- Gold price remains confined in a narrow range just above the multi-month low set last week.
- More hawkish central banks continue to act as a headwind for the non-yielding yellow metal.
- Economic woes lend some support to the safe-haven XAU/USD and help limit the downside.
Gold price struggles to gain any meaningful traction on Tuesday and oscillates in a narrow trading band, just above the $1,920 level through the Asian session. The XAU/USD, meanwhile, remains well within the striking distance of over a three-month low touched last Friday and seems vulnerable to below the 100-day Simple Moving Average (SMA).
Hawkish major central banks cap the upside for Gold price
The initial market reaction to the aborted mutiny by armed mercenaries in Russia over the weekend turns out to be short-lived in the wake of the hawkish stance adopted by major central banks, which continues to cap the non-yielding Gold price. It is worth recalling that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Bank of Canada (BoC) delivered a surprise 25 basis points (bps) rate hike earlier this month, while the European Central Bank (ECB) last week lifted rates to the highest level in 22 years. Moreover, the Bank of England (BoE), the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and Norges Bank hiked their benchmark interest rates last Thursday.
Focus shifts to the US PCE Price Index on Friday
The Federal Reserve (Fed) has also signalled that borrowing costs may still need to rise as much as 50 bps by the end of this year. Adding to this, Fed Chair Jerome Powell, during his two-day congressional testimony last week, said that the US central bank doesn’t see rate cuts happening any time soon and will wait until it is confident that inflation is moving down to the 2% target. Hence, the focus will remain glued to the release of the United States (US) Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index, or the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge on Friday, which might influence expectations about the next policy move.
US macro data eyed for fresh impetus ahead of central bank speakers
Investors this week will further take cues from speeches by ECB President Christine Lagarde, BoE Governor Andrew Bailey, Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Bank of Japan (BoJ) Governor Kazuo Ueda at a panel discussion in Sintra on Wednesday. In the meantime, Tuesday’s US economic docket – featuring Durable Goods Orders, the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, New Home Sales and Richmond Manufacturing Index – will be looked upon for some impetus around Gold price. The downside, meanwhile, seems limited in the wake of looming recession risks, which tend to benefit the safe-haven XAU/USD.
Looming recession risks help limit losses for Gold price
Market participants seem worried about economic headwinds stemming from rapidly rising borrowing costs. The fears were further fueled by the fact that S&P Global on Sunday said that it has cut its 2023 growth forecast for China to 5.2% from 5.5%. The rating agency expects a recovery in Asia’s largest economy to continue, albeit at an “uneven” pace. This, in turn, might hold back traders from placing aggressive bearish bets around the Gold price, at least for the time being. Nevertheless, the lack of any meaningful buying suggests that the recent downtrend might still be far from being over and favours bearish traders.
Gold price technical outlook
From a technical perspective, nothing seems to have changed much for the Gold price and the near-term bias still seems tilted in favour of bearish traders. That said, it will still be prudent to wait for some follow-through selling below the multi-month low, around the $1,910 area touched on Friday, before positioning for any further losses. The XAU/USD might then slide below the $1,900 round-figure mark, towards testing the very important 200-day SMA around the $1,840 region, with some intermediate support near the $1,876-$1,875 zone.
On the flip side, any meaningful recovery is more likely to attract fresh sellers and remain capped near the 100-day SMA support breakpoint, currently pegged around the $1,942-$1,943 region. This should now act as a pivotal point, which if cleared decisively might trigger a short-covering rally. The Gold price might then accelerate the momentum towards the $1,962-$1,964 region. This is closely followed by the $1,970-$1,972 resistance zone and the $1,983-$1,985 hurdle, above which the XAU/USD might aim to surpass the $2,000 psychological mark and climb to the $2,010-$2,012 barrier.