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    Gold price holds steady just below one-month peak touched on Thursday

    FXStreet
    Updated Mar 1, 2024 05:10
    Mitrade

    ■  Gold price remains well supported by bets for an imminent Fed rate cut later this year.

    ■  The prevalent risk-on environment keeps a lid on any further gains for the XAU/USD.

    ■  Thursday’s sustained breakout through the $2,040-2,042 hurdle favours bullish traders.


    Gold price (XAU/USD) holds steady around the $2,045 region during the Asian session on Friday and remains well within the striking distance of a nearly one-month peak touched the previous day. The US Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index released on Thursday showed that annual inflation in January was the lowest in three years, opening the door for an eventual interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve (Fed). This fails to assist the US Dollar (USD) to build on the overnight solid rebound from a technically significant 200-day SMA and turns out to be a key factor acting as a tailwind for the precious metal.


    That said, comments by a slew of influential FOMC members suggest that the US central bank was in no hurry to cut interest rates. Moreover, investors seem convinced that the Fed will wait until the June policy meeting before lowering borrowing costs. This, in turn, remains supportive of elevated US Treasury bond yields and caps the upside for the non-yielding Gold price. Apart from this, the prevalent strong bullish sentiment across the global equity markets is seen as another factor holding back traders from placing fresh bullish bets around the safe-haven XAU/USD, warranting caution before positioning for further gains.


    Daily Digest Market Movers: Gold price lacks follow-through buying amid Fed’s hawkish outlook


    The US inflation data came in line with market expectations, suggesting that the Federal Reserve is going to stay on track to cut interest rates later this year and lending some support to the Gold price.


    The Core US PCE Price Index – the Fed's preferred inflation gauge that excludes food and energy prices – climbed 0.4% in January and the yearly rate eased to 2.4% from 2.6% in the previous month.


    Meanwhile, the CME Group's FedWatch Tool indicates that markets are still pricing in the possibility of the first interest rate cut in June and the bets were reaffirmed by comments by several Fed officials.


    Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said that the speed at which US inflation is easing means it will likely be appropriate for the US central bank to start cutting interest rates during the summertime.


    San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly said central bank officials are ready to lower interest rates as needed but emphasized there is no urgent need to do so given the strength of the US economy.


    Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said the recent inflation data suggests that policymakers have more work to do to cool price pressures but didn't change her view for three rate cuts this year.


    New York Fed President John Williams reiterated that the next move for the US central bank is likely to be cut to its interest rate target, though noted there is no sense of urgency to do that.


    The US Treasury bond yields aren’t far from their recent highs, which, along with an extension of the risk-on rally across the global equity markets, keeps a lid on further gains for the safe-haven XAU/USD.


    Technical analysis: Gold price bulls might aim to test the next relevant hurdle near the $2,065 area


    From a technical perspective, the overnight breakout through the $2,040-2,042 horizontal resistance was seen as a fresh trigger for bullish traders. Moreover, oscillators on the daily chart have been gaining positive traction and support prospects for an extension of the recent goodish rebound from the YTD low, around the $1,984 region touched in February. Hence, a subsequent strength towards the next relevant hurdle near the $2,065 region, en route to the $2,100 round figure, looks like a distinct possibility.


    On the flip side, weakness back below the $2,040-2,042 resistance-turned-support might now be seen as a buying opportunity and is more likely to find decent support near the $2,025-2,024 area, or the weekly low. This is followed by the 100-day Simple Moving Average (SMA), currently near the $2,014 region. This is followed by the $2,000 psychological mark, which if broken might shift the near-term bias in favour of bearish traders and drag the Gold price to the $1,984 support en route to the very important 200-day SMA, near the $1,969-1,968 zone.

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