XAU/USD Seeks Rising Wedge Breakout
GOLD ANALYSIS & TALKING POINTS
- U.S. economic data points will continue to shape the USD landscape and impact gold prices.
- Technical analysis suggests mounting bearish indications.
- Rising wedge chart pattern could suggest further downside to come.
XAU/USD FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP
Gold has been closely echoing dollar based inputs including recent positive U.S. economic data. Yesterday’s ISM services PMI was significant considering the economy is primarily services driven, gave a boost to the greenback after beating expectations. This compounded the tight labor market reinforced by last week’s Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP). Recent Fed talk around moderating interest rate hikes has now placed this outlook under scrutiny with possibly more hawkishness to come. The resultant effect has been the Fed’s terminal rate rising back above the 5% level once more and without any Fed officials scheduled to speak leading up to December 14 meeting, price action for XAU/USD will be primarily driven by economic data and technical levels.
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XAU/USD DAILY CHART
Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG
Price action on the daily spot gold chart shows the formation and continued development within the rising wedge formation (black). A break below wedge support could open up the 1750.00 psychological handle. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is exhibiting slowing bullish momentum suggesting possible bearish divergence which supports a more bearish outlook.
Failure by bulls at the 200-day SMA (blue) again provides backing for the short-term downside bias.
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IG CLIENT SENTIMENT: BEARISH
IGCS shows retail traders are currently distinctly LONG on gold, with 76% of traders currently holding long positions (as of this writing). At DailyFX we typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment resulting in a short-term bearish bias.
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