XAU/USD: general review
Gold quotes are growing after lingering downward trend caused by strengthening of US dollar. On Friday, US dollar was under pressure of weak data on average earnings in USA. According to the data published, the indicator grew by 0.2%, though analytics expected it to grow by 0.3%. Despite that new Nonfarm Payrolls data appeared to be better than forecasted, this provided no support for US currency. Positive labor market data was already taken into account, as preliminary data from ADP had shown huge growth in employment. Investors focused their attention on weak earnings growth and started locking in the profits for dollar positions. As a result, gold rate grew by 0.33%. Gold quotes grew by 0.20% more within today's trading session.
Support and resistance
Today, gold is testing 1211.06, but can't consolidate above it yet. On the H4 chart, Bollinger Bands converge, predicting continuation of current upward trend. MACD histogram is in negative zone, its volume is decreasing, signalling that there still is growth potential.
Support levels: 1203.81, 1198.45, 1194.83.
Resistance levels: 1211.06, 1216.79, 1220.67.
Buy positions may be opened above 1211.06 with Take Profit orders at 1216.79 and stop-loss at 1209.06.
Sell positions may be opened below 1203.81 with Take Profit orders at 1198.45 and stop-loss at 1205.80.