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Gold Prices Dip As Markets Eye Federal Reserve Announcement

Gold prices have softened in Tuesday trading, with a spot price of $1290 in the European session. The markets are expecting the Federal Reserve to trim QE by another $10 billion, which could give a boost to the US dollar. Today’s highlight is CB Consumer Confidence. The markets are expecting another strong reading in the upcoming release.

US housing numbers were on the weak side last week, but it was a different story on Monday, as Pending Home Sales soared in March. The key indicator jumped 3.4%, easily beating the estimate of 1.0%. This marked its biggest monthly gain since last May. The indicator has posted mostly declines in recent readings, so the strong gain was welcome news. Meanwhile, US consumers appear to be content, as the UoM Consumer Sentiment jumped to 84.1 points in March, beating the estimate of 83.2. It marked the indicator’s highest level since June. If the optimism continues and translates into increased consumer spending, this should bode well for the US economy.

US economic releases have been generally strong, although recent employment data has been softer than expected. The Federal Reserve is expected to trim QE by another $10 billion on Wednesday, which would reduce the asset purchase program to $45 billion each month. Continuing tapers represent a vote of confidence in the economy by the Fed, and this event is dollar-positive. So we could see gold prices remain at current levels or even lose ground if the Fed does cut QE.

Gold has benefitted from continuing trouble in Ukraine, as nervous investors look to the metal as a safe-haven for their assets. The metal climbed above $1300 on Friday. Talks between the West and Russia over the Ukraine crisis have bogged down, and the US and EU is expected to slap new sanctions on Russia. Pro-Russian rebels have taken over some strategic positions in eastern Ukraine and have clashed with Ukrainian government forces. With thousands of Russian troops conducting drills on the border with Ukraine, the situation is very tense and could deteriorate very quickly.


XAU/USD for Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Forex Rate Graph 21/1/13

XAU/USD April 29 at 11:45 GMT

XAU/USD 1290.52 H: 1296.73 L: 1286.32


XAU/USD Technical














Further levels in both directions:


OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

XAU/USD ratio is pointing to gains in short positions in Tuesday trade, continuing the trend seen a day earlier. This is consistent with the pair’s current movement, as gold has moved lower. The ratio has a substantial majority of long positions, reflecting a strong trader bias towards gold reversing directions and posting gains.

Gold is trading at $1290 on Tuesday. XAU/USD is unchanged in the European session.


XAU/USD Fundamentals

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Kenny Fisher

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A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including Investing.com, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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