Yesterday’s Market Wrap
The USD turned lower since Monday last week after being on a very strong rally since March this year, and the decline was quite strong, sending EUR/USD nearly 5 cents higher to parity. The negative economic data earlier this week such as ISM manufacturing and JOLTS jobs raised suspicions about the future path of FED rate hikes, although the retreat started early last week, despite the positive data until Friday.
Yesterday though, the ISM non-manufacturing showed that the service sector remains in a decent position in the US, despite rising inflation. This improved the sentiment further for the USD and the upside momentum escalated, with the ADP Non-Farm payrolls for September increasing, while August’s numbers were revised much higher as well. The RBNZ delivered another 50 bps rate hike, but the 80 pip jump in the NZD/USD faded pretty quickly.
Today’s Market Expectations
Today we will see how the sentiment surrounding the US dollar will be. If it remains positive, then the uptrend has resumed again for the USD. The economic data is light today, with the unemployment claims on schedule to be released late in the US session, before speeches from several low-key FOMC speakers. Retail sales are expected to decline in Europe in a while, as inflation hit 10% in September, although we’ll see.
Forex Signals Update
Yesterday the volatility increased again as USD buyers returned and we opened six trading signals. All our signals closed in profit apart from one in USD/JPY. Today we’re looking to trade this pair again as it continues to bounce in a range.
Turning Bearish Again in GOLD
Gold used to be bearish until Monday last week, but the USD reversed lower and the trend changed in Gold. We turned hawkish on Gold as well, buying the dips, but yesterday we saw a pullback lower to the 50 SMA (yellow) which held as support. Although we opened two sell Gold signals, one of which long term and both closed in profit.
XAU/USD – 60 minute chart
USD/JPY used to be bullish and the uptrend picked enormous speed in recent months, although after the intervention from the BOJ the price has stabilized, trading in a range. Yesterday we decided to open two sell signals in USD/JPY, one of which closed in profit, and the other in loss.
USD/JPY – H4 chart
Cryptocurrencies have turned slightly bullish this week, after being bearish last week, abt BTC has climbed above $20,000. We saw a retreat yesterday in the US session, but that was bought up pretty quickly, showing that there’s some buying pressure right now, although the following bullish move wasn’t too strong.
XRP/USD Remaining Supported at MAs
Ripple surged above $0.50 last week, as the law case against the SEC saw some developments. The price has retreated lower a couple of times, but buyers are still prevailing. Earlier this week we saw a second retrace but the 100 SMA (green) held as support and now the bullish momentum is back on.
BTC/USD – Daily chart
ETHEREUM Remains Weak
Ethereum resumed the decline last month after the Merge launch, which should have helped turn the price higher instead. ETH/USD has fallen below moving averages and the 20 SMA (gray) is acting as resistance now, so buyers remain weak, although we’ll see if they can push the price above this moving average.
ETH/USD – Daily chart