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Powell reaffirmed Fed’s commitment to tackle inflation

September 9, 2022

Jerome Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to combating price increases and remaining upbeat until inflation returns to the Fed’s 2 percent objective on Thursday. Following Powell’s reiteration of the necessity of combating high inflation, the stock market ended a choppy session with solid gains.

The Nasdaq increased by 0.6% and maintained a positive performance. The S&P 500 increased by 0.7%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.6%. Small caps held up slightly better than the other indexes, with the Russell 2000 index rising 0.8%.

Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ), which tracks the Nasdaq 100, managed to gain 0.5% despite key Nasdaq companies including Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), and Alphabet (GOOGL) trading lower.

Early data showed that NYSE volume increased by 4.1% and Nasdaq volume increased by 0.4%.

The price of crude oil increased by 0.9% to $82.66 per barrel. Natural gas continued to rise, up 1.5%.

Queen Elizabeth II, whose reign took Britain from the age of steam to the era of the smartphone, and who oversaw the largely peaceful breakup of an empire that once spanned the globe, has died. She was 96. She died peacefully at her estate in Balmoral, Scotland on the afternoon of Sept. 8, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

Ascending the throne in 1952, Elizabeth led the UK through a time of political upheaval. She began her reign as head of an empire, albeit one in decline. By the time of her death, the future of the UK itself was in doubt, with recurrent calls for independence in Scotland and Britain’s exit from the European Union leading to renewed tension in Northern Ireland. Her eldest son, Prince Charles, was heir to the throne.

Main Pairs Movement

After a turbulent day, the dollar ended the day in a mixed state across the FX board. The European Central Bank increased rates by 75 basis points as anticipated, leaving the EUR/USD pair little altered and close to parity.

The Canadian dollar surged against the greenback, with the pair trading at around 1.3090 as BOC officials reiterated more rate hikes are on the docket as inflation remains stubbornly high. The Australian dollar extended its decline against its American rival on Wednesday, with AUD/USD falling to 0.6698 before recovering, now ending the day near a daily high of 0.6750.

While the USD/JPY pair is stable at about 144.00, the USD/CHF pair fell and is currently trading at roughly 0.9700. While crude oil prices saw minor gains, with WTI closing the day at $83.25 a barrel, gold prices posted losses for the day, ending at about $1,708 a troy ounce.

US Treasury yields increased somewhat for the day’s conclusion. The yield on the 10-year note is at 3.29%, which is almost high enough to spark demand for the dollar.

Technical Analysis

EURUSD (4-Hour Chart)

EURUSD experienced a new packed trading day. The ECB hiked interest rates by 75 basis points, in line with market expectations. However, the ECB also upwardly revised inflation projections for 2022, 2023, and 2024. The interest rate hike allowed EURUSD to trade above parity. During the American trading session, the U.S. initial jobless claims reports came in better than expected, thus sending Dollar demand to new heights as market participants added on bets of a 75 basis point interest rate hike by the Fed. During Fed chair Jerome Powell’s speech, he reinstated the Fed’s hawkish stance, which sent short-term treasury yields back above the 3.3% mark. Further upside for the Euro remains limited as the ECB struggles to keep inflation in check while stimulating positive economic growth amid multiple externalities weighing on the European economy

On the technical side, EURUSD has met a new resistance level at around the parity mark. Short-term support levels remain unchanged at the 0.9902 price level. RSI for the pair sits at 49.8, as of writing. On the four-hour chart, EURUSD currently trades below its 50, 100, and 200-day SMA.

Resistance:  0.9902, 1.0011, 1.0055

Support: 0.9902, 0.985

GBPUSD (4-Hour Chart)

Cable saw a surge in bidding during the start of the European trading session. Market participants tuned in to BoE’s chief economist Huw Pill, who noted that if the central bank observes tightening the central bank would be willing to slow down its pace of tightening. The surprised dovish tone from the BoE allowed the British Pound to gain traction; however, all gains by the Sterling would be erased at the start of the American trading session. The U.S. released better than expected initial jobless claims figures, which boosted the odds of a 75 basis point interest rate hike by the Fed. Stepping away from economics, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96.

On the technical side, Cable has once again successfully defended our previously estimated support level of 1.1463; however, Cable has displayed a rather strong downward trend thus market participants should be aware of a break below 1.14. RSI for the pair sits at 42.44, as of writing. On the four-hour chart, Cable currently trades below its 50, 100, and 200-day SMA.

Resistance: 1.1561, 1.1854

Support: 1.1463

XAUUSD (4-Hour Chart)

Gold prices advanced during early trading on the 8th, but the non-yielding yellow metal could not retain gains as the American trading session began. The rise in Gold prices, recently, has been entirely dependent on the weakness of the U.S. Greenback; however as better than expected initial jobless claim report was announced, bidding for the Dollar resumed and sent Gold lower towards the $1700 per ounce price level. With a new round of interest rate hikes just on the horizon, Gold prices remain pessimistic as market participants attempt to find any type of yield in other asset classes.

On the technical side, XAUUSD touched our previously estimated resistance level of $1,724 per ounce during the European trading session and soon entered a correction toward the $1,700 per ounce price level. The short-term support level remains at $1695.42 per ounce. RSI for the pair sits at 45.98, as of writing. On the four-hour chart, XAUUSD currently trades below its 50, 100, and 200-day SMA.

Resistance: 1762, 1800

Support: 1688.129, 1695

Economic Data

CurrencyDataTime (GMT + 8)Forecast
KORSouth Korea- Chuseok- Thanksgiving DayAll Day
CADEmployment Change20:3015K