Gold prices have shown modest gains in the Monday session. In North American trade, the spot price for an ounce of gold is $1164.72 an ounce. It’s a very quiet start to the week, with two minor releases on the schedule.
Gold has recorded five consecutive losing weeks and is currently trading at its lowest level since early February. The downward trend could continue, with the Fed likely to raise rates on Wednesday. Gold moves inversely with interest rate movement, as higher rates makes the US dollar more attractive to investors. Traders should be prepared for possible volatility from the metal as we approach the Fed rate decision.
All eyes will be on the Federal Reserve this week, as the Fed meets for its monthly policy meeting on Wednesday. This will be the first meeting after Donald Trump’s election as president. More importantly of course, the markets have priced in a rate hike at 95 percent, most likely a quarter-point increase. This would mark the first hike by the Fed since last December, and anticipation of a hike has translated into strong gains for the greenback. With Trump taking the reins in government in January, it will be interesting to see what happens early next year. Trump has stated that he plans to increase government spending and cut taxes, which could lead to higher inflation levels. The Fed has indicated that it plans to raise rates gradually in 2017, but this could change once the new administration’s economic policies become clearer.
Monday (December 12)
- 13:01 US 10-year Bond Auction
- 14:00 US Federal Budget Balance. Estimate -99.5B
*All release times are EST
*Key events are in bold
XAU/USD for Monday, December 12, 2016
XAU/USD December 12 at 13:30 EST
Open: 1158.44 High: 1165.30 Low: 1151.00 Close: 1164.72
- XAU/USD showed little movement in the Asian and European sessions. The pair has posted gains in North American trade
- 1146 is providing support
- 1174 is the next resistance line
- Current range: 1146 to 1174
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1146, 1130 and 1111
- Above: 1176, 1205, 1223 and 1245
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
In the Monday session, XAU/USD ratio is showing long positions with a substantial majority (78%). This is indicative of trader bias towards XAU/USD continuing to move to higher levels.