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Gold Prices Forecast: Rate Cut Speculation Spurs XAU/USD to Record High

May 20, 2024

LONDON (May 20) Gold prices soared to a record high on Monday, driven by recent economic data bolstering expectations for interest rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Traders are watching closely as the latest Fed monetary policy meeting minutes are set for release on Wednesday, which could significantly influence the market.

Atb 10:24 GMT, XAU/USD is trading $2441.215, up $26.50 or +1.10%.

Inflation Data Boosts Rate Cut Hopes

Last week’s U.S. inflation data revealed consumer prices rose less than anticipated in April, reinforcing the belief that inflation is on a downward trend. This data has fueled speculation that the Federal Reserve may cut interest rates as early as September. Lower interest rates tend to benefit gold by reducing the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets.

Market Reactions to Global Events

Despite recent geopolitical tensions, particularly the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, safe-haven demand for gold has not notably increased. Instead, the current rally appears more linked to economic factors, such as U.S. inflation trends and China’s measures to stabilize its property sector, which have broader implications for metals markets.

Treasury Yields and Fed’s Stance

U.S. Treasury yields remained steady on Monday as investors awaited further economic data and comments from Federal Reserve officials. Key data points this week include home sales figures and durable goods orders, alongside the Fed’s meeting minutes, which will provide insights into the central bank’s economic outlook and policy direction. The Fed has maintained that interest rates will not be cut until there is greater confidence in inflation easing to the 2% target.

The U.S. dollar edged lower as traders anticipated more clarity on the interest rate outlook. Despite the cooling inflation data, Federal Reserve officials have been cautious about predicting imminent rate cuts. Market expectations have adjusted accordingly, now pricing in a potential rate cut by November. The upcoming Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index report on May 31 will be a critical indicator for future Fed decisions.

Gold Market Forecast

Given the current economic indicators and the anticipation of further dovish signals from the Federal Reserve, gold prices are likely to remain bullish in the short term. Traders should monitor upcoming economic data and Fed communications for cues on the timing and magnitude of potential rate cuts, which will be pivotal in shaping gold’s market movement.


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