Where things stand into Fed week

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Today’s report: Where things stand into Fed week

We closed out the previous week with another round of solid US economic data. Interestingly enough, the market hasn’t really wanted to react all that much. Currencies have been confined to a state of consolidation for weeks now, while equities just keep climbing higher.

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Chart talk: Technical & fundamental highlights

EURUSD – technical overview

The Euro has been in a multi-month consolidation since bottoming out in 2022. Setbacks have since been exceptionally well supported on dips below 1.0500, with a higher platform sought out ahead of the next major upside extension. Look for a push through the 2023 high at 1.1276 to strengthen the constructive outlook and extend the recovery run towards 1.2000. Only back below 1.0400 negates.

  • R2 1.1045 – 2 January high – Medium
  • R1 1.1001 - 11 January high – Medium
  • S1 1.0813 - 26 January low – Medium
  • S2 1.0800 – Figure – Medium

EURUSD – fundamental overview

The Euro has been trying to steady on the back of hawkish ECB comments. ECB Simkus expressed confidence future economic data would not support a March cut. At the same time, German consumer confidence data turned down to the lowest level since March, which tempered any Euro demand from the Simkus comments. Key standouts on Monday’s calendar come from an ECB Guindos speech and Dallas Fed manufacturing.

EURUSD - Technical charts in detail

GBPUSD – technical overview

Signs have emerged of the market wanting to put in a longer-term base after collapsing to a record low in September 2022. The November 2022 monthly close back above 1.2000 strengthens this prospect. Any setbacks should now be well supported ahead of 1.2000. Next key resistance comes in at 1.2849.

  • R2 1.2828 – 28 December high – Strong
  • R1 1.2789 – 11 January high – Medium
  • S1 1.2596 – 17 January low – Medium
  • S2 1.2500 – 13 December low – Strong

GBPUSD – fundamental overview

The Pound has been able to hold up better than the Euro because of the yield differentials which lean more towards the UK currency. The first full rate cut pricing for the BOE isn't seen until June, whereas the market is looking for an ECB cut in April. Recent UK consumer confidence data was also modestly less bad than previous. Key standouts on Monday’s calendar come from an ECB Guindos speech and Dallas Fed manufacturing.

USDJPY – technical overview

The market remains confined to a strong uptrend, with sights set on a retest and break of the multi-year high from 2022 at 151.95. A push through this level will open the next major upside extension towards 155.00. Key support comes in at 140.00, with only a weekly close below to delay the constructive outlook.

  • R2 149.00 – Figure – Medium
  • R1 148.81 – 19 January high – Medium
  • S1 146.65 – 24 January low – Medium
  • S2 144.35 – 12 January low – Strong

USDJPY – fundamental overview

A softer round of Tokyo headline CPI has contributed to the latest round of Yen selling. We also saw Japan services PMIs come in lower though this data matched expectation. Key standouts on Monday’s calendar come from an ECB Guindos speech and Dallas Fed manufacturing.

AUDUSD – technical overview

There are signs of the potential formation of a longer-term base with the market trading down into a meaningful longer-term support zone. Only a monthly close below 0.6200 would give reason for rethink. Back above 0.6900 will take the big picture pressure off the downside and strengthen case for a bottom.

  • R1 0.6661– 16 January high – Strong
  • R2 0.6614 – 22 January high – Medium
  • S1 0.6525– 17 January low – Strong
  • S2 0.6500 – Figure – Medium

AUDUSD – fundamental overview

Stronger Aussie PMIs, news of the China stimulus, and ongoing demand for US and global equities helped to keep the Australian Dollar propped up into the end of last week. At the same time, the currency hasn't been getting as much support as one might think from all of these developments. Key standouts on Monday’s calendar come from an ECB Guindos speech and Dallas Fed manufacturing.

USDCAD – technical overview

Above 1.3000 signals an end to a period of longer-term bearish consolidation and suggests the market is in the process of carving out a more significant longer-term base. Next key resistance now comes in up into the 1.4000 area. Setbacks should be very well supported down into the 1.3000 area.

  • R2 1.3542 – 17 January high – Medium
  • R1 1.3500 – Psychological – Medium
  • S1 1.3414 – 26 January low – Medium
  • S2 1.3340 – 9 January low – Strong

USDCAD – fundamental overview

Stronger Canada wholesale sales and an ongoing recovery in the price of oil translated to another wave of demand for the Canadian Dollar into the end of last week. Key standouts on Monday’s calendar come from an ECB Guindos speech and Dallas Fed manufacturing.

NZDUSD – technical overview

Overall pressure remains on the downside with the market continuing to stall out on runs up into the 0.6500 area. At the same time, there are some signs of the market wanting to put in a longer-term base. Ultimately, a break back above 0.6500 would be required to take the medium-term pressure off the downside and encourage this prospect. A monthly close below 0.5800 will intensify bearish price action.

  • R2 0.6286 – 4 January high– Strong
  • R1 0.6202 – 16 January high – Medium
  • S1 0.6062 – 23 January low– Medium
  • S2 0.6000 – Psychological – Strong

NZDUSD – fundamental overview

The New Zealand Dollar is getting a little boost in early Monday trade after the New Zealand trade deficit came in smaller than expected. Key standouts on Monday’s calendar come from an ECB Guindos speech and Dallas Fed manufacturing.

US SPX 500 – technical overview

Longer-term technical studies continue to look quite extended after pushing to fresh record highs, begging for a deeper correction ahead. Look for rallies to be well capped in favor of lower tops and lower lows. A monthly close back above 4800 will be required to delay the outlook. Next key support comes in at 4714.

  • R2 4907 – 26 January/Record – Strong
  • R1 4900 – Figure – Medium
  • S1 4714– 17 January low – Strong
  • S2 4663 – 5 January low – Strong

US SPX 500 – fundamental overview

The Fed has finally bent to the will of the market, with the December 2023 policy decision revealing rate projections coming down from previous and more in line with what the market has been looking for. This has translated to more investor friendly policy going forward, opening the door for a run to fresh record highs in 2024. At the same time, we worry inflation remains a risk both the market and Fed are not taking as seriously as needed, which could once again force the Fed back into a more restrictive path and weigh heavily on stocks.

GOLD (SPOT) – technical overview

The 2019 breakout above the 2016 high at 1375 was a significant development, opening the door for fresh record highs. Setbacks should now be well supported above 1900 on a monthly close basis ahead of the next major upside extension towards 2500.

  • R2 2175 – 4 December/Record high– Strong
  • R1 2100 – Round Number – Medium
  • S1 2000 – Psychological – Medium
  • S2 1973 – 13 December low – Strong

GOLD (SPOT) – fundamental overview

The yellow metal continues to be well supported on dips with solid demand from medium and longer-term accounts. These players are more concerned about inflation risk and a less stable and upbeat global growth outlook. All of this should keep the commodity well supported, with many market participants also fleeing to the hard asset as the grand dichotomy of record high equities and record low yields comes to an unnerving climax.

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