Gold – Yellen Testimony Spooks Gold Bulls

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen may not have said anything particularly new during the early stages of her testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, but something has got traders excited, with the dollar ticking higher since she started speaking which in turn has hit Gold.

Perhaps her reference to a rate hike being appropriate at one of the upcoming meetings as long as inflation and employment perform in line with expectations, put March back on the table with markets having previously all but written the meeting off. Even so, markets are still only pricing this in at around 18%, up from around 13% previously.

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Source – CME Group FedWatch Tool

Gold fell back towards $1,220 during Yellen’s testimony before running into support, as it did on Friday and again on Monday. Following each of the last two tests, the yellow metal has gone on to make lower highs – $1,237 on Friday and $1,234 on Monday – which would suggest momentum is growing with the bears.

USDCAD – Key Support Holds Again, Big Test Coming

With Gold having already run into resistance just below $1,250 , which stood out as a key resistance level, before breaking below the rising channel it had been trading in, it would seem the Gold bull run may be running out of steam. A break below $1,220 would further support this, with $1,200 possibly offering further support below, followed by $1,180.

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Craig Erlam
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the BBC and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.