Gold Price Stuck Between a Strong USD and Heightened Trade War Risk

Gold Prices, News and Analysis

  • Gold underpinned by a weak US dollar, but higher US interest rates are inevitable.
  • US-Iran trade sanctions are ratcheting up risk.

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Gold Playing a Waiting Game

Gold continues to be buffeted by a combination of a strong US dollar and increased trade war fears after the US unveiled its latest sanctions on Iran Monday. US President Donald Trump unveiled a wide-range of sanctions, including shipping, oil and the financial sector. The risk-off sentiment has given the precious metal a healthy bid – gold currently trades around $1,232/oz. – but the upside remains capped by the strength of the US dollar with another 0.25% interest rate hike – the fourth this year – fully expected in December. Today’s US Midterm Elections are also likely to influence the precious metal and keep trade muted in the short-term, but risk and USD strength remain the market drivers.

The daily gold chart shows recent highs up to $1,243.5/oz. – and Fibonacci retracement at $1,244/oz. – acting as short-term resistance if gold breaks above $1,236.6/oz. After this the July 9 lower high at $1,266/oz. comes into play. On the downside, the 20-day moving average at $1,228.8/oz. guards $1,215.4/oz.

Gold Daily Price Chart (November 2017 – November 6, 2018)

Gold Price Stuck Between a Strong USD and Heightened Trade War Risk

Gold Positioning: Retail Remain Long

IG Retail Sentiment shows 79.4% of traders are net-long gold, a bearish contrarian indicator. However the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a mixed Spot Gold trading bias.

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— Written by Nick Cawley, Analyst

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