Gold is stable on Friday, with a spot price of $1222.86 per ounce in the European session. The metal showed little reaction to the results of the Scottish referendum, as the No side won in convincing fashion, garnering about 55% of the vote. The week wraps up with just one US event, CB Leading Index. There are no British releases on Friday.
Scottish citizens went to the polls on Thursday in a historic referendum on whether to secede from the United Kingdom. The markets had expected a very close vote, based on polls leading up to the vote. However, at the end of the day, the No side won the vote in convincing fashion, with 55% of the vote, versus 44% for the Yes side. There had been predictions of a financial downturn in the UK if Scotland had voted for independence or if the vote was extremely close. As well, a vote for to secede would have raised thorny financial questions such as what currency would be used by an independent Scotland. So, the wee hours of Friday morning brought a tremendous sense of relief in British political and financial circles after the final votes were counted, as the United Kingdom will indeed remain united.
The US dollar gained ground against gold on Wednesday following the Federal Reserve statement. The Fed statement reaffirmed that interest rates would remain ultra-low for a “considerable time” after the asset purchase scheme (QE) ends next month, but surprised the markets in hinting that once a rate hike was introduced, rate levels could move up more quickly than expected. As expected, the Fed trimmed QE by $10 billion/month, and the remaining $15 billion/month is scheduled to be phased out in October.
US inflation data was worse than expected on Wednesday. CPI, the primary gauge of consumer inflation, came in at -0.2%, its first drop since October. The estimate stood at +0.1%. Core CPI followed suit with a flat reading of 0.0%. This was the first time the index failed to post a gain since October 2010. The weak numbers follow disappointing manufacturing inflation data. PPI, a key event, dipped to just 0.0%, a 3-month low. The estimate stood at 0.1%. Core PPI slipped to 0.1%, down from 0.2% a month earlier. This matched the forecast. Low inflation continues to be a concern and could delay an interest rate hike in 2015.
XAU/USD for Friday, September 19, 2014
XAU/USD September 19 at 10:10 GMT
XAU/USD 1219.60 H: 1225.54 L: 1218.03
- XAU/USD has shown some movement but has been unable to consolidate in either direction.
- 1210 remains an immediate support line. 1186 is stronger.
- On the upside, 1240 has some breathing room as gold trades at lower levels.
- Current range: 1210 to 1240.
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1210, 1186, 1156 and 1111
- Above: 1240, 1252, 1275, 1300, and 1315
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
XAU/USD ratio is almost unchanged on Friday. This is consistent with the movement with the limited movement shown by the pair. The ratio has a substantial majority of long positions, indicative of trader bias towards gold breaking out and moving higher.
- 14:00 US CB Leading Index. Estimate 0.4%.
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