GOLD OUTLOOK & ANALYSIS
- Fed Chair Powell ramps up dovish bets.
- US ISM services PMI and NFP under the spotlight next week.
- Overbought gold could be heading lower next week.
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XAU/USD FUNDAMENTAL FORECAST
Gold prices turned higher on Friday after US ISM manufacturing PMI’s disappointed followed by Fed Chair Jerome Powell providing some less aggressive messaging, possibly hinting at the peak of the Fed’s hiking cycle. Although Mr. Powell attempted to refrain from sounding overly dovish, market did not take heed to these sentiments. Some key statements include:
“Fed Funds range well into restrictive territory.”
“It is ‘premature’ to say monetary policy is restrictive enough.”
“I expect spending and output to slow over the next year.”
From a money market perspective (refer to table below), interest rates are expected below the 4% mark by December 2024. The recent slew of US economic data has contributed to this narrative alongside a slump in US Treasury yields as the 2-year edges towards the 4.5% support level.
IMPLIED FED FUNDS FUTURES
The week ahead sees ISM services PMI data come into focus. The more significant of the two PMI releases as the US is primarily a services driven economy. Gold bears will be observing a tick higher to 52 with the highlight of the week coming from Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP). A strong NFP number could reverse the recent gold rally while another upside advocate stemmed from the recommencement of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza. Bullions safe haven appeal has been reignited after the recent ceasefire and any escalation could keep prices bid.
GOLD ECONOMIC CALENDAR
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GOLD PRICE DAILY CHART
Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, TradingView
Daily XAU/USD price action looks to head up towards the March 2022 and May 2023 resistance zone around the 2081.82 level. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is deep within overbought territory and could hint at a pullback lower. That being said, bulls will be looking at the looming golden cross formation that could extend the recent rally.
GOLD IG CLIENT SENTIMENT: MIXED
IGCS shows retail traders are currently net SHORT on GOLD, with 53% of traders currently holding long positions.
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