During Wednesday’s Asian trading session, the yellow metal prices extended their bullish overnight rally and remained well bids around above the $1,850 level. Let me remind you that the bullion prices surged more than $20 an ounce for their biggest one-day gain in a week. However, the bullish sentiment around the gold prices was being supported by the weaker U.S. dollar as the price of gold is inversely related to the price of the U.S. dollar.
The losses in the U.S. dollar was mainly tied to the progress toward a massive U.S. government spending bill and COVID-19 relief measures, which undermined demand for the safest assets such as the U.S. dollar. In the meantime, the optimism over the potential vaccine for the highly contagious coronavirus disease is also favouring the market trading sentiment, which also weakening demand for the safe-haven assets. Across the ocean, the intensifying US-China tussle and on-going Brexit uncertainty keep challenging the market’s upbeat mood and provides an additional boost to the safe-haven metal prices.
Apart from this, the growing market concerns about the continuous surge in new coronavirus cases and the imposition of new restrictions also favouring the yellow-metal bulls. At this time, the yellow metal prices are currently trading at 1,857.76 and consolidating in the range between 1,850.94 – 1,858.37.
Despite the intensified Sino-US tussle, Brexit uncertainty, and worries over the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the market trading sentiment keeps its previous-session positive performance and remained well-supportive by the combination of factors. However, the reason could be associated with the latest reports suggesting that the lawmakers stepped again to try and get Covid-19 relief through Congress after several failed attempts.
As per the latest report, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, hosted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, as well as Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, gathered to end the long-standing deadlock on the coronavirus relief package at the 7:30 p.m. E.T. (0030 GMT). Wherein, McConnell said that lawmakers would not leave the rooms without a fiscal stimulus deal, which could be attached to the government funding bill.
Apart from this, the reason for the gains in equity markets could be attributed to the optimism over the rollout of vaccines for the highly contagious disease. This, in turn, was seen as one of the key factors that exerted selling pressure on the yellow metal prices. It should be noted that the Moderna is set for getting approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Chatters that the FDA approved first fully at-home virus test also favoured the market trading sentiment.
At the USD front, the broad-based U.S. dollar dropped to near two 1/2-year lows as progress toward the massive U.S. government spending bill, and COVID-19 relief measures undermined demand for the safest assets. The U.S. dollar will likely face further losses as the fiscal stimulus has a more substantial trickle-down effect than monetary policy, which usually lifts inflation expectations. Conversely, if the lawmakers fail again to reach an agreement, investors could turn risk-averse, which will be seen as bullish for the USD currency. Moreover, the losses in the U.S. dollar could also be associated with lingering doubts over the U.S. economic recovery from COVID-19. However, the losses in the U.S. dollar kept the gold prices higher as the price of gold is inversely related to the price of the U.S. dollar. Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a bucket of currencies, was last at 90.477, after falling as low as 90.419 on Monday.
In contrast to this, the fears of rising COVID-19 cases in the U.S., Europe, and some of the notable Asian nations continually fueling the fears of renewed lockdowns in several countries. In the meantime, the U.S. new travel restriction over the Chinese Communist Party members and their families and a ban on Xinjiang cotton imports keep challenging the market risk-on mood. The tension between Sino-US further escalated after MSCI showed readiness for delisting 10 Chinese companies from its global investable markets indexes. These negative factors keep challenging the market risk-on tone and become the key factor that helps the gold prices to stay bid.
Daily Support and Resistance
Pivot Point 1848.13
Gold prices traded bullish at 1,860 level, supported over 1,848. It’s the same level that worked as resistance in the past, and now it’s working as a support for gold. On the lower side, the precious metal gold is likely to bounce off over 1,848 level as the 50 EMA is also expected to extend support here. For now, the MACD histograms are smaller but staying in buying zone. Let’s consider taking buying position over 1,848 level today with a stop below 1,845 level. Good luck!