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Gold is lower by about 0.6% from the perspective of the first session of the week. It is the first trading day for gold after the release of NFP jobs data from Friday when the market for gold was closed. Data from the US labor market showed that a rate hike from the Fed in May is still in the game. The data showed a further strong rise in employment above 200k and a decline in the unemployment rate to 3.5%. From the perspective of monetary policy in the US, inflation data due for release on Wednesday will be crucial. Although wages data decreased more than expected, it is still inconsistent with the inflation target of 2%.

In response to good data from the US, gold reacted to a stronger dollar (USDJPY). Gold opened with a bearish gap that later was closed. Gold is currently trading below $2,000 an ounce. There is a support of around 1985 USD per ounce that is confirmed by 50 period SMA and the upper limit of the triangle pattern.

Source: xStation5

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