• Gold prints a corrective pullback from a three-week low.
  • Yields pause previous declines, US stock futures print mild gains but Asia-Pacific equities trade mixed.
  • Firmer US data, inflation expectations keep gold bears hopeful before Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, India gold demand tests sellers. 
  • Gold Price Forecast: Poised to challenge January’s low at 1,782.60

Update: Gold (XAU/USD) prices grind higher during the first positive day in three, up 0.22% intraday near $1,799 at the latest.

In doing so, the precious metal licks its wounds during early Friday, after declining almost $50.00 following the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) hawkish halt.

The corrective pullback tracks firmer US stock futures while also cheering a pullback in the US Dollar Index (DXY) from the highest levels last seen during July 2020.

That said, mixed clues on the Russia-Ukraine story and the market’s consolidation ahead of the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge seem to underpin the latest recovery of gold prices.

It should be noted, however, that the expected strength in the US Core PCE Price Index for December, to 4.8% YoY versus 4.7% prior, could help the US dollar bulls to retake controls and exert downside pressure on the gold prices. Additionally, GDP figures from Germany and the US Employment Cost Index may also entertain gold traders.

Other than the data, updates on Russia’s readiness for a war with Ukraine and the western ability to tame the war fears will also be important to watch for predicting gold prices.

End of update.

Gold (XAU/USD) licks the Fed-led wounds of around $1,797-98, up 0.15% intraday during Friday’s Asian session. In doing so, the yellow metal reacts to the upbeat demand forecasts for the world’s top gold consumer, as well as mildly bid US equity futures, amid a sluggish session.

The bright metal refreshed a three-week low the previous day as markets cheered the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) signals of the March rate hike and room for more lift-offs. That said, the hawkish Fed hints offered a $50.00 slump in the gold prices before the latest bounce from $1,791.

Gold prices portray a corrective pullback as demand from the world’s second-largest gold consumer India is likely to increase, per the World Gold Council (WGC) report shared by Reuters. “India’s gold consumption is expected to rise further in 2022 after jumping 79% last year as pent-up demand and an improvement in consumer confidence are seen boosting retail jewelry sales,” the news said.

Indian demand has averaged 769.7 tonnes over the last 10 years and is expected to jump to the highest levels in six years, per regional CEO of WGC India, to around 800-850 tonnes versus 797.3 tonnes last year.

On a different page, markets digest Fed-led wounds amid a light calendar day in Asia, which in turn allows equities and other riskier assets like gold to consolidate the latest losses. Additionally, mixed concerns over the Russia-Ukraine tussles and cautious mood ahead of the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge also help gold prices to print a corrective pullback.

Read: US President Biden eyes additional macroeconomic help for Ukraine as Russian invasion looms

Amid these plays, the US 10-year Treasury yields stay firmer around 1.81% while the S&P 500 Futures rise half a percent by the press time. Additionally, the Asia-Pacific equities traded mixed while the US Dollar Index (DXY) struggles for a clear direction after rising to the highest levels since July 2020 the previous day.

Looking forward, the gold traders may now await the US Core PCE Price Index figures for December as they’re considered the Fed’s preferred version of inflation. Markets expect a 4.8% YoY figure versus 4.7% prior. Also important will be updates over the likely Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Read: US PCE Inflation Preview: Dollar rally has more legs to run

Technical analysis

Be it a clear downside break of $1,810 support confluence on 4H or the 200-DMA level of $1,805, gold selling is in full steam.

However, oversold RSI conditions on the four-hour chart (4H) triggered the metals latest rebound from $1,791 support level comprising 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of December-January upside.

Also acting as immediate support is the area comprising multiple levels marked since late December, near $1,785.

Following that, a slump to $1,770 and the last month’s bottom surrounding $1,753 can’t be ruled out.

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