Gold Price Forecast: Bearish divergence, rising wedge direct XAU/USD towards $1,740

  • Gold remains on the back foot around intraday low, down for the second consecutive day.
  • Firmer US Treasury yields, inflation expectations underpin Fed tapering concerns, favoring bears.
  • US dollar consolidates weekly gains ahead of the US Durable Goods Orders.
  • Gold Price Forecast: Losing its shine and the 1,800 threshold

Gold (XAU/USD) extends the previous day’s losses below $1,800 heading into Wednesday’s European session.

The yellow metal snapped a five-day uptrend on Tuesday while confirming the bearish chart pattern, rising wedge. The corrective pullback, however, failed to reject formation and keeps the sellers hopeful amid firming expectations of the Fed tapering.

US inflation expectations jump to the highest levels last seen during May 2006, marking acute pressure on the Fed policymakers to consolidate the easy money streams. The same propels the US 2-year Treasury yields to the highest since May 2020, around 0.49% by the press time. The much-followed US 10-year Treasury yields also snap a three-day downtrend and challenge the stock future, up by one basis point around 1.62% at the latest.

It should be noted that the US stimulus and upbeat start to the Q3 earnings season seem to keep the equity buyers hopeful, challenging the gold bears. However, cautious mood ahead of the key advance estimation of the US Q3 GDP weighs on the precious metal.

Furthermore, the news of the US ban on China telecom over national security concerns and the Chinese summoning of the property companies to gauge the financial risk exert additional downside pressure on the gold prices.

Looking forward, the US Durable Goods Orders for September, expected -1.1% versus +1.8% prior, may entertain short-term gold traders but the key will be the US GDP and chatters surrounding inflation.

Read: US Third Quarter GDP Preview: A most uncertain estimate

Technical analysis

Gold buyers seemed to have finally stepped back as the quote confirmed a bearish chart pattern, namely rising wedge, on the four-hour (4H) play. Also keeping the sellers hopeful is the hidden bearish divergence between the RSI and prices, not to forget the MACD conditions teasing sellers.

Hence, a clear downside break of $1,795 should set the ball rolling for the gold bears to aim for the theoretical target of $1,740.

During the fall, the 200-SMA level surrounding $1,770 may offer an intermediate halt whereas the monthly low around $1,746 and September’s bottom near $1,721 will challenge the gold bears afterward.

Alternatively, an upside clearance of the weekly resistance line, close to $1,807 by the press time, guards the precious metal’s immediate upside before the monthly peak of $1,814.

It should be noted, however, the upper line of the stated wedge and tops marked since July, respectively around $1,820 and $1,834, will become the tough nuts to crack for the gold buyers then after.

Gold: Four-hour chart

Trend: Further weakness expected


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