Gold (XAU/USD) Price Under Yield Pressure, Support Level Nears

From building for a test of a new all-time high to testing prior levels of resistance in a matter of a few days, gold traders need to re-assess the reasons behind the precious metals’ move. The re-pricing of US rate expectations continues with short-dated yields continuing to push higher. The yield on the 3-month UST Bill is now above 5%, back at the highest level seen since January 2001, and up nearly 500 basis points from January 2022. This short-term rate re-pricing is weighing on gold.

US Treasury 3-Month Bill Yields Monthly Price Chart – April 19, 2023


Gold is now looking at an important support level near $1,961/oz, a prior level of resistance that turned into support. If this level is broken then the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement level at $1,947/oz. comes into play. It is likely that this level will hold once the current bout of rising UST yields abates. Resistance is seen around $2,009/oz. before $2,048/oz.

Gold Price Daily Chart – April 19, 2023


Retail trader data show 57.52% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 1.35 to 1.The number of traders net-long is 5.28% lower than yesterday and 0.95% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 7.52% higher than yesterday and 3.44% lower from last week.

We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests Gold prices may continue to fall. Positioning is less net-long than yesterday but more net-long from last week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a further mixed Gold trading bias.

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