Gold (XAU) Daily Forecast: Gains Support Near $2,330; Bullish Reversal Today?

Arslan Ali
Published: May 24, 2024, 06:22 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • Gold prices recovered despite a stronger US dollar, but face limited upside due to rate cut bets.
  • Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East may support gold as safe-haven flows increase.
  • Mixed US economic data impacts gold, with better-than-expected PMI figures and falling jobless claims.

In this article:

Market Overview

Gold prices (XAU/USD) recovered some lost ground on Friday, despite a stronger US dollar. However, the upside for the yellow metal might be limited due to diminishing bets on a rate cut from the US Federal Reserve in September.

Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East could still support gold prices as safe-haven flows increase amid rising uncertainties.

Impact of US Economic Data

Recent US economic data has shown mixed results, affecting the Gold price forecast. Initial Jobless Claims fell by 8,000 to 215,000 for the week ending May 18, beating expectations of 220,000 and the previous week’s reading of 223,000.

Additionally, the US S&P Global Manufacturing PMI rose to 50.9 in May from 50.0 in April, while the Services PMI climbed to 54.8 from 51.3, both surpassing market estimates. The Composite PMI jumped to 54.4 from 51.3, the highest level since April 2022.

Influence of Federal Reserve Remarks

Gold investors are closely monitoring statements from Federal Reserve officials for further cues. The Fed’s Waller is set to speak on Friday, and hawkish remarks from policymakers could weigh on the yellow metal.

Higher interest rates typically hurt gold prices by increasing the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets like gold.

Moreover, the upcoming US Durable Goods Order and Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index releases will also provide further direction for gold prices.

Geopolitical and Global Market Factors

China’s private sector imported 543 tonnes of gold in Q1 2024, and the People’s Bank of China added another 189 tonnes to its reserves during the same period.

Additionally, gold imports to India, the world’s second-largest gold consumer, might decline by about 20% in 2024 as high prices encourage retail customers to exchange old jewelry for new products.

Short-Term Forecast

Gold prices (XAU/USD) are likely to face resistance at $2,351.20, with support at $2,311.15. Higher interest rates and geopolitical tensions could influence short-term movements, suggesting a cautious bullish outlook.

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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