The focus of traders today is the meeting of the Bank of England. As expected, the central bank of Great Britain will keep the key interest rate unchanged after the Bank of England lowered the rate to a record low of 0.25% one year ago. Due to weak inflation and modest economic growth, most representatives of the Central Bank are expected to continue to oppose higher rates. The decision on the rates will be published at 11:00 (GMT), and at 11:30 (GMT) a press conference will begin, during which the Bank of England's head Mark Carney will outline the bank's position on the future of monetary policy in the UK, Current economic situation in the country. In the period from 11:00 to 12:00 (GMT), a surge in volatility is expected not only in pound trade, but throughout the financial market.
After this, the attention of traders will shift to tomorrow's publication (12:30 GMT) of data from the labor market in the US for July. The dollar recovered slightly in the foreign exchange market during the Asian session and after the report on the change in the number of employees (from ADP) was published yesterday. This report indicated an improvement in the labor market situation in the US in July (+178,000 new employees in the private sector of the US against growth of 191,000 in June and a forecast of +185,000). The index of the dollar WSJ rose in the morning by 0.1%.
Also today, it is worth paying attention to the publication at 13:45 and 14:00 (GMT) of the US data (business activity indices from Markit and ISM in the services sector for July and the level of production orders in June). If the data comes out with positive values, it will be of great importance for the dollar on the eve of tomorrow's publication of data from the labor market in the United States.
It is expected that unemployment fell by 0.1% in July to 4.3%, while the number of people employed in the non-agricultural sector of the US economy increased by 183 000 in July. These are very strong indicators.
As the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Loretta Mester stated yesterday, one should adhere to the planned course of monetary policy, The basic fundamental indicators of economic growth remain strong, which speaks in favor of strong economic growth next year. "I think it will be necessary to further curtail soft policy by gradually raising the rates for federal funds", Mester added.
The prospect of raising rates puts pressure on prices for precious metals and stimulates dollar purchases. At the same time, the domestic political uncertainty in the US, connected with the difficulties in implementing President Donald Trump's presidential campaign to stimulate the US economy, contradictory indicators of the US economic indicators put pressure on the dollar and support the gold quotes. Gold does not bring interest income. But in periods of a soft monetary policy, the demand for gold, which has the status of a safe haven during periods of political instability, is growing.
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Support and resistance levels
At the beginning of the month on the daily chart of the pair XAU/USD formed "Doge" and 2 more consecutively decreasing candles. The pair XAU / USD could not break the upper boundary of the descending channel on the daily chart near the level of 1273.00 and is deployed inside the channel.
Indicators OsMA and Stochastics on the 4-hour and daily charts went to the side of sellers. In case of an increase in negative dynamics and breakdown of support levels of 1248.00 (the Fibonacci level of 50% correction to the wave of decline from July 2016 and EMA200 on the 4-hour chart),
1242.00 (ЕМА200, ЕМА144 on the daily chart), the pair XAU / USD will again return to the downtrend with immediate targets at support levels 1229.00, 1220.00 (Fibonacci level 38.2%), 1205.00 (July lows).
In case of resumption of growth and after the breakdown of resistance levels 1273.00, 1277.00 (Fibonacci level 61.8%), the pair XAU / USD will go to the level of 1295.00 (highs of June and the year and the upper line of the range located between the levels 1185.00 and 1295.00).
Support levels: 1260.00, 1248.00, 1242.00, 1229.00, 1220.00, 1205.00, 1185.00
Levels of resistance: 1273.00, 1277.00, 1295.00
Sell Stop 1255.00. Stop-Loss 1267.00. Take-Profit 1248.00, 1242.00, 1229.00, 1220.00, 1205.00, 1185.00
Buy Stop 1267.00. Stop-Loss 1255.00. Take-Profit 1273.00, 1277.00, 1295.00
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