The ongoing US dollar sell-off, and fall in US Treasury yields, continues to boost the value of gold with the precious metal breaking above $1,800/oz. for the first time since early July. While the move higher was subsequently rejected, gold looks set to re-test this multi-month high and push even further ahead.
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The short-term decline in the US dollar continues with the greenback giving back a chunk of this year’s gains against a host of other currencies. This USD sell-off has helped push the price of gold higher over the last few weeks. The recent shift in the Fed’s stance from repeated over-sized rate hikes to a more considered pace has seen short-term US Treasury yields, and the greenback, fall sharply, and further falls look likely. The interest-rate sensitive UST 2-year has made a classic head and shoulders pattern and with the neckline of the formation now under threat, a re-test of the 4% level is seen.
With the US dollar coming under increasing pressure, the outlook for gold looks positive although a period of short-term consolidation looks set to play out. For the precious metal to forge further ahead it needs to cement its position above the 200-day moving average that currently sits at $1,795/oz. A break above this technical indicator, and resistance at $1,807/oz. would leave the June 13 lower high at $1,879/0z. the next objective. A period of consolidation around current levels may be seen before the next move higher.