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Gold Prices Forecast: How Will Geopolitical Tensions in Europe Impact XAU/USD?

Slowing Inflation and European Stock Selloff Boost Gold
Gold marked its first weekly gain in four weeks, spurred by signs of slowing inflation in the U.S., which raised hopes for a potential rate cut later this year. European stock selloffs and political turmoil in France further bolstered gold’s appeal. As we close the week, traders are eyeing future price movements amidst evolving economic indicators and geopolitical developments.

Last week, XAU/USD settled at $2332.65, up $38.63 or +1.68%.

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Weekly Gold (XAU/USD)
U.S. Inflation and Interest Rate Bets
This week, data indicated a significant shift in U.S. inflation trends. Consumer prices were unchanged in May for the first time in nearly two years, and producer prices unexpectedly declined. Consequently, traders adjusted their expectations for interest rate cuts, now pricing in about 52 basis points of cuts by December, up from 37 basis points last week. This shift was primarily driven by softer inflation data, contrasting with earlier pessimism following a stronger-than-expected jobs report.

The Federal Reserve’s recent policy meeting, where it maintained current interest rates, showcased a median “dot plot” projecting just one quarter-point cut. Despite this conservative projection, the market’s reaction suggests a broader anticipation of monetary easing, enhancing gold’s attractiveness as a non-yielding asset.

European Market Impact and Geopolitical Tensions
European markets experienced volatility, particularly in France, due to political instability. This uncertainty, combined with cautious sentiment on Wall Street, has contributed to renewed interest in gold. Investors are increasingly seeking safe havens amidst geopolitical tensions in Europe and the Middle East, and significant central bank purchases, notably from China, are further supporting gold prices.

Current Market Performance
Spot gold is currently trading around $2,300 per ounce, after reaching a record high of $2,449.89 on May 20. The metal has gained over 11% year-to-date. Analysts point to strong physical demand and central bank purchases as key drivers. However, retail investment demand, such as from exchange-traded funds in the U.S., has yet to fully rebound.

Forecast for the Coming Week
Looking ahead, gold’s outlook remains bullish, although a climb to $3,000 per ounce appears unlikely in the short term. The fundamental case for gold is robust, supported by expectations of monetary easing and geopolitical uncertainties. Analysts foresee prices potentially reaching $2,600 to $2,700 per ounce this year, driven by continued central bank buying and safe-haven demand.

The upcoming weeks will be critical as investors seek clarity on the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decisions and monitor geopolitical developments. With the U.S. elections approaching and ongoing turmoil in Europe, additional market volatility is expected. While substantial gains have been made, surpassing the $3,000 mark would require a significant surge, given the substantial growth already witnessed this year.

In summary, gold traders should stay vigilant, monitoring economic indicators and geopolitical events closely. The potential for further gains remains strong, but market factors suggest a cautious approach as the year progresses.

Source: Fxempire