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  • Gold bulls chipping away at the upside ahead of NFPs.
  • Stong demand area holds and higher lows  are encouraging.

The gold price was ending the North American day  bid by some 0.4% following a rally off the $1,894.45 lows to a high of $1,909.14.

At the time of writing, gold is trading around flat in Asia ahead of the Tokyo open near the overnight highs.  

The greenback edged higher on Wednesday, backing off of a near five-month low ahead of the highly anticipated US Nonfarm payrolls data on Friday.  

The dollar index DXY, which measures the greenback against six rivals, was up back to flat by the late afternoon on Wall Street to 89.8930 after recovering from an 89.8570 low and albeit below the 90.2460 high.  

 The index paused just ahead of the Jan 7 levels of 89.533.  

Friday’s data will be critical for the precious metals markets riding the ebb and flow in the greenback.

April’s much weaker-than-expected jobs data will be a reminder of the type of surprise that can rattle the markets and potentially play into the hands of gold as a safe haven substitute to an otherwise stronger US dollar.  

US Nonfarm Payrolls probably rose strongly by pre-COVID standards, according to analysts at TD Securities.

”We see some downside risk versus the consensus again this month. That is our takeaway from the timely, albeit not fully comprehensive, Homebase data. Our forecast implies a still-sizable 7.7mn net decline from the pre-COVID level. The unemployment rate probably resumed its downtrend after a surprising rise in April.”

Meanwhile, manufacturing data on Tuesday came in above expectations which had initially supported the US  dollar. However, the labour shortages during the month actually hampered the sector’s growth potential, which is a potential weight for the greenback and something that will be put into the balance vs inflation expectations.  

While being a little removed from gold, per se, investors are also weighing the implications of Chinese policymaker’s steps to cool the advance of its currency, the yuan, including raising banks’ FX reserve requirements.

Indirectly, as a consequence, gold  may be affected by the relative strength in the greenback.

Gold technical analysis

Technically, gold is better bid and  a higher low on the 1-hour chart is encouraging.

Solid daily support of 1,899 guards the strong demand area as illustrated above.

1,921 comes as the  -272% Fibonacci retracement of the current daily correction’s range.  

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