Golden Charge: Gold Eyes Higher Ground On Dovish Fed

The gold market steadied around $2,024 an ounce, exhibiting resilience amidst a complex interplay of the Federal Reserve’s policy shifts, evolving Treasury yields, and a wavering US Dollar. The recent stability is reflective of the intricate dynamics guiding gold’s trajectory, notably influenced by central bank policies and imminent economic indicators. 

Gold’s (XAUUSD) current stagnation emanates from the Federal Reserve’s influential moves, primarily its dovish pivot that has impacted both US Treasury yields and the Dollar’s strength. These factors are pivotal in shaping gold’s performance. Market anticipation of key economic reports, including the US Core PCE Price Index and Final GDP, as well as consumer sentiment data, are poised to sway gold’s immediate direction. 

The Fed’s dovish stance, with hints at potential rate cuts, has spurred gold amidst fluctuating Treasury yields. However, the market is cautious, awaiting economic indicators for further clarity. Additionally, global central bank actions, particularly the Bank of Japan’s impending policy meeting discussing a shift from negative interest rates, contribute to the market’s cautious sentiment. 


Technically, on the 4-hour chart, gold shows resilience, with the current price resting at $2,024.92/ounce, supported by the 100-SMA (orange line), presenting a key level. The price action remains above the 20-SMA (green line), 50-SMA (blue line), and 100-SMA (orange line), depicting a bullish outlook. However, the RSI indicates a flat market sentiment. 

Short-term trading prospects suggest a potential rise towards the initial resistance at $2,033.84/ounce, with a probable extension to $2,047.75/ounce if bullish momentum persists. Conversely, with the RSI trading flat, there is potential for a short-term push to lower levels. Therefore, short-term trading opportunities could exist towards the support level at the $2,012.02/ounce price level should the bears sustain a push below the SMAs. A break below the initial support could confirm the bearish momentum, likely bringing the $2,001.72/ounce and $1,991.18/ounce support levels into play. 


Gold’s stability around $2,024 signifies a delicate balance amid the Fed’s influential policies and economic indicators. Market sentiment is cautious, awaiting crucial economic reports for clarity on potential Fed actions. While the technical outlook suggests bullish momentum, a flat RSI signals a possibility of short-term fluctuations, warranting close monitoring for trading opportunities. 

Sources: TradingView, Trading Economics, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswire. 

Piece written by Mfanafuthi Mhlongo, Trive Financial Market Analyst 

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