UPDATE: Gold looks asymmetrical to the upside

Short Term / Buy

Kay Van-Petersen

Global Macro Strategist, Saxo Bank Group
Kay Van-Petersen joined Saxo in 2014 as a Global Macro Strategist, based in Singapore. He focuses on delivering strategies and analyses across asset classes based on monetary & fiscal policies, global geopolitical landscapes as well as other macroeconomic fundamentals. He also takes into account market sentiment, technical and momentum factors.

Instrument: XAUUSD
Price Target: $1,275/oz, then $1,292/oz and $1,298/oz.
Market Price: $1,255.48/oz


We are in a temporary window where sentiment seems to be risk-on, with the dollar weaker and we're getting a technical bounce from all the trade tariffs and trade wars fog. Gold has corrected smartly from its $1,300/oz break of a few weeks ago (at which point I was bearish) to bounce smartly off its 200-week average of $1,235/oz. 

It looks like we could get an easy leg to $1,275 / $1,300/oz, with the downside supported at the $1,250/oz to $1,235/oz range.

Management And Risk Description:

Position is circa 1x capital, so for the Macro Monday book that's circa $10m. The key risk is obviously USD strength returning much sooner than anticipated, resolution of trade wars and US bond yields spiking higher. A sustained break sub $1,235/oz would suggest that our timing on this tactical gold long is wrong.

Trading plan

Looking for a gold move up to circa $1,275/oz to take off half the position and leave the remaining 50% to be taken off at $1,292/oz and $1,298/oz. Whilst we may potentially be looking to add at $1,235/oz, the most important thing is to keep track of the near-term sentiment on the USD. This is very much a technical bounce play.


Entry: $1,255.48/oz
Stop: $1,250/oz and $1,235/oz.
Target: $1,275/oz, then $1,292/oz and $1,298/oz.
Time Horizon: short-term

UPDATE to the trade view originally posted on  10.07.2018: Following the poor price action by precious metals last week, with an inability to catch a bid despite S&P futures selling off over 1% in the Asia morning and US yields being very tight, we close out our initial short-term bullish stance, that was originally placed on the basis of the technicals looking constructive and the sell-off overdone. 

The strength of the US dollar continues to overwhelm any near-term agenda in the markets and if we see a break of $1,235/oz of gold (200-day moving average) we may have to head to $1,200/oz for a retest.

-- Edited by

Clare MacCarthy

Gold 5-year chart.                                                                                                                               Source: Saxo Bank

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