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Gols is currently  trading at 1298 within a range of between $1,292 and 1$,299.

Gold has firmed in recent days, supported at 1280 and taking up the bid as the dollar unwinds. The DXY has started to  stablise  but remains on the backfoot while below 97.50 and gold is finding a base above critical bearish territory.  

“We continue to expect  gold  to perform with  new bids in the cards for the yellow  metal, and suspect that the yellow metal will continue to have an asymmetric reaction to the upside on any macro disappointments.”

“The weaker USD failed to ignite investor appetite in the  precious metals  sector, with gold prices falling below USD1,300/oz. Instead, safe-haven appeal diminished as talk of a  trade  deal between the US and China emerged. The  Trump  administration rebuffed reports that prospects for a deal were weakening, with economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, saying they are making great progress and that a pact may be signed in March or April. Investors have been slowly reducing their exposure in recent weeks, with “gold backed ETF holdings down for the fifth straight week as of Friday,” analysts at ANZ explained

Gold levels

Gold prices remain robust above the 1275 target as a line of defence for the bulls. However, while below the 61.8% Fibo of the 2018 swing highs and lows at 1287, the focus remains on a test down towards 1250, a key confluence area made up of Fibos and prior support.resistance. On the upside, mind you, 1315 is the next key target that meets the trend line prior support of the rising channel.