There seems to be a huge sense of anticipation mounting across financial markets ahead of the G7 summit which officially kicks off in Quebec today. Global stocks weakened this afternoon as investors rushed to the sidelines in what could be a market-shaking “G6 plus one” showdown. With U.S. President Donald Trump already sparking uncertainty by lashing out at Canada and France ahead of the meeting, optimism has diminished over any agreement being reached on trade during the two-day summit. Risk sentiment could take a hit if the talks between G7 leaders descend into disagreements and arguments. With escalating trade tensions seen as a major threat to global stability, the outcome of the summit could leave a mark on global sentiment.
Gold firms ahead of G7 meeting
Gold prices edged slightly higher as investors turned cautious ahead of today’s G7 summit. Price action suggests that the yellow metal needs a fresh catalyst for its next major move. If the G7 summit concludes in a deadlock with trade tensions heightened, the yellow metal could benefit as investors rush to safety. While risk aversion created from heightened trade concerns is positive for gold, expectations over higher U.S. interest rates are likely to threaten upside gains. With the Fed expected to announce another interest rate increase next week, zero-yielding Gold may face some headwinds down the road.
Regarding the technical picture, prices remain in limbo on the weekly charts with $1,300 per oz. acting as a psychological level. A technical breakout above $1,300 may inspire bulls to challenge $1,324. Alternatively, if the $1,300 level proves to be a stubborn resistance, prices could sink back toward $1,280.