Gold is steady on Wednesday. In North American trade, the spot price for one ounce of gold is $1291.40, down 0.07% on the day. On the release front, employment and services data was softer than expected. ADP nonfarm payrolls plunged to 129 thousand, down from 183 thousand in the previous release. ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI also stumbled, falling from 59.7 to 56.1 points. On Thursday, the U.S. releases unemployment claims.
Soft U.S. numbers this week have raised concerns about the strength of the U.S. economy, but gold hasn’t taken advantage. The Non-Manufacturing PMI slowed considerably, although it still pointed to expansion. Durable goods orders plunged 1.6%, and retail sales fell by 0.2%. Analysts are keeping an eye on GDP, and there are growing worries that first quarter numbers could be dismal. Growth for the first quarter could be as low as 0.8% annualized, compared to 2.2% in the fourth quarter.
Gold started the week with losses, as positive news out of China raised risk appetite and made gold less attractive. Chinese Caixin Manufacturing PMI improved to 50.8, easily beating the estimate of 50.1 points. Investors cheered as the indicator climbed to an 8-month high, after three successive readings in contraction territory. The Chinese economy has been hit hard by the trade war with the U.S., and the Chinese PMI has raised hopes that China could be pulling out of its economic slowdown.
European open – Markets off to a bright start
Pound sterling in the shop window
Wednesday (April 3)
- 8:15 US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change. Estimate 184K. Actual 129K
- 10:00 US ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 58.1. Actual 56.1
- 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -0.7M. Actual 7.2M
Thursday (April 4)
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 215K
*All release times are DST
*Key events are in bold
XAU/USD for Wednesday, April 3, 2019
XAU/USD April 3 at 12:30 DST
Open: 1287.74 High: 1291.93 Low: 1258.37 Close: 1291.77
XAU/USD ticked higher in the Asian session but retracted in the European session. The pair has edged lower in North American trade
- 1284 is providing support
- 1306 is the next resistance line
- Current range: 1284 to 1306
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1284, 1261 and 1243
- Above: 1306, 1326, 1344 and 1365