Gold Price Edges Lower For Second Day On Bleak Interest-Rate Outlook

Gold price (XAU/USD) trades lower by about a quarter of a percent in the $2,410s on Wednesday as a shift in the outlook for interest rates – both in the US and globally – weighs on the precious metal. 

Recent comments from US Federal Reserve (Fed) policymakers repeated the mantra that insufficient progress had been made in bringing inflation down to the Fed’s 2.0% target to warrant a lowering of interest rates. 

Their views weighed on the Gold price which, as a non-yielding asset, tends to perform poorly when interest rates are high due to the increased opportunity cost of holding Gold.


Gold price pulls back ahead of Fed Minutes  

Gold price might be further impacted when the Fed releases the Minutes of its latest policy meeting on Wednesday at 18:00 GMT. 

If the meeting minutes reflect a shift to a more hawkish stance amongst policymakers, Gold is expected to continue retreating. 

The recent Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting Minutes revealed that officials at the RBA had discussed the possibility of raising rates – a notable shift in stance from previous meetings. 


Technical Analysis: Gold price edges lower towards trendline support

Gold price (XAU/USD) edges down towards support from the green trendline, which reflects the short-term uptrend that began at the beginning of May.

The pair formed a Shooting Star Japanese candlestick pattern (shaded rectangle on the chart) on Monday, followed by a bearish close the following day, providing additional confirmation. The pattern is indicative of short-term weakness.  


XAU/USD Daily Chart

If the pullback continues, Gold will probably fall to initial support at the green trendline at about $2,405. Further weakness could take it down to the dark grey upward-sloping trendline in the $2,360s. 

However, the precious metal’s short, medium and long-term trends are bullish, and given the old adage that “the trend is your friend”, the odds favor an eventual recovery after the correction. 

A break above the new $2,450 all-time high would likely continue the rally to the next target at the psychologically significant $2,500 level. 

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