- Gold clings to strong recovery gains on Wednesday.
- Renewed USD weakness helped XAU/USD gain traction in American session.
- Benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond yield is down 2%.
After suffering heavy losses at the start of the week, the XAU/USD pair closed virtually unchanged on Tuesday and managed to stage a decisive rebound on Wednesday. As of writing, gold was up 1.4% on the day at $1,753.
The renewed USD weakness in the second half of the day helped XAU/USD preserve its bullish momentum. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) stayed unchanged at 5.4% on a yearly basis in July. Additionally, the publication revealed that the Core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, edged lower to 4.3% from 4.5%. The US Dollar Index is currently down 0.2% on a daily basis at 92.88.
Commenting on the inflation report, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan noted that CPI numbers were consistent with the Federal Reserve’s inflation outlook. “The Fed still expects a broadening of inflation pressures into the next year,” Kaplan added. “The Fed has to be attentive to inflation continuing to run above 2%.”
On a hawkish note, Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George argued on Wednesday that the time has come to dial back the settings on the monetary policy but this comment failed to help the USD find demand.
In the meantime, falling US Treasury bond yields seem to be helping gold gather additional strength. The benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond yield, which closed in the positive territory in the previous five trading days and gained more than 10%, reversed its direction on Wednesday. With the 10-year note auction posting a high yield rate of 1.34% on strong demand, the 10-year US T-bond yield is down 2% at 1.318%.
On Thursday, the weekly Initial Jobless Claims and the Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the US will be looked upon for fresh impetus.
Gold technical outlook
Currently, gold remains on track to close above $1,750, which acted as strong support earlier in summer. The next hurdle aligns at $1,760 (static level) and XAU/USD could extend its rebound toward $1,785 if buyers manage to lift the price above that resistance. However, the Relative Strength Index on the daily chart is still below 40, suggesting that the recent recovery could still be seen as a technical correction rather than a reversal of short-term direction.
On the flip side, $1,730 could be seen as the first significant support on the downside before $1,720 (August 10 low) and $1,700 (psychological level).