Gold Prices Forecast: Approaching Historic Highs Amid Rate Cut Hopes

James Hyerczyk
Published: Mar 5, 2024, 11:35 UTC

Key Points:

  • Gold Nears Record Levels on Rate Cut Expectations
  • Disappointing U.S. Data, Inflation Concerns Boost Gold
  • Upcoming Powell Testimony Critical for Gold's Direction
Gold Prices Forecast:

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Gold Price Surge and Fed Interest Rate Cut Speculation

Gold prices are advancing towards historic highs, influenced by growing expectations of the Federal Reserve’s potential interest rate cut in June. The financial community is closely watching Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s imminent speech and key U.S. employment data for more guidance.

At 11:24 GMT, XAU/USD is trading $2126.13, up $11.77 or +0.56%.

Federal Reserve’s Stance and Economic Indicators

The possibility of gold achieving new record highs is increasing, fueled by the prospect of U.S. interest rate cuts, alongside global geopolitical tensions and concerns about economic growth. Last week saw a notable rise in gold prices, propelled by disappointing U.S. manufacturing data and reduced inflationary pressures. According to Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic, the Fed may endorse two quarter-point rate cuts by year-end. However, he emphasized the importance of balancing economic strength against potential inflation risks, suggesting a cautious approach to rate adjustments.

Despite a 10% decline in the holdings of the SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, gold prices have demonstrated remarkable stability. This resilience underscores gold’s status as a preferred asset during periods of economic uncertainty. Upcoming events such as Powell’s congressional testimony and crucial labor market reports are likely to shed light on the Federal Reserve’s timing for potential rate cuts.

Investor Expectations and Market Reactions

The market is speculating over a 50% chance of a Federal Reserve rate cut by June. This anticipation is grounded in economic indicators and the forthcoming guidance from Federal Reserve Chairman Powell. Should the labor market and broader economy show signs of cooling, it might reinforce the likelihood of rate cuts. Nevertheless, the complex economic backdrop and policy uncertainties call for careful market observation.

Short-Term Forecast: Bullish on Gold

In the short term, the gold market is expected to maintain a bullish stance. The anticipated Federal Reserve rate cuts and ongoing global uncertainties contribute to this positive outlook. Gold’s allure as a non-yielding asset is typically magnified by lower interest rates. Investors should pay close attention to Powell’s testimony and upcoming economic data, which are poised to play a critical role in shaping gold’s price direction.

Technical Analysis

Daily Gold (XAU/USD)

Gold’s strong performance on Tuesday has put the market in a position to challenge the December 4 top at $2149.00. This is a potential breakout level since there is no resistance over this price.

On the downside, minor support is $2067.00, followed by the major 50-day moving average support at $2036.83.

Without significant resistance, apparent weakness in the market can typically be attributed to profit-taking.

About the Author

James is a Florida-based technical analyst, market researcher, educator and trader with 35+ years of experience. He is an expert in the area of patterns, price and time analysis as it applies to futures, Forex, and stocks.

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