Gold has dropped sharply on Thursday, heading lower for a third straight session. In North American trade, the spot price for one ounce of gold is $1289.80, down 1.53% on the day. In economic news, U.S. Final GDP for the fourth quarter posted a 2.2% gain, shy of the estimate of 2.4%. Unemployment claims fell to 211 thousand, easily beating the estimate of 221 thousand. The U.K. will release GfK consumer confidence, with a weak reading of -14 expected. On Friday the U.S. releases consumer spending and inflation numbers.
There was positive news on the trade war front, as negotiations between the U.S. and China continue. A report on Thursday noted that the sides have made progress in all areas, raising risk appetite at the expense of safe-haven gold. U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Mnuchin is in Beijing for the latest round of talks, raising hopes that an agreement is not far off.
Global trade tensions have weighed on inflation levels in the developed economies, and the U.S. is no exception. However, with the Fed saying it will put a hold on rates until 2020, could that change? At the Fed policy meeting, policymakers lowered their inflation forecast for 2020, citing weakness in the Chinese and European economies. However, the chief economist of Credit Suisse, James Sweeney, has taken a different tack, saying that U.S. inflation could climb as high as 2.3% next year, in response to the lack of rate hikes. Sweeney said that although inflation remains below the Fed target of 2.0%, there are signs in the services sector of inflation picking up.
Thursday (March 28)
- 7:15 US FPMC Member Quarles Speaks
- 8:30 US Final GDP. Estimate 2.4%. Actual 2.2%
- 8:30 US Final GDP Price Index. Estimate 1.8%. Actual 1.7%
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 222K
- 9:30 US FOMC Member Clarida Speaks
- 9:30 US FOMC Member Bowman Speaks
- 10:00 US Pending Home Sales. Estimate 0.1%. Actual -1.0%
- 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate -43B
- 17:20 FOMC Member Bullard Speaks
Friday (March 29)
- 8:30 US Core PCE Price Index. Estimate 0.2%
- 8:30 US Core Personal Spending. Estimate 0.3%
- 9:45 Chicago PMI. Estimate 61.1
- 10:00 UoM Revised Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 97.8
*All release times are EST
*Key events are in bold
XAU/USD for Thursday, March 28, 2019
XAU/USD March 28 at 12:45 DST
Open: 1309.80 High: 1312.36 Low: 1289.01 Close: 1289.80
XAU/USD was flat in the Asian session. The pair posted sharp losses in European trade and this trend has continued in North American trade
- 1284 is providing support
- 1306 has switched to a resistance role after sharp losses by XAU/USD on Thursday
- Current range: 1284 to 1306
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1284, 1261 and 1243
- Above: 1306, 1326, 1344 and 1365
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