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XAU/USD Rises on a Softer Dollar, Silver Withers

Gold, Silver Price Update: XAU/USD Rises on a Softer Dollar, Silver Withers

Gold (XAU/USD), Silver (XAG/USD) AnalysisDollar Down, Gold upGold appears to be taking its cue from a marginally weaker dollar at the start of the holiday-shortened trading week. Last week, gold prices revealed a rather unconventional evening star pattern – a typically bearish formation which can occur at the top of an uptrend. It was unconventional in the sense that the middle ‘doji’ candle exhibited a large upper wick but the candle body still met the technical criteria.The dollar may simply be cooling off after a choppy end to the week, initially sinking post-FOMC then rising sharply in the days that followed. Incoming inflation data on Friday is the main piece of scheduled event risk this week, meaning catalysts may be limited until then. Friday is a bank holiday in the UK and the US, potentially setting up a volatile USD move if the data posts a surprise amid a lower liquidity backdrop.Daily Gold Chart Compared with the US Dollar Basket (DXY)Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

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Gold Retests Prior 2024 All-Time HighGold prices attempted to close above $2195, the all-time high printed earlier this year before the latest milestone around $2222. This appears as a test for bullish momentum with a failure to close above suggesting that bullish momentum may require another catalyst to advance the bullish move.$2146 appears as the relevant level of support if bears are to regain control this week. To reiterate, Friday may cause elevated volatility should we see a surprise in the data – due to lower liquidity.Gold (XAU/USD) Daily ChartSource: TradingView, prepared by Richard SnowSilver Found Resistance and Continues to Trickle LowerSilver just fell short of tagging the $26.10 level – a consistent ceiling for the commodity going back to mid-2023. Since then, prices have fallen through the 61.8% Fib retracement of the 2021-2022 decline at $25.30 and the psychological $25 handle. Downside levels of interest from here emerge at the 50% retracement (not typically regarded as a significant level), followed by the 38.2% retracement all the way down at $22.35.Silver Weekly ChartSource: TradingView, prepared by Richard SnowThe daily chart reveals the immediate test for bearish momentum at $24.55, a level that had previously served to limit upside potential.Silver Daily ChartSource: TradingView, prepared by Richard SnowStay up to date with the latest breaking news and themes driving the market by signing up to our weekly newsletter:

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