Gold is Under Pressure but is Oversold in the Short-Term


Monthly Chart Analsysis

1. The gold monthly chart is looking fragile.
2. The precious metal's green 5-month EMA is attempting to cross below its orange 10-month EMA (black ellipse), which would be a bearish development.
3. The monthly close will clarify whether the EMAs have definitively crossed to the downside.
4. Moreover, the monthly RSI has dipped below 50 (green rectangle).
5. This is the bearish side of the indicator and the longer the RSI stays below 50, the greater the likelihood of a lower gold price ahead.

Weekly Chart Analysis

1. The weekly chart shows that XAUUSD has charted a series of lower peaks followed by lower troughs.
2. This puts the weekly chart into a defined downtrend.
3. This is emphasised by the weekly candlesticks trading below the black 30-week EMA and the EMA pointing down.
4. The RSI is on the bearish side of of 50 (green rectangle), which denotes that momentum is currently to the downside.

The Key Driver


  1. The key driver of the gold price is the higher real yield.
  2. As the US 10-year real yield has moved higher the gold price has moved lower.
  3. Currently, the correlation coefficient between the two is an exceptionally strong -84%.
  4. This suggests a strong negative relationship between the real yield and gold.
  5. As yield goes higher, the opportunity cost of holding gold increases.
  6. As a result, the precious metal has declined.

Gold is Oversold on The Daily Chart

1. The gold price has dropped markedly since 20 September.
2. The fast pace of decline has pushed the daily gold chart into oversold territory.
3. This is evident because the RSI has dropped below the 20 level (green rectangle).
4. It is not surprising given that the daily real yield is currently at an overbought reading.
5. Gold's RSI is unlikely to stay oversold for a lengthy period.
6. Therefore, a bounce or rally in the gold price will not be surprising, given that the RSI is expected to normalise in the near term.
7. However, the precious metal has a lot of work to do on the monthly and weekly charts for its trend to turn more positive.

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Russell Shor

Senior Market Specialist

Russell Shor joined FXCM in October 2017 as a Senior Market Specialist. He is a certified FMVA® and has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of South Africa. Russell is a full member of the Society of Technical Analysts in the United Kingdom. With over 20 years of financial markets experience, his analysis is of a high standard and quality.

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