Gold is subdued on Tuesday, following solid gains in the Monday session. Gold is trading at a spot price of $1256.08 an ounce in the North American session. On the release front, there are no major US indicators on the schedule. The NFIB Small Business Index beat expectations, while Import Prices missed the estimate. On Wednesday, there are three key releases – Core Retail Sales, Retail Sales and PPI.
Gold prices remain at 3-week highs, as the base metal has jumped 3.5 percent since March 28. Gold has been bolstered by recent dovish Fed statements as well the Fed minutes, which were dovish and dampened any expectations of a rate hike in April. Higher US interest rates make the dollar more attractive versus other assets such as gold, so if rates remain the same, it is bullish for gold.
The Federal Reserve remains under the microscope, as the markets try to forecast what the Fed has in mind regarding future rate hikes. Recent hawkish statements from several Fed members had raised expectations about a rate hike in April, but Fed chair Janet Yellen responded with a dovish assessment of the US economy, dampening such speculation. Last week, Yellen acknowledged that although domestic growth was steady, the US economy remained prone to risks due to turbulent conditions in the global economy. New York Federal Reserve president William Dudley reiterated Yellen’s message, saying that the Fed must approach future rate hikes with caution. As well, the Fed released the minutes of its March policy meeting last week, and the tone was more dovish than expected, although some members did express support for an April hike. The minutes also pointed to a split as to whether the recent pickup in inflation will continue. Higher inflation levels would increase the likelihood of a rate hike in June. Most analysts are expecting no more than two rate hikes in 2016, although stronger than expected economic data could change this forecast.
Tuesday (April 12)
- 6:00 US NFIB Small Business Index. Estimate 93.9. Actual 92.6
- 8:30 US Import Prices. Estimate 1.0%. Actual 0.2%
- 14:00 US Federal Budget Balance. Estimate -106.5B
Upcoming Key Events
Wednesday (April 13)
- 8:30 US Core Retail Sales. Estimate 0.4%
- 8:30 US PPI. Estimate 0.3%
- 8:30 US Retail Sales. Estimate 0.1%
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are DST
XAU/USD for Tuesday, April 12, 2016
XAU/USD April 12 at 12:10 DST
Open: 1257.26 Low: 1251.16 High: 1262.77 Close: 1256.08
- XAU/USD was flat in the Asian session. The pair posted gains in the European session but has retracted in North American trade
- There is resistance at 1279
- 1255 was tested earlier in support and is under pressure. This line could break in the North American session
- Current range: 1255 to 1279
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1255, 1232, 1205 and 1191
- Above: 1279, 1303 and 1331
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
XAU/USD ratio is unchanged, consistent with the lack of movement from XAU/USD. Long positions command a strong majority (59%), which is indicative of trader bias towards gold breaking out and moving higher.
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