Abstract：Gold (XAU/USD) picks up bids to refresh its intraday high around $1,815, extending Friday’s U-turn from a three-month low. The metal’s recent run-up could be linked to a softer USD and cautious optimism in the market amid Monday’s quiet Asian session.
Gold keeps the bounce off three-month low amid cautious optimism.
DXY extends pullback from 20-year low as softer data joins Powells 50 bps rate hike view.
Covid hopes from China add strength to the markets mild risk-on mood.
Gold Weekly Forecast: XAU/USD looks to test $1,800 with sellers retaining control
That said, the US Dollar Index (DXY) remains pressured around 104.50 after taking a U-turn from a 20-year high the previous day. In doing so, the greenback gauge justifies downbeat prints of the US Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for May backed by Fed Chair Jerome Powells repetition of 50 bps rate hikes concerns.
Elsewhere, hopes of easing the virus spread in China spread optimism in Asia as the latest covid update from Reuters suggests softer numbers from Shanghai. “Chinese financial hub Shanghai reported 869 new local asymptomatic coronavirus cases for May 15, down from 1,203 a day earlier. Confirmed symptomatic cases fell to 69, from 166 the previous day, data released on Monday showed,” said the news.
On the contrary, worsening geopolitical concerns in Ukraine joins the European Unions (EU) plan for more sanctions on Russia to weigh on sentiment. Also challenging the mood are broad fears over inflation and economic growth moving forward, mainly due to the covid resurgence in China and the Russia-Ukraine tussles, not to forget tighter monetary policies.
Amid these plays, the S&P 500 Futures print mild gains after the Wall Street benchmarks rallied the previous day. Further, the US 10-year Treasury yields also extend Fridays recovery moves, up 1.5 basis points (bps) around 2.95% by the press time.
Looking forward, investors will seek more clues to confirm the global economic challenges surrounding inflation, which in turn highlights this weeks US Retail Sales data for April. Meanwhile, qualitative catalysts mentioned above may entertain gold buyers.
Although oversold RSI conditions triggered XAU/USD rebound from the lowest levels since February, the precious metals remain below the previous key support line from August 2021, around $1,830 by the press time.
Also challenging the recovery moves is a confluence of the 200-DMA and 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of August 2021 to March 2022 upside, around $1,835.
Even if the gold prices rally beyond $1,835, a downward sloping resistance line from April 18 will challenge the bulls at around $1,865.
On the contrary, the $1,800 threshold and lows marked during January 2022, around $1,780, lure gold sellers during fresh downside.
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