As you must already know, the direction of Gold is mainly dependent on the Price action of DXY (US Dollar index). So first, we take a look at the US Dollar index.
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The US dollar was rallying for a long time, driven by expectations for soon Fed tapering but then dropped because of the uncertainty over omicron. The appearance of the new virus variant shook the markets and led to a surge in demand in safe-haven currencies such as the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc. Besides, omicron raised concerns that the US central bank can delay a rate increase and add to the USD's fall. However, Fed Chair Powell signaled his intention to taper faster, and it supported the USD. Now, traders eagerly await the FOMC meeting on December 16. For now, EUR/USD is likely to continue trending down. The key support level is 1.1200. If it breaks it, it may fall to 1.1100.
S&P 500 has reversed up from 4500. If it manages to break above the resistance level of 4550, it may jump back to 4700. Pfizer and Moderna reacted first to the new Covid-19 variant, omicron. As a result, Pfizer rocketed to the record high while Moderna surged above $375 for the first time since October. The movements in the stock market highly depend on the omicron spread and vaccination progress.
Crude oil keeps falling. XBR/USD (Brent oil) dropped below $70 for the first time since August, while XTI/USD (WTI oil) fell below $65. Why? The US and other countries released millions of barrels from their reserves, and also the new coronavirus variant raised concerns over oil demand. If the current tendency remains, XTI/USD may drop to $62, XBR/USD – to $65.
On January 12, the Bureau of Statistics will publish the Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures, a key index for determining interest rates. While we await the release, experts forecast a decline in the CPI data, a hint at weaker Dollar values in the global markets.
The trend in the scenario above is clearly bearish. We have also had a recent break of structure at the marked horizontal arrows, which means we can expect price to react from the supply zone that broke the structure.
The first FOMC meeting comes after a buildup of anticipation from traders and investors alike, as the markets await what posture the Fed will take regarding the interest rates; would there be a hike or a cut in interest rates?
Western countries are trying to find other options for oil and gas supplies after a 10th package of sanctions, which will put more pressure on Russian oil and decrease global oil supply. Italy, for example, is in talks with Libya.
Last year was tough for the Japanese yen. USDJPY gained more than 30% over 2022, striking above 150 in October. While anticipation of slower Fed rate hikes pulled the pair below the 130 level at the start of 2023, the speculations over the destiny of BOJ’s yield control policy grabbed the attention of the Japanese assets in the middle of January. What lies ahead for traders of the Japanese yen?