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  • Bulls seemed unimpressed by Friday’s softer Chinese Q3 GDP growth figures.
  • A modest bounce in the US bond yields exerted some downward pressure.
  • Traders now eye speeches by influential FOMC member for a fresh impetus.

Gold edged lower since the early European session on Friday and is currently placed near the lower end of its daily trading range, around the $1488-87 region.
The precious metal continued with its struggled to gain any meaningful traction and remained well within the recent trading range held over the past one week or so, awaiting fresh catalyst before the next leg of a directional move.

Traders still seemed to be  reluctant

The safe-haven Gold failed to benefit from Friday’s weaker Chinese GDP print, which dropped to a near 30-year low level of 6.0% in the third quarter, though was largely offset by the recent optimism over a partial US-China trade deal.
Meanwhile, a modest intraday pickup in the US Treasury bond yields – though did little to revive the US Dollar demand – turned out to be a key factor exerting some pressure on the non-yielding yellow metal on the last day of the week.
The downside, however, remained limited amid firming expectations that the Fed will cut interest rate in October and a subdued USD demand, which tends to underpin demand for dollar-denominated commodities – including Gold.
In absence of any major market-moving economic releases from the US, it will be prudent to wait for a strong follow-through selling before traders start positioning for any meaningful intraday depreciating move below $1480 support zone.
Later during the US session, speeches by influential FOMC members – Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan, Kansas City Fed President Esther George and Fed Governor Richard Clarida – will be eyed for short-term trading impetus.

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