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  • Gold struggled to capitalize on its intraday positive move beyond the $1875 area.
  • The formation of an ascending triangle supports prospects for additional gains.
  • Neutral technical indicators on the daily chart warrant caution for bullish traders.

Gold opened with a bullish gap on the first day of a new trading week, albeit struggled to capitalize on the move and remained capped below the $1875 resistance zone.

Meanwhile, the recent bounce from the vicinity of the $1800 mark has been along an upward-sloping trend-line. The mentioned trend-line, coupled with the $1875 horizontal resistance, constitutes the formation of an ascending triangle on hourly charts.

Ascending triangles have a bullish bias and a sustained breakthrough would mark a reversal for the XAU/USD. Hence, some follow-through buying beyond the triangle resistance should pave the way for an extension of the recent strong positive move.

Bulls might then aim to reclaim the $1900 round-figure mark before eventually pushing the precious metal to the $1922-24 supply zone. The positive momentum could further get extended towards testing the next major resistance near the $1960 region.

That said, technical indicators on the daily chart are yet to confirm a bullish bias and warrant some caution before positioning for any strong positive move. This further makes it prudent to wait for a move beyond the triangle resistance.

On the flip side, any meaningful pullback might continue to find decent support near the ascending trend-line, currently near the $1843-41 region. A convincing break below will negate the constructive outlook and prompt some aggressive technical selling.

The XAU/USD might then turn vulnerable to weaken below the $1830 intermediate support and slide back towards challenging the $1800 round-figure mark.

XAU/USD 4-hourly chart

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