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    US Stocks rose as the Market viewed Inflation to be nearing its peak

    September 13, 2022

    US stocks advanced higher on Monday, preserving their bullish momentum and rose four straight days ahead of the key US consumer-price data. The speculations that inflation is near peaking have provided support to the equity markets, as the US CPI data is expected to show headline CPI cooled in August to an 8% a year pace. The falling US dollar also acted as a tailwind for the stock markets despite the firm anticipation that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates by 75 basis points at its Sept. 20-21 meeting. The upside strength witnessed in equity markets could be linked to the market’s optimism and likely preparations for today’s inflation numbers.

    In the Eurozone, the hawkish comments from the European Central Bank (ECB) policymakers and updates that Ukraine is gaining success in pushing back the Russian military from some of its areas have both underpinned the market’s cautious optimism. For today, the final readings of Germany’s August month Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) will be crucial for immediate direction.

    The benchmarks, S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both preserved their bullish strength on Monday as the S&P 500 extended last week’s rally and notched the biggest gain over a four-day span since June. The S&P 500 was up 1.1% on a daily basis and the Dow Jones Industrial Average also advanced with a 0.7% gain for the day. All eleven sectors in S&P 500 stayed in positive territory as the Energy and the Information Technology sectors are the best performing among all groups, rising 1.81% and 1.63%, respectively. The Nasdaq 100 climbed the most with a 1.2% gain on Monday, and the MSCI World index was up 1.3% for the day.

    Main Pairs Movement

    The US dollar remained under pressure on Monday, extending its previous slide and fell to the lowest level in more than two weeks below the 108 mark amid the risk-on market environment. The news that Ukrainian forces have made significant progress in pushing back Russian troops has favoured investors’ sentiment and exerted bearish pressure on the safe-haven greenback. However, the losses could be limited as the policymakers from the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank (ECB) remain hawkish.

    GBP/USD climbed higher on Monday with a 0.45% gain as the cable witnessed fresh buying and touched a daily high near the 1.1710 level amid the broad-based US dollar weakness. On the UK front, the recession worries were further fueled by the mostly disappointing UK macro data released earlier this Monday. Meanwhile, EUR/USD also edged higher and touched a daily high above the 1.018 mark in the early European session. The pair was up almost 0.20% for the day.

    Gold preserved its upside strength with a 0.44% gain for the day after touching a daily high around the $1,734 mark during the US session, as the falling US dollar underpinned the safe-haven metal’s recovery. Meanwhile, WTI Oil extended its previous rally and refreshed its daily top near the $89 mark during the US trading session amid mixed concerns over the supply and demand of the black gold.

    Technical Analysis

    EURUSD (4-Hour Chart)

    EURUSD rose for the second straight trading day as the shared currency continue to recover from its lowest level since the beginning of the year. The shared currency took advantage of the broad-based selling of the U.S. Greenback. Markets seem to have already priced in a supersized 75 basis point interest rate hike at the next FOMC policy meeting, which is set to happen on the 20th and 21st of September. The U.S. 10-year treasury yield also saw a decline during Monday’s trading as risk-on sentiment returns to equity markets. Market participants will now turn their attention to the U.S. CPI release, scheduled during today’s American trading session.

    On the technical side, EURUSD has broken above our previously estimated resistance level of around 0.9902 and 1. We project the next level of resistance to sit around the 1.019 price region and the previous resistance level at 10055 would change in polarity and act as a near-term support level for the pair. RSI for the pair sits at 60, as of writing. On the four-hour chart, EURUSd currently trades above its 50, 100, and 200-day SMA.

    Resistance:  0.9902, 1.0011, 1.0055

    Support: 0.9902, 0.985

    GBPUSD (4-Hour Chart)

    Cable extended its winning streak into the new trading week as broad-based selling surrounded the U.S. Greenback. An upbeat market sentiment surrounding equities also allowed the British Sterling to find a demand that has seemingly gone away for months. The short-term reversal of Cable should be taken with caution, as the U.K.’s National Statistics revealed GDP growth below market estimates. A weak British economy combined with an ongoing energy crisis could further hinder any monetary tools that the BoE could utilize in order to reign in inflation. Market participants should note that the BoE has postponed its interest rate announcement by a week to September 22nd. A better-than-expected CPI figure from the U.S. could send Cable back into a correction trajectory.

    On the technical side, GBPUSD has broken above our previously estimated resistance level of 1.1561 but is still trading below our secondary resistance level of 1.1854. The support level for GBPUSD continues to sit at 1.1463. RSI for the pair sits at 65.43, as of writing. On the four-hour chart, GBPUSD currently trades above its 50 and 100-day SMA, but below its 200-day SMA.

    Resistance: 1.1561, 1.1854

    Support: 1.1463

    XAUUSD (4-Hour Chart)

    Gold prices continue to recover for the second straight trading day as the Dollar index dives to a monthly low of below 109. As markets have now seemingly priced in the 75 basis point interest rate hike by the FOMC, the Dollar has entered a cycle of exhausted demand; however, with U.S. CPI scheduled to be released during the American trading session, the U.S. Dollar could be met with a fresh demand. Risk on sentiment across equity markets has made the case for a weaker Dollar and thus room for the yellow metal to gain back some lost ground. Market participants should be aware while Gold was able to gain more than 1% in the past two days, Gold prices have mainly depended on the weakness of the Dollar to rise; however, with inflation still acting as an economic headwind around the world, the non-yielding Gold provides little to no upside for longer-term investing horizons.

    On the technical side, XAUUSD has broken above our previously estimated resistance level of $1,724 per ounce and is heading toward the next level of resistance at $1740 per ounce. A fresh short-term support level for Gold has formed around the $1712 per ounce price level. RSI for the pair sits at 59, 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: 1740, 1800

    Support: 1712, 1695

    Economic Data

    CurrencyDataTime (GMT + 8)Forecast
    GBPAverage Earnings Index + Bonus (Jul)14:005.4%
    GBPClaimant Count Change (Aug)14:00-13.2K
    EURGerman ZEW Economic Sentiment (Sep)17:00-60
    USDCore CPI (Aug)20:300.3%
    USDCPI (Aug)20:308.1%