Forex Signals Brief for September 1st – How to Trade Gold during NFP Today?

Posted Friday, September 1, 2017 by
Arslan Butt • 2 min read

The wait is over. Today we are expecting the most awaited economic event of the month – the Non-farm employment change. Check out our trade idea in gold, keeping fundamentals in focus.


Top Events To Watch Today

I'm really excited about today's fundamentals side. The calendar is full of high impact economic events from the United States which will definitely cause some serious fluctuations.


U.S. Labor Market Figures

Non-Farm Employment Change: It's scheduled to be released at 12:30 (GMT) with a negative forecast of 180k, below 209K (previous). Moreover, the Unemployment Rate is there with a neutral forecast of 4.3%.


What's NFP?

Forex geeks are anxiously waiting for the Non-farm payroll as it's one of the macro economic events which significantly shake the markets. It shows the change in the number of employed people during the previous month, excluding the farming industry.


What to Expect from NFP?

Now the question is, whether it's likely to be positive or negative. If you guys are following me, I wrote a bit about the correlation between ADP and NFP figure. The logical guess, considering the ADP Non-farm payroll, is it's likely to be more than 200K, beating the consensus estimate. Any surprise change in the figure will present us with an opportunity to trade.


Gold – XAU/USD- Double Top – It's Either Swing Sell /Buy

Gold has persistently traded sideways in a narrow range of $1297 – $1324, exactly as we planned throughout the week. Gold gained a support, not due to the better than expected ADP non-farm employment change, but due to an upbeat reading on manufacturing in China which supported sentiment regionally that the world's second largest economy remained on track.


Key Technical Drivers – Intraday

Looking at the gold 4-hour chart, the gold crossed above a minor resistance level of $1313 and the same level is working as a support now. We can see the pair is trading below $1324, a double top resistance level which could cause selling in the gold. 

Gold - 4 Hours Chart - Double Top & DojiGold – 4-Hour Chart – Double Top & Doji

Stochastics & RSI are holding at 87 which is overbought enough to call for a pullback. We can see a Doji candlestick followed by the "three white soldiers" signaling the potential for a bearish reversal. Check out FX Leaders Candlesticks Trading Strategy for tips on how to enhance your profit potential.


GOLD – XAU/USD – Trading Levels

Support            Resistance

S1: 1303            R1: 1323

S2: 1297            R2: 1329

S3: 1287            R3: 1339


Forex Trading Signal – Idea

Today, if you want to trade gold, I would advise keeping a close eye on $1324, the crucial trading level.

Positive NFP – Take a sell position below $1324 with a stop loss above $1328 and a take profit $1313 & $1297.

Good luck traders & have an awesome weekend!

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