Gold Price Update: XAU/USD surges to $2330 after yesterday’s selloff – What’s next?

  • Acceptance below $2300/oz remains elusive as bulls return in force.
  • PCE inflation data culd shake up the markets and provide a stable medium-term outlook for gold prices.
  • Trendline break hints at potential upside toward $2365-2370/oz area.

Must Read: US Dollar on Edge: how PCE data could shake up the markets

Gold (XAU/USD) prices surged on Thursday following a sharp selloff and a brief dip below the $2300 psychological barrier. As highlighted in yesterday’s article, staying below this level remains challenging, making the current rebound strong.

Today’s US data presented a mixed picture again: an uptick in initial jobless claims was balanced by an upwardly revised GDP print that met expectations. This adds to the confusion as market participants search for decisive data to establish a reliable timetable for rate cuts. The prolongation of this uncertainty suggests more erratic and abrupt short-term market movements.

Hence the growing anticipation in the lead up to tomorrow’s PCE release and the end of the quarter. Quarterly flows, repositioning and re-balancing tend to stoke some form of market volatility and should not be ruled out. 

US Interest Rate Probabilities, June 27, 2024

Source: LSEG (click to enlarge)

Looking at the interest rate probabilities for the Fed and markets are pricing in a rate cut in September at around 65.8%. This is slightly off from what Fed policymaker Rafael Bostic expects. Bostic, who is President of the Atlanta Federal Reserve said he expects a rate cut in Q4 as he would prefer to be certain that inflation will return to 2% before an initial cut. 

The Look Ahead

US data aside, this evening is shaping up to be massive for the United States as we have the Presidential debate between US President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. Keep an eye on any significant move in the US Dollar which could impact gold prices. I do however expect any volatility or moves after the debate to be short lived and to serve more as a guide of what to expect in November. 

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Technical Analysis 

Gold (XAU/USD)

Gold has broken the descending trendline on the H2 chart and came within a whisker of the first price target (based on trading trendline breaks) around 2334. Resistance that is holding the rally back is being provided by the 100 and 200-day MA resting around the 2326 mark. A break above both these levels bring the 2350 and 2370 handles into sharp focus. 

Alternatively a rejection from the MAs could lead to a retracement back toward the $2300/oz mark ahead of the data releases tomorrow.

At present, Gold needs to either find acceptance above the $2400/oz or below the $2300/oz mark in order for continuation to take place. When this finally does come to fruition, we may see the return of longer term trends from gold, something which has been missing for a good few months.

Gold H2 Chart, June 27, 2024

Source: (click to enlarge)

Key Levels to Keep an Eye on;


  • 2320
  • 2300
  • 2293


  • 2334
  • 2350
  • 2370

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Zain Vawda

Zain Vawda

Market Analyst at OANDA
Zain is an experienced financial markets analyst and educator with a rich tapestry of experience in the world of retail forex, economics, and market analysis. Initially starting out in a sales and business development role, his passion for economics and technical analysis propelled him towards a career as an analyst.

He has spent the last 3 years in an analyst role honing his skills across various financial domains, including technical analysis, economic data interpretation, price action strategies, and analyzing the geopolitical impacts on global markets. Currently, Zain is advancing in obtaining his Capital Markets & Security Analyst (CMSA) designation through the Corporate Finance Institute (CFI), where he has completed modules in fixed income fundamentals, portfolio management fundamentals, equity market fundamentals, introduction to capital markets, and derivative fundamentals.

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