Gold ignores minor fundamental data
Gold successfully ignores minor fundamental data, meaning that yellow metal accepts only data from inflation and Fed monetary policy decisions. A good example is PMIs or manufacturing data, which did not end up as bad as expected. These data are not less important than others and give as they provide good insight into the economic health of the economy. But it seems that a bigger impact on the gold’s trajectory has mostly a fight against inflation.
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After the nine weeks low, gold tries to gain some momentum and make a bounce out of the $1,800s territory. A Moodix market sentiment index shows -0.30 on a scale from -1.00 to +1.00, which means sentiment is -30% in negative territory. The fear of the next Fed’s move is thus literally visible.
The rate hike
The latest information about the next rate hike is worsening. Fear is growing thanks to the latest data from the hike/cut ratio where a 25 bps rate hike is currently priced in the market and there is a 20% chance of a 50 bps rate hike. Even the last comments from the Fed did not observe the higher policy. Moreover, another rate hike by 25 bps on the Fed meeting scheduled in May is priced in the markets as well.
The next meeting is scheduled for the 22nd of March. We have three weeks of macro data which could affect the percentage chance of higher-than-expected rate hikes. Currently, the expected number is a 25 bps rate hike. Higher than expected numbers could negatively affect markets and gold as well, and vice versa.
The volume shows a divergence
The quite interesting situation is on the gold futures contracts data, where volume shows a month-long divergence between the price and bid/ask delta. Price has been decreasing the whole of February, but as is clearly visible, the delta, and predominantly cumulative delta, have completely opposite move. The chart shows the delta between the bid and ask on the futures volume that has been raising for more than 3 weeks in a row.
30 minutes chart of GC (Gold Futures), source: author’s analysis
Currently, we have a very hard chess game in front of us. Data undoubtedly shows negative economic sentiment, probability of the recession on the rise, high inflation, and a 20% chance of a double rate hike. Negative sentiment is even measured at least by mentioned Moodix sentiment index.
On the other hand, futures data show that the volume delta between the bid and ask is raising as long as the price is decreasing. Gold is at a nine-week low and we have another three weeks until the Fed meeting. Will gold look under the level of $1,800 or bounce back to the $1,850s territory where the closest resistance levels are?