New York Fed’s Dudley’s take on monetary policy and interest rates has failed to impress gold, which remains largely unaffected just around $1235 levels. Trades above hourly 50-MA The hourly 50-MA, now seen at $1232 levels, has acted as a strong support in Europe and continues to do so in the US session. Dudley’s comments that “cautious and gradual approach to rate hikes is appropriate” has failed to have a major impact on the metal, although June and December rate hike probability (as represented by CME fed fund futures) inched up slightly. The data calendar in the US is empty; hence trading activity may remain subdued heading into the weekend. Gold Technical Levels The immediate support is noted at $1232 (hourly 50-MA), under which prices could drop to $1216.52 (Apr 6 low). On the other hand, a break above $1239.23 (daily high), above which prices could target $1244.12 (Mar 30 high). For more information, read our latest forex news.