Gold price (XAU/USD) prints mild losses around $1,930 as it consolidates the gains marked during the last six consecutive weeks. That said, sluggish markets on early Wednesday join the cautious mood ahead of the key US data/events, as well as technical formation, to tease the XAU/USD sellers after rising in the last two days in a row.
US Treasury bond yields portray the market’s inaction as Tuesday’s US activity numbers showed improvement for January but marked the seventh consecutive contraction in PMIs and kept the recession fears on the table.
Elsewhere, hawkish comments from the European Central Bank (ECB) officials ahead of the next week’s monetary policy contrasts with the market’s receding bets on the aggressive Fed rate hikes to confuse traders. “Fed fund futures see only two more quarter-point rate hikes by the Fed to a peak of around 5% by June, before it starts cutting rates later in the year. The Federal Reserve itself has insisted it still has 75 bps of increases in the pipeline,” said Reuters.
It’s worth observing that the strong inflation data in Australia and New Zealand earlier in the day also weighed on the Gold price amid fears of aggressive rate hikes from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ).
Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 Futures print mild losses but the stocks in the Asia-Pacific region trade mixed and support the currencies of the zone.
Moving on, Gold traders may witness sluggish moves and can pare recent gains ahead of Thursday’s US data dump comprising the monthly Durable Goods Orders, weekly Jobless Claims and the preliminary readings of the Q4 GDP. Above all, the next week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting is the most important event for the XAU/USD traders to watch for clear directions.
Gold price takes a U-turn from the one-week-old ascending resistance line, around $1,942 by the press time, which in turn takes clues from the overbought RSI and looming bears on the MACD to keep sellers hopeful.
However, the 10-DMA support level surrounding $1,920 restricts the immediate downside of the Gold price.
Should the bright metal remains weak past $1,920, the previous weekly bottom near $1,896 could act as the last defense of the Gold buyers.
On the flip side, Gold’s successful trading above the adjacent resistance line, close to $1,942 at the latest, could propel the quote toward an ascending trend line from December 13, 2022, close to $1,962.
It should be noted that March 2022 peak near $1,966 could act as an extra filter to the north before highlighting the $2,000 psychological magnet.
Trend: Pullback expected
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