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Gold Surges to New Record High Amid Market Turbulence

Gold Surges to New Record High Amid Market Turbulence

Gold hit a record high, driven by haven trades and Fed policies. Key levels and FOMC minutes are critical for the next move.

In a remarkable rally, gold reached a new record high in trading on Monday, continuing its impressive performance in 2024. The precious metal has surged over 23% since its yearly low in February and over 7.5% this month despite risk trades and stocks also achieving all-time highs.

The latest uptick in gold prices occurred following reports of a helicopter crash in Iran that resulted in the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Rais. This event spurred a wave of haven trades, further elevating gold prices, which hover at high levels. Analysts have been struck by gold’s robust performance this year, noting that the metal usually faces downward pressure in a typically positive-risk environment. However, a combination of factors has created ideal conditions for gold bulls.

Gold Surges to New Record High Amid Market Turbulence

The Federal Reserve’s recent policy pivot has significantly contributed to gold’s ascent. Additionally, large-scale gold purchases by banks worldwide, aiming to diversify their portfolios, have further bolstered the market. These dynamics have culminated in what analysts describe as a “perfect storm” for gold.

As the week progresses, attention is turning to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Meeting Minutes, set to be released tonight. This release could be pivotal in determining gold’s next movement. Should the minutes suggest that rate cuts are imminent and more frequent than anticipated, gold prices could see additional upside. Conversely, if Fed members indicate that interest rates will remain elevated for a prolonged period, this could increase dollar buying and a subsequent pullback in gold prices.

Technical analysis highlights critical levels for gold in the coming days and expects resistance at $2,500.00, a significant psychological level, and at the recent all-time high of $2,449.89. On the downside, support is identified at the 200-day moving average of $2,381.00 and trendline support around $2,345.00.

Market participants will closely monitor these levels and the upcoming FOMC minutes for further cues on gold’s trajectory. With geopolitical tensions and central bank policies in flux, gold’s safe-haven appeal remains strong, suggesting that volatility may persist soon.

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