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Gold Price Upswing May Precede FOMC Rate Decision

Gold Price Upswing May Precede FOMC Rate Decision

Talking Points:

  • Gold prices at standstill as markets look ahead to FOMC meeting
  • Profit-taking on short exposure may drive corrective gold bounce
  • Crude oil prices gain as OPEC looks for output cut participation

Gold prices are flat-lining absent fresh news-flow updating speculation about the Fed monetary policy outlook. Next week’s FOMC rate decision lines up as the next key inflection point. An upside correction may materialize amid profit-taking on short positions as traders entertain the possibility that the central bank envisions a shallower tightening path than what has been priced in after the US president election.

Crude oil prices turned higher, snapping a three-day losing streak, as traders looked ahead to a meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC producers over the weekend. The cartel aims to secure external participation in a last-minute output cut scheme agreed upon last week. Follow-through will probably have to wait for the meeting’s outcome to cross the wires however. Russia looks to be in while others like Mexico and Brazil passing.

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GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSISGold prices remain locked in a narrow range but positive RSI divergence continues to hint an on-coming bounce. Near-term resistance is at 1183.28, the 14.6% Fibonacci retracement, with a daily close above that exposing the 23.6% level at 1199.50. Alternatively, a drop below the 23.6% Fib expansion at 1158.15 targets the 38.2% threshold at 1133.83.

CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSISCrude oil prices corrected higher after finding interim support below the $50/bbl having established a top as expected. A daily close above the 51.64-52.00 area (double top, 23.6% Fibonacci expansion) exposes the 38.2% level at 53.49. Alternatively, a reversal below the December 8 swing low at 49.60 targets the 38.2% Fib retracement at 48.49.

--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for

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