XAU/USD – Gold Climbs as Bank of England Says Rate Cut Coming

Gold has posted gains on Friday, continuing the upward movement which marked the Thursday session. The metal is trading at $1332 per ounce. On the release front, today’s highlight is ISM Manufacturing PMI. The indicator is expected to remain unchanged at 51.3 points.

The aftershocks in the wake of Brexit continued on Thursday, as Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said that a rate cut was imminent. Carney did not mince words in a speech on Thursday, saying that in his view “the economic outlook has deteriorated and some monetary policy easing will likely be required over the summer”.  Given the financial turmoil caused by Brexit, the markets were expecting a rate cut in the next few months, but Carney’s blunt comments soured market sentiment. The pound reacted negatively, as GBP/USD dropped 120 points. Unsurprisingly, the pound’s loss after Carney’s comments have been gold’s gain, as lower interest rates make gold more attractive. Gold has jumped 1.2% since Wednesday. The metal has been one of the big winners of the Brexit referendum, and enjoyed a spectacular month of June, surging 8.6 percent. With continuing uncertainty in the commodity and currency markets, the gold rally could continue into next week.

With the financial markets understandably focused on the stunning Brexit vote, the Federal Reserve and future monetary moves have shifted to the back-burner. That could change next week, as Fed Chair Janet Yellen will deliver a speech in Philadelphia. Will she provide any clues about a rate move? Yellen and her colleagues have sounded cautious about the US economy, and unless we see stronger employment and inflation numbers in the second half of 2016, the Fed may remain on the sidelines until 2017. Gone are the heady days of last December, when the Fed hiked rates and hinted that there was more to come in 2016, perhaps as many as four hikes. Bottom line? Traders shouldn’t count on an imminent rate hike to boost the US dollar; rather, the direction of the currency will largely be data-dependent – the Fed is unlikely to budge unless we see significantly improved employment and inflation numbers.

It’s been exactly a week since the historic referendum which saw the British electorate vote to exit the European Union after 40 years. Brexit The vote to leave the EU has caused deep instability in Europe and the UK and wiped out a staggering $3 trillion from global stock markets. As the dust has begun to settle, however, the financial markets have stabilized. The pound plunged as much as 11 percent in the aftermath of the vote but has stabilized in the past few days. Still, political leaders on both sides of the Channel will have to pick up the pieces and deal with the radical new landscape, which was unthinkable just a few months ago – that of a European Union without the UK. British politic have sought to calm the public and the markets, but the pound’s sharp drop on Thursday underscores that the situation is anything but normal. The country’s political picture is fluid, as the Conservatives are choosing a new leader, the Labor Party is in turmoil and elections may not be far away. On the financial front, the pound and the markets have taken a beating and London’s position as a world financial center has been shaken. The uncertainty is not going to disappear anytime soon, so traders can expect further volatility in the currency markets.

British Prime Minister Cameron was in the unenviable position of meeting with fuming European leaders at an EU Summit this week. Cameron asked for time to prepare Britain’s exit and wants to renew “productive” relations with Europe. However, the Europeans are in no mood for hugs and kisses on both cheeks, and the “divorce of the “century” between Britain and the EU could be rancorous and messy. German Chancellor Merkel said that the UK could not “cherry pick” and that a relationship with Europe entailed obligations and not just rights – in other words, the Europeans are rejecting “half membership”. As well, Europe wants Britain to exit as soon as possible, in order to minimize the uncertainty and instability caused by the Brexit vote. French President Hollande wasted no time going on the attack, saying that London should no longer remain a center for clearing euro trades. This market is worth trillions of euros in currency and derivative deals and such a move would be a severe blow to London’s financial sector. Already, the European Banking Authority has announced it is leaving London and moving to Paris or Frankfurt. In a strictly legal sense, Britain is still a member of the EU club, but politically, it is persona non grata (British EU Commissioner Jonathan Hill resigned shortly after the Brexit vote). The markets are allergic to uncertainty, so Britain’s unclear status within the EU could bolster gold prices.

XAU/USD Fundamentals

Friday (July 1)

  • 9:45 US Final Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 51.4
  • 10:00 US ISM Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 51.3
  • 10:00 US Construction Spending. Estimate 0.6%
  • 10:00 US ISM Manufacturing Prices. Estimate 63.9
  • All Day – US Total Vehicle Sales. Estimate 17.3M

*Key releases are highlighted in bold

*All release times are EDT

XAU/USD for Friday, July 1, 2016

XAU/USD June 1 at 6:05 EDT

Open: 1321.69 Low: 1320.59 High: 1338.05 Close: 1333.17

XAU/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1279 1307 1331 1361 1388 1416
  • XAU/USD has posted gains in the Asian session and is steady in European trade.
  • 1307 has switched to a support role and is a fluid line
  • There is resistance at 1361
  • Current range: 1331 to 1361

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1331, 1307, 1279 and 1255
  • Above: 1361, 1388 and 1416

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

XAU/USD ratio is showing gains in short positions on Friday, consistent with the gains recorded by XAU/USD. Long positions have a majority (63%), indicative of trader bias towards XAU/USD continuing to move to higher levels.

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.