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Gold Price Technical Outlook: Gold Threatens Collapse Ahead of FOMC

Gold Price Technical Outlook: Gold Threatens Collapse Ahead of FOMC

Michael Boutros,
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Gold Technical Price Outlook: XAU/USD Near-term Trade Levels


Gold prices are attempting to break below a key support barrier and the monthly range lows ahead of tomorrow highly anticipated FOMC interest rate decision. Expectations for a steeper path of Fed rate-hikes have continued to weigh on the yellow metal with XAU/USD breaking to fresh monthly lows today. These are the updated targets and invalidation levels that matter on the XAU/USD technical charts heading into FOMC. Review my latest Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this gold technical setup and more.

Gold Price Chart - XAU/USD Daily

Gold Price Chart - XAU/USD Daily - GLD Trade Outlook - GC Short-term Technical Forecast

Chart Prepared by Michael Boutros, Technical Strategist; Gold on Tradingview

Technical Outlook: In my last Gold Price Outlook we highlighted that XAU/USD had carved, “the June opening-range just above key support at 1818/27- a region defined by the 100% extension of the yearly decline and the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the 2021 advance. Look for the breakout in the days ahead to offer further guidance on our medium-term directional bias.” Massive back-to-back outside-day reversal patterns reinforced this key rang with gold attempting to break key support today- we’re looking for a daily close below to validate the move.

Gold Price Chart - XAU/USD 240min

Gold Price Chart - XAU/USD 240min - GLD Trade Outlook - GC Short-term Technical Forecast

Notes: A closer look at Gold price action shows XAU/USD slipping into the 1818/27 support zone in early US trade with the median-line resting just lower. A close below this threshold would threaten resumption of the broader downtrend towards subsequent support objectives at the yearly low-week close at 1791 and November lows / 78.6% retracement at 1758/61- look for a larger reaction there IF reached. Weekly-open resistance stands at 1871 with near-term bearish invalidation now lowered to the upper parallel near ~1880.

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Bottom line: A break below the monthly opening-range here would keep the bearish trend in play towards the yearly lows – watch the daily closes. From a trading standpoint, look to reduce short-positioning / lower protective stops on a stretch towards 1760- rallies should be capped by the 200-day moving average (currently ~1843) IF price is indeed heading lower. Ultimately, we’re on the lookout for a medium-term exhaustion low in the days ahead. Stay nimble heading into tomorrow’s FOMC interest rate decision - expect volatility. Review my latest Gold Weekly Price Outlook for a closer look at the longer-term XAU/USD technical trading levels.

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Gold Trader Sentiment – XAU/USD Price Chart

Gold Trader Sentiment - XAU/USD Price Chart - GLD Retail Positioning - GC Short-term Technical Outlook
  • A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long Gold- the ratio stands at +5.80 (85.29% of traders are long) – typically bearishreading
  • Long positions are0.34% lower than yesterday and 3.84% higher from last week
  • Short positions are17.23% lower than yesterday and 17.91% 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 positioning and recent changes gives us a stronger Gold-bearish contrarian trading bias from a sentiment standpoint.
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Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily 1% -14% -5%
Weekly -2% 5% 0%
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- Written by Michael Boutros, Technical Strategist with DailyFX

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