- XAU/USD advanced slightly to $1,985, seeing 0.15% gains.
- Short-term US Treasury yields are weak, near monthly lows.
- Eyes on Friday’s Nonfarm Payrolls.
In Thursday’s session, the XAU/USD Gold Spot price gained limited momentum, jumping to $1,985, benefited by lower US yields and a weaker US Dollar following Wednesday’s Federal Reserve (Fed) decision.
Markets are confident that the Fed is approaching the end of its tightening cycle after Chair Powell highlighted that the bank covered significant ground and that for the next decisions, it will consider the tighter financial conditions and the cumulative effects of the tightening. As a reaction, US yields, often seen as the opportunity cost of holding Gold, sharply declined, which allowed the metal to gain some ground with the 2,5 and 10-year rates standing near monthly lows at 4.99%,4.64% and 4.66%. In addition, the hawkish bets on the Fed from December declined, with the swaps markets discounting only 20% chances of a 25 basis point hike which also added to the Greenback’s weakness.
That being said, the US will report October’s Nonfarm Payrolls on Friday, which are expected to follow last month’s tendency, showing a decelerating job creation. Average Hourly Earnings are also seen decelerating while the Unemployment rate is forecasted to remain steady at 3.8%. It is worth noticing that a hot reading may revive the hawkish bets on the Fed as despite welcoming the recent data which showed a cooling in the sector, the bank clarified that it is ready to adjust further in case needed.
XAU/USD Levels to watch
The technical analysis of the daily chart points to a neutral to bullish outlook for XAU/USD, indicating a decline in bullish strength as the metal seems to be correcting overbought conditions after hitting $2,000 last week.
With a flat slope above its midline, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) suggests a period of stability in positive territory, while the Moving Average Convergence (MACD) displays weaker green bars. Furthermore, the pair is above the 20,100,200-day Simple Moving Average (SMAs), suggesting that the bears are struggling to challenge the overall bullish trend.
Support levels: $1,970, $1,950, $1,930.
Resistance levels: $2,000,$2,015, $2,030.
XAU/USD Daily chart