XAU/USD – Gold Slips Below $1200, Markets Eye US Employment Claims, GDP

Gold has posted losses on Wednesday, continuing the downward direction which marked the Tuesday session. The metal has dropped 1.6 percent this week. In North American trade, the spot price for one ounce is $1196.54. On the release front, Crude Inventories posted a surplus of 2.8 million, well above the forecast of 1.5 million. On Thursday, the US publishes two key events – Unemployment Claims and New Home Sales.

Donald Trump has barely warmed his new chair in the Oval Office, but dramatic change is already underway. On Monday, Trump signed an executive order formally withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a broad trade agreement which the US had signed but not ratified. Trump had promised to leave the TPP during the election, arguing that the deal would hurt American workers. Next stop is NAFTA, which Trump has said he will renegotiate with Canada and Mexico. Trump has taken a tough line on US companies that have moved production outside of the US and has threatened to impose tariffs on companies that move production to Mexico. Predictably, these protectionist measures are raising concerns in the markets that the US economic growth could drop if the US takes an isolationist stance towards global trade, and such a stance would likely weigh on the US dollar and send gold prices upwards. US trade partners could choose to retaliate against Trump’s moves, igniting a trade war in which there are no winners.

Mexico Could Pull Out of NAFTA if Renegotiation Unfavorable

After U.S Exit, Asian Nations Try to Save TPP

XAU/USD Fundamentals

Wednesday (January 25)

  • 9:00 US HPI. Estimate 0.4%. Actual 0.5%
  • 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 1.5M. Actual 2.8M

Upcoming Key Releases

Thursday (January 26)

  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 247K
  • 10:00 US New Home Sales. Estimate 585K

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

XAU/USD for Wednesday, January 25, 2017

XAU/USD January 25 at 13:05 EST

Open: 1209.28 High: 1209.82 Low: 1193.21 Close: 1196.54

XAU/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1130 1146 1174 1199 1232 1260
  • XAU/USD posted small losses in the Asian session and was flat in  European trade. The pair has been choppy in the North American session dropping below the $1200 level
  • 1174 is providing support
  • 1199 has switched to resistance. It is a weak line
  • Current range: 1174 to 1199

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1174, 1146 and 1130
  • Above: 1199, 1232, 1260 and 1285

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

XAU/USD ratio is almost unchanged this week. Long positions have a strong majority (70%), indicative of trader bias towards XAU/USD reversing directions and climbing 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.