The advocacy of many countries on China related to the origin and handling of the COVID-19 is now prompting China to tighten the law and policies concerning the trade of many commodities such as iron ore, barley, coal, which in turn, is now putting pressure on commodities prices across the globe.
Majority of consumption-based commodities such as copper, lithium, nickel, or the ones with decent supply in the market are now facing some tough challenges in upholding the recent recovery. While on the contrary, some commodities like iron ore are cherishing on investors’ sentiment, fuelled by the anticipation of strain on the supply chain- which is already under constraint amid bad weather in Brazil, due to the new inspection policy on the Australian iron ore imports, which accounts for a large portion of the overall iron ore import in China.
With China facing escalating trade tension with many countries, prices of base metals are again coming under pressure, which in turn, is now propelling the demand for gold.
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In the status quo, China is taking a backlash on Australia, which is the primary supplier of a large number of commodities to China. Recently China slapped an 80 per cent tariff hike on the import of barley from Australia citing that the trading prices of Australia or lower prices of the Australian barley in China as compared to the price of barely in its own market is putting pressure on the Chinese local barley industry.
Likewise, China has advised the state-owned power generators to utilise and support local coal and products of energy generation.
The Australian Gold Spot
While, the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on the global economic activities seems to be minimising with recovery in China, Japan; the emergence of the new stringent trade policies is now again pushing the market towards gold. However, in Australia, the ongoing strength of the domestic currency seems to be keeping gold spot under check, and somewhat turning the recent price action bearish in nature.
XAUAUD Daily Chart (Source: Refinitiv Thomson Reuters)
In the status quo, the recent price actions in the gold spot is hinting at side-ways consolidation. The gold spot previously rallied from the level of $2,109.01 (intraday low on 13 December 2019) to the level of $2,776.37 (intraday high on 24 March 2020)- point marked as (1), which represented a price rally of ~ 31.64 per cent.
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After reaching the high of $2,776.37, the spot corrected slightly and rose again to reach a high of $2,759.60- marked as (2), which remained 0.60 per cent down against the previous high. Post that, the spot again corrected but bulls took charge, and the spot reached the third high of $2,747.18- marked as (3), which remained ~ 0.45 per cent against the previous high (2) and 1.06 per cent against the highest rally point (1), leading to a price consolidation pattern, a rectangle.
However, as per the classical chart patterns, rectangle pattern reflects consolidation phase where in the bulls and bears are in a tug of war, and the next price action would depend on the direction in which the price breaks.
Furthermore, the trading volume is declining slightly, which coupled with a downward sloping 14-day Relative Strength Index and a negative signal from 12,26,9 MACD is reflecting on the tiredness of bulls in keeping the upside rally in the momentum.
XAUAUD Daily Chart (Source: Refinitiv Thomson Reuters)
On further following the daily chart, It could be seen that the post reaching the +1 Standard Deviation of the 20-day simple Bollinger band, the gold spot has now retraced towards the mean value of the Bollinger, which is a 20-day simple moving average.
Also, it should be noticed that post expanding when the spot reached the high of $2,776.37, the Bollinger band is now shrinking with +-1 SD now coming closer to the mean value, which is further reflecting on a one-side move ahead.
The mean value of the 20-day simple Bollinger should now act as the primary support for the gold spot, followed by the 50-day exponential moving average and -1 SD of the Bollinger.
Associated Risk and Supportive Factors
While the home currency is gaining strength in the market against USD, the USD is witnessing a gush due to prevailing sentiments across the risk assets, which is a potential risk factor of XAUAUD bears, as a further appreciation in USD could again keep a lid on AUD gains, which in turn, holds the potential to seed positive sentiments on the domestic gold spot ahead.
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Apart from that, the recent recovery in the long-term yields on treasury bills is a potential risk factor.
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On the contrary, while the domestic gold is showing some negative signs, which could be mainly due to the appreciating home currency, the gold spot is still standing tall in the global market. However, in the status quo, the ongoing stimulus drive across the global front is to an extend driving risk off trade, keeping a check on the gold rush.
Apart from that, the recovery in the industrial output is now pushing silver and palladium prices up as well, which could be bearish for the gold market ahead.
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