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The Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) reading was in line with expectations, showing a substantial increase from the previous reading of 165,000 to 253,000. This suggests that the job market in the United States remains strong, indicating a robust economy. The equity market responded positively to this economic data and closed higher, resulting in a decrease in safe-haven gold prices. However, despite the positive NFP reading, the US dollar index did not show a significant increase due to ongoing banking issues, which have hindered the Federal Reserve from raising rates aggressively to combat inflation. Additionally, oil prices have rebounded, likely due to the strength of the US economy and the intensifying geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine, which have stimulated black gold prices.
Current rate hike bets on 14th June Fed interest rate decision:
Source: CME Fedwatch Tool
0 bps (90.4%) VS 25 bps (9.6%)
The US Dollar experienced a modest rebound last week, propelled by a wave of upbeat economic data that exceeded expectations. Nonfarm payrolls in the United States witnessed an unexpected acceleration in the previous month, outperforming economists’ projections and instilling a renewed sense of optimism for the nation’s economy. Furthermore, the US unemployment rate demonstrated a favourable decline, settling at an impressive 3.4%, far better than the market forecast of 3.60%. As market participants eagerly await the release of April’s inflation data in the United States, anticipation looms large. Economists are closely monitoring the core consumer price index, in anticipation of a year-over-year increase of 5.5%.
The Dollar Index is trading higher following the prior rebound from the support level. MACD has illustrated diminishing bearish momentum. However, RSI is at 50, suggesting the index might consolidate within a range since the RSI is near the midline.
Resistance level: 101.65, 102.25
Support level: 101.10, 100.80
The release of impressive employment figures triggered a surge in two-year Treasury yields as investors reassessed the likelihood of future rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, the US Dollar experienced a slight rebound, and gold prices tumbled from their all-time high as receding recession risks prompted investors to shift their portfolios towards riskier assets.
Gold prices are trading lower following the prior retracement from the resistance level. MACD has illustrated increasing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 47, suggesting the commodity might extend its losses toward support level at 1980.00.
Resistance level: 2045.00, 2080.00
Support level: 1980.00, 1940.00
The NonFarm Payroll released last Friday showed that the Job market remains hot in the U.S. The higher-than-expected reading could not stimulate the Dollar to trade higher, perhaps due to the renewed banking woes. Banks in the U.S. are facing a credit crunch resulting from a steep interest rate hike introduced by the Fed since last year; the Fed now has to monitor the outcome of its aggressive monetary tightening program. On the other hand, ECB officials continue to signal for more rate hikes in the future but the impact of the interest rate hike from ECB in the past week was limited.
The euro is trading in an uptrend manner but the bullish momentum seems diminishing. The RSI has been hovering near the 50-level from above while the MACD is moving toward the zero line from above, suggesting a bullish momentum slow down.
Resistance level: 1.1126, 1.1225
Support level: 1.0871, 1.0762
In a positive turn for the U.S. stock market, the Nasdaq Composite rose by an impressive 2.25% on Friday, adding 269.02 points to close at 12,235.41. The stellar performer was Apple Inc (AAPL.O), whose recent quarterly report buoyed investor sentiment and significantly boosted the index. In addition, the non-farms payroll report released on Friday demonstrated an encouraging upswing in the labour market. U.S. employers added 253,000 new jobs in April, exceeding expectations and the March figures of 165,000 jobs. The U.S. economy may be entering a period of sustained recovery, providing a glimmer of hope for investors and businesses alike.
The trend for the stock market is moving upward to its resistance level of 12300 points, which is a crucial area for investors to monitor closely for a possible breakout. MACD indicator suggests a bullish momentum for the market. Meanwhile, the RSI is 58, indicating that the market is currently in a slightly bullish territory but not yet overbought.
Resistance level: 12237, 12536
Support level: 11938, 11753
On Friday, the British pound climbed to a one-year high against the U.S. dollar as investors anticipated the Bank of England’s upcoming interest rate decision. Sterling reached $1.2652, the highest level since May 2020. The pound has received a boost from the recent U.S. Federal Reserve meeting, during which the central bank raised rates by 25 basis points but hinted that it might not continue doing so. Conversely, many analysts predict that the Bank of England will have to continue raising rates, given the higher inflation in Britain, which stood at 10.1% year-on-year in March compared to 5% in the United States. When interest rates in one country appear to rise while remaining flat in another, investments in the former may become more attractive, which could strengthen the currency. As the Bank of England’s decision draws nearer, investors are watching closely for signs of how the central bank may respond to the current economic climate.
The pound has surged to a one-year high against the U.S. dollar, with the MACD and RSI both signal a bullish momentum.
Resistance level: 1.2774, 1.2973
Support level: 1.2542, 1.2371
The Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced an impressive surge, gaining a remarkable 546.64 points and closing at a robust 33,674.38 last Friday. The recent market dynamics have revealed a resurgence of global risk appetite, fueled by a confluence of positive factors. The release of an encouraging jobs report and Apple’s exceptional quarterly earnings provided a powerful impetus for the market’s bullish trajectory. Simultaneously, the rebound of regional banking shares demonstrated investors’ confidence in banking sectors. As for now, investors are advised to continue monitoring the US inflation data, which is due to be released later this week for further trading signals.
The Dow is trading higher following the prior rebound from the support level. MACD has illustrated diminishing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 51, suggesting the index might trade higher since the RSI rebound sharply from oversold territory.
Resistance level: 33210.00, 35450.00
Support level: 32950.00, 31660.00
Oil prices surged following solid jobs data that alleviate concerns of a US recession. The robust growth in employment is often viewed as a positive indicator for oil, as it relies on people’s mobility and economic vibrancy for consumption. The anticipation of potential supply cuts at the forthcoming OPEC+ producer group meeting in June has further supported oil prices. Bakers Hughes reported a reduction of 3 oil rigs, bringing the count down to 588 for the current week. A decrease in the rig count suggests a potential slowdown in future oil production, potentially mitigating concerns of oversupply and contributing to a more favourable market environment for oil prices.
Oil prices are trading higher while currently testing the resistance level. MACD has illustrated increasing bullish momentum, while RSI is at 51, suggesting the commodity might extend its gains after successfully breakout since the RSI stays above the midline.
Resistance level: 71.50, 74.05
Support level: 68.00, 65.00
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