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Gold Price Outlook: XAU/USD Mired by Fed Symposium Risk

Gold Price Outlook: XAU/USD Mired by Fed Symposium Risk

Rich Dvorak, Analyst


  • Gold challenges its 100-day moving average, descending trendline ahead of Jackson Hole
  • XAU/USD price action is primed for volatility due to Fed symposium event risk that looms
  • Gold, silver prices could leap higher if FOMC officials stay cautious and kick the taper can

Precious metals have staged impressive rallies over recent trading sessions. Gold and silver trade about 8% higher off their respective flash crash lows notched earlier this month. This seems largely driven by a softer US Dollar and greater likelihood that the Fed delays its taper timeline announcement.

XAU/USD price action might struggle to extend its advance in the short-term, however, as markets seek more clarity on when FOMC officials might decide to start tapering asset purchases. Such clarity stands to be provided by Fed Chair Powell and his scheduled speech at the annual Jackson Hole Symposium this Friday, 27 August at 14:00 GMT.


XAUUSD Price Chart Gold Forecast

Chart by @RichDvorakFX created using TradingView

Nearside technical resistance has potential to keep gold bulls at bay as well. Gold price action might face downward pressure from its descending trendline highlighted on the chart above. Not to mention, XAU/USD is also challenging the underbelly of its 100-day simple moving average. The 100-day simple moving average has served as a proverbial ‘line in the sand’ for gold with momentum looking bullish above this technical indicator and bearish below it.

As such, reclaiming the 100-day simple moving average, combined with confirmation of a breakout above resistance at the $1,830-price level, would likely serve as a very constructive development for the gold bull thesis. That may bring all-time highs back into focus, though the psychological $1,900-handle does stand out as a noteworthy obstacle with potential to stymie rallies. From a fundamental perspective, bullish scenarios could be catalyzed by FOMC officials sticking to a cautious script and not giving a taper timeline announcement at the Jackson Hole Symposium.

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-- Written by Rich Dvorak, Analyst for

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