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  • US-China trade optimism continues to weigh on the commodity’s safe-haven status.
  • Rising US bond yields fueled the ongoing USD bullish run and add to the selling bias.
  • The overnight breakthrough neckline support further aggravates the bearish slide.

Gold added to its recent losses and dropped to near two-month lows, around the $1460 region during the early European session on Tuesday.
 
A combination of forces kept exerting downward pressure for the third consecutive session on Tuesday – also marking its fourth day of a negative move in the previous five – and contributed to the precious metal’s ongoing corrective slide from multi-year tops set on September 4.

Risk-on mood adds to the recent selling bias

Against the backdrop of growing optimism over a possible resolution of the prolonged US-China trade dispute, the prevalent risk-on mood was seen as one of the key factors weighing on traditional safe-haven assets and exerting some heavy pressure on the precious metal Gold.
 
Improving global risk was reinforced by a strong follow-through pickup in the US Treasury bond yields higher, which provided an additional boost to the ongoing US Dollar bullish run to two-year tops and further collaborated towards driving flows away from the non-yielding yellow metal.
 
Tuesday’s downfall could also be attributed to some technical selling, especially after the previous session’s decisive break below the $1483-80 horizontal zone – marking the neckline support of a bearish head and shoulders pattern formation on the daily chart.
 
Hence, a subsequent slide back towards testing a previous strong resistance, now turned support near the $1448-47 region, now looks a distinct possibility ahead of Tuesday’s important release of the US ISM manufacturing PMI for September, due later during the early North-American session.

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