• Gold price juggles below the $1,950.00 resistance as the focus shifts to the US Services PMI.
  • US markets will remain closed on Monday on account of Labor Day.
  • Cooling labor market conditions boost the Fed’s hopes of a soft landing.

Gold price (XAU/USD) traded back and forth from the past four trading sessions even though cooling labor market conditions boosted the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) soft landing hopes. A softening job market could mean that the Fed’s interest rate hike in July was the last one in the current policy tightening spell. The precious metal remains calm, but a power-pack action is expected after the release of the Services PMI data on Wednesday.

US markets will remain closed on Monday on account of the Labor Day holiday,  so a lackluster performance is widely anticipated due to thin trading conditions. Going forward, investors hope that both price and the US Dollar can deliver gains as strength in the US Dollar would shift from the Fed’s tight policy to the vulnerable economic outlook of other G7 economies.

Daily Digest Market Movers: Gold price drops as US Dollar attempts recovery

  • Gold price trades sideways below the $1,950.00 resistance even as cooling labor market conditions boost the Federal Reserve’s soft landing hopes.
  • The precious metal delivered a volatile action after Friday’s Nonfarm Payrolls report for August but remains above the crucial support of $1,940.00.
  • US employers added 187K new payrolls in August, higher than expectations of 170K and July’s reading of 157K. The Unemployment Rate rose sharply to 3.8% against the consensus and the prior release of 3.5%.
  • Cleveland Fed Bank President Loretta Mester said on Friday that demand and supply in the labor market is coming into a better balance but the job market is still strong. She further added that while job growth has slowed and job openings are down, the Unemployment Rate is low.
  • Wage growth slowed in August as employees appear to be shifting their focus towards staying at one job rather than switching frequently.
  • Average Hourly Earnings expanded at 0.2% on a monthly basis, a slower pace than the expected 0.3%. In July, earnings grew by 0.4%. On an annual basis, earnings growth decelerated to 4.3% against the consensus and the former print of 4.4%.
  • Slower wage growth might cut the real income of households and weigh on consumer spending momentum. In July, both the headline and core monthly Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Price Index grew at a steady pace.
  • Investors hope that the US labor market will continue to cool down due to hefty interest rate hikes, prompting the Fed to keep interest rates unchanged for the remainder of the year.
  • As per the CME Group Fedwatch Tool, as much as 93% of chances are in favor of steady interest rates in the September meeting. For the November meeting, the chances of an unchanged interest rate decision have increased to 62%.
  • The US manufacturing sector seems to be stabilizing, but the PMI came in below the 50.0 mark, signaling a contraction in activity. The PMI increased to 47.6 in August from July’s reading of 46.4. The index has remained below the 50.0 threshold for 10 consecutive months.
  • The US Dollar Index declined from a four-day high of 104.30 even though a cooling labor market boosted Fed pause bets.
  • While the majority of economies are experiencing a vulnerable real estate sector, the US Commerce Department said on Friday that construction spending rose 0.7% as outlays on single-home projects rose due to limited supply.
  • Investors should note that US markets will remain closed on Monday on account of Labor Day.
  • This week, investors will keep focus on the ISM Services PMI for August, which will be published on Wednesday at 14:00 GMT. The PMI is expected to be broadly steady at 52.6.
  • Developing economies could face the wrath of higher interest rates for a longer period as IMF First Deputy Managing Director Gita Gopinath expects that interest rates will remain higher for a quite long time.
  • IMF Gopinath warned that external conditions had become more challenging for emerging markets due to rising geopolitical fragmentation, tightening financial conditions, and the growing costs of climate change.

Technical Analysis: Gold price skids below $1,940

Gold price continued to auction in the $1,934-$1,949 range for the past four trading sessions after a significant recovery. The precious metal stabilizes above the 20- and 50-day Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs), which indicates that the medium-trend has turned positive. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) hovers around 60.0, A decisive break above this level will likely activate the bullish impulse.

Fed FAQs

Monetary policy in the US is shaped by the Federal Reserve (Fed). The Fed has two mandates: to achieve price stability and foster full employment. Its primary tool to achieve these goals is by adjusting interest rates.
When prices are rising too quickly and inflation is above the Fed’s 2% target, it raises interest rates, increasing borrowing costs throughout the economy. This results in a stronger US Dollar (USD) as it makes the US a more attractive place for international investors to park their money.
When inflation falls below 2% or the Unemployment Rate is too high, the Fed may lower interest rates to encourage borrowing, which weighs on the Greenback.

The Federal Reserve (Fed) holds eight policy meetings a year, where the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) assesses economic conditions and makes monetary policy decisions.
The FOMC is attended by twelve Fed officials – the seven members of the Board of Governors, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and four of the remaining eleven regional Reserve Bank presidents, who serve one-year terms on a rotating basis.

In extreme situations, the Federal Reserve may resort to a policy named Quantitative Easing (QE). QE is the process by which the Fed substantially increases the flow of credit in a stuck financial system.
It is a non-standard policy measure used during crises or when inflation is extremely low. It was the Fed’s weapon of choice during the Great Financial Crisis in 2008. It involves the Fed printing more Dollars and using them to buy high grade bonds from financial institutions. QE usually weakens the US Dollar.

Quantitative tightening (QT) is the reverse process of QE, whereby the Federal Reserve stops buying bonds from financial institutions and does not reinvest the principal from the bonds it holds maturing, to purchase new bonds. It is usually positive for the value of the US Dollar.

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