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May 4 – U.S. NFP vs. Gold – What to Expect from the Market Today?

Posted Friday, May 4, 2018 by
Arslan Butt • 2 min read

So far, this week has been a great success from the trading point of view. Did you miss some of the opportunities? Well, don’t worry because the biggest economic event is yet to come. I’m speaking about the US nonfarm payroll. 

 

Top Events To Watch Today

US Dollar – USD

The NFP (Nonfarm employment change) and the unemployment rate will be closely monitored at 12:30 (GMT). The NFP is expected to be rise by 190K vs. 103K in the previous month. On Wednesday, the ADP figure came out better than the forecast and due to its positive correlation with the NFP, investors are expecting the same behavior from the NFP.

So can we expect the same from NFP today?

It appears that the greenback is less likely to strengthen on the news release (190k forecast) as most of it is already priced in. In fact, investors are expecting a drop in the unemployment rate, from 4.1% to 4%  Disappointment will lead to bearish reversals in the dollar.

Average Hourly Earnings m/m – In addition to the nonfarm payroll and unemployment rate, we need to focus on the average hourly earnings as well. In April, the earnings picked up from 0.1% to 0.3%, signaling a growth in the labor market. However, economists aren’t very optimistic about this months report. The figures are expected to drop to 0.2% from 0.3%.

Gold – XAU/USD- Downward Channel  

On Thursday, our forex trading signal on gold closed at take profit, but the market continued with its bullish trend. Perhaps, investors priced in the dovish FOMC statement and investors started taking profits before the release of nonfarm payroll figures.  

Gold - 2 - Hour Chart .

Gold – 2 – Hour Chart

For the moment, you can see a tug of war between bulls and bears. The market is likely to trade in the same range of $1,310 – $1,316 until the release of the labor market figures.

 

Gold – XAU/USD – Trading Levels

Support     Resistance

1308.02    1317.64

1305.04    1320.62

1300.23    1325.43

Key Trading Level:    1312.83

Gold// XAUUSD – Trading Idea

The idea is to trade the breakout, buying above $1,315 could lead the market towards $1,324. Whereas, below $1,310, gold could drop to $1,301. All the best for today and have an awesome weekend!

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Arslan Butt is our Index & Commodity Analyst
Arslan Butt is our Lead Commodities and Indices Analyst. Arslan is a professional market analyst and day trader. He holds an MBA in Behavioral Finance and is working towards his Ph.D. Before joining FX Leaders Arslan served as a senior analyst in a major brokerage firm. Arslan is also an experienced instructor and public speaker.
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