Gold price witnesses selling for the second straight day and drops to a nearly one-year low.The prospects for a further rise in interest rates continues to drive flows away from the metal.
A positive risk tone exerts additional pressure; modest USD weakness fails to lend support.Gold price is extending the overnight breakdown-momentum below the $1,700 mark and is continuing to lose ground for the second successive day on Thursday. The downward trajectory is draging the XAUUSD to its lowest level since August 2021, around the $1,689-$1,688 region during the early European session.
Gold price weighed down by hawkish central banks.The prospects for more interest rate hikes by major central banks is becoming a key factor contributing to driving flows away from the non-yielding gold. The European Central Bank is all set to raise interest rates for the first time since 2011 on Thursday. A Reuters report indicated earlier this week that policymakers might discuss a jumbo 50 bps rate hike move to tackle soaring inflation. The Federal Reserve is also expected to raise rates by another 75 bps at its policy meeting on July 26-27.
Weaker USD failed to lend support
The US dollar is struggling to capitalize on the previous day’s bounce from its lowest level since July and has met fresh supply amid diminishing odds for a more aggressive policy tightening by the Fed. A weaker greenback, however, is doing little to lend any support to the dollar-denominated commodity or stall the ongoing downfall. This, in turn, suggests that the path of least resistance for the gold price is to the downside and any attempted at recovery could still be seen as a selling opportunity.
Gold price technical outlook
Gold price has now found acceptance below the $1,700 round-figure mark and seems vulnerable to a further slide. Some follow-through selling below the August 2021 low, around the $1,687-$1,686 region, would reaffirm the negative bias and drag the XAUUSD to the $1,677-$1,676 area. The latter represents the 2021 year low and is followed by the $1,670 horizontal support, below which the metal is likely to prolong its downward trajectory.
On the flip side, any meaningful recovery beyond the $1,700 mark is likely to attract fresh sellers and remain capped near the $1,710-$1,712 supply zone. The next relevant hurdle is pegged near the $1,725-$1,726 region, which if cleared could trigger a bout of a short-covering. The gold price could then aim to surpass the $1,734-$1,735 horizontal resistance and test the $1,749-$1,752 strong barrier.
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