XAU/USD – Gold Dips to 1-Week Lows as GDP Beats Forecast

Gold has posted slight losses on Thursday, continuing the downward trend which has marked the previous two sessions. In North American trade, the metal is trading at a spot price of $1318.09 per ounce. Gold has slipped 1.4 percent this week. On the release front, Final GDP gained 1.4%, edging above the forecast of 1.3%. Unemployment Claims edged up to 254 thousand, beating the forecast of 260 thousand. Pending Home Sales declined 2.4%, much weaker than expectations and the weakest monthly reading in six months.

The US economy expanded 1.4% in the second quarter, revised from the preliminary estimate of 1.1%. Consumer spending has been strong, making up for sluggish business investment and weaker demand for US exports. The US consumer is optimistic about the economy, as underscored by recent CB consumer confidence surveys, which have been above the 100-level for two months running. On the labor front, unemployment claims came in at 254 thousand, marking the eighth straight week that jobless claims have come in below the forecast. On Friday, the important UoM Consumer Sentiment will be released, with the markets expecting a strong reading of 90.1 points.

The Federal Reserve opted for the sidelines in September, and with the November meeting taking place just before the US election, any rate move is unlikely before December at the earliest. Last week’s policy statement was generally upbeat and broadly hinted at a December rate hike. However, the markets can be forgiven for remaining somewhat skeptical, as the Fed has previously talked about a strong US economy and failed to follow up with a rate hike. Currently, a rate hike is priced in at 48 percent, but plenty can happen before the December policy meeting. The Fed has been sending out mixed messages about a rate hike, and this was underscored in the September decision, in which three FOMC members dissented and voted for an immediate hike. This lack of clarity has been disconcerting to the markets, which are looking for some clarity about the Fed’s monetary plans. The markets haven’t forgotten that last December, the Fed projected a series of hikes in 2016 but has yet to deliver even one hike this year. As we approach December, the Fed will need to send out a more uniform message in order to restore its credibility with the markets.

XAU/USD Fundamentals

Thursday (September 29)

  • 8:30 US Final GDP. Estimate 1.3%. Actual 1.4%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 260K. Actual 254K
  • 8:30 US Final GDP Price Index. Estimate 2.3%. Actual 2.3%
  • 8:30 US Goods Trade Balance. Estimate -62.6B. Actual -58.4B
  • 10:00 US FOMC Member Jerome Powell Speaks
  • 10:00 US Pending Home Sales. Estimate -0.1%. Actual -2.4%
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 57B
  • 16:00 US Federal Chair Janet Yellen Speaks

Friday (September 30)

  • 10:00 US Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 90.1

*Key releases are highlighted in bold

*All release times are EDT

XAU/USD for Thursday, September 29, 2016

XAU/USD September 29 at 12:10 EDT

Open: 1323.51 High: 1325.84 Low: 1315.93 Close: 1318.09

XAU/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1245 1279 1307 1331 1361 1388
  • XAU/USD showed little movement in the Asian and European sessions. The pair has posted small losses in North American trade
  • 1307 is providing support
  • 1331 is a weak resistance line
  • Current range: 1307 to 1331

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1307, 1279 and 1245
  • Above: 1331, 1361, 1388 and 1416

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

XAU/USD ratio continues to show movement towards long positions. Currently, long positions have a substantial majority (71%). This is indicative of trader bias towards XAU/USD reversing its downward movement and moving upwards.

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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.