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Gold Prices May Turn Lower on Upbeat FOMC Meeting Minutes

Gold Prices May Turn Lower on Upbeat FOMC Meeting Minutes

Ilya Spivak,

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Gold prices declined as Treasury bond yields rose alongside the US Dollar, undermining the appeal of non-interest-bearing and anti-fiat assets epitomized by the yellow metal. The move came well after the day’s offering of relevant economic data, suggesting it may reflect pre-positioning ahead of the upcoming release of minutes from May’s FOMC policy meeting.

Last week, fear about US political uncertainty flattened the priced-in 2017 rate hike path. However, the Fed was aiming to speed up tightening well before doing so became linked to the Trump administration’s would-be inflationary policies in the minds of investors. A confident tone in the Minutes document may serve as a timely reminder, boosting the greenback and punishing gold further.

Crude oil prices continued to push higher ahead of an OPEC meeting expected to produce a nine-month extension of a cartel-led production cut effort expiring mid-year. A committee of representatives from six producer nations has been charged with weighing up the merits of a 12-month extension but the baseline view continues to favor a program extended through March 2018.

This committee will meet today ahead of a conclave of all OPEC and non-OPEC output cut participants on Thursday and comments from the sidelines of the sit-down may prove market-moving. The official set of EIA inventory flow data is also due to cross the wires. Forecasts point to a 2.08 million barrel draw but an API estimate hinted a smaller outflow of 1.5 million barrels yesterday.

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GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSISGold prices continue to mark time below resistance in the 1256.74-63.87 area, which has acted as both support and resistance over the past three months. A daily close above this barrier exposes a falling trend line capping gains for nearly 11 months, now at 1278.65. Alternatively, a turn back below the 23.6% Fibonacci expansion at 1235.91 targets rising trend support at 1219.71.

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CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSISCrude oil prices rose for a fifth consecutive day, with buyers now eyeing resistance at 52.51 marked by the 76.4%Fibonacci retracement. A daily close above that opens the door for a challenge of trend line resistance at 53.14. Alternatively, a reversal below the 61.8%level at 50.85 paves the way for a retest of the 50% Fib at 49.50.

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--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for

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