US shares were mixed, fluctuating on Wednesday after major US indices failed to attempt a bounce in the previous trading session. The market prepared to finish the worst first half of a year since 1970. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.27% higher, the S&P 500 dropped 0.07%, while the Nasdaq Composite edged lower by 0.03%. Investors and markets continue to look for the bottom as the first half of 2022 comes to an end on Thursday. Worries of a slowing economy and aggressive interest rate hikes have mostly consumed much of the first half of 2022, and fears and concerns of a economic recession are rising and happening.
At an ECB forum, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell vowed to prevent inflation from taking a hold of the US economy in the long run. Jerome Powell reiterated that central banks would not allow a transition from a low inflation environment into a high inflation environment. Since the Fed started raising interest rates in March, the expectation of inflation has fallen relatively. The inflation-indexed government bonds dropped from 3.6% in March to 2.73% in June. Though the road to tackling inflation is painful, the Fed is responsible and is charged with bringing down inflation.
Main Pairs Movement
EUR/USD was down 0.74%, to 1.04386 on Wednesday. The euro was comparably weak against the dollar as the inflation rates in Europe seemed disoriented. For instance, some Mediterranean countries have pushed their annual inflations to double figures. However, Europe’s largest economy, Germany, has not experienced this kind of high figure.
GBP/USD edged lower by 0.54 at the end of the day. The British pound was sniped by the fact that the Bank of England acknowledges the possibility that the British economy could tip into a recession in 2023. On the contrary, Jerome Powell remains confident that the US can avoid a recession.
USD/JPY reached as much as 137, was up 0.34% on Wednesday, gaining follow- through traction for the fourth consecutive day. The US dollar picked up a fresh bid tone following Jerome Powell restated bets for a more aggressive monetary policy.
Gold oscillated in a tight range, down 0.12%. Investors remained cautious and looked for a fresh clue about the next monetary policy move by the Fed.
EURUSD (4-Hour Chart)
EURUSD lost 0.74% over the course of the previous trading day. The pair extended its previous losing day as inflation data from the EU came in mixed. Spanish inflation rose by 10%, year over year, and up 8.5% over the previous month. On the other hand, Germany’s CPI came in at 7.6%, lower than the 7.9% consensus. The mixed inflation data acted as a headwind for the euro and a roadblock to more aggressive rate hikes by the ECB. The Dollar continues its upward movement as markets remain risk averse.
On the technical side, EURUSD has fallen through our previously estimated support level of 1.0494 and is heading lower towards our next estimated support level of 1.0382. RSI of EURUSD sits at 40.66, as of writing. On the four hour chart, EURUSD currently trades below its 50, 100, and 200-day SMAs.
Resistance: 1.05754, 1.06315
GBPUSD lost 0.54% over the course of the previous trading day. The British Pound continues to be held back as members of parliament continue their efforts of overturning a keystone Brexit agreement. Furthermore, hawkish remarks from Fed Chair Jerome Powell have provided a boost to the safe haven dollar. Risk off sentiment across markets have attracted further demand for the US Greenback. On the economic docket, British GDP is set to release during today’s European trading session.
On the technical side, GBPUSD is consolidating around our previously estimated support level of around the 1.2123 price region. Next level of support for Cable sits at around the 1.20824 price region. RSI for GBPUSD sits at 38.25, as of writing. On the four hour chart, GBPUSD is currently trading below its 50, 100, and 200-day SMAs.
Support: 1.2123, 1.20824
USDJPY (4-Hour Chart)
USDJPY gained 0.34% over the course of the previous trading day. Hawkish remarks from Fed Chair Jerome Powell has attracted fresh demand for the US Greenback. On top of an already risk off environment, market participants have continued to bid up the US Dollar as aggressive rate hikes are now expected during the next FOMC meeting. On the economic docket, US PCE and initial jobless claims data will both be released during the American trading session.
On the technical side, USDJPY has once again touched above the 136 level and is consolidating around our previously estimated resistance level of 136.57. Support levels at 134.6 remain firmly intact. RSI for the pair has heated up and sits at 66.14, as of writing. On the four hour chart, USDJPY currently trades above its 50, 100, and 200-day SMAs.