Gold price benefits from rising geopolitical risks, lacks follow-through buying

Fonte Fxstreet
15/04/2024 04:18
  • Gold price regains positive traction in reaction to Iran’s attack on Israel over the weekend.
  • The upside remains capped amid hawkish Federal Reserve expectations and a bullish USD.
  • The US Retail Sales and Empire State Manufacturing Index are eyed for short-term impetus.

Gold price (XAU/USD) attracts some dip-buying on the first day of a new week and stalls its retracement slide from a fresh all-time peak, around the $2,431-2,432 area touched on Friday. Iran's attack on Israel over the weekend fueled concerns about a further escalation of conflicts in the Middle East, which, in turn, benefits the traditional safe-haven precious metal. Apart from this, subdued US Dollar (USD) price action is seen as another factor lending some support to the commodity. 

The downside for the USD, meanwhile, remains cushioned in the wake of expectations that the Federal Reserve (Fed) may delay cutting interest rates in the wake of still-sticky inflation in the US. The hawkish outlook keeps the US Treasury bond yields elevated, which should continue to act as a tailwind for the buck and cap any further gains for the non-yielding Gold price. Traders now look to the US macro data and Fedspeak for some impetus later during the North American session.

Daily Digest Market Movers: Gold price draws support from geopolitical risks; hawkish Fed expectations cap gains

  • Iran's unprecedented direct attack on Israeli territory raised the threat of a wider regional conflict in the Middle East, which, in turn, assists the safe-haven Gold price to regain some positive traction on Monday. 
  • Israeli officials are in favor of retaliation, though the US clarified that it will not take part in any offensive action against Iran, limiting any immediate market reaction and capping further gains for the XAU/USD.
  • Investors pushed back their expectations for the first interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve to September from June following the release of hotter-than-expected US consumer inflation figures last week. 
  • Moreover, traders are now pricing in the possibility of less than two rate cuts in 2024 as compared to the three projected by the Fed, allowing the US Dollar to stand tall near its highest level since early November. 
  • The Fed's hawkish outlook, along with the bullish USD, might hold back bulls from placing aggressive bets around the precious metal ahead of the US data – Retail Sales and the Empire State Manufacturing Index. 

Technical Analysis: Gold price could extend the corrective slide from an all-time peak once $2,334-2,332 horizontal support is broken

From a technical perspective, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) on the daily chart – despite easing from higher levels – is still holding in the overbought territory. Hence, any subsequent move beyond the Asian session peak, around the $2,371-2,372 area, is more likely to confront stiff resistance and remain capped near the $2,400 mark. The subsequent move up, however, has the potential to lift the Gold price back towards the record peak, around the $2,431-2,432 region touched last Friday.

On the flip side, the $2,334-2,332 horizontal zone is likely to protect the immediate downside, below which the Gold price could extend the corrective fall towards the $2,300 round figure. Some follow-through selling will suggest that the precious metal has topped out in the near term and set the stage for some meaningful depreciating move towards the $2,220 zone with some intermediate support near the $2,250 region.

Gold FAQs

Gold has played a key role in human’s history as it has been widely used as a store of value and medium of exchange. Currently, apart from its shine and usage for jewelry, the precious metal is widely seen as a safe-haven asset, meaning that it is considered a good investment during turbulent times. Gold is also widely seen as a hedge against inflation and against depreciating currencies as it doesn’t rely on any specific issuer or government.

Central banks are the biggest Gold holders. In their aim to support their currencies in turbulent times, central banks tend to diversify their reserves and buy Gold to improve the perceived strength of the economy and the currency. High Gold reserves can be a source of trust for a country’s solvency. Central banks added 1,136 tonnes of Gold worth around $70 billion to their reserves in 2022, according to data from the World Gold Council. This is the highest yearly purchase since records began. Central banks from emerging economies such as China, India and Turkey are quickly increasing their Gold reserves.

Gold has an inverse correlation with the US Dollar and US Treasuries, which are both major reserve and safe-haven assets. When the Dollar depreciates, Gold tends to rise, enabling investors and central banks to diversify their assets in turbulent times. Gold is also inversely correlated with risk assets. A rally in the stock market tends to weaken Gold price, while sell-offs in riskier markets tend to favor the precious metal.

The price can move due to a wide range of factors. Geopolitical instability or fears of a deep recession can quickly make Gold price escalate due to its safe-haven status. As a yield-less asset, Gold tends to rise with lower interest rates, while higher cost of money usually weighs down on the yellow metal. Still, most moves depend on how the US Dollar (USD) behaves as the asset is priced in dollars (XAU/USD). A strong Dollar tends to keep the price of Gold controlled, whereas a weaker Dollar is likely to push Gold prices up.

 

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