XAUUSD: Gold Technical Analysis – North Korea tensions, dovish Fed talk support gold prices

By IFCMarkets

North Korea tensions and dovish Fed talk support gold prices

Geopolitical tensions and diminishing prospects for another Fed interest rate hike this year are bullish for gold. Will XAUUSD continue rising?

Gold prices is rising with rising tensions around North Korea. At the same time growing concerns President Trump is facing an uphill battle to enact stimulus policies like tax overhaul and infrastructure spending programs have weighed on dollar, lifting gold. On Tuesday two Federal Reserve officials signaled Federal their support for slower pace of further rate hikes. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said Fed may have to slow interest-rate hikes given subdued inflation. Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari said Tuesday it is very possible that the central bank’s four interest rate hikes since late 2015 could now be doing “real harm” to the economy. Slower pace of rate hikes is bullish for gold.


The XAUUSD: D1 has risen above the 200-day and 50-day moving averages MA(200) and MA(50) on the daily chart, which are both rising.

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We believe the bullish momentum will continue after the price closes above the upper Donchian boundary at $1344.23. A pending order to buy can be placed above that level. The stop loss can be placed below the fractal low at $1299.17. After placing the order, the stop loss is to be moved every day to the next fractal high, following Parabolic signals. Thus, we are changing the probable profit/loss ratio to the breakeven point. The most risk-averse traders may switch to the 4-hour chart after the trade and place there a stop-loss moving it in the direction of the trade. If the price meets the stop loss level ($1299.17) without reaching the order ($1344.23), we recommend canceling the position: the market sustains internal changes which were not taken into account.

Technical Analysis Summary

Buy stopAbove 1344.23
Stop lossBelow 1299.17

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