Gold Prices May Fall with Stocks, Crude Oil on Soft US GDP Data

July 26, 2019

London (July 26)  This sets the stage for the release of second-quarter US GDP data, where expectations envision the slowest annualized growth rate in three years (at 1.8 percent). Leading PMI data has argued as much for some time and a string of recent disappointments on US news-flow warns the realized result may be softer still.

Markets seem to have run out of room to price in ever-more dovish Fed policy outcomes. Investors were perhaps hoping for a bit of extra help from the ECB, but its tiptoeing appears to have left them wanting. That sets the stage for a straight-forward risk-off outcome if US economic growth looks sluggish.

Gold may fall alongside sentiment-geared assets yet again in this scenario as haven-seeking demand buoys the US Dollar even as a would-be supportive drop in yields is capped by anchored rate cut bets. Cycle-sensitive crude oil prices seem likely to suffer too.

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Gold prices pressuring trend line support set from late may after the appearance of a Bearish Engulfing candlestick pattern and negative RSI divergence hinted that a top is forming. A daily close below this barrier – now at 1412.24 – exposes the July 1 low at 1381.91 next. Alternatively, a breaking above the 38.2% Fibonacci expansion at 1447.90 targets the 50% level at 1468.29.


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