Gold consolidates in a tight range – Can consumer confidence help breakout?

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by
Arslan Butt • 1 min read

During the early Asian session, the precious metal gold eased, slipping off a more than three-month high on a stronger dollar. The investors turned to riskier assets following a recent sell-off in global stocks.

Despite the volatility, we have seen in the stock market, if GOLD is still trading bearish, it indicates that the investors are moving their investments into the dollar.

Perhaps, it’s due to two reasons:
1) Investors avoided riskier assets and migrated to buy the Greenback after Bloomberg announced that Washington is preparing to announce tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports by early December. Now it all depends on the talks between the US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping next month.

2) Prospects for higher interest rates from the Federal Reserve are hurting the dollar-denominated gold. As you know, the stronger dollar makes gold expensive for foreign investors, and they ultimately lower its demand.

Gold – 2 Hour Chart

GOLD is consolidating in a narrow trading of $1,225 – $1,230. We opened a sell position near $1,227 as the yellow metal failed to crossover $1,230 resistance. The idea is to target $1,222 and $1,217.

Later today, the US economy is due to report the consumer confidence figure which may cause some movement in gold today. 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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