GOLD XAUUSD Analysis: Increased haven demand bullish for XAUUSD

August 8, 2019

By IFCMarkets

Increased haven demand bullish for XAUUSD

Yuan weakening boosted heaven demand. Will the gold price continue advancing?

Three days ago on Monday yuan breached 7-to-dollar mark to the lowest level in 11 years, triggering a selloff in global financial markets and flight to haven assets. The yuan fell after president Trump announced about 10% tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods starting from September 1. The yuan has tumbled as much as 2.7% against the dollar over the past three days since the announcement. China’s central bank stabilized the yuan with a fixing Tuesday at 6.9683 yuan per dollar, which brought some calm to financial markets. The US-China trade dispute is the main drag on global economy with the uncertainty driving the demand for haven assets including gold. Recent data point to cooling of US economy: the services sector expansion slowed in July as the ISM Services Composite Index declined to 53.7 from 55.1 in previous month, and job vacancies fell slightly to 7.35 million in June from 7.38 million according to the US Labor Department’s JOLTS report Tuesday. As Beijing halted purchases of US agricultural products after US threat of new tariffs White House economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said Trump still wants a trade deal and the U.S. plans to host Chinese negotiators in September, but China has to make concessions.

XAUUSD hits new highs 08/08/2019 Technical Analysis IFC Markets chart


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On the daily timeframe the XAUUSD:D1 is rising after trading in a range since end of June.

  • The Parabolic indicator has formed a buy signal.
  • The Donchian channel indicates upward bias: it has widened up.
  • The MACD indicator gives a bullish signal: it is above the signal line and the gap is widening.
  • The RSI oscillator is rising but has not reached the overbought zone yet.

We believe the bullish momentum will continue after the price breaches above the upper boundary of Donchian channel at 1510.26. This level can be used as an entry point for placing a pending order to buy. The stop loss can be placed below the last fractal low at 1400.36. After placing the order, the stop loss is to be moved every day to the next fractal low, following Parabolic signals. Thus, we are changing the expected profit/loss ratio to the breakeven point. If the price meets the stop loss level (1400.36) without reaching the order (1510.26), we recommend cancelling the order: the market has undergone internal changes which were not taken into account.

Technical Analysis Summary

Order Sell
Buy stop Above 1510.26
Stop loss Below 1400.36

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