Gold Prices Mark Time as US GDP Data Looms Ahead

Gold Prices Mark Time as US GDP Data Looms Ahead

28 October 2016, 13:06
Mohammad Soubra

Gold Prices Mark Time as US GDP Data Looms Ahead

 Talking Points:

  • Gold prices stall as markets look to US GDP for Fed path guidance
  • Crude oil prices edge higher as Brazil joins output cut negotiations
  • Sideline comments from OPEC meeting may prove market-moving

Gold prices are locked in consolidation mode as markets wait for third-quarter US GDP figures to inform Fed rate hike bets. The annualized growth rate is expected to rise to rise to 2.6 percent, the highest since the second quarter of last year. A downside surprise in line with a recent string of disappointments on US economic news-flow may trigger a dovish shift in priced-in policy bets, weighing on the US Dollar and pushing the yellow metal upward.

Crude oil prices edged narrowly higher amid reports that Brazil – the fastest-growing producer outside ofOPEC – will join members of cartel and outside exporters including Russia for output freeze negotiations. The participation of non-OPEC oil suppliers is essential to the success of any price-boosting effort. The group’s own data – cited in a report from Bloomberg News – suggests it will be unable to meaningfully draw down an inventory glut alone.

 OPEC officials are due to in Vienna to discuss the share of output reduction to be implemented by each member state as part of a deal struck in Algiers last month. Non-OPEC producers will meet with cartel representatives the following day to see if the many sides can find common ground, paving the way for operational details to be finalized at a meeting on November 30. Sideline commentary from the sit-down is set to emerge as a major driving force for prices into the week-end.

 GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – Gold prices have transitioned into digestion mode after bouncing from a four-month low (as expected). Near-term resistance is in the 1272.84-74.29 area (October 20 high, 23.6% Fibonacci retracement), with a daily close above that exposing the 38.2% level at 1292.37. Alternatively, a break below the 14.6% Fib at 1260.80 targets the June 24 low at 1250.11.

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