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President Joe Biden tried to break an impasse among Democrats in hopes of avoiding a government default before the Treasury potentially runs out of capacity

Market Focus

There were both ups and downs for US stocks on Wednesday, as the decline in technology stocks weighed on equity markets and pared most of their gains into the close. Markets are focused on the ongoing debt ceiling debate in Washington, where President Joe Biden tried to break an impasse among Democrats in hopes of avoiding a government default before the Treasury potentially runs out of capacity. Nevertheless, the stock market did not mind amid the risks of negotiation failures on Capitol Hill over the funding of the government.

The benchmarks, S&P 500 and Dow Jones, both advanced on Wednesday. The S&P 500 was up 0.2% on a daily basis, finishing in positive territory for the first time this week. Dip buyers helped push the index higher, while the material sectors continued its bearish momentum, losing 0.39% on Wednesday. The utilities and consumer staples sectors were the best performing among all groups, climbing 1.30% and 0.87%, respectively. The Nasdaq, on the contrary, declined for the third straight day and posted a 0.2% loss for the day.

On top of that, the high inflation is also harming market sentiment as investors worry that the high figure will persists. But Fed chair Jerome Powell, who joined other central bankers at a European Central Bank event, seems optimistic about the issue and said that supply-chain disruptions lifting inflation would ultimately prove temporary. The concerns about slowing growth and elevated levels of inflation may continue for a while. Furthermore, the US debt ceiling discussions will also be a critical issue for investors.

Main Pairs Movement

Lead by technology firms, who suffered yesterday due to rising short term bond rates, the broad U.S. equity markets were able to recover slightly on Wednesday’s trading. The yield on a 10-year Treasury note dropped back to 1.51%, compared to 1.534% yesterday, snapping a six-day gain streak. Rising yields and commodity prices still pose enormous threat to the short-term outlook of equities and foreign exchange markets.

Technical Analysis

GBPUSD (4 Hour Chart)

The Sterling continued to depreciate against the Greenback for the second straight day. In fact, Cable has dropped to a fresh low for the year. As of writing, Cable is trading at 1.3422, below the year long support level of 1.3446. Fed chair Jerome Powell’s speech on late Wednesday of the North American trading session boosted the Dollar further, as the Dollar index gained more than 0.2% post-speech. Supply chain disruptions in the U.K. further added to the selling pressure on Cable.

From a technical perspective, Cable has broken through our previously estimated support level of 1.35281. Furthermore, the key support level of 1.3446 has also been broken as the Dollar continues to surge. RSI for the pair has dropped through to oversold territory and is indicating 21, as of writing. Cable is trading well below its 50, 100, and 200 day SMA.

Resistance: 1.3687, 1.3717

Support: 1.3256

USDJPY (4 Hour Chart)

USD/JPY rose to new heights as the Dollar continues to rally after Fed chair Jerome Powell’s speech. The recent U.S. bond yield rally has widened the nominal yield difference between the U.S. and Japanese government bonds, thus posing as headwind for the short term outlook for the Yen. The Bank of Japan’s yield curve control has worked against the Yen as global central banks eye on lifting pandemic era monetary measures and prepare for rate hikes.

From a technical perspective, USD/JPY posted an annual high today as the pair trades at 112, as of writing. RSI for USD/JPY has reached over baught territory and is currently at 75.36. With 2020’s annual high of 112.22 in sight, USD/JPY faces minimal headwind as there are no significant resistance levels above 112 until . USD/JPY is currently trading above its 50, 100, and 200 day SMA.

Resistance: 114

Support: 110.43, 109.67, 109.21

XAUUSD (4 Hour Chart)

XAU/USD continues to slide lower as the Dollar gains strength. Gold was able to gain during the Asia and Europe trading hours, but the pair was unable to hold on to gains as investors turned their attention to Fed chair Jerome Powell’s speech. The pull back on U.S. Treasury bond yields have limited the downside for XAU/USD. The energy crisis in China has helped the Greenback gain back its global reserve currency status. Today’s “risk on” sentiment, evident from the rebound of U.S. equity markets, have also limited any gains for XAU/USD.

From a technical perspective, XAU/USD has dropped below our previously estimated support level of 1725.51, following Fed chair Jerome Powell’s speech and the subsequent Dollar rally. If XAU/USD breaks below the 1725.51 support level, the pair will struggle to find support until around the 1680 price region. RSI for the pair is at 34.8, indicating modest overselling in the market. As of writing, XAU/USD is trading below its 50, 100, and 200 day SMA.

Resistance: 1759.27, 1779.04, 1808.42

Support: 1742.39, 1725.51

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