Gold Tracks Sideways After Bullish Run 

The current trajectory of the gold spot price (XAUUSD) exhibits a period of consolidation after a recent upward surge, maintaining its position above the significant $2,000 per ounce threshold. Anticipation of forthcoming interest rate cuts in the early months of the upcoming year has exerted influence on the dollar, notwithstanding remarks from Federal Reserve officials that have tempered the perceived aggressiveness of market expectations regarding rate cuts. 

Nonetheless, the CME FedWatch Tool points to an 81% likelihood of lower rates following next year’s March meeting, painting a favourable picture for the spot price. However, the upcoming PCE Price Index release on Friday introduces an element of suspense to this narrative. This data release carries substantial implications for the market’s outlook on future interest rates, and any unexpected revelations could lead to a significant repricing of these expectations. Such a development has the potential to spark noteworthy directional movements in the gold price, adding an extra layer of excitement to the upcoming sessions. 


On the 4H chart, a breakout occurred at the falling wedge, with the spot price now consolidating in anticipation of its next directional move. The 25-SMA (green line) provides support at the lower end of the consolidation range around $2,031.93/ounce, which is also the Fibonacci midpoint. However, psychological resistance at $2,045.72/ounce, the Fibonacci golden ratio is keeping the sellers in play, creating an interesting setup for the upcoming week. 

Should the spot price fall below the 25-SMA, a retracement of the wedge breakout could be initiated. Support at $2,015.54/ounce and the 50-SMA (blue line) at $2,013.92/ounce could be levels of interest in the upcoming sessions, as a breakdown below could result in a retest of $1,988.93/ounce, where the initial breakout from the wedge occurred. 

However, should the price move above the supply zone near the Fibonacci golden ratio of $2,045.72/ounce, it could signal a potential continuation of the recent uptrend. The first hurdle to this play could be the resistance at $2,060.20/ounce before the price could move toward its previous highs at $2,072.70/ounce and $2,090.28/ounce in the longer term.  


The gold spot price has entered a consolidation phase, anticipating the release of the crucial PCE data later this week. Until the market receives more clarity from this event, the sideways price action could continue, with support at $2,031.93/ounce and resistance at $2,045.72/ounce acting as pivotal levels to the spot price’s trend.  

Sources: Koyfin, Tradingview 

Piece written by Tiaan van Aswegen, Trive Financial Market Analyst 

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