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Gold Prices Primed for Seasonal Strength- NFPs on Tap

Gold Prices Primed for Seasonal Strength- NFPs on Tap

Michael Boutros, Strategist
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Fundamental Forecast for Gold:Bullish

Gold Talking Points:

Gold prices were fractionally softer this week with the precious metal shedding 0.1% to trade at 1203 ahead of the New York close on Friday. The loss comes on the heels of a strong rebound in bullion with prices trading just below resistance into the close of the month. Heading into the start of September trade our outlook remains unchanged as we look for further confirmation that a more significant low was registered in August.

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Trade War / Geo-Political (EM) Concerns Offering Gold Support

The ongoing trade skirmish has kept a floor under gold prices and although equity markets have continued to press higher, seasonal tendencies for stocks turn heavy heading into September and ongoing geo-political concerns may further stoke demand for the perceived safety of the yellow metal. That said, the focus remains on the technical considerations we’ve been tracking over the past few weeks with expectations for limited downside in the days ahead.

Highlighting the economic calendar into the start of the month will be central bank interest rate decisions from the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) and the BoC (Bank of Canada). US August NFPs (Non-Farm Payrolls) are released on Friday with consensus estimates calling for a print of 194K as unemployment holds near 18-year lows at 3.9%.

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Spot Gold IG Trader Sentiment

  • A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long Gold- the ratio stands at +4.85 (82.9% of traders are long) –bearish reading
  • Long positions are 1.5% higher than yesterday and 2.8% higher from last week
  • Short positions are 3.4% lower than yesterday and 4.4% lower from last week
  • We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests Spot Gold prices may continue to fall. Traders are further net-long than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger Spot Gold-bearish contrarian trading bias.

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Gold Weekly Price Chart

In last week’s Gold forecast our ‘bottom line’ noted that, “Weekly momentum has recovered from oversold conditions as price responded to key long-term support. From a trading standpoint, I’ll favor fading weakness while above this confluence (1171/75) with a breach above 1209 needed to fuel the next leg higher targeting 1234/36.” September seasonal tendencies favor gold strength (typically best month for gold, worst for stocks) and with price coming off multi-year slope support, the risk remains for a move higher in the weeks ahead.

Bottom line:

The outlook for gold prices remains unchanged heading into the start of September trade and from a trading standpoint, we’re still looking for confirmation that a more significant low is place. Weekly bullish invalidation now raised to the yearly low-week close at 1184 – look for sideways to lower early next month to offer more favorable entries above this threshold. For a complete technical breakdown of the near-term gold trading levels (daily & intraday), review this week’s XAU/USD Scalp Report.

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---Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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