Abstract：Gold is higher in Asia as the US dollar shaves off some of the gains made overnight when it raced to score fresh cycle highs on the re-nomination of Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell.
Gold is higher in Asia as the US dollar shaves off some of the gains made overnight when it raced to score fresh cycle highs on the re-nomination of Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell. The market immediately began pricing in a ramp-up in tapering asset purchase and a rise in rates by June., analysts at ANZ bank noted. ''This saw the 10-year yields climb more than 8bp, with gold subsequently selling off sharply.''
Meanwhile, the yellow metal has been buoyed by rising stagflationary winds. ''This ultimately catalyzed a breakout from a multi-month downtrend from an all-time-high amid a significant wave of CTA short covering and an increase in Chinese appetite for gold'', analysts at TD Securities explained. ''Yet, we caution that the tug-of-war between high inflation prints and market pricing for central bank hikes hasn't definitively concluded.''
Looking forward, the Fed minutes will be an event for the greenback and yellow metal. Markets will be looking for more clues as to the timings of a rate hike with respect to how fast the Fed is likely to taper. ''The minutes will undoubtedly reflect a range of views on risks, but with most officials seeing no rush for rate hikes given the large net drop in jobs and expected slowing in inflation,'' analysts at TD Securities said.
Gold (XAU/USD) defends the $1,800 threshold following the heaviest daily fall in over 10 weeks. That said, the yellow metal picks up bids to $1,809 during the early Asian session on Tuesday.
US President Joe Biden‘s decision to nominate Jerome Powell for another term as the Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair and Richard Clarida for Vice-Chairman buoyed market sentiment the previous day. The traders’ zeal propelled US Treasury yields amid hopes of faster tapering and a rate hike during 2022, which in turn fuelled the US Dollar Index (DXY) to a new multi-day high and weighed down the gold prices.
Also exerting downside pressure on the gold were the firmer US data relating to manufacturing and housing, published on Monday. The US The Chicago Fed National Activity Index rose to 0.76 in October versus -0.18% (revised down figure). Further, US Existing Home Sales increased beyond 6.2M forecast and 6.29M previous readouts to 6.3M during the last month.
Its worth noting that US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen ruled out inflation fears like the 1970s and allowed the gold traders to lick their wounds near $1,800.
Even so, fears of inflation remain on the table as multi-billion dollars worth of the US stimulus is on the way. Additionally, fresh fears of the covid in the Eurozone threaten the lingering global supply chain and hint at the further worsening of the inflation pressure, as well as the markets rush towards the US dollar due to its safe-haven nature.
Amid these plays, US 10-year Treasury yields rose more than the previous weeks loss in a single day while the DXY jumped to the fresh high since July 2020.
Moving on, preliminary readings of the November month PMIs for the UK, Eurozone and the US will be important to watch for fresh impulse.
Not only a U-turn from the yearly resistance line but a clear downside break of the four-month-old horizontal support, now resistance, also keeps the gold sellers hopeful to visit the convergence of the 100 and 200-DMA.
Also supporting the gold sellers are the bearish MACD signals and the descending RSI line, not oversold.
It should be noted, however, that golds weakness past the DMA convergence, around $1,794-92, will be challenged by the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement (Fibo.) of January-March declines near $1,784. In a case where gold bears keep dominating past $1,784, an ascending support line from August, at $1,755 by the press time, will be in focus.
Meanwhile, 50% Fibo. level of $1,819 may challenge golds corrective pullback, if any, before the stated support-turned-resistance near $1,834.
Even if the bullion prices rise past $1,834, the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level close to $1,851 and the yearly resistance line around $1,868 will test the gold buyers.
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