Economic Data This Week Could Give Gold Prices a Bumpy Ride | ETF Trends

Weak dollar or strong dollar, it all adds to the volatility of gold, and this week in particular could prove to be a bumpy ride with an outpouring of economic data ahead.

To start the week’s trading session, the dollar decided to take a back seat while gold inched higher.

“After a sluggish start to the day, not to forget downbeat weekly opening, gold regains upside momentum as the US Dollar Index (DXY) fails to extend the previous day’s rebound from a two-week low, down 0.07% intraday around 92.64 at the latest,” a FX Street report said. “In addition to the greenback weakness, cautious optimism in the markets and mildly bid S&P 500 Futures, not to forget a three-day downtrend of the US 10-year Treasury yields, also favor gold buyers of late.”

COVID-19 continues to be a key mover for the markets, so investors are watching the number of cases for signs of dwindling. The FX Street article mentioned that Southeast Asia is starting to see the number of cases ease.

Up ahead, there is the nonfarm payrolls data, which will give an idea on how the jobs market is dealing with the Delta variant of COVID-19. A drop in payrolls could signal a more cautious jobs market that could stagnate the recovery and push gold prices higher.

The Federal Reserve will certainly be watching this data closely as it ponders its stimulus tapering. Fresh off his Jackson Hole speech, Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell warned that an “ill-timed policy move” could hurt the recovery.

“With (Federal Reserve) Chair Powell taking a less cavalier attitude to taper than some of his FOMC colleagues, we look for the USD to trade with a softer tone into the upcoming payrolls report which we expect will disappoint consensus,” analysts at TD Securities said. ”That said, dips in the dollar should be shallow and well-marked; in the DXY, we think the post-June Fed ‘range’ lows near 91.50/00 should be solid support.”

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