Gold Price Outlook Mired by Failure to Test March High

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The price of gold snaps the series of higher highs and lows from the March low ($1677) as the US 10-Year Treasury yield climbs to a fresh yearly high (1.64%), and it remains to be seen if the Federal Reserve’s March meeting will influence the near-term outlook for bullion as the central bank is slated update the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP).

Gold Price Outlook Mired by Failure to Test March High

The recent rebound in the price of gold appears to be losing steam as the precious metal struggles to test the March high ($1760), and bullion may consolidate ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) interest rate decision on March 17 as the central bank is expected to retain the current course for monetary policy.

It seems as though the FOMC will stick to the same script asChairman Jerome Powell warns that “it’s not at all likely that we’d reach maximum employment this year, and more of the same from Fed officials may keep the price of gold above the June 2020 low ($1671) as the central bank appears to be in no rush to scale back its emergency measures.

However, the 379K rise in US Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) may encourage the FOMC to adopt an improve outlook especially as Congress passes the $1.9 trillion coronavirus recovery package, and fresh forecasts from Chairman Powell and Co. may sway financial markets if the central bank shows a greater willingness to scale back its emergency measures. In turn, a less dovish forward guidance may sap the appeal of gold amid the ongoing rise in longer-dated US Treasury yields, and the decline from the record high ($2075) may continue to indicate a change in trend as a death cross formation takes shape in 2021.

With that said, the recent rebound in the price of gold may end up being short lived as ballooning central bank balance sheets no longer provide a backstop for bullion, and the Fed’s outcome based approach for monetary policy may continue to drag on gold prices amid the persistent rise in longer-dated US Treasury yields.

Gold Price Daily Chart

Source: Trading View

— Written by David Song, Currency Strategist

Follow me on Twitter at @DavidJSong

This content was originally published here.

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