Gold is quiet in Thursday trade, after sharp losses a day earlier. In the European session, the spot price stands at $1291.96. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will continues her congressional tour, as she speaks before the Senate Budget Committee later in the day. On the release front, today’s highlight is Unemployment Claims. The markets are expecting a strong improvement after last week’s poor showing.
Gold prices slipped on Wednesday as concerns over the crisis in the Ukraine has eased. Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised observers when he urged pro-Russian separatists to postpone their referendum on independence. Putin claimed that Russia had withdrawn its forces from the Ukraine border, although there was no confirmation of this from NATO. The situation is likely to remain volatile, as elections in Ukraine scheduled for the end of May remain in jeopardy.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before Congress’ Economic Joint Committee on Wednesday, and gave a cautious thumbs-up to the economic recovery. She said that the economy has improved, but pointed to two sore spots – the job market remains weak and inflation is below the Fed’s target of 2%. Yellen stated that she therefore expects that low interest rate levels will continue for a “considerable time”. Yellen has stated previously that slack remains in the economy, and the Fed is expected to proceed carefully with future trims to its QE scheme. Since December, the Fed has trimmed the asset-purchase program by almost half, cutting it to $45 billion each month.
XAU/USD for Thursday, May 8, 2014
XAU/USD May 8 at 10:30 GMT
XAU/USD 1292.07 H: 1292.48 L: 1287.44
- XAU/USD is showing little movement in Thursday trade.
- 1273 has reverted back to a support role as the pair trades at lower levels. This is followed by support at 1260.
- 1300 is the first line of resistance. Next, there is resistance at 1315.
- Current range: 1273 to 1300
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1273, 1260, 1252 and 1241
- Above: 1300, 1315, 1330, 1350 and 1388
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
XAU/USD ratio is pointing to gains in long positions on Thursday. This is consistent with the pair’s current movement, as gold has posted small gains. The ratio has a substantial majority of long positions, reflecting a strong trader bias towards gold moving higher against the US dollar.
Gold is almost unchanged in the European session. We could see some movement from the pair during the day, with US Unemployment Claims still to follow.
- 12:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 328K.
- 13:30 US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Testifies Before Senate Budget Committee.
- 13:30 US FOMC Member Daniel Tarullo Speaks.
- 14:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 71B.
- 17:01 US 30-year Bond Auction.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT