XAU/USD – Gold Dips to 6-Week Low as ISM Manufacturing PMI Hits 6-Year High

Gold has posted slight losses in the Monday session. In North American trade, the spot price for an ounce of gold is $1275.52, down 0.34% on the day. On the release front, ISM Manufacturing PMI accelerated to 60.8, beating the forecast of 57.9. This marked the indicator’s highest level since April 2011.

The US manufacturing sector remains strong, as a stronger global economy has led to increased demand for US goods. The primary gauge of manufacturing activity, ISM Manufacturing PMI, accelerated in September to 60.8, indicating sharp expansion. The strong reading increased has sent gold prices lower on Monday. September was a rough month for gold, which declined 3.2 percent. With the North Korean conflict again on the back burner and the US continuing to post strong numbers, investors have a renewed appetite for riskier assets, which has weighed on safe-haven gold.

The US dollar gained some ground last week from an unexpected source – President Donald Trump. Trump has all but given up on his health care proposal, as the plan lacks enough support from Republican lawmakers. Next on the Trump Express is tax reform, which was a key campaign plank. Last week, Trump proposed a major overhaul of the US tax code, which includes reducing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, as well as a 25 percent tax rate for small businesses, such as partnerships. Like other Trump proposals, the tax plan was sketchy on details, including how the tax plan would be paid for. With Democrats and some Republicans wary of Trump’s tax agenda, it’s likely his that tax reform proposal will face a stiff battle in Congress. Still, the markets like the idea of lower taxes, and this has helped the dollar gain ground against gold.

 

XAU/USD Fundamentals

Monday (October 2)

  • 9:45 US Final Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 53.0. Actual 53.1
  • 10:00 US ISM Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 57.9. Actual 60.8
  • 10:00 US Construction Spending. Estimate 0.4%. Actual 0.5%
  • 10:00 US ISM Manufacturing Prices. Estimate 64.5. Actual 71.5
  • 14:00 US FOMC Patrick Kaplan Speaks

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

 

XAU/USD for Monday, October 2, 2017

XAU/USD October 2 at 12:30 EST

Open: 1280.08 High: 1280.27 Low: 1271.20 Close: 1275.52

 

XAU/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1213 1240 1260 1285 1307 1337
  • XAU/USD posted slight losses in the Asian session. The pair has showed limited movement in the European and North American sessions
  • 1260 is providing support
  • 1285 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1260 to 1285

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1260, 1240 and 1213
  • Above: 1285, 1307, 1337 and 1367

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

In the Monday session, XAU/USD is showing long positions with a majority (62%). This is indicative of trader bias towards XAU/USD reversing directions and moving lower.

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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.