US-China tension is extra burden for Gold (Yellow Metal)— Other than the United States data and monetary policy moves at the European Central Bank (ECB), as well as at the Bank of England (BoE), the latest geopolitical tension surrounding the US and China also exerts downside pressure on the Gold price.
“A US military fighter jet shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday, a week after it first entered US airspace and triggered a dramatic — and public — spying saga that worsened Sino-US relations,” said Reuters.
United States data propel yields and Gold bears
Although the United States Federal Reserve (Fed) announced a dovish rate hike, the strong US economics surrounding jobs and activities renewed inflation fears and favored the odds of further rate increases from the Fed.
On Friday, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) surprised markets by revealing that the Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) rose by 517K in January, versus 185K expected and 260K (upwardly revised) prior. It’s worth noting that the Unemployment Rate also dropped to 3.4% from 3.5% prior and 3.6% expected but the Average Hourly Earnings eased during the stated month.
Other than the headline US job numbers, the rebound in the US ISM Services PMI from 49.2 to 55.2, versus 50.4 expected, also underpinned the rebound in the United States Treasury bond yields and the US Dollar.
That said, the benchmark US 10-year Treasury bond yields jumped the most since late September 2022 to regain 3.52% level by the volatile week’s end. The same propelled the US Dollar to recover from the lowest levels since April 2022 and weigh on the Gold price.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s speech, Sentiment data are the key
Looking forward, Gold traders should pay attention to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech and preliminary readings of the UoM Consumer Sentiment Index for February, as well as the University of Michigan’s 5-year Consumer Inflation expectations, for fresh impulse. If Fed’s Powell manages to regain his hawkish bias, based on the recently firmer US data, the gold has a further downside to track.
Spot Gold price technical outlook
Gold price broke key support lines stretched from November during the last week and pushed back the bullish bias, at least for now.
The downside expectations also take clues from the below 50 Relative Strength Index (RSI) line, placed at 40, as well as bearish signals from the Moving Average Convergence and Divergence (MACD) indicator.
That said, the gold declines to the 50-Day Moving Average (DMA), currently around $1,848, appear imminent. However, multiple tops marked during the last December near $1,821 could act as the last defense of the Gold buyers.
Alternatively, an upward-sloping trend line from November 23, previous support surrounding $1,878, guards immediate recovery of the Gold price. Following that, a three-month-old support-turned-resistance line could challenge the gold bulls near $1,925.
Overall, Gold price is likely to witness further downside but the trend reversal is far from sight.