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Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD juggles around $1,930 ahead of Russia-Ukraine peace talks

  • Gold price hovers around $1,930 as investors await Russia-Ukraine truce talks.
  • Powell’s testimony backs a 25 bps rate hike in March’s monetary policy meeting.
  • A downfall in the Russian economy and Ukraine’s backfire may force Russia to choose a ceasefire.

Gold (XAU/USD) is oscillating in a narrow range of $1,924.70-1,933.42, as investors are waiting for the Russia-Ukraine peace talks, which are due on Thursday.

The precious metal witnessed some significant offers near $1,950 on Wednesday, as investors expected that Russia may prefer a truce now, as its economy has melted down on sanctions from the Western leaders. Moreover, the Ukrainian military has shown fierce resistance to Russian military troops. This has brought a rebound in the risk-off impulse but the safe-haven gold fails to benefit amid the US dollar's strength.

US Federal Reserve (Fed) chair Jerome Powell, in his testimony on Wednesday, underpinned a 25 basis points (bps) interest rate hike in March’s monetary policy meeting. This reduced the odds of an aggressively tightening policy, however; the doors of a 50 bps interest rate hike are still open. The certainty of a 25 bps interest rate hike was expected to push the gold prices higher but improvement in the risk appetite of investors mitigated the strength of the precious metal against the greenback, which left the gold prices juggling around $1,930.

Meanwhile, the US dollar index (DXY) has opened with a bullish opening gap on Thursday. The 10-year Treasury yields have surged on Wednesday post the advocacy of a 25 bps interest rate hike by the Fed, capping the non-yielding gold's upside attempts.

Although the Russia-Ukraine negotiation talks will remain a major driver, investors will also focus on US Initial Jobless Claims and ISM Services PMI, which are due later this Thursday.

Gold Price: Technical analysis

On an hourly scale, gold price witnessed a sharp rally after breaching a symmetrical triangle on the upside. The precious metal attracted a pullback later and continued to trade in a symmetrical triangle (2), which signaled for further consolidation in the absence of a potential trigger.

The 50-period and 200-period Exponential Moving Averages (EMA) are trading flat, which indicates a lackluster move ahead.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) is oscillating in a range of 40.00-60.00, which adds to the rangebound filters.

Gold Price: Hourly chart            



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