Gold price edges down on strong US Dollar as doubts over Fed rate cuts emerge

FXStreet
Updated Apr 16, 2024 12:55
Mitrade

  • Gold price falls as receding Fed rate cut hopes limit demand.


  • Strong US Retail Sales fuel uncertainty over the timing of the Fed interest-rate cuts.


  • Worsening Middle East tensions keep supporting the Gold price.




Gold price (XAU/USD) drops after facing selling pressure near the crucial resistance of $2,400 in Tuesday’s European session. The precious metal comes under pressure as the US Dollar and Treasury yields extend their upside after strong March United States Retail Sales data added to doubts about when the Federal Reserve (Fed) will deliver an initial rate cut.


10-year US Treasury yields rise to 4.63%, refreshing a five-month high. Financial markets anticipate that the Fed will begin reducing its key borrowing rates from September. Also, traders see only two cuts instead of three as projected by the majority of Fed policymakers in the latest dot plot. The US Dollar Index (DXY), which tracks the US Dollar’s value against six major currencies, rises to 106.30.


Higher bond yields weigh on Gold as they increase the opportunity cost of investing in it. However, Gold has performed strongly in the past few weeks despite rising bond yields amid geopolitical tensions in the Middle East region. As a safe-haven asset, Gold demand from investors and central banks increases at times of global economic uncertainty and worsening geopolitical tensions.



Daily digest market movers: Gold price faces pressure after robust US Retail Sales data



  • Gold price slides to $2,370 while attempting to recapture new all-time highs around $2,430. Sheer strength in the US Dollar and US bond yields have been acting as a barricade to Gold. The appeal of the US Dollar strengthens and bond yields rise further as robust Retail Sales data for March has deepened the uncertainty about when the Federal Reserve will start lowering its key interest rates.



  • The US Retail Sales data for March, released on Monday, indicated a strong demand despite US interest rates remaining higher. The monthly Retail Sales increased by a sharp 0.7%, more than the 0.3% rise expected. Retail Sales in February were revised higher to 0.9% from 0.6%. Retail Sales data is one of the leading indicators of consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the US economy. Higher Retail Sales suggest demand from households remains strong, a factor fueling inflation.



  • Strong Retail Sales data, combined with robust labor demand and a higher-than-expected Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, has forced traders to unwind expectations for early Fed rate cuts. The CME FedWatch tool shows markets are pricing in that interest rates will remain unchanged in the range of 5.25%- 5.50% in the June and July meetings. The Fed is now anticipated to pivot to rate cuts in September.



  • Meanwhile, fears over Middle East tensions spreading beyond Gaza keep the safe-haven demand strong. Investors worry about a further escalation in the Israel-Iran tensions after Israel’s military Chief of Staff Herzi Halev said they would respond to Iran’s attack on their territory, in which hundreds of drones and missiles were fired, AlJazeera reports. US President Joe Biden said it won’t support the counterattack from Israel.



Technical Analysis: Gold price falls to $2,370


Gold price falls back after failing to recapture fresh lifetime highs near $2,430. The upside in the precious metal remains limited as momentum oscillators are cooling down after turning extremely overbought. The 14-period Relative Strength Index (RSI) on the daily chart drops slightly after peaking around 85.00. The broader-term demand is intact as the RSI remains in the bullish range of 60.00-80.00. 


On the downside, April 5 low near $2,268 and March 21 high at $2,223 will be major support areas for the Gold price. 





* The content presented above, whether from a third party or not, is considered as general advice only.  This article should not be construed as containing investment advice, investment recommendations, an offer of or solicitation for any transactions in financial instruments.

Do you find this article useful?
Related Articles
placeholder
How To Invest In Gold - 5 Best Ways To Invest In Gold For BeginnersWe introduce 5 popular ways to invest in gold. Traditional investors usually prefer investing in physical assets like gold coins, bars, or bullion. Experienced investors prefer a more liquid and low-cost way to invest, like mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that invest in the shares of mining companies. Advanced investors may trade gold futures or CFDs.
Author  Saqib Iqbal
We introduce 5 popular ways to invest in gold. Traditional investors usually prefer investing in physical assets like gold coins, bars, or bullion. Experienced investors prefer a more liquid and low-cost way to invest, like mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that invest in the shares of mining companies. Advanced investors may trade gold futures or CFDs.
placeholder
Where to invest money in 2024? Best companies to invest in the Philippines According to a 2023 Manulife report, there has been a significant rise in investment interest among young Filipinos. The report indicates that 67% of millennials are already engaged in investing, with 77% actively practicing investment and 79% seeking to expand their financial portfolios.
Author  Mitrade
According to a 2023 Manulife report, there has been a significant rise in investment interest among young Filipinos. The report indicates that 67% of millennials are already engaged in investing, with 77% actively practicing investment and 79% seeking to expand their financial portfolios.
placeholder
Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD Hovers Around $2,030, US Services PMI EyedGold price posts modest gains around $2,030 in early Monday. The futures market is pricing the possibility that the Fed won't raise rates further in its next meetings.
Author  FXStreet
Gold price posts modest gains around $2,030 in early Monday. The futures market is pricing the possibility that the Fed won't raise rates further in its next meetings.
placeholder
How long can the short-term rebound in gold last?The rebound in gold is difficult to sustain.
Author  Mitrade
The rebound in gold is difficult to sustain.
placeholder
Gold price trades with modest gains amid dovish Fed hopes, weaker USD and softer risk tone Risk aversion further favored safe-haven gold ahead of key U.S. macro data.
Author  FXStreet
Risk aversion further favored safe-haven gold ahead of key U.S. macro data.