Gold price rose in the last four consecutive days while defending the early-week breakout of the 21-SMA and the 50-SMA. In doing so, the XAUUSD also jumped to the highest level in a month. However, the bullion failed to provide a daily closing beyond a downward-sloping resistance line, around $2,055-56 by the press time. It’s worth noting, though, that successful trading beyond the key SMAs joins the upbeat RSI and MACD conditions to keep the metal buyers hopeful of crossing the stated upside hurdle. On the same line are the expectations of witnessing a downbeat US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) number, which in turn can further weaken the US Dollar and fuel the precious metal.
That said, a daily closing beyond $2,056 becomes necessary for the Gold buyers to aim for the late December swing high surrounding $2,088. Following that, the $2,100 threshold will act as the final defense of the XAUUSD sellers ahead of directing the prices toward the record high marked in late 2023 around $2,150.
Meanwhile, surprisingly strong US employment data and a run-up by the US Dollar, as well as the Treasury bond yields, can drag the Gold price back to the stated SMA confluence, around $2,032-30 by the press time. In a case where the quote prints a daily closing beneath $2,030, the previous monthly low of around $2,000 and December’s bottom of $1,973 will lure the XAUUSD bears.
Overall, Gold buyers are likely to keep the reins unless today’s US employment data bolsters the US Dollar.