Technical Analysis

GOLD Price Analysis – March 31, 2023

By LonghornFX Technical Analysis
Mar 31, 20233 min

Daily Price Outlook

Gold (XAU/USD) is trading at 1,982.13, up by 0.09% in 24 hours. Gold prices sharply gained after the weak final GDP report put pressure on the US dollar and hopes of interest rate cuts boosted demand for the safe-haven metal.

Fed to Pause Rate Hikes

Jerome Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, joins three other Fed officials in supporting more rate increases on Thursday, emphasizing the need to control inflation concerns. Nevertheless, mixed US data raises doubts about the Fed's hawkish tone.

According to US statistics released on Thursday, the number of jobless claims increased last week to 198K from the predicted 196K, signaling a sluggish job market. Moreover, Q4 GDP growth was somewhat lower at 2.6% compared to prior projections of 2.7%. The data points to the need for a softer Fed stance.

Furthermore, according to the Fedwatch tool from CME Group, expectations for a Fed pause or a 25 bps rate increase in May are nearly evenly split, with 47.9% of respondents favoring no change in interest rates. The US Dollar Basket (DXY), a measure of USD performance, decreased to 102.17 as markets continued to reduce the likelihood of more rate increases.

XAU/USD has been boosted by a lower US Dollar and forecasts for a decline in interest rates.

Looking ahead, the Fed's preferred inflation indicator, the February reading of personal consumption expenditures (PCE), will be revealed on Friday and might influence the price of gold.

Easing Banking Crisis Fears

The banking system remains sound, despite being under strain, according to US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who made the statement on Thursday. It has helped to push back problems in the banking industry.

Nevertheless, the mixed data and risk-on mood fail to support US 10-year Treasury bond rates, which stay pressured above 3.55%, while the two-year counterpart pushes higher around 4.13%, aiming for the first weekly gain in four weeks.

As a result, the market's mixed data and generally upbeat sentiment, with lessening concerns about bank upheaval, have pushed the XAU/USD price to remain stronger.

 Gold Price Chart - Source: Tradingview

Gold (XAU/USD) Intraday Technical Levels

Support      Resistance

1962            1991

1944            2002

1933            2020

Pivot Point: 1973

Gold (XAU/USD) – Technical Outlook

Gold price's recent movements have been constrained within a symmetrical triangle visible on the chart. A break above the $1,992.00 resistance would offer a positive boost, reinforcing expectations for the continuation of the primary bullish trend. The targets for this trend begin at $2,000.00 and extend to $2,040.00 once the previous level is surpassed.

Hence, the bullish trend scenario remains in play, backed by the EMA50 that supports the price from below. It is important to note that breaking below $1,962.50 would halt the bullish wave, causing the price to experience a new bearish correction. The anticipated trading range for today lies between the $1,965.00 support and $2,000.00 resistance.


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