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Gold (XAU) Daily Forecast: $2,345 as Safe-Haven Demand Grows, US Data Eyed

By:
Arslan Ali
Updated: May 28, 2024, 07:14 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • Gold (XAU/USD) trades at $2,345, up from a two-week low of $2,325.
  • Geopolitical tensions and a softer US Dollar boost safe-haven demand for gold.
  • US inflation data and Fed policy speeches could influence gold prices this week.
Gold (XAU) Daily Forecast: $2,345 as Safe-Haven Demand Grows, US Data Eyed

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Market Overview

Gold (XAU/USD) edged higher on Tuesday, trading at $2,345 after rebounding from a two-week low of $2,325. The softer US Dollar (USD) and safe-haven flows amid ongoing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East support the precious metal. An Israeli airstrike in Rafah, resulting in 45 casualties, has intensified the safe-haven demand for gold.

US Economic Data and Fed Policy Implications

Higher short-term Treasury yields, spurred by hawkish Federal Reserve minutes and robust US economic data, are expected to bolster the Greenback in the near term.

Traders remain cautious ahead of significant US inflation data releases, including the US Core Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index on Friday. The PCE is projected to rise by 0.3% month-on-month and 2.8% year-on-year in April.

This data, along with speeches from Fed officials Neel Kashkari, Mary Daly, and Lisa Cook, could influence market expectations of future Fed rate cuts.

Market Sentiment and Price Projections

Fed meeting minutes revealed a potential for prolonged policy rate maintenance, with discussions on possible future hikes. The CME FedWatch Tool indicates a 49% probability of a rate cut in September, down from 63% the previous week.

Analysts from UBS and Citi have raised their gold price projections. UBS forecasts $2,600 by the end of 2024, and Citi predicts $3,000 per ounce within the next 6 to 18 months.

Despite the broader outlook for higher interest rates, which typically increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding gold, the current geopolitical climate and economic uncertainty provide strong support for gold prices.

According to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao, spot gold may break the nearest resistance at $2,357 per ounce and rise towards the $2,363–$2,373 range.

Short-Term Forecast

Gold (XAU/USD) is expected to face resistance at $2,366.30, with support at $2,325.13. A break above $2,351.36 could shift sentiment to bullish. Current geopolitical tensions and US economic data are key factors influencing price movements.

Gold Prices Forecast: Technical Analysis

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Gold – Chart

About the Author

Arslan, a webinar speaker and derivatives analyst, has an MBA in Finance and MPhil in Behavioral Finance. He guides financial analysis, trading, and cryptocurrency forecasting. Expert in trading psychology and sentiment.

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