Spot Gold price rise amid market’s consolidation

Spot Gold price remains sidelined as bulls fade upside momentum amid a pause in the United States Treasury bond yields and the US Dollar amid mixed catalysts surrounding and US data and fears of Federal Reserve’s (Fed) rate hikes. That said, the US Dollar Index (DXY) stays defensive near 102.60 after bouncing off a seven-week low the previous day while the US 10-year and two-year Treasury bond yields seesaw around 3.41% and 3.82% respectively by the press time.

US Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) dropped to -0.19 in February versus 0.0 expected and 0.23 prior. Further, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims declined to 191K for the week ended on March 18, versus 192K prior and 203K market forecasts. It should be noted that the US New Home Sales rose 1.1% in February from 1.8% prior, versus 1.6% analysts’ estimation, whereas Kansas Fed Manufacturing Index for March rose to 3.0 from -9.0 prior and 6.0 expected.

It should be noted that a collapse in the banking shares and chatters that the Fed’s emergency lending to the banks has ballooned the balance sheet, renewing fears of more Fed rate hikes, which in turn allowed the Gold price to pare recent gains. Also favoring the gold pause in further upside could be the mixed US data.

Reuters said, “Federal Reserve emergency lending to banks, which hit record levels the last week, remained high in the latest week, amid continued large-scale extensions of credit to the financial system, which now includes official foreign borrowing.” The news also mentioned that borrowing from the Fed caused the size of its overall balance sheet to move to $8.8 trillion from $8.7 trillion the prior week.

Furthermore, the US Treasury Secretary’s testimony in front of the House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee probed the market’s previous risk-on mood and allowed the Gold buyers to take a breather. US Treasury Secretary Yellen said, “China and Russia may want to develop an alternative to the US dollar,” while also showing preparedness for additional deposit actions `if warranted’. “Strong actions have been taken to ensure deposits are safe.”

Busy calendar to entertain Yellow Metal traders

Although the Gold price recently paused its north-run, the commodity remains firmer for the fourth consecutive week as traders brace for the preliminary readings of the United States S&P Global PMIs for March and the Durable Goods Orders for February. That said, the first readings of activity numbers from Europe and the UK, as well as the Retail Sales from Canada and Britain will also decorate the calendar and can keep the XAU/USD traders busy. It’s worth mentioning that the global central bankers, ex-Fed, remain hawkish and hence firmer data can allow the Gold price to pare recent gains, amid fears of more rate hikes.

Spot Gold price Technical Outlook

Gold’s pullback from a seven-month-old ascending resistance line couldn’t last long as the 10-Day Moving Average, around $1,938 by the press time, triggered the metal’s fresh run-up towards the aforementioned resistance line, close to the $2,000 round figure.

It’s worth noting that the Year-To-Date (YTD) high marked earlier in the week around $2,010 act as the last defense of the Gold bears before highlighting the previous yearly top surrounding $2,070.

On the contrary, February’s top surrounding $1,960 and the 10-DMA level of near $1,938 can restrict short-term gold downside ahead of directing the Gold sellers toward the $1,900 threshold.

Should the Gold price remains bearish past $1,900, the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level of its upside from September 2022 to February 2023 advances, near $1,856, precedes the 100-DMA key support of $1,837 to limit the metal’s further upside.

On a different page, the Moving Average Convergence and Divergence (MACD) indicator prints bullish signals and supports the Gold buyers but the Relative Strength Index (RSI) line, placed at 14, nears the overbought territory and suggests limited room towards the north.

To sum up, the Gold price is likely to grind higher and can stay on the bull’s radar unless breaking the 100-DMA support.

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