U.S. equities have continued to edge lower on the last trading day of the week. The benchmark U.S. 10-year treasury yield recovered above 3.8% as short-term interest rate expectations continue to rise. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.71%, the S&P 500 slid 1.51%, and the Nasdaq composite lost 1.51%. U.S. equities have suffered their worst monthly performance since March of 2020 after the initial impact of Covid-19; however, the market is set to head lower as the Fed gears up for further interest rate hikes before the end of the year. U.S. PCE price index came in at 0.6%, compared to market expectations of 0.1%, signals a continued upward trend in personal consumption goods.
The currency market has been ravaged by the series of interest rate hikes by the Fed and the resulting surge of the Dollar. Bitcoin briefly edged past the $20,000 price level on Friday, but remarks from Federal Reserve vice chair Lael Brainard triggered another drop amid another hawkish signal.
WTI has edged below $80 a barrel by Friday’s close. The Dollar denominated energy commodity has struggled to attract demand as the global economic outlook continues to worsen. Brent crude is last seen trading at around $85 a barrel.
Main Pairs Movement
The Dollar index posted weekly losses for the first time since the first week of September. The downward trending U.S. Greenback has allowed breathing room for most foreign pairs against the Dollar. EURUSD rose 1.17 % over toverweek, GBPUSD rose 2.81% over toverweek, and Gold rose 1.04% over toverweek. However, with at least two more interest rate hikes planned before the end of the year, the Federal Reserve’s hawkish tone is not to be challenged and so is the strength of the Dollar.
USDJPY witnessed a 0.99% gain over the previous week, despite a broadly weaker Dollar. The Japanese Yen has continued to devalue against the Dollar, as there seems to be no immediate plan for the Japanese central bank to intervene in its exchange rate. However, with Japan opening its borders in October, tourism and higher passenger pass-through rates are expected to stimulate organic growth in Japan.
EURUSD (4-Hour Chart)
EURUSD lost 0.15% over the last trading day of the week. Despite a broadly weaker Dollar on the 30th, the Euro still fell against the Greenback as market participants continued to sell the Euro. European region CPI came in at 10%, which is much higher than the market consensus of 9.1%. The higher CPI in the EU confirms fears over the ECB’s ability to rein in inflation. However, German unemployment change did come in market estimates at 14K. On the economic docket, the ECB is set to announce its interest rate decision during the European trading session on the 6th.
On the technical side, EURUSD has continued to consolidate around our previously estimated support level of 0.98. Despite a 0.7% loss throughout the week’s trading, EURUSD has continued to head upwards towards parity. RSI for the pair sits at 48.3, as of writing. On the four-hour chart, EURUSD currently trades above its 50-day SMA but below its 100 and 200-day SMA.
Resistance: 1.0011, 1.0055
Support: 0.98, 0.96
GBPUSD (4-Hour Chart)
Cable extended its recovery throughout Friday’s trading. The broad-based sell-off of the Dollar has aided the Pounds recovery during Friday’s trading. After Wednesday’s decision by the BoE to intervene in the Gilt market, on top of the Sterling’s freefall, GBPUSD has recovered more than 4% to trade above 1.116. On the economic docket, the U.S. is set to release its ADP nonfarm employment change and non-manufacturing PMI on the 5th, while Britain will release its manufacturing PMI on the 3rd. On Friday, the U.S. will release its monthly unemployment rate figure.
On the technical side, GBPUSD has found new resistance at our previously estimated resistance level of 1.12. The short-term support level for the pair remains firm at 1.08. Long-term resistance for Cable stands at around the 1.1371 price level. RSI for this pair sits at 30.67, as of writing. On the four-hour chart, GBPUSD currently trades above its 50-day SMA but below its 100 and 200-day SMA.
Resistance: 1.1561, 1.1854
Support: 1.08, 1.053
XAUUSD (4-Hour Chart)
The Dollar denominated gold traded mostly sideways over the last trading day of the week. The non-yielding metal, however, gained over 1% over the previous week amid the Dollar’s cool-off. Russia’s escalation of actions towards Ukraine and the mysterious sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline have both exacerbated market volatility and the demand for Gold. While Gold has not been performing well under current interest rate conditions, uncertainty and rising risk due to geopolitical confrontations have supported the recent recovery rally of the Dollar-denominated Gold.
On the technical side, XAUUSD has met short-term resistance above the $1,670 per ounce price region and has resumed trading at our previously estimated support level for the pair at $1660 per ounce. RSI for this pair sits at 38.32, as of writing. On the four-hour chart, XAUUSD currently trades above its 50-day SMA but below its 100 and 200-day SMA.
Resistance: 1695, 1724
Support: 1660, 1640
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