• Gold consolidates above the $1900 mark amidst a lack of catalyst and seesawing market sentiment.
  • Germany and France expel Russian diplomats from their countries to respond to the Bucha genocide.
  • Gold Price Forecast (XAU/USD): Range bound in the $1900-$1950 area.

Gold (XAU/USD) is almost flat but edges high during the North American session amid a risk-on market mood, as portrayed by US equities trading with gains. A rebound in oil prices boosted the prospects of the precious metals sector, in particular the yellow metal, so in consequence, XAU/USD is trading at $1931.05, up some 0.35% at press time.

US equities began the New York session lower but lifted in the mid of the trading session. The Russia-Ukraine war drags on, and the atrocities committed by Moscow of Bucha would exacerbate several tranches of new sanctions imposed by European countries. Germany’s response to that, expelled a substantial number of Russian diplomats, according to AFP, citing a minister. In the same tone as Germany, France has decided to remove “a lot” of Russian diplomatic personnel, a signal of escalation in the Eurozone.

Aside from this, US Treasury yields are recovering from Friday’s losses. The US 10-year benchmark note is up two and a half basis points sitting at 2.399%, though stills below the 2-year, which sits at 2.440%, extending the yield curve inversion for the second straight day.

Following the rise of US yields is the greenback, as portrayed by the US Dollar Index, a gauge of the buck’s value against a basket of peers, is up 0.42%, sitting at 99.05%.

Before Wall Street opened, the US economic docket featured Factory Orders for February on a monthly basis, which came at -0.5% as estimated but trailed January’s 1.5% reading. That said, the docket would turn to Fed speaking on Tuesday, followed by Wednesday’s FOMC minutes.

Gold Price Forecast (XAU/USD): Technical outlook

XAU/USD’s price action depicts the bias as neutral. The current environment keeps non-yielding metal traders waiting for a catalyst, as fluctuating market sentiment, alongside higher US T-bond yields, keeps prices more volatile than pre-war levels. Gold has been seesawing through the last fourteen days, and the escalation of sanctions on Russia from Western countries would keep XAU/USD trading in familiar ranges.

Upwards, XAU/USD’s first resistance would be $1950. Once cleared, the next resistance would be February 24, a daily high at $1974.48, followed by the $2000 mark, and then the YTD high at $2070.63.

On the flip side, XAU/USD’s first support would be $1915.57. A breach of the latter would expose the 50-day moving average (DMA) at $1899.90, followed by November 16, 2021, $1877.14 daily high.

Technical levels to watch

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