Gold Price Analysis – XAU/USD remains trapped between key averages, awaits US data
- Gold attempts a bounce, as the US dollar pulls back from multi-month tops.
- XAU/USD wavers between 21 and 100-SMAs on the 4H chart.
- All eyes on the US data for a range breakout in gold.
Gold (XAU/USD) is looking to regain $1730, as the US dollar bulls take a breather after the recent advance to multi-month peaks.
The greenback remains buoyed by the US economic optimism and higher Treasury yields. Stronger US Jobless Claims further fuelled expectations of a faster economic recovery. Meanwhile, speeding vaccines rollout in America also backs the recent gains in the buck.
Gold markets now await a fresh batch of US economic releases, including the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge – the Core PCE Index, for fresh trading impetus.
From a short-term technical perspective, gold has entered a downside consolidative mode after Thursday’s reversal from $1746 levels.
Gold Price Chart: Four-hour
Gold remains locked in a tight range on the four-hour chart, looking for a fresh direction likely on the US data release.
The bearish 21-simple moving average (SMA) at $1732 caps the rebound from weekly lows of $1721.80.
Meanwhile, the downside appears cushioned by the horizontal 100-SMA at $1723.
The Relative Strength Index (RSI) has ticked higher to 45.59, still remains below the midline, suggesting that the bearish bias still remains intact for gold.
The previous month low of $1717 could offer some strong support, below which the $1700 mark could be put at risk.
Alternatively, a sustained move above the 21-SMA barrier could expose the 50-SMA hurdle at $1735. The XAU bulls would then gear up for a rally towards the descending 200-SMA resistance at $1755.
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