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  • Spot Gold prices have risen at the start of the week with plenty of uncertainty.
  • Meanwhile, Brexit is back to the fore this week.

Spot Gold prices have risen at the start of the week with plenty of uncertainty bounding its way around on the geopolitical front, including Hong Kong protests, Brexit and US/Sino trade wars. An ounce of gold is currently trading at $1,530.50 having travelled between a range of $1,519.52 and $1,534.12.

With respect to Hong Kong, weekend violence and clashes between the protestors and police have raised concerns on an international humanitarian front which could become a factor in the stand-off between Washington and Beijing at a time where recent escalations have already lead to a breakdown in talks. It has been reported in recent trade that neither side has been able to agree on the timings of the next round of negotiations.

Eyes on Brexit

Meanwhile, Brexit is back to the fore this week with Parliament returning from summer recess. Uncertainties here are stemming from rebel MP’s in the conservative party wanting to block a  no-deal Brexit.  Boris Johnson was  considering seeking an early general election – Tory rebels  have been warned that supporters  for the legislation could face being expelled from the party and deselected. Johnson is due to make a statement in Downing Street at about 1800 BST setting out the choices facing MPs.

Elsewhere, we will be back to good old fashioned central bank policies this month with a number of meetings where central bankers will decide on global interest rates. A major focus stays with the Federal Reserve and the US Dollar. Leading into the meeting, we have a number of data, including Manufacturing PMIs and Nonfarm Payrolls. We also have Fed’ speakers, including  Fed Chair Powell, NY Fed’s Williams, and voters Evans and Rosengren will take  the  stage next week before the blackout period starts. “We don’t anticipate Chair Powell or Williams to deviate much from  the  Jackson Hole mantra of sustaining  the  current expansion; while Evans and Rosengren will likely state  the  dovish and hawkish case, respectively,” analysts at TD Securities explained.  

Gold levels

While holding in the 1,520-1,525 zone, (1517 was the low) which bulls have managed so far, then 1,558  opens 1,590 as the 127.2% Fibo target area. Bulls can target the 78.6% Fibo of the 2011 to YTD range located in the 1,730s ahead of the triple-top peaks of the 1,800s.