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    Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD bulls need validation from $1,856, Fed to keep reins

    Abstract:Gold prices remain mildly bid after piercing yearly resistance, 13-day-old rising channel eyed.
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      Downbeat yields, fears of Fed rate hike join Ukraine-Russia tussles to underpin golds safe-haven demand.

      IMFs downbeat economic growth forecasts also sour the mood.

      Fed January Preview: Three possible scenarios for gold

      Gold (XAU/USD) struggles to extend early gains around $1,850 as markets brace for the key Fed verdict during Wednesdays Asian session.

      The yellow metal rose during the last two consecutive days, also crossed the key hurdle to the north the previous day, as traders rushed to traditional risk-safety amid the market‘s anxiety over the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) next step. Adding to the bullish impulse could be geopolitical tensions and downbeat economic forecasts by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

      The Fed hawks ignored softer US CB Consumer Confidence and Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index figures on firmer US inflation expectations, per the 10-year, breakeven inflation rate per the St. Louis Federal Reserve (FRED) data, which in turn favored gold buyers. The inflation gauge rose for the third consecutive day on Tuesday after declining to the lowest since September on January 20.

      Elsewhere, the US, the UK and European Union (EU) are determined to levy economic sanctions on Russia if it invades Ukraine, which in turn keeps geopolitical fears on the table.

      Furthermore, the IMF No. 2 official Gita Gopinath conveyed downbeat economic forecasts the previous day as Omicron spreads. “We project global growth this year at 4.4%, 0.5 percentage point lower than previously forecast, mainly because of downgrades for the United States and China,” said IMFs Gopinath per Reuters.

      Additionally, the recent passage of the America COMPETES Act offers extra support to the gold prices amid fears of escalating US-China tussles.

      While portraying the mood, the US Treasury yields remain on the back foot while the S& 500 Futures print mild gains at the latest. That said, Wall Street printed losses and the US Dollar Index (DXY) rose the previous day.

      Moving on, gold buyers keep their eyes on the Fed‘s verdict amid increasing hopes of witnessing March rate hike clues. It should, however, be noted that the recent doubts over the monetary policy tightening amid Omicron spread may push Powell to sound cautiously optimistic, which in turn could propel the gold’s upside, by taking the USD.

      Technical analysis

      A daily closing beyond a one-year-old resistance, now support around $1,846, keeps gold buyers hopeful of further advances towards the November 2021 peak of $1,877.

      The bullish bias also takes clues from the upbeat RSI line, not overbought, as well as the metal‘s rejection to ’Death Cross, a moving average bearish crossover.

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