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Gold expected to show restrained movement over Thanksgiving amid light trading; XAU/USD faces challenges surpassing $2000 amid ceasefire, impacted by USD and treasury yields, with market adjusting rate cut expectations.


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 Richard Snow | Analyst, DailyFX, Johannesburg | Publication date: Friday 24 November 2023 05:00

Gold expected to underwhelm this thanksgiving weekend

Gold prices experienced an early uptick in trading but struggled to sustain the momentum, given the anticipated light activity during the Thanksgiving long weekend. Despite multiple attempts, gold has faced challenges surpassing the $2000 threshold, with two instances of reaching $2010 followed by immediate downturns.

A slight strengthening of the dollar yesterday exerted pressure on gold prices, triggered by November's initial jobless claims missing expectations. Despite recent weaker fundamental data from the US over the past three weeks, the jobless claims figures suggest a robust labour market.

Navigating ceasefire dynamics between Israel and Hamas

The looming question for gold revolves around the recently brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, designed to facilitate the safe passage of hostages and prisoners. This agreement marks a significant diplomatic achievement since the 7 October attack, and only time will reveal whether it signals a substantial step towards further agreements and the facilitation of aid into the most affected regions.

Resistance remains at $2010 with nearby support at $1985, followed by the 200 SMA and the $1937 level.

Gold daily chart


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The weekly chart highlights the recent difficulty to surpass the $2010 level, but still reveals the bullish trend remains intact. However, the recent swing low and the inability to mark a higher high, hints at a period of potential consolidation as the RSI heads lower.

Gold weekly chart


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USD and yields to play further role after markets lower rate cut expectations for 2024

Following cooler-than-expected US Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, both the US dollar and treasury yields declined, triggering widespread speculation about the timing and scale of next year's potential rate cuts. At its peak, market expectations surged to 100 basis points of hikes, surpassing the Federal Reserve's recent forecast of 50 bps. The more resilient labour market data this week has helped to temper those expectations by a full 25 bps cut, now seeing 85 bps by the end of next year. Gold tends to exhibit an inverse relationship with the dollar and US yields as they represent the opportunity cost of holding the non-interest-bearing metal.

Fedwatch chart


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