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Gold Price Stays Low Amid Rate Concerns, Rising US Dollar Demand

During early trading in Europe on Tuesday, the gold price (XAU/USD) faced renewed selling pressure, diminishing some of the modest recovery gains it had made from the previous day. These gains had lifted the price from a low of $2,287—the lowest in over a month—sparked by optimistic US employment data. This development has led investors to reconsider their expectations for an impending interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve (Fed) in September, resulting in sustained high US Treasury bond yields and a robust US Dollar (USD). The dollar reached a multi-week high on Monday, which continues to dampen the demand for gold.

Additionally, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) made a significant shift by sharply curtailing its gold purchasing activities in May. This decision marked the end of an extensive one-and-a-half-year period of consistent buying, diverting investment flows away from gold. Despite these pressures, gold prices are finding some support against deeper losses due to ongoing political uncertainty in Europe and persistent geopolitical risks. These factors are causing traders to adopt a cautious stance, preferring to wait for further economic indicators.

Key upcoming events that traders are watching include the release of the latest US consumer inflation figures and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decision, both due on Wednesday. These events are highly anticipated as they could provide clearer signals about the Fed’s plans regarding rate cuts. The outcome of these developments will be crucial in shaping the short-term direction of gold prices.

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EUR/USD Declines for Third Consecutive Day Ahead of Fed Rate Decision

The EUR/USD experienced its third consecutive day of losses on Tuesday as market sentiment soured following the European Union parliamentary elections. The elections resulted in a significant shift towards center-right and far-right parties, with European voters showing strong support for these groups. Meanwhile, left-leaning political parties suffered steep losses, reflecting widespread dissatisfaction among EU citizens regarding economic fragility and the current policy strategies of the established European ruling parties.

This political upheaval in Europe has added to the market’s uncertainty. Investors are now anxiously awaiting key economic updates from the United States. On Wednesday, the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation data and the latest Federal Reserve (Fed) rate decision are due to be released. These announcements are expected to have a significant impact on market sentiment, which is currently quite volatile.

The US CPI inflation data is anticipated to show a cooling in April, with expectations of a 0.1% month-over-month increase compared to the previous month’s 0.3%. Annualized Core CPI inflation is also expected to tick down slightly to 3.5% year-over-year, from the previous 3.6%. These figures are critical as they will provide insight into the inflationary pressures facing the US economy and inform the Fed’s future policy decisions.

In addition to the CPI data, the Fed’s latest rate call and Monetary Policy Statement are set to draw significant attention. Although the Fed is broadly expected to hold interest rates steady this week, investors are particularly interested in updates to the Fed’s “dot plot” – a summary of interest rate expectations going forward. There is growing concern that the dot plot may shift, reflecting fewer or no rate cuts in 2024, which could have substantial implications for market dynamics.

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EUR/USD Consolidates Near 1.0700 After Recent Low

The EUR/USD pair starts the week on a subdued note, consolidating its recent losses to the lowest level since early May, around the 1.0670-1.0665 region touched on Friday. Currently trading around the 1.0700 mark, the pair appears vulnerable to further declines.

Concerns over a potential snap election in France, which could worsen the fiscal situation in the Eurozone’s second-largest economy, continue to weigh on the shared currency. The right-wing National Front party leads in the polls, and French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Friday of a financial crisis risk if either the far right or left won due to their heavy spending plans. This, coupled with a modest uptick in the US Dollar (USD), supports a near-term negative outlook for the EUR/USD pair.

The Federal Reserve’s (Fed) hawkish surprise at the end of the June policy meeting, indicating a median projection of just one rate cut in 2024, supports elevated US Treasury bond yields. Additionally, ongoing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East bolster the safe-haven Greenback, suggesting a downward trend for the EUR/USD pair. However, signs of easing inflationary pressures in the US keep the door open for a potential interest rate cut by the Fed in September.

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GBP/USD Holds Steady at 1.2700, Awaits UK CPI Data

The GBP/USD pair is struggling to gain any significant traction on Wednesday, trading within a narrow range around the 1.2700 mark during the Asian session. Despite this, spot prices are holding above the one-month low reached last Friday, as traders eagerly anticipate the release of the latest UK consumer inflation figures before committing to any substantial moves.

The upcoming UK Consumer Price Index (CPI) data is expected to show a slight increase, with monthly inflation ticking up to 0.4% in May from 0.3% in April. However, the annual inflation rate is projected to decelerate to 3.5% from the previous 3.9%. This data will be crucial in shaping market expectations for the British Pound (GBP) and could provide the necessary impetus for the GBP/USD pair to break out of its current trading range.

In addition to the inflation data, market participants are also focusing on the Bank of England’s (BoE) monetary policy meeting scheduled for Thursday. The decisions and guidance provided by the BoE will play a significant role in determining the near-term trajectory of the GBP/USD pair. Any indications of future rate hikes or a shift in the bank’s policy stance could lead to increased volatility and directional movement in the currency pair.

On the other side of the Atlantic, subdued price action in the US Dollar (USD) is also influencing the GBP/USD pair. Tuesday’s US Retail Sales report came in softer than expected, signaling potential fatigue among American consumers. This has reinforced market expectations that the Federal Reserve (Fed) may start cutting interest rates as early as September. Consequently, US Treasury bond yields have declined, undermining the USD and providing a supportive backdrop for the GBP/USD pair.

Despite these supportive factors, the GBP/USD pair has yet to attract significant follow-through buying. This cautious market sentiment is likely due to the looming uncertainty surrounding the key economic data and central bank meetings. Traders appear hesitant to position themselves aggressively before gaining more clarity from the upcoming UK CPI release and BoE meeting.

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NZD/USD Drops to Near 0.6100 Amid Risk Aversion and Consumer Confidence Concerns

The NZD/USD pair extends its losses for the second consecutive session, trading around 0.6110 during the Asian session on Wednesday. The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) is struggling, possibly due to rising risk aversion ahead of the ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence data for June and the release of the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures for the first quarter (Q1) on Thursday. Additionally, market participants are closely watching the US Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Price Index, which is scheduled for release on Friday.

The ongoing uncertainty in the global financial markets has led to heightened caution among investors, impacting the NZD/USD pair. Concerns over the upcoming consumer confidence data have intensified, as this indicator will provide insights into the economic sentiment in New Zealand. A lower-than-expected reading could further dampen the outlook for the NZD.

Moreover, the impending release of the US GDP figures adds another layer of complexity. A robust GDP report could strengthen the US Dollar (USD), making the NZD/USD pair less attractive. Conversely, a weaker GDP figure could offer some relief to the NZD. However, the market remains cautious, waiting for clear signals from these key economic indicators.

Adding to the downward pressure on the NZD, New Zealand’s Treasury issued a statement on Wednesday highlighting the risks posed by a weak economy to its forecasts. The Treasury is considering additional spending and revenue solutions to address these challenges. This admission of economic vulnerability has contributed to the bearish sentiment surrounding the NZD.

Economist McLeish echoed these concerns, pointing to recent data that suggests economic weakness in New Zealand. The combination of internal economic challenges and external uncertainties has created a challenging environment for the NZD.

The upcoming US PCE Price Index release on Friday is another critical factor influencing the NZD/USD pair. As the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation, the PCE Price Index will be closely scrutinized. A higher-than-expected reading could prompt the Federal Reserve to adopt a more hawkish stance, potentially boosting the USD further and putting additional pressure on the NZD.

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Asian Shares and US Futures Fall on Tech Losses

Asian shares fell alongside European and US stock-index futures after Micron Technology Inc.’s sales outlook missed the highest forecasts, impacting major tech companies in late Wall Street trading. Stocks in Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and China all declined, pushing the MSCI Asia Pacific gauge toward its first loss in three days.

The yen recovered some losses after dropping to 160.87 per dollar on Wednesday, its weakest level since 1986. An emerging-market currency gauge neared a two-month low, and an Asian currency index fell to levels last seen in 2022 as the dollar strengthened. Treasuries continued to decline amid concerns that Friday’s US PCE data would show persistent inflation.

“It’s all about the Fed—higher rates for longer are keeping short-term rates high, drawing money into the US and strengthening the dollar,” said Andrew Brenner, head of international fixed income at NatAlliance Securities LLC. For Japan, “it’s a problem,” he added.

MSCI Inc.‘s key gauge for Chinese stocks is headed for a technical correction as traders struggle to find catalysts ahead of a July meeting of the nation’s top leaders. The MSCI China Index fell up to 2% on Thursday, marking a nearly 10% decline since its May 20 high.

The yen strengthened from a 38-year low after Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki remarked that “one-sided moves in the foreign exchange market were not desirable as currencies should reflect fundamentals.” The currency had dropped 0.7% on Wednesday.

Micron Technology shares dropped in extended US trading after the computer memory chip maker disappointed investors hoping for gains from the AI computing boom. This news also pulled down other chipmakers, including Nvidia Corp.

Wall Street’s latest attempt to broaden beyond megacap stocks was short-lived, with various measures showing weak market breadth, increasing uncertainty about the rally’s sustainability. The disparity between S&P 500 performance and breadth is among the worst in three decades, according to Bloomberg Intelligence.

“The stock market is overly reliant on big tech,” said David Bahnsen at The Bahnsen Group. “Whether the recent tech volatility is the start of something deeper or a future reckoning remains to be seen, but excessive investor sentiment and overdone momentum always end the same way.”

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