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Gold (XAU/USD) Slips Lower, Rattled by Soaring US Treasury Yields

Gold (XAU/USD) Slips Lower, Rattled by Soaring US Treasury Yields

Nick Cawley, Strategist

Gold Price (XAU/USD), Chart, and Analysis

  • UST 2-year yield back above 1%, UST 10-year eyes 1.9%.
  • Gold looks set to move lower.
  • IG client sentiment remains mixed.

US Treasury yields jumped overnight with the interest-rate sensitive 2-year printing a fresh 23-month high of 1.05%, while the benchmark 10-yearhit 1.83%, a level last seen in January 2020. Market expectations that the Federal Reserve will hike rates four times this year, by 25bps each time, and that the central bank will start to pare back the country’s bloated balance sheet sometime later this year, are driving bond yields ever higher ahead of next week’s central bank policy meeting.

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US Treasury Yields via Investing.Com

Gold (XAU/USD) Slips Lower, Rattled by Soaring US Treasury Yields

The outlook for gold remains mixed to negative with the precious metal expected to remain within a $1,763/oz. to $1,837/oz. Fibonacci range. This multi-week range will likely tighten over the short-term with the Average True Range indicator (ATR) stuck at a near two-year low, highlighting the lack of volatility in the market. The current moving average set-up is also mixed although a bearish ‘death cross’ did form a couple of days ago, adding a layer of bearish sentiment. On the downside, $1,800/oz. guards the January 7 multi-week low at $1,783/oz. ahead of the 50% Fibonacci retracement at $1,763/oz.

Gold (XAU/USD) Daily Price January 18, 2022

Gold (XAU/USD) Slips Lower, Rattled by Soaring US Treasury Yields

Retail trader data show

69.26% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 2.25 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 2.79% higher than yesterday and 9.27% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 2.06% higher than yesterday and 1.93% higher from last week.

We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests Gold prices may continue to fall. Positioning is more net-long than yesterday but less net-long from last week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a further mixed Gold trading bias.

What is your view on Gold – bullish or bearish?? You can let us know via the form at the end of this piece or you can contact the author via Twitter @nickcawley1.

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