Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD remains confined above $2,030 ahead of Chinese data
Gold price oscillates in a narrow trading range around $2,035 on the softer USD.
Four Fed officials emphasized that they don’t see an urgent case to cut rates and more evidence of inflation data is needed.
The ongoing Middle East geopolitical tension might boost traditional safe-haven assets like gold.
The January Chinese Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI) will be the highlights on Thursday.
Gold price (XAU/USD) remains confined in a narrow trading band above the $2030 mark per troy ounce during the early Asian trading hours on Thursday. Four Federal Reserve (Fed) officials emphasized that they don’t see an urgent case to cut rates, and the central bank would like to see more evidence of inflation data before it acts. The yellow metal benefits from the safe-haven flow amid the ongoing geopolitical tensions in the Red Sea. The gold price currently trades near $2,035, adding 0.07% on the day.
Meanwhile, the US Dollar Index (DXY), an index of the value of the USD measured against a basket of six world currencies, drops to the 104.00 mark. The US Treasury yields edge lower, with the 10-year yield standing at 4.11%.
Fed Governor Adriana Kugler, Boston Fed President Susan Collins, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, and Richmond’s Thomas Barkin were all noncommittal on when the US central bank can start reducing the Fed’s benchmark lending rate from a two-decade high, despite a marked improvement in inflation last year.
Fed Governor Adriana Kugler, Boston Fed President Susan Collins, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, and Richmond's Thomas Barkin were all noncommittal to talk about the timeline of interest rate cuts, despite a significant improvement in inflation last year. The languages generally match Fed Chair Jerome Powell's message from the previous week, which emphasized that the US central bank isn't ready to begin rate cuts until policymakers are confident that inflation is on track to reach the 2% target.
Investors have pared bets on a March rate reduction and are anticipating the first rate cuts in the May meeting. That being said, the high-for-longer narrative in the US diminishes the incentive for investors to buy gold as it pays no interest, thus resulting in a lower gold price.
However, the escalating geopolitical tension in the Middle East might lift traditional safe-haven assets like gold and cap the downside of yellow metal. Since Friday, the US military has carried out dozens of airstrikes on sites in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Joe Biden's government said that the wave of strikes was in retaliation to a drone strike that killed three US troops at a military base in Jordan on January 28, as well as continued attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea by Yemen's Houthi militia.
Looking ahead, the January Chinese Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI) will be released on Thursday. On the docket, the weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Wholesale Inventories, and the speech by Fed’s Barkin (Richmond) will be later on Thursday.
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