- Gold bulls rake control at the start of the week and eye $1,1815 resistance.
- The Fed is the key focus this week and markets weigh aggressive tightening.
Update: Gold (XAU/USD) grinds higher around $1,786, positing a two-day rebound to Monday’s close of the North American trading session. The yellow metal benefits from cautious sentiment in the market that backed the traditional safe-havens like gold, bonds and yen as the key week begins.
Not only anxiety ahead of the critical central bank meetings and data but the recent jump in the cases of South African covid variant also propelled the rush to risk-safety.
The downbeat mood could be witnessed in losses made by the Wall Street benchmarks and the US 10-year Treasury yields. It should be noted, however, that the US Dollar Index (DXY) couldn’t lure the bulls as traders seem divided over the Fed’s next move and seem to follow the line, “better safe than sorry.”
Unlike Monday’s light calendar, Tuesday’s UK jobs report and the US Producer Price Index (PPI) may entertain gold traders, likely helping to keep the gains. Though, the action takes place on Wednesday and Thursday when the US Federal Reserve (Fed), European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BOE) will hold their monetary policy meetings.
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On Monday, the price of gold has started off in the hands of the bulls eyeing a breakout to test the familiar daily resistance near $1,815. At the time of writing, the yellow metal is higher by some 0.3% and has travelled between a low of $1,781.89 and a high of $1,791.65.
The start of the week is active ahead of a flurry of central bank announcements amid fears about inflation and the economic threats posed by the Omicron. The precious metals are customary to such a climate and can avail where volatility and risk-off themes dictate the flows.
With respect to the Covid-19 variant, Omicron, while it has been noted as a concern by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scientists say preliminary data suggests it may cause milder cases of covid-19 than the delta variant. Nevertheless, news of the first death from the variant is troublesome for risk appetite, supporting the demand for gold. At least one person has died in the United Kingdom after contracting Omicron cPrime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, the first publicly confirmed death globally from the swiftly spreading strain.
Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is anticipated to accelerate the withdrawal of stimulus on Wednesday, perhaps opening the door to earlier interest-rate hikes in 2022 if price pressures remain near a four-decade high. Therefore, US yields will be a major driver on the outcome. On Monday, the US 10-year Treasury yield as fallen hard by over 4% which has sunk the greenback, as measured by the DXY index, by 0.19%.
However, should the pace of the Fed’s taper be doubled to $30bn per month, then a generally more hawkish tone from the central bank could play into the hands of the US dollar bulls.
”This could once again weigh on the yellow metal in the near term, particularly as a reversal of the liquidity premium in breakeven markets, driven by tapering, could also catalyze a change in sentiment across precious metals as its impact ripples through into market pricing for Fed hikes,” analysts at TD Securities argued.
”Beyond the near-term, our macro strategists expect enough slowing in inflation and growth to delay rate hikes until 2023. In this scenario, amid an increasingly clean positioning slate, gold would be set to recover in 2022 as markets would be forced to reprice aggressive Fed hikes.”
Gold technical analysis
From a technical standpoint, the price remains in familiar territory but is pining for a breakout, one way or the other. We are seeing some upside pressure built into the consolidation phase for the month of December and there is room to test the $1,815 level as follows:
Failing that, a break of $1,770 opens risk to the downside:
$1,720 comes as the next area of support: