fed rate cuts later in 2024. This, in turn, might drag the Greenback lower and create a tailwind for USD-denominated Gold. 

Daily Digest Market Movers: Gold price remains sensitive to Fed rate-cut path

  • San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President Mary Daly said on Monday that she does not believe the Fed should cut rates before the central bank is confident that inflation is headed towards 2%. Daly added that the labour market, albeit strong, might face rising unemployment if inflation remains persistent.
  • The final reading of the US headline and Core Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index is expected to show an increase of 2.6% YoY in May.  
  • Traders are now pricing in a 66% odds of a Fed rate cut in September, up from 59.5% at the end of last week, according to the CME FedWatch Tool.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the most intense phase of the assault against Hamas in Gaza is close to ending while stressing the broader war against Hamas wages on, per CNN. 
  • Russia has condemned the US for a "barbaric" strike in Crimea, which used US-provided missiles, killing at least four people, including children, and injuring 151 others. On Monday, Russia's Foreign Ministry summoned US Ambassador Lynne Tracy and accused the US of launching a "proxy war," warning that retaliation would "definitely follow, per local news agency Aljazeera.  

Technical Analysis: Gold price stays bullish in the longer term

The gold price trades on a softer note on the day. The precious metal has formed a descending trend channel since May 10 on the daily timeframe. The yellow metal keeps the bullish vibe above the key 100-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA). Nonetheless, further consolidation cannot be ruled out as the 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) hovers around the 50-midline, indicating a neutral level between bullish and bearish positions. 

The upper boundary of the descending trend channel at $2,350 will be the first stop for XAU/USD. A break above this level will pave the way to $2,387, a high of June 7. Further north, the next hurdle is seen at the all-time high of $2,450. 

On the other hand, a low of June 21 at $2,316 acts as an initial support level for the yellow metal. Any follow-through selling will see a drop to $2,285, a low of June 7. The key contention level to watch is the $2,255-$2,260 zone, portraying the 100-day EMA and the lower limit of the descending trend channel. 

Gold FAQs

Gold has played a key role in humans 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 doesnt 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 countrys 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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