XAUUSD remains depressed below $1,850, bulls trying to defend 200-DMA

  • Gold met with a fresh supply on Friday and snapped a two-day winning streak.
  • Resurgent USD demand, the risk-on impulse turned out to be a key bearish factors.
  • The ongoing decline in the US bond yields offered some support and helped limit further losses.

Gold struggled to capitalize on its strong gains recorded over the past two trading sessions and witness some selling on the last day of the week. The XAUUSD remained depressed through the first half of the European session and was last seen trading just below the $1,850 level. Bulls, however, have managed to defend support at a technically significant 200-day SMA, warranting some caution before positioning for any further losses.

The US dollar caught aggressive bids and reversed a part of this week’s retracement slide from a two-decade high amid hawkish Fed expectations. Investors seem convinced that the US central bank will stick to its aggressive policy tightening path to combat stubbornly high inflation. The bets were reaffirmed by the Fed’s so-called dot plot, which showed that the median projection for the federal funds rate stood at 3.4% for 2022 and 3.8% in 2023. This, in turn, assisted the USD to snap a two-day losing streak to a one-week low and dented demand for the dollar-denominated gold.

Apart from this, the risk-on impulse – as depicted by a generally positive tone around the equity markets – furtherd the safe-haven precious metal. That said, the ongoing decline in the US Treasury bond yields offered some support to the non-yielding gold. Investors took comfort from the fact that the Fed forecast the rate to decline to 3.4% in 2024 and 2.5% over the long run. This, in turn, dragged the US bond yields away from over a two-decade high touched earlier this week, which, along with mounting recession fears, could help limit deeper losses for gold, at least for now.

Market participants now look forward to the US economic docket, featuring an Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Rate for a fresh impetus later during the early North American session. Traders will further take cues from the US bond yields, the USD price dynamics and the broader market risk sentiment to grab short-term opportunities around gold on the last day of the week.

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