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Gold Price Struggles to Hold Support as US Inflations Data Looms

Gold Price Struggles to Hold Support as US Inflations Data Looms

Nick Cawley, Senior Strategist

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

  • Gold is trading on a noted level of support.
  • Today’s inflation release is unlikely to shift the Fed’s thinking.
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The latest FOMC minutes underscore the US central bank’s determination to stamp down on inflation, whatever the short-term collateral damage. The FOMC minutes revealed that ‘many participants emphasized that the cost of taking too little action to bring down inflation likely outweigh the cost of taking too much action’. While financial markets have already priced in 75 basis point hikes at the next two Fed meetings, if inflation turns markedly lower then the Fed may dab the brakes on monetary tightening. Fed vice chair Lael Brainard recently warned that the recent series of rate hikes may be slowing the US economy down in unobserved ways, while another Fed dove, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans noted that while rates need to remain at elevated levels, ‘overshooting is costly…this puts a premium on the strategy of getting to a place where policy can plan to rest and evaluate data and developments’. Today’s US inflation data (13:30 BST) will need to be monitored closely, but will also need to deviate substantially from expectations to change the Fed’s thinking.

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US Treasury yields, a dominant driver of the gold price in recent months, are steady today ahead of the inflation report, albeit at elevated levels. The US 2-year remains around levels last seen 15 years ago, although the double-top pattern currently being made suggests that US short-term yields may be peaking.

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US Treasury 2-Year Yield Daily – October 13, 2022

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Gold is currently sitting in a holding pattern ahead of the US inflation report. The longer-term downtrend remains dominant – lower highs and lower lows - and suggests that a re-test of the recent $1,615 low is likely. If support around $1,660/oz. falls, then $1,640/oz. comes into play. Short-term resistance is seen around $1,682/oz.

Gold Daily Price Chart, October 13 2022

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Retail trader data show that79.45% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 3.87 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 3.01% higher than yesterday and 7.68% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 1.83% higher than yesterday and 7.13% lower 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. Traders are further net-long than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger Gold-bearish contrarian trading bias.

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of clients are net long. of clients are net short.
Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily -9% 31% 1%
Weekly -17% 21% -8%
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