Gold (XAU/USD) bulls step back from multi-month high, down 0.26% intraday around $1,848 during a quiet Asian session on Thursday.

The metal jumped to the highest in five months, also crossed the key upside hurdles near $1,832-34, after the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) jumped to the 30-year high of 6.2% YoY and bolstered Fed rate hike expectations. However, an off in the US bond markets recently limit the market’s reaction.

Even so, talks that China’s struggling real-estate major Evergrande has officially defaulted join the Sino-American tussles over the Phase 1 deal ahead of the next week’s summit between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping challenge market sentiment. The same highlights gold’s safe-haven demand and put a floor beneath the latest weakness.

That said, a German market screening agency DMSA (Deutsche Marktscreening Agentur) is up for official notification of Evergrande’s bankruptcy after the Chinese firm missed the latest coupon payment. On the other hand, US Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai cited weakness in China’s phase 1 performance.

Amid these plays, the S&P 500 Futures print mild gains while the stocks in Asia-Pacific remain sidelined. It’s worth noting that the US 10-year Treasury yields posted the biggest daily jump in seven weeks, around 1.57%, the previous day.

Moving on, headlines concerning China and Evergrande may entertain gold traders amid a light calendar and US banking holiday. However, a successful break of the key upside barrier and the Fed rate hike chatters can favor buyers.

Technical analysis

Gold buyers finally managed to cross the $1,832-34 key resistance comprising a 15-month-old descending trend line and a horizontal region comprising highs marked in July and September.

This, in turn, allows them to probe 50% Fibonacci retracement (Fibo.) of a downturn from August 2020 to March 2021, near $1,875. Though, a daily closing beyond the immediate resistance around $1,850, including lows marked in September and November 2020, becomes necessary for the bulls to keep marching higher.

It should be noted, however, that the RSI conditions are close to the overbought limits and hence further advances may require a pullback. The same highlights the early June’s low near $1,856 as an additional filter to the north.

Meanwhile, gold sellers may not risk entries, not even for the short-term, until the quote stays beyond $1,832, a break of which will need validation from the 38.2% Fibo. level close to $1,828.

Even if the gold prices drop below $1,828, October’s high surrounding $1,813 and the $1,800 threshold will be key challenges for the bears before targeting the 200-DMA level around $1,790.

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