Gold has recorded losses in the Monday session, continuing the trend seen on Friday. In North American trade, the spot price for one ounce of gold is $1313.95, down 0.29% on the day. There are no major U.S. events on the schedule. We’ll get a look at factory orders, which is expected to rebound with a gain of 0.3%, after a decline of 2.1% in the previous release. On Tuesday, the key event is ISM Non-manufacturing PMI.
Gold prices enjoyed another strong week, with gains of 1.1%. On Thursday, gold touched a high of $1326, its highest level since the first week of April 2018. The metal has taken full advantage of the decidedly dovish stance of the Federal Reserve. This stands in sharp contrast to the aggressive Fed we saw last year, when policymakers hiked interest rates four times, in response to a red-hot U.S. economy. However, the Fed has eyed the ongoing U.S.-China trade spat and slower growth in the U.S. with concern, and the Fed is now projecting just two rate hikes this year. The markets have gone even further, pricing in no rate hikes until 2020. Fed Chair Jerome Powell reiterated the Fed’s dovish stance after last week’s policy meeting, saying the central bank would be “patient” regarding future rate hikes.
Gold prices dropped on Friday, after the U.S. posted mixed employment numbers. Nonfarm payrolls sparkled, with a reading of 304 thousand, crushing the estimate of 165 thousand. This was the second score above the 300-thousand mark for a second successive month. However, wage growth was a disappointment, dropping from 0.4% to 0.1%. The upbeat nonfarm payroll report maintained investor appetite for risk, sending gold prices lower.
Monday (February 4)
- 15:00 US Factory Orders. Estimate 0.3%
- Tentative – US Loan Officer Survey
Tuesday (February 5)
- 15:00 US ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 57.0
*All release times are EST
*Key events are in bold
XAU/USD for Monday, February 4, 2019
XAU/USD February 4 at 11:10 EST
Open: 1317.80 High: 1319.05 Low: 1308.71 Close: 1313.95
XAU/USD posted losses in the Asian session and ticked lower in the European session. The pair is has posted small gains in North American trade
- 1306 is providing support
- 1326 is the next resistance line
- Current range: 1306 to 1326
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1306, 1284, 1261 and 1236
- Above: 1326, 1344 and 1365
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