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Stocks fell as traders braced for a strong inflation report

July 12, 2022

Stocks slumped on Monday, with trades positioning for a high inflation reading and the start of a key earnings season that could provide clues as to whether the economy is heading for a recession. On the trade of the day, the dollar climbed, and a sell-off in mega-caps like Tesla Inc. and Apple Inc. weighed heavily on the equity market. Twitter Inc. plunged 11% as Elon Musk give up his $44 billion deal to buy the company, setting a predictable legal battle with Twitter.

The benchmarks, S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 both slumped on Monday as investors are waiting to see
if profits are holding up or if companies will cut forecasts significantly amid widespread economic challenges. Nine out of eleven sectors of S&P 500 closed negative in the trade of the day as the COMM SVC and the CONS DISCRET are the worst performing sectors among all groups, losing 2.76% and 2.80% respectively. The S&P 500 fell 1.2% as of 4 p.m. New York time. The Nasdaq 100 fell 2.2% The Dow Jones Industrial Average meanwhile fell 0.5%.

Main Pairs Movement

The US dollar surged on Monday, continuing its rally and reaching fresh highs against most major rivals amid risk-off sentiment. The DXY index was surrounded by bullish momentum for most of the day, refreshing its daily high above 108.2 level in the late American session. The news showed that inflation in China surged by 2.5% YoY in June, disfavoring the market mood. Moreover, a new coronavirus outbreak has been reported in Shanghai, which may result in fresh lockdowns and potential negative effects on the global economy.

GBP/USD tumbled with a 1.12% loss on Monday amid the stronger US dollar across the board. The risk-averse market atmosphere and growing recession fears both exerted bearish pressure on the cable at the start of the week. The GBP/USD pair witnessed heavy selling during the first half of the day, then rebounded slightly to recover some of its daily losses. Meanwhile, EUR/USD remained under bearish pressure and refreshed its fresh 20-year low at 1.003 during the US session. The pair was down almost 1.36% for the day.

Gold declined with a 0.46% loss for the day after touching a daily low below $1732 during the US trading session, as the US dollar continued to find safe-haven demand and edged higher against its most major rivals. Meanwhile, WTI oil extends its pullback and retreated to the $103 area amid fears of slower demand.

Technical Analysis

USDJPY (4-Hour Chart)

USDJPY advances aggressively as the US Fed-BOJ monetary policy divergence continues to weigh on the pair, and the greenback remains supportive. Technical speaking, the outlook of USDJPY catches aggressive bids on Monday at the time of writing. On the four-hour chart, bullish momentum remains strong and supportive as the pair keeps up its trade within the bullish channel. More importantly, USDJPY has breached the psychological resistance of the 137.00 mark, hovering around the upper band of the bullish channel. To the upside, a successful breakout of the resistance of 137.75 and the upper band of the channel would lead USDJPY to another rally. However, further upside momentum might be capped as the RSI indicator has reached the overbought territory, suggesting a pullback.

Resistance: 137.75

Support: 136.27, 135.36, 134.62

GBPUSD (4-Hour Chart)

GBPUSD extends further slide toward 1.1867 on Monday at the time of writing amid the risk-averse market atmosphere, boosting the demand for the greenback. From the technical perspective, GBPUSD stays under bearish pressure after failing to break the bearish channel last Friday. The intraday slide has formed a double-top pattern for the pair, suggesting a bearish momentum. On the downside, the breakout of the interim support of 1.1867 would magnify the selling pressure, highlighting the lack of buyers’ interest. According to the technical indicators, GBPUSD is expected to slide further as the RSI indicator has not yet reached the oversold region; in the meantime, the MACD has turned downside, indicating a reverse from bullish to bearish.

Resistance: 1.2063, 1.2178, 1.2272

Support: 1.1876

Gold (4-Hour Chart)

Gold struggles near YTD low as strong greenback buying remains unabated. Gold stays in negative territory slightly below $1,740. Gold remains bearish but somehow gathers strength to yield a fresh downside leg. The support level of $1,732 behaves as a robust pivot to defend the last ground. If $1,732 can hold, then it is expected to see a powerful rebound as the MACD has turned positive, lending some support to bulls; in the meantime, reaching the lower band of the Bollinger Band might also initiate some meaningful recovery.

Resistance: 1766.80, 1788.13, 1805.36

Support: 1732.32

Economic Data

CurrencyDataTime (GMT + 8)Forecast
EURGerman ZEW Economic Sentiment (Jul)17:00-38.3 
EURGerman Buba President Nagel Speaks17:30N/A 
USDOPEC Monthly Report19:00N/A 
INRCPI (YoY) (Jun)20:007.03%