U.S. equities markets rebounded over the course of the previous trading day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.6% to close at 32120.28, the S&P 500 gained 0.95% to close at 3978.73, and the Nasdaq Composite rallied 1.51% to close at 11434.74.
The FOMC released its meeting minutes during the American trading session of the 25th. According to the minutes, the committee reiterated the importance of reigning in soaring inflation and possibly more interest rate hike in the same magnitude of the previous interest rate hike. 50 basis points seems to be the largest jump the FOMC is willing to apply per rate hike, however, the meeting minutes did indicate a possible shift from a “neutral” central bank stance to a more “restrictive” stance in order to more aggressively shrink the central bank’s balance sheet. Importantly, a 50 basis point interest rate hike is almost certain at this point for the June FOMC meeting.
The benchmark U.S. 10 year treasury yield fell slightly and is currently sitting at 2.743%.
The consumer discretionary sector experienced large gains over the previous trading day. Retail earnings from Nordstrom, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Best Buy all exceeded analyst estimates. Nordstrom shares popped 14% after it surpassed analyst estimates and increased its full year outlook. In contrast to last week’s consumer sector earnings, the rise in these three companies indicate a shift in consumption behavior and shows that there is possibly still strong demand from consumers.
Main Pairs Movement
The Dollar Index recovered after the FOMC meetings were released. The FOMC’s committed hawkish stance snapped the Dollar Index’s downtrend. The index gained 0.3% over the previous trading day and was able to find support near the 101.768 price level.
EURUSD fell 0.51% over the previous trading day. The stronger US dollar pushed the euro lower despite renewed bullish sentiment for the euro. EURUSD was still able to close above the 1.06 price level.
GBPUSD rose 0.37% to close over the course of the previous trading day. The British pound was able to gain against the dollar despite broad based dollar strength. Technical analysis suggests pound bulls remain in control for the short term.
USDCAD traded mostly sideways over the course of the previous trading day. USDCAD ended the day down 0.02%. The Canadian Loonie recovered as global commodities saw a gradual rise in demand.
EURUSD (4-Hour Chart)
The EUR/USD pair declined on Wednesday, failing to preserve its upside momentum and retreating from a monthly high above the 1.074 level that it touched yesterday amid renewed US dollar strength. The pair was surrounded by bearish momentum for the most of the day and dropped to a daily low below the 1.065 level, then rebounded slightly to recover some of its daily losses. The pair is now trading at 1.0683, posting a 0.44% loss on a daily basis. EUR/USD stays in the negative territory amid a stronger US dollar across the board, as the worsening global economic outlook continues to weigh on market mood, helping the safe-haven greenback to find demand. Market focus has now shifted to the FOMC meeting minutes later in the US session, which might provide fresh impetus. For the euro, the European Central Bank’s Financial Stability Review noted that an abrupt increase in real interest rates could induce house price corrections, which acted as a headwind for the EUR/USD pair.
On the technical side, the RSI is at 57, suggesting that upside is more favored as the RSI is above the midline. As for the Bollinger Bands, the price failed to cross below the moving average after touching it. Therefore, some upside traction could be expected. In conclusion, we think the market will be slightly bullish as the pair might face some technical correction before testing the 1.0622 support. The rising RSI also reflects bull signals.
Resistance: 1.0736, 1.0816, 1.0921
Support: 1.0622, 1.0549, 1.0464
GBP/USD edged higher on Wednesday, ending its intra-day slide and regaining upside traction amid improving market sentiment ahead of FOMC Meeting Minutes. The pair remained under pressure below the 1.2550 mark and dropped to a daily low near 1.2485 in European session, but then started to see fresh buying to erase all of its daily losses. At the time of writing, Cable stays in positive territory with a 0.12% gain for the day. The FOMC will release the minutes of its May policy meeting later in the US session, which is expected to outline the Fed’s much more hawkish stance and further significant monetary tightening. Market participants will also look for clues about the possibility of a 75 bps rate hike in June. For the British pound, the prospect for further BoE monetary tightening is being reassessed by investors, as the disappointing PMI data from the UK on Tuesday showed a significant loss of momentum in the private sector’s business activity.
On the technical side,the RSI is at 57, suggesting that the upside is preserving strength as the RSI continues north. For the Bollinger Bands, the price regained upside traction and crossed above the moving average, indicating that the upside momentum should persist. In conclusion, we think the market will be bullish as the pair is heading to test the 1.2588 resistance. A four-hour close above that level could open the door for an extended rebound toward 1.2631 and the rising RSI also confirms the bullish shift in the near-term outlook.
Resistance: 1.2588, 1.2631, 1.2761
Support: 1.2487, 1.2341, 1.2180
USDCAD (4-Hour Chart)
As the worsening outlook for the global economy continues to weigh on investors’ mood and help the US dollar to demand on Wednesday, USD/CAD gained positive traction for the second straight day and touched a weekly high above the 1.2880 mark. The pair was surrounded by bullish momentum during the first half of the day and reached a daily top in European session, then retreated back to surrender some of its daily gains. USD/CAD is trading at 1.2846 at the time of writing, rising 0.20% on a daily basis. Repositioning trades ahead of the FOMC minutes lent some support to the US dollar and pushed USD/CAD higher, as traders will look for clues about the possibility of a 75 bps Fed rate hike in June that might provide trading impetus to the pair. On top of that, retreating crude oil prices also exerted some bearish pressure on the commodity-linked Loonie as WTI continued to move sideways near $110 per barrel area. Fuel demand in the US is expected to rise as peak driving season is approaching.
On the technical side, RSI is at 54 as of writing, suggesting that the upside is losing some momentum but remains within positive levels. For the Bollinger Bands, the price regained some bullish strength and rebounded slightly, therefore the upside traction should persist. In conclusion, we think the market will be slightly bullish as the pair is heading to test the 1.2894 resistance. A break above that resistance could open the road for additional gains.
Resistance: 1.2894, 1.2966, 1.3046
Support: 1.2767, 1.2725, 1.2684