Risk assets worrying about a fresh run of Dollar demand

Next 24 hours: Euro outperforms in otherwise quiet trade

Today’s report: Risk assets worrying about a fresh run of Dollar demand

At the moment, the market has been talking a lot about China headlines and dovish ECB speak. China’s Evergrande liquidation could weigh more heavily on global sentiment should there be a more intensified spillover from the event.

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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 1.1001 – 11 January high – Strong
  • R1 1.0933 - 24 January high – Medium
  • S1 1.0800 - Figure – Medium
  • S2 1.0796 – 29 January low– Medium

EURUSD – fundamental overview

The Euro can't help but be weighed down on the back of the latest round of dovish ECB comments. ECB Villeroy said cuts could come at any time, ECB Guindos talked inflation risks to the downside, ECB Kazimir said a rate cut was within reach, and ECB Centeno wants to cut sooner than later. An April rate cut is now all but fully priced in. Key standouts on Tuesday’s calendar come from German GDP, UK consumer credit and mortgage approvals, Eurozone GDP and sentiment reads, US Case Shiller, US house prices, and US JOLTs job openings.

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 took a hit on Monday on the back of a weak round of UK labor data. Adzuna was out reporting December UK job vacancies down 6.95%, the largest drop since June 2020. Key standouts on Tuesday’s calendar come from German GDP, UK consumer credit and mortgage approvals, Eurozone GDP and sentiment reads, US Case Shiller, US house prices, and US JOLTs job openings.

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

Japan labor market data came in slightly tighter than expected. Meanwhile, PM Kishida vowed to do everything possible to achieve real income growth this year, emphasizing that the 'economy, particularly wage hikes, is an urgent issue.' Yield differentials have been moving back in favor of the Yen to start the week. Key standouts on Tuesday’s calendar come from German GDP, UK consumer credit and mortgage approvals, Eurozone GDP and sentiment reads, US Case Shiller, US house prices, and US JOLTs job openings.

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 0.6625 – 30 January high – Medium
  • S1 0.6525– 17 January low – Strong
  • S2 0.6500 – Figure – Medium

AUDUSD – fundamental overview

The Australian Dollar hasn't been able to find a lot of bullish momentum today after Aussie retail sales data produced a sharp decline. Key standouts on Tuesday’s calendar come from German GDP, UK consumer credit and mortgage approvals, Eurozone GDP and sentiment reads, US Case Shiller, US house prices, and US JOLTs job openings.

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 1.3400 – Figure – Medium
  • S2 1.3340 – 9 January low – Strong

USDCAD – fundamental overview

Stronger Canada data and a recent recovery in the price of oil have translated to another wave of demand for the Canadian Dollar. Key standouts on Tuesday’s calendar come from German GDP, UK consumer credit and mortgage approvals, Eurozone GDP and sentiment reads, US Case Shiller, US house prices, and US JOLTs job openings.

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 some help today from a hawkish leaning speech from RBNZ Chief Economist Conway. The central banker pushed back on expectations for a near-term policy easing, while even going as far as to highlight potential risks that would have the central bank moving back towards a tightening bias.  Key standouts on Tuesday’s calendar come from German GDP, UK consumer credit and mortgage approvals, Eurozone GDP and sentiment reads, US Case Shiller, US house prices, and US JOLTs job openings.

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 4900 will be required to delay the outlook. Next key support comes in at 4714.

  • R2 4950 – Mid-Figure – Strong
  • R1 4932 – 30 January/Record – 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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