US stocks declined on Thursday as traders recalibrated rate-hike expectations after central banks across the globe vowed to step up their fights against inflation. Federal Reserve officials in recent days quashed hopes of a dovish pivot, a view that had helped fuel bets that this year’s bear market is over. Since then, investors have been sifting through sometimes conflicting economic data for further policy clues. While job openings data on Tuesday underscored tighteness in the labor market, revamped ADP data on Wednesday showed US companies increased headcount at a relatively sluggish pace in August. All eyes will be on the Nonfarms job report on Friday for further hints about the central bank’s path.
The benchmarks S&P500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average slid on Wednesday, as all major indices had their worst month since June. Ten out of eleven sectors in S&P 500 stayed in negative territory, with Materials performing the worst among all groups, dropping 1.21%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.9%, the Nasdaq 100 slipped with 0.6%, and the MSCI world index decreased 0.8% on the last day of August.
Main Pairs Movement
The US dollar was little-changed on Wednesday, as European Central Bank members joined the fight to combat inflation, expressing strong determination at the Jackson Hole symposium. The DXY witnessed fresh transactions and touched a daily high level above 109.2 during the early UK trading session, then was weighed by heavy selling pressure and fell to a daily low level below 108.4 during the beginning of the US session.
GBPUSD slipped with a 0.29% loss for the day, with a strong US greenback across the board. Cable steadily climbed to a daily high level above 1.169 in the middle of the Asian session, then tumbled and oscillated in a big range from 1.160 to 1.165 during the US session. Meanwhile, EURUSD surged to a daily high level above 1.007 with hawkish central bankers. The pair advanced 0.39% for the day.
Gold plunged 0.75% on Wednesday on aggressive Federal Reserve bets. XAUUSD extended its weakness on the last day in August, displaying a pullback during the UK trading session, then weighted by a downside traction to keep falling to a month-low below the $1710 mark.
EURUSD (4-Hour Chart)
The EUR/USD pair advanced on Wednesday, regaining positive traction and extending its daily gains toward the 1.0050 area in the early US session amid renewed US dollar weakness. The pair is now trading at 1.0045, posting a 0.33% gain. EUR/USD stays in the positive territory amid weaker US dollar across the board, as the disappointing ADP employment report from the US undermined the greenback and helped the EUR/USD pair to find demand. The data showed on Wednesday that private sector employment in the US rose by 132K in August, failing to meet the market expectation for an increase of 288K. For the Euro, the expectations of a 75 bps rate hike at the ECB event in September has provided support to the shared currency, as higher-than-expected inflation figures in the euro area might result in potential shifts to a more hawkish stance from ECB’s policy makers.
On the technical side, the RSI is at 59 as of writing, suggesting that the upside is preserving strength as the RSI climbs higher towards 60. As for the Bollinger Bands, the price witnessed heavy buying and rose sharply towards the upper band, therefore the upside momentum should persist. In conclusion, we think the market will be bullish as the pair is heading to test the 1.0089 resistance. The rising RSI also reflects bull signals.
Resistance: 1.0089, 1.0171, 1.0246
Support: 1.0016, 0.9980, 0.9917
The GBP/USD pair edged lower on Wednesday, remaining under bearish pressure and turned south towards 1.161 area heading into the US trading session amid the risk-averse market environment. At the time of writing, Cable stays in negative territory with a 0.07% loss for the day. Despite the weaker US ADP private sector employment data has exerted bearish pressure to the US dollar during the second half of the day, the fact that investors continue to reprice aggressive ECB and Fed rate hike expectations might limit the losses for the greenback. For the British pound, the worsening energy crisis in the UK and the rising expectations for more aggressive policy tightening by the Fed continued to act as a headwind for the GBP/USD pair. Market focus now shifts to the US Nonfarm Payrolls report this Friday.
Meanwhile, the RSI is at 35 figures as of writing, suggesting that there is more room on the downside before the pair’s technical rebound as the RSI stays above 30. As for the Bollinger Bands, the price preserved its bearish strength and dropped towards the lower band, therefore the downside traction should persist. In conclusion, we think the market will be bearish as the pair is testing the 1.1655 support. A sustained weakness below that critical support should lead to a steeper decline towards a two-year low set near 1.1500 area.
Resistance: 1.1738, 1.1780, 1.1853
Support: 1.1655, 1.1476
XAUUSD (4-Hour Chart)
Gold prices turned south in the European session and fell to a fresh monthly low below $1,710 level on Wednesday. However, the price has recovered from the monthly low in the US session as US yields retreated and the US dollar index turned negative after ADP data. The employment numbers came in below expectations with the private sector adding 132K jobs versus the 300K of market consensus.
The RSI indicator is at 34 as of writing, maintaining a downtrend in the near-term, which suggests that the price is still in bearish mode. As for the Bollinger Bands, gold price edged lower along with lower bound, but maintained slightly above it, showing that correction risk is relatively low at the moment. In conclusion, we think the market is still under bearish pressure as price couldn’t advance above its former high but closes a lower low below $1,710 level, suggesting that any rebound is still seen as a sell opportunity by market participants. Price is now testing support region at $1,715 level as of writing. If price closes negative below $1,715 on 4H chart, it may head to test the next pivotal support at $1,685 level. For more price action, market participants should now pay close attention to ISM Manufacturing on Thursday and Nonfarm Payrolls on Friday, which will largely determine the path of gold prices.
Resistance: 1765, 1803
Support: 1715, 1685