- – There were sharp gains in Gold price recently, as it traded above $1230 against the US Dollar.
- – There is a solid ascending channel pattern formed on the 4-hours chart with support at $1225.
- – Recently in the US, the JOLTS Job Openings figure published for Dec 2016 by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics posted 5.501M, compared with the 5.568M forecast.
US JOLTS Job Openings
Recently, the US JOLTS Job Openings number, which represents a survey done by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics to evaluate job vacancies was released for Dec 2016. The market was aligned for 5.568M in Dec 2016, compared with the last reading of 5.522M.
However, the result on the lower side, as the US JOLTS Job Openings came in at 5.501M in Dec 2016. Moreover, the last reading was revised down to 5.505M. The report added that “Over the month, hires and separations were also little changed at 5.3 million and 5.0 million, respectively. Within separations, the quits rate was little changed at 2.0 percent and the layoffs and discharges rate was unchanged at 1.1 percent“.
On the other hand, the Economic Optimism Index, released by The Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) TechnoMetrica Institute of Policy and Politics (TIPP) posted a rise from 55.6 to 56.4 in Feb 2017. Overall, there was nothing fundamentally to stop gold price from moving higher, which means it might soon test $1245.
Gold Price Technical Analysis
There was a nice uptrend initiated from the $1180 low in gold price against the US Dollar. The price gained pace, and broke many hurdles on the way up like $1200 and $1220. The price traded with a bullish bias, and settled above the 100 simple moving average (H4 chart).
There is currently an ascending channel pattern formed on the 4-hours chart with support at $1225. It may continue to take the price higher. It is already above the last swing high of $1220 and the 1.236 extension of the last decline from the $1220 high to $1180 low.
So, the chances are high of gold price testing the 1.618 extension of the last decline from the $1220 high to $1180 low at $1244. Overall, the price may continue to trade higher as long as the $1220 support is active.Tags: Gold, Gold Price, Gold Price Analysis, Gold Price Technical Analysis, US Dollar