Gold Price finds support near 200-day SMA but bears poised for US CPI on Friday

  • Gold Price witness some selling on Thursday amid a further rise in the US bond yields.
  • Hawkish central banks further contributed to driving flows away from the commodity.
  • A softer risk tone, modest USD downtick extended some support and helped limit losses.

Gold Price edged lower on Thursday and was last seen trading around the $1,848-$1,847 region, just above support from the very important 200-day SMA. Elevated US Treasury bond yields, bolstered by hawkish Fed expectations, turned out to be a key factor that weighed on the XAUUSD. That said, some intraday US dollar selling, along with a generally weaker risk tone, helped limit deeper losses for the XAUUSD, at least for the time being.

Gold Price weighed down by hawkish central banks

Gold Price is being pressured by rising bond yields which are likely to remain elevated as long as investors expect the US central bank to tighten its monetary policy at a faster pace. The 10-year US bond yield climbed back above the 3.0% threshold amid concerns about inflation and crude oil prices climbed to their highest levels since early March amid an improving demand outlook. Apart from this, the global supply-chain disruptions caused by the Russia-Ukraine war and the COVID-19 lockdowns in China could put upward pressure on already high consumer prices, which could lead to an even more hawkish outlook.

The European Central Bank has also hinted that it intends to raise interest rates by 25 bps in July and left the door open for a potential 50 bps hike in September. In its latest monetary policy statement, the ECB said that if the medium-term inflation outlook persists or deteriorates, a larger increment will be appropriate at the September meeting. This comes on the back of a 50 bps rate hike by the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, which continued acting as a headwind for the non-yielding yellow metal.

Subdued USD demand, softer risk tone lend support

Post-ECB buying of the shared currency, meanwhile, weighed on the greenback and supported gold by holding back traders from placing aggressive bearish bets around the dollar-denominated XAUUSD. Meanwhile, doubts that major central banks can raise interest rates to curb inflation without impacting economic growth continued weighing on investors’ sentiment. This was evident from the prevalent mood around the equity markets, which could further lend some support to the safe-haven precious metal. Investors might also prefer to wait on the sidelines ahead of the US consumer inflation figures, scheduled for release on Friday.

Focus remains on US CPI

The US inflation Report on Friday will determine the Fed’s policy tightening path and influence the near-term USD price dynamics. This, in turn, should provide a fresh directional impetus to the XAUUSD, which is often considered a hedge against inflation. According to Joseph Trevisani, Senior Analyst at FXStreet: Even though Fed policy for at least the next two meetings will not be affected by the CPI results for May or June, there is considerable room for a market response depending on the deviation from forecasts. Market risk lies primarily with a higher-than-predicted inflation number. There are good reasons to suspect that a portion of the May oil and gas price increases were not captured in the analysts surveys that produce the forecasts.

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Gold Price technical outlook

Gold Price continues showing some resilience near a technically significant 200-day SMA, currently near the $1,842-$1,841 region. This should act as a pivotal point, which if broken decisively could drag the XAUUSD to the $1,830 region. The downward trajectory could further get extended towards the $1,810-$1,808 intermediate support en-route to the $1,800 round-figure mark.

On the flip side, the weekly high, around the $1,860 region touched on Wednesday, now seems to act as an immediate strong barrier ahead of the $1,870 supply zone. Sustained strength beyond the latter would negate any near-term bearish bias and lift the XAUUSD to the $1,885-$1,886 area. Bulls might eventually aim back to reclaim the $1,900 mark for the first time since early May.

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