- The gold price plunged 3% in the week, despite investors’ perceived dovishness of July’s FOMC minutes.
- US central bank policymakers continued their campaign against inflation, even though they acknowledged downside risks to growth.
- Gold Price Analysis (XAU/USD): Break below $1750 opened the door towards the $1711-$1739 range.
Gold price drops for the fifth-consecutive day, set to finish the week down by 3%, triggered by sentiment shifting sour, while the US dollar reaches a five-week high against a basket of currencies. At the time of writing, XAU/USD is trading at $1746.34 a troy ounce.
Gold price dropped on Fed aggression expectations
Wall Street is set to finish the week with losses. US Federal Reserve speakers throughout the week reiterated that inflation in the US is “too high,” despite acknowledging that July’s data was “encouraging.” However, even one of the most dovish, Kansas City Fed President Esther George, mentioned that further rate increases are needed, though the size of it is open to discussion.
It’s worth noting that XAU/USD prices could not rally, despite traders’ perception of “dovish” tilted FOMC minutes. However, since the last monetary policy meeting, Fed officials reiterated that bringing inflation down is the primary goal, despite worries about growth expressed by Minnesota’s Fed President Neil Kashkari. He commented that he’s unsure that the Fed could reach price stability’s goal without tapping the US economy into a recession.
In the meantime, the US Dollar Index finished the week up by 2.27%, at 108.078, a headwind for the yellow-metal dollar-denominated asset. Another factor that weighed on the gold price was US Treasury yields, led by the 10-year benchmark note rate, which added eight bps, finishing the week at 2.974%.
Back towards XAU/USD price action, spot prices tumbled since Wednesday, when the Fed released the FOMC’s minutes below the 20-day EMA at $1763.92, exacerbating the $14 fall below the $1750 mark by the end of the week.
Gold traders should be aware of critical economic data next week. The US economic docket will feature August’s S&P Global PMIs, Initial Jobless Claims for the week ending on August 19, the Fed’s favorite inflation gauge, PCE for July, and the Fed Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, where Fed Chair Jerome Powell will speak.
Gold Price Analysis (XAU/USD): Technical outlook
Gold price (XAU/USD) is downward biased. The break below July’s 8 high-turned-support at $1752.46 opened the door towards July’s 27 lows at $1711.58 as sellers prepare to attack the $1700 area. However, essential levels to the downside need to be broken by XAU/USD sellers, beginning with the top of a four-day trading range of $1739, followed by the bottom at $1711.58. Once both levels are cleared, a fall towards $1700 is on the cards.