Gold is trading just above the $1,700 mark, after losing over 1% in yesterday’s trading session. Markets are still digesting the U.S. inflation figure after there was unexpected growth in monthly consumer prices.
Analysts forecasted an 8.1% increase on the yearly data, while the official figure released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics office was 20 basis points higher at 8.3%.
Thanks to the ease of the pressure on fuel, there has been a slowdown from the 8.5% of July and from the forty-year record of June, when inflation jumped above 9%. But investors are still cautious while talking about the peak of inflation. Moreover, these figures are most likely not enough for the Federal Reserve to decrease the speed of the tightening process.
Currently the key U.S. interest rates are at 2.5%, while markets are now pricing an increase to 3.25% in the next Federal Market Open Committee meeting.
The hawkish expectation for the Fed pulled down stock markets, while the greenback gained. Considering the adverse scenario, gold posted a relatively modest reaction, falling to $1,700 before recovering over the rest of the session.
From a technical point of view, the price is close to some important support zones, between $1,680 and $1,690. A fall below these levels can be seen as a weakness signal, while a recovery above $1,730 will denote strength.
Carlo Alberto De Casa is an external Market Analyst for Kinesis Money, responsible for updating the community with insights and analysis on the gold and silver markets. Carlo provides regular commentary for UK notable outlets including the BBC, Telegraph, The Independent, Bloomberg, FX Empire and Reuters.
With a credential background in Economic Finance and International Exchange (MA), his critical analysis on gold and silver’s markets performance is frequently quoted by leading publications, week-on-week.
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