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Gold (XAU/USD) Remains Subdued as the DXY Continues to Advance

Gold (XAU/USD) Remains Subdued as the DXY Continues to Advance


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Gold prices remain subdued with the 50-day MA capping any potential move to the upside with the help of rising US Yields and a slightly stronger US Dollar. The US Dollar also received a boost from hawkish comments from Fed Policymaker Michelle Bowman who stated that further rate hikes may be required to get inflation below target.

Currency Strength Chart: Strongest - USD, Weakest - AUD.


Source: FinancialJuice


The Dollar Index (DXY) and US Yields helped keep Gold on the backfoot yesterday with Dollar strength continuing this morning. The US Dollar appears to be benefitting from a risk-off tone this morning following lackluster data from China as well as Moody’s downgrading a host of small to medium sized US Banks.

Given the cautious tone in markets it will be interesting to see if the DXY is able to hold onto gains as the US session begins. Yesterday’s rally failed to hold the high ground as the US session brought a modest pullback with the index struggling to close above the 50 and 100-day MA.

Personally, I do think we could be in for a period of consolidation heading into Thursdays US CPI print. There is not a lot on the calendar in terms of risk events today with Fed policymaker Barkin scheduled to speak later in the day. Should Barkin strike a similar tone to Michelle Bowman the Dollar may continue to rise toward a key confluence area between the 103.00-103.55 area with Gold prices likely to struggle as a result.

Dollar Index (DXY) Daily Chart – August 8, 2023


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Form a technical perspective, Gold prices do appear as though a retracement higher could be in the offing. A key support level rests around the 1927.00 to 1925 mark and a failure to break below may sweeten the narrative for bulls.

The precious metal is stuck in a tight range between the 50-day MA and the 1925.00 to 1927.00 for the last 4 days. A break and daily candle close above the 50-day MA could facilitate a run up toward the 100-day MA resting at 1967.67.

Gold (XAU/USD) Daily Chart – August 8, 2023


Source: TradingView, Chart Prepared by Zain Vawda

Alternatively, a break lower from here could lead to further declines for Gold with the 1900.00 psychological handle remaining a possibility. It is important to keep in mind that with US CPI out on Thursday price could continue to consolidate with market participants likely to minimize risk exposure and reposition ahead of the release.

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Written by: Zain Vawda, Markets Writer for

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