Daily Report – 04 December 2023

04 December 2023
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Gold Technical Report: The extent of the advance in Gold price early Monday, suggests that a sharp correction remains in the offing, especially as the 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicator remains well within the overbought territory.

The latest retracement could gather pace if the intraday low of $2,058 caves in. The next strong support is seen at the $2,050 psychological level, below which floors could reopen for a test of the $2,000 threshold.

However, any downside is likely to remain cushioned and could be seen as a good buying opportunity amid a Golden Cross in play. The 50-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) yielded a weekly closing above the 200-day SMA, confirming a Golden Cross on Friday.

A daily closing above the $2,100 level is needed to initiate a sustained uptrend toward the $2,200 mark. Ahead of that, the record high of $2,045 will act as a stiff resistance.

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Fundamental Report: Multiple factors can be attributed to the latest upsurge in Gold price, as buyers built on Friday’s rally at the start of the week on Monday. Gold price benefited from a fresh boost of safe-haven flows, in the wake of fresh geopolitical risks emanating between Yemen and the US over the weekend. The US military said on Sunday that Yemen’s Houthi rebels fired ballistics missiles and struck three commercial ships in the Red Sea. In retaliation, a US warship shot down three drones during the hours-long assault. The US military’s Central Command said in a statement, “these attacks represent a direct threat to international commerce and maritime security. It added that “we also have every reason to believe that these attacks, while launched by the Houthis in Yemen, are fully enabled by Iran.”

These tensions add to the already persistent conflict between Israel and Hamas, as the truce failed on Friday after Israel accused Hamas of violating the ceasefire agreement. Israeli military resumed combat operations against Hamas, resuming hostilities in the Gaza Strip. Gold price is considered a traditional safe-haven asset and tends to benefit from escalating geopolitical tensions.

However, another safe-haven currency, the United States Dollar (USD) fails to find any inspiration from fresh geopolitical risks, as bets for a Fed interest rate cut in March ramp up, with markets pricing as much as a 60% probability of a March Fed rate cut. Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s efforts on Friday to push back against expectations of a policy pivot next year failed, as markets didn’t buy into his hawkish rhetoric amid cooling inflation in the US.

“It would be premature to conclude with confidence that we have achieved a sufficiently restrictive stance, or to speculate on when policy might ease,” Powell said in his prepared remarks for an audience at Spelman College in Atlanta. “We are prepared to tighten policy further if it becomes appropriate to do so,” he added.

Meanwhile, a recent survey by the World Gold Council (WGC) revealed that 24% of all central banks intend to increase their gold reserves in the next 12 months, as they increasingly grow pessimistic about the US Dollar as a reserve asset. This encouraging news also boded well for the Gold price.

Therefore, Gold price is expected to remain at the mercy of the US Dollar dynamics and Fed expectations, as the US Treasury bond yields take a breather from the recent sell-off. Geopolitical developments will also play part in driving the Gold price action.

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