Gold Posts a Fresh All-Time High Above $2,300 as US NFPs Near

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Wednesday’s US Services ISM data sent the US dollar lower, and gold higher, after the report showed business activity expanding in March for the 15th consecutive month but at a slower rate. The headline ISM Services PMI reading of 51.4 was lower than February’s reading of 52.6 and market expectations of a 52.7 print. As cost pressures eased, the closely followed Prices Index fell to 53.4 from 58.6 in February.

Key points from the Institute for Supply Management report include:

The Composite Index declined in March due to:

  • Slower new orders growth
  • Faster supplier deliveries
  • Contraction in employment

The report also highlighted:

  • Ongoing improvements in logistics and supply chain
  • Difficulty in backfilling positions
  • Controlling labor expenses

‘The Prices Index reflected its lowest reading since March 2020, when the index registered 50.4 percent; however, respondents indicated that even with some prices stabilizing, inflation is still a concern.’

US ISM Services Release

The weaker US services data and the ongoing political tensions in the Middle East combined to send gold spinning higher and to a new record high. Gold has been moving higher since mid-February with the rally being confirmed along the way by a well-known bullish pennant chart setup.

Pennant Patterns: Trading Bearish and Bullish Pennants

The flagpole of roughly $150 when added to the pennant breakout produced an upside target of around $2,300/oz. and this has now played out. Traders should be aware that Friday’s US Jobs Report can reverse some of this move, especially if NFPs show a stronger-than-expected US labor market. The first level of support is seen around the $2,194/oz. area.

Gold Daily Price Chart


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Retail trader data shows 40.90% of Gold traders are net-long with the ratio of traders short to long at 1.44 to 1.The number of traders net-long is 3.82% lower than yesterday and 6.38% lower than last week, while the number of traders net-short is 8.17% higher than yesterday and 18.05% higher than last week.

We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests Gold prices may continue to rise.

of clients are net long.

of clients are net short.

Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily -5% 12% 4%
Weekly 1% 16% 9%

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