Gold - 4 Hour Chart

FOMC Places Bearish Pressure on Gold – Can We Expect $1,197?

Posted Thursday, August 2, 2018 by
Arslan Butt • 1 min read

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve upgraded its evaluation of the economy, hinting at another rate hike as soon as September. It strengthens the dollar while placing a bearish impact on the bullion market. Can gold go after $1,197? Let’s find out…

Hawkish FOMC – Impact on Gold

At a two-day meeting, the Fed decided unanimously to keep its benchmark federal funds rate in a limit of 1.75% and 2%. In a report, the Fed perceived that job gains and economic activity have been “great.” Consequently, the gold prices seem set for further pain, as the investors moved their investments to higher premium paying securities like the dollar itself.

Gold - 4 Hour Chart

Gold – 4 Hour Chart

At the moment, gold is facing a resistance near $1,222 along with a support near $1,213. The 50 – periods EMA is supporting the bearish trend. The thing is, gold has formed a descending triangle pattern which typically breaks on the lower side.

In order to see a continued downward trend, gold should violate the major support level of $1,213. On the violation of $1,213 gold prices can travel towards $1,207 and $1,197.

Gold – XAU/USD – Trade Idea

Today, the idea is to stay bearish below $1,220 to target $1,214/13 with a stop near $1,222. Good luck!

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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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