XAU/USD reverses post-US CPI dip to weekly lows, lacks follow-through

Update: Gold quickly reversed the post-US CPI slide to the $1,870 area, or weekly lows and refreshed daily tops in the last hour, albeit lacked follow-through buying. The XAU/USD was last seen trading just below the $1,890 level, down nearly 0.15% for the day. Despite hotter-than-expected US consumer inflation figures, investors seem aligned with the Fed’s transitory narrative and that pricing pressures will abate later in the year. This, in turn, prompted some fresh selling around the US dollar and provided a goodish lift to dollar-denominated commodities, including gold.

Meanwhile, the US fixed income market reacted to stronger data and pushed the yield on the benchmark 10-year US government bond back above the 1.50% threshold. This was seen as a key factor that kept a lid on any further gains for the non-yielding yellow metal. Apart from this, the underlying bullish sentiment in the financial markets – as depicted by a generally positive tone in the equity markets – acted as a headwind for traditional safe-haven assets and capped the upside for gold. This makes it prudent to wait for some follow-through selling before traders again start positioning for the resumption of the recent appreciating move.

Previous update: Gold price is attempting a minor bounce, having witnessed a steep drop following a break below the critical 21-DMA support at 1883. At the time of writing, gold price is trading 0.50% lower at $1880, looking to recapture the 21-DMA. The US dollar is gaining additional strength amid an uptick in the Treasury yields and anxiety ahead of the US inflation data. Investors resort to repositioning ahead of the ECB announcement and US CPI release. These key events will shed light on the pace of global recovery and policymakers’ thinking about paring back stimulus, which will have a significant impact on the dollar trades and eventually on gold price.

Read: US CPI May Preview: Inflation angst is coming

 

Gold (XAU/USD) prices remain pressured during a three-day downtrend of around $1,883, down 0.26% on a day, ahead of the Super Thursday’s European session. In doing so, the quote fades earlier bounce off the day’s bottom of $1,885.16 as traders await the key US Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the European Central Bank (ECB) outcomes.

Inflation is a severe concern than ECB…

A seven-week low of US inflation expectations keeps market players hopeful that the Fed can term the US CPI temporary risk should it matches the firmer forecasts. Though, early signals of the inflation, comprising the Retail Sales, Core PCE and GDP, not to forget buying spree due to the economic unlock, say another story for the next week’s FOMC meeting. As a result, a YoY CPI print near 3.4% and/or a 4.7% Core CPI shouldn’t make a strong bearish case for gold but anything beyond that will be crucial.

Read: US CPI May Preview: Inflation angst is coming

An otherwise market mover, the ECB meeting, is likely to step back to a second-tier unless Christine Lagarde and the company surprises markets with a change in either the benchmark rate of 0.0% or Deposit Rate of -0.5%, not forget any tapering announcement. It should, however, be noted that the regional central bank could probe the US dollar’s recent gains should the policymakers back their economic optimism with an upward revision to the macro forecasts.

Read: European Central Bank Preview: Why June’s decision presents a buy the dip opportunity

It’s worth noting that US President Joe Biden’s visit to UK PM Boris Johnson, to break the Brexit deadlock over the Northern Ireland (NI) protocol, also becomes a second-tier event to watch. While the EU has been cheering Biden’s readiness to meddle, there prevails a doubt over whether America will risk its ties with Britain for the issue which has multiple loopholes. The same could risk the continuation of the mixed sentiment and put a safe-haven bid under the US dollar.

Additionally, the Group of Seven’s (G7) indirect hints to battle China over foreign trade and covid origin joins the Sino-American relations, which recently turned promising, may also –play their part to confuse gold traders.

However, gold sellers should keep their eyes on the US dollar index (DXY), up for the third day near 90.15, to determine immediate moves. Behind the USD performance could be the US Treasury yields that stay heavy near three month low.

Hence, gold has multiple catalysts to track for near-term direction but nothing more important appears than the US CPI for now.

Technical analysis

Failures to sustained the bounce off an ascending support line from March join the most bearish MACD signals in three months to keeps gold sellers hopeful.

However, a downside break of 21-day SMA near $1,883 won’t be enough for gold bears’ return as the stated trend line support, close to $1,871, could also restrict the commodity’s further declines.

In a case where the quote drops below $1,871, the early May’s top near $1,845 should return to the chart.

Alternatively, corrective pullback needs to cross a 12-day-long horizontal line near the $1,900 threshold to recall the gold buyers.

Also acting as an upside filter is the latest swing high $1,916.62, a break of which will aim for the yearly top near $1,960 with $1,935 likely acting as a buffer.

Gold daily chart

Trend: Further weakness expected

Additional important levels

 

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