Gold Pauses After Starting Week with Sharp Losses

Gold is almost unchanged in the Tuesday session. In North American trade, spot gold is trading at $1222.92 per ounce. In the US, there are no events, as US markets are off for Independence Day. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve will publish the minutes of its June policy meeting.

It was an inauspicious start to the trading week, as gold dropped sharply on Monday, down 1.5%. The metal dropped below $1219, marking its lowest level since May 11. Gold is down 4.4% since Thursday, when the metal appeared headed to break above the symbolic $1300 level. The week started with good news from the manufacturing sector, as ISM Manufacturing PMI improved to 57.8, its highest level since November 2014. Global economic conditions have improved, and a stronger demand for US exports has boosted the manufacturing sector.

Interest rates are inversely related to gold prices, so gold investors and traders are following the Federal Reserve closely. Will the Fed make good on its forecast to raise rates for a third time in 2017? The markets remain somewhat skeptical, as the odds of a rate hike in December have fallen to 47%, down from 53% last week, according to the CME Group. With the US economy giving a mediocre performance in the first quarter, and inflation levels remains low, there are Fed policymakers who are currently lukewarm to the idea of raising rates again this year. Key economic indicators have not looked particularly sharp in the second quarter, notably housing and consumer spending numbers. If inflation numbers do not improve and GDP reports for Q2 remain soft, the odds of a December hike will drop even further, which could translate into higher gold prices.

XAU/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (July 4)

  • There are no US events on the schedule

Wednesday (July 5)

  • 4:00 FOMC Meeting Minutes

*All release times are EDT

*Key events are in bold

XAU/USD for Tuesday, July 4, 2017

XAU/USD July 4 at 11:50 EST

Open: 1223.32 High: 1226.55 Low: 1220.55 Close: 1222.92

XAU/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1146 1170 1199 1232 1260 1285
  • XAU/USD inched higher in the Asian session. The pair has shown little movement in the European and North American sessions
  • 11199 is providing support
  • 1232 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1199 to 1232

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1199, 1170 and 1146
  • Above: 1232, 1260, 1285 and 1307

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

In the Tuesday session, XAU/USD ratio is unchanged. Currently , long positions have a majority (70%), indicative of XAU/USD breaking out 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.