Thursday, 29 September 2022

Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD south-run appears more compelling 

Gold price keeps reversal from the key hurdle, drops back towards yearly low.

Risk-aversion, hawkish central banks joined firmer yields to weigh on XAU/USD.

US Q2 GDP eyed for intraday clues, recession, Russia and central banks are in focus.

Bears can keep reins unless crossing $1,660 resistance confluence.

Gold price (XAU/USD) braces for the fresh yearly low, snapping a two-day uptrend, as the US dollar bulls return to the table after a brief absence the previous day. Fears of global recession and hawkish central bank actions are the major drivers that recently propelled the greenback. On the same line could be the upbeat US trade data and doubts over the Bank of England (BOE) and the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) to tame the economic slowdown woes. It’s worth noting that the chatters surrounding heavy rate hikes from the European Central Bank (ECB) joined the BOE’s surprise bond action to trigger the metal’s biggest daily jump in six months the previous day.

Given the sour sentiment and the XAU/USD pullback from the key hurdles, the bears are likely to keep the reins. However, a close watch over the aforementioned risk catalysts and the final readings of the US Q2 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) appears necessary for clear directions.

Gold Price: Key levels to watch

The Technical Confluence Detector shows that the gold price retreats from multiple strong resistances, suggesting a smooth run towards the south.

That said, a convergence of the previous weekly low and the SMA 100 on the hourly play, near $1,640, appears the immediate support to watch during the quote’s further weakness.

Following that, it can quickly decline towards the joint of the Pivot Point one week S1, close to $1,627.

During the XAU/USD downside past $1,627, the $1,600 appears the favorite among the gold bears.

Alternatively, $1,646 acts as the wall of resistance comprising Pivot Point one month S2, Fibonacci 38.2% on one day and 5-DMA.

If the metal prices cross the $1,646 hurdle, a run-up towards $1,653 can’t be ruled out. However, a convergence of 5-HMA, middle Bollinger on one-hour and Fibonacci 23.6% on one day and one week could challenge the buyers afterward.

It’s worth observing that the bullion’s run-up beyond $1,653 could aim for the last defense of bears, namely $1,660 that comprises the 10-DMA and Fibonacci 38.2% on one week.


Stocks still look expensive and valuations look high – Morgan Stanley

 Will the fourth quarter bring an end to the bear market? Morgan Stanley’s Global Investment Committee believes this bear market is far from over and recommends investors consider three key dynamics to inform their equity investments going forward.

Stock investors should demand a greater premium for taking on risk

“The paths for interest rates, inflation and corporate profitability all remain uncertain. That’s why stock investors should be demanding a greater premium for taking on risk. In other words, stocks still look expensive, and valuations look high, especially given that inflation-adjusted yields have moved up.”

“Investors could be in for more surprises as they continue to overlook the impact of tightening financial conditions. They should be cautious about investing in long-duration or growth-oriented equities, which currently may not offer fair compensation for the risks of rising rates, weakening operating leverage and the strong US dollar.” 

“Any bear-market rally that may occur in the seasonally strong fourth quarter should be used for rebalancing portfolios and tax-loss harvesting.”

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

EUR/USD Price Analysis: Bears now target 0.9500

EUR/USD drops for the seventh straight session and tests 0.9535.

Below the 2022 low at 0.9535 comes the 0.9500 region.

EUR/USD extends the leg lower to the proximity of 0.9530 earlier on Wednesday, an area last traded back in June 2002.

Odds for extra weakness in the European currency remain well on the table so far with the immediate target at the 2022 low at 0.9552 (September 26). A deeper drop could challenge the round level at 0.9500 ahead of the weekly low at 0.9411 (June 17 2002).

In the longer run, the pair’s bearish view should remain unaltered while below the 200-day SMA at 1.0667.


Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD's slide is attributable mainly to USD's strength – Commerzbank

 On Monday, gold price fell to $1,620. The strong US dollar is the main culprit of the yellow metal’s woes, strategists at Commerzbank note

Gold appears to have lost its role as a safe haven to the USD

“Once again, it is the firm US dollar, which on a trade-weighted basis achieved a 20-year high, that is weighing extremely heavily on its price, as are the significantly higher bond yields.”

“Gold appears to have lost its role as a safe haven to the USD, which thanks to the Fed rate hikes is promising considerable returns again, at least in nominal terms.”

“A glance at the gold price in euros reveals that the slide in the gold price is attributable first and foremost to the strength of the USD: goldin euros has actually risen slightly of late, and at around €1,700 per troy ounce is trading back at its early September level.”

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