Gold is showing little movement on Thursday. In the North American session, gold is trading at $1345.85. On the release front, it’s another quiet day. There was more good news from the US labor market, as Unemployment Claims dropped to 266 thousand, beating expectations. Friday will be busy, as the US releases key retail sales, CPI and consumer confidence reports.
US employment numbers continue to impress and beat market forecasts. On Thursday, it was the turn of Unemployment Claims, which dropped to 266 thousand, beating the forecast of 272 thousand. Earlier this week, the Labor Market Conditions Index and JOLTS Job Openings both beat expectations. Last week, Nonfarm Payrolls sparkled, surprising the markets and buoying the US dollar. The July indicator surprised the markets with a huge gain of 255 thousand, crushing the estimate of 180 thousand. This release follows the outstanding June reading of 280 thousand. There was more positive news as Average Hourly Earnings gained 0.3%, edging above the forecast of 0.2%. Prior to the payrolls release, a September hike was virtually off the table, especially in light of the soft US GDP report in late July. However, the stellar job numbers will force the Fed to give serious thought to a move in September. Employment and inflation releases in the next few weeks will be critical factors in determining if the Fed makes a move next month, or waits until December before revisiting the rate question.
Thursday (August 11)
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 272K. Estimate 266K
- 8:30 US Import Prices. Estimate -0.2%. Actual 0.1%
- 10:00 US Mortgage Delinquencies. Actual 4.66%
- 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 24B. Actual 29B
- 13:01 US 30-year Bond Auction
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are EDT
XAU/USD for Thursday, August 11, 2016
XAU/USD August 11 at 12:35 EDT
Open: 1347.56 High: 1353.38 Low: 1340.12 Close: 1345.58
- XAU/USD has shown limited movement for most of the Thursday session. The pair posted slight gains earlier in the North American session but then retracted
- There is resistance at 1361
- 1331 is providing support
- Current range: 1331 to 1361
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1331, 1307 and 1279
- Above: 1361, 1388, 1416 and 1447
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
XAU/USD ratio is unchanged in the Thursday session, consistent with the lack of significant movement from XAU/USD. Long positions have a majority (62%), indicative of trader bias towards XAU/USD reversing directions and moving upwards.
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