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Gold (XAU/USD) struggles for direction and remains confined in a range. In the view of FXStreet’s Haresh Menghani, the formation of a rectangle warrants caution before placing directional bets.

See –  Gold  Price Analysis: XAU/USD rallies seen as corrective while below $1765 – Commerzbank

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“Market participants now look forward to the US economic docket, highlighting the release of the final US GDP print for the fourth quarter of 2020. This, along with a bombardment of Fed speak and the US bond yields, will influence the USD price dynamics. Traders might further take cues from the broader market risk sentiment for some short-term momentum play.”

“From a technical perspective, the recent range-bound price action constitutes the formation of a rectangle on hourly charts. The rectangle might still be categorized as a bearish continuation pattern that marks a brief pause in the trend.”  

“The negative outlook is reinforced by the fact that the commodity has repeatedly struggled to find acceptance above the $1742-44 supply zone. That said, it will still be prudent to wait for a sustained move in either direction before placing any aggressive bets.”

“The lower boundary of the trading range, around the $1720 region might continue to act as immediate support. A convincing break below will be seen as a fresh trigger for bearish traders and turn the commodity vulnerable to accelerate the slide towards the $1700 mark.”

“The $1742-44 region remains a strong hurdle for bullish traders. A sustained strength beyond, leading to a subsequent breakthrough the trading range resistance, around the $1748 level, might prompt some short-covering move and push the XAU/USD back towards the $1760-65 strong horizontal support breakpoint.”