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Gold Price Outlook Turns to NFPs with XAU/USD Set for the Worst Week in 2 Months

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Jul 8, 2022 | DailyFX
Daniel Dubrovsky, Strategist


  • Gold prices on course for the worst week in about 2 months
  • US non-farm payrolls report may bring more volatility next
  • XAU/USD also at risk of more long bets from retail traders

Chemical and Physical Properties of Gold
Gold prices are on course for the worst week in about 2 months, with the yellow metal down about 3.7% before the weekend nears. A key driver of gold’s descent this week has been a stronger US Dollar. The greenback’s strength this week seems to have largely stemmed from external factors. The latter include monetary policy woes in Europe and developed countries that are at risk to global growth expectations.

On Thursday, Fedspeak seemed to play a key role in improving market sentiment. Fed’s Christopher Waller and James Bullard both underscored that the central bank has a ‘good chance’ of a soft landing. This confidence likely softened the US Dollar, allowing anti-fiat gold prices to find a stable footing after pronounced losses earlier this week.

Things will get more interesting over the remaining 24 hours. All eyes are on June’s non-farm payrolls report. The US is seen adding 268k jobs, down from 390k in May. But, more focus might be placed on average hourly earnings. A 5.0% y/y print is seen, down from 5.2% prior. If the central bank wants to anchor inflation expectations, then watching wages will be of utmost importance.

The Citi US Economic Surprise Index remains deeply in negative territory. This is a sign that analysts are overestimating the health of the economy, opening the door to downside surprises in data. A worrying sign for the Fed could come in the form of fewer, or even negative, job additions while earnings remain strong. That may bring up concerns about stagflation. As such, gold volatility may remain elevated.

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