Gold has posted strong gains in the Thursday session. In North American trade, the spot price for one ounce is $1156.00. It’s another quiet day on the release front. Unemployment claims, the final major indicator of 2016, dropped to 265 thousand, easily beating the forecast of 277 thousand.
Gold prices have climbed 1.2% on Thursday, the strongest 1-day gain we’ve seen since late September. With the stock markets and US dollar pulling back in low-volume trading, the metal has taken advantage and climbed closed to the $1160 level, marking a 2-week high. Still, gold is down in the month of December, and the metal has suffered a dismal fourth quarter. Even with Thursday’s gains, gold has slipped 12 percent since October 1. There could be more trouble ahead for gold, as strong economic growth could lead to further interest rate hikes in early 2017, which would push gold prices lower.
A strong US economy has boosted confidence levels among US consumers, in what analysts are describing as a post-election surge in optimism. Recent consumer confidence surveys are pointing upwards, as the US consumer is optimistic that economic conditions will continue to improve under the incoming Trump administration. The CB Consumer Confidence report surged in December to 113.7, its highest level since August 2001. This reading comes on the heels of UoM Consumer Sentiment, which climbed to a 12-year high, with a reading of 93.8 points. Both of these well-respected surveys found that consumers are confident that continuing economic growth will create new jobs and raise incomes. Trump’s economic platform remains short on details, but he has promised to cut taxes while increasing public spending. If Trump manages to implement both of these goals, the US economy could heat up and also help global growth pick up speed.
Thursday (December 29)
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 277K. Actual 265K
- 8:30 US Goods Trade Balance. Estimate -61.5B. Actual -65.3B
- 8:30 US Preliminary Wholesale Inventories. Estimate 0.1%. Actual 0.9%
- 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate -219B. Actual -237B
- 11:00 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -1.3M. Actual +0.6M
*All release times are EST
*Key events are in bold
XAU/USD for Thursday, December 29, 2016
XAU/USD December 29 at 12:35 EST
Open: 1142.34 High: 1159.55 Low: 1142.31 Close: 1156.00
- XAU/USD posted small gains in the Asian session. The pair was flat in the European session and has posted strong gains in North American trade
- 1146 has switched to a support role following strong gains by XAU/USD
- 1174 is the next resistance line
- Current range: 1130 to 1146
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1146, 1130, 1111 and 1076
- Above: 1174, 1199 and 1232
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
XAU/USD ratio remains unchanged in the Thursday session. Currently, long positions command a substantial majority (78%). This is indicative of trader bias towards XAU/USD continuing to climb to higher levels.