XAUUSD 27-02-2018 Intra-day analysis.

USD steadies ahead of Powell testimony

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Daily Forex Market Preview, 27/02/2018

The U.S. dollar managed to hold its ground on Monday as investors brace for Fed Chair, Powell’s semi-annual testimony to Congress later today. Although Powell hasn’t yet officially chaired any FOMC meetings, his testimony could be seen as a major indicator of how monetary policy will be steered under his governance.

On the economic front, Mario Draghi gave his testimony to the European parliament on Monday. No major references were made to monetary policy. He however said that the central bank needs to remain patient with inflation. In the U.S. new home sales data showed a decline as home sales rose only 593k missing estimates of 655k.

Looking ahead, the economic calendar today is busy. The U.S. durable goods orders data will be coming out and forecasts point to a decline on the headline print. Germany and Spain will be releasing the flash inflation readings while Canada will be releasing its annual budget plans.

 

XAUUSD 27-02-2018 intra-day analysis

XAUUSD (1332.39): Gold prices rallied briefly towards 1338 level but failed to close higher on the day. As price retreated, the consolidation over the past few days could trigger a downside breakout as long as the established resistance at 1338 is not breached. The initial target to the downside remains at 1303 level. Further declines could be expected as gold prices could likely touchdown to the 1282 – 1274 region of main support that is yet to be tested. In the event that gold prices manage to close above 1338, then the bias shifts to the upside with the next upside target seen at 1357.

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