Gold price retreats from a nearly nine-month peak, around the $1,929 area touched earlier this Monday and remains depressed through the first half of the European session. The XAU/USD drops to a fresh daily low, around $1,910 in the last hour, though any subsequent slide could be seen as a buying opportunity given the dominant uptrend.
The US Dollar (USD) stalls its recent downtrend and stages a solid intraday recovery from a seven-month low. This, in turn, is seen as a key factor weighing on the US Dollar-denominated Gold price. That said, growing acceptance that the Federal Reserve (Fed) will soften its hawkish stance, amid signs of easing inflationary pressures, could cap any meaningful upside for the Greenback.
In fact, the latest inflation figures released from the United States (US) showed that consumer prices fell in December for the first time in more than two and half years. Moreover, several Fed officials backed the case for smaller rate hikes and reaffirmed bets for a smaller 25 bps lift-off in February. This, in turn, might keep the US Treasury bond yields depressed, a headwind for the USD and supportive for Gold.
Furthermore, speculations that the US central bank may be nearing the end of its current rate-hiking cycle could lend some support to the non-yielding Gold price. Apart from this, a softer risk tone – as depicted by a weaker trading sentiment around the equity markets – should hold back traders from placing aggressive bearish bets around the safe-haven XAU/USD and help limit the downside.
Investors remain concerned about headwinds stemming from the worst COVID-19 outbreak in China. Adding to this, the protracted Russia-Ukraine war has been fueling worries about a deeper global economic downturn and capping any optimism in the markets. This makes it prudent to wait for strong follow-through selling before confirming that the Gold price has topped out in the near term.
From a technical perspective, a pull back below the $1,900 round-figure mark is more likely to attract fresh buyers and remain limited near the $1,885-$1,880 region, which is where the trend line for the most recent rally is situated and likely to provide solid support. The latter should act as a strong base for the Gold price, which if broken decisively might prompt some technical selling and pave the way for a deeper corrective decline. On the flip side, the multi-month high, around the $1,929 zone, now seems to act as an immediate resistance, and could prompt a small correction as buyers cash in their bets. Some follow-through buying has the potential to lift the XAU/USD further towards the next relevant barrier near the $1,948-$1,950 area.
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