XAU/USD Bears Pressure Amid Rising Dollar and Yields - GOLD

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Gold price bears are grappling with the impact of rising United States Treasury bond yields and the strength of the US Dollar. The ongoing impasse in US debt ceiling talks, coupled with hawkish sentiments expressed by Federal Reserve officials, has further bolstered Treasury bond yields and the US Dollar, placing downward pressure on XAU/USD. Traders are closely monitoring risk catalysts and upcoming second-tier US data for clearer indications of the Gold price's future direction.

Today, financial markets are experiencing a sense of risk aversion, with the US Dollar capitalizing on this sentiment. As a result, XAU/USD has declined throughout the day and is approaching its daily lows within the $1,956 price range. The downward pressure was fueled by comments made by United States House Speaker Kevin McCarthy following another round of talks with President Joe Biden regarding the extension of the debt ceiling. McCarthy highlighted the ongoing differences between Republicans and Democrats, emphasizing the Republican stance on spending cuts and opposition to tax hikes. However, he reassured that the US would not default and expressed optimism that a deal would eventually be reached.

In addition to the uncertainty surrounding the US debt ceiling, market sentiment is also influenced by speculations regarding the future monetary policy of the Federal Reserve. Traders are eagerly awaiting the release of the Minutes from the recent Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, as it may provide insights into the central bank's stance. In recent days, policymakers have surprised investors with hawkish comments, suggesting the possibility of one or two more interest rate hikes before a potential pause.

These factors combined have contributed to the current environment, wherein Gold price bears are struggling amid rising Treasury bond yields and a strengthening US Dollar. Traders remain attentive to various risk drivers and upcoming economic data releases, seeking clearer signals for the future trajectory of the Gold price.
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