The main market tendency today is that the US dollar is rising against its major peers and riskier assets such as stocks and oil are plummeting.
Main market drivers on May 21
Let’s start with the stock market. The US-China relationship got worse and set a risk-off market sentiment. The US Senate claimed that it could bar Chinese companies from listing on American exchanges. While President Donald Trump tweeted criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Everybody took it really seriously. As you can see on the chart S&P 500 has a strong upward trend, but after the swing up yesterday, it hit a 100-day moving average and contracted today. Support levels are at 2815 and 2705. However, if it breaks through the retracement at 2975, it will go up to 3000 and then 3110.
Let’s move on to the oil. May has brought some relief to the oil market. The worst of the demand drop seems to be over. The WTI oil price ticked up to $34 a barrel, while Brent crude rose to $36. Governments are easing lockdowns, and that’s boosting consumption. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, Russia and other OPEC members have started unprecedented oil production cuts, easing the massive oversupply. We haven’t seen such high prices since March 10. If it breaks through the resistance at 35, it may go even further to 37. Support levels are at 27 and 23.
And finally let’s talk about gold. The gold trades at high rates these days. We hadn’t seen any growth yesterday. The price was spiking high, but closed negative. That’s why we could assume that the price will move down in the short term, but the long term remains bullish. It could have a pullback to 1715 or even 1685 and then jump again.
The USD continues dipping, while the GBP is rising on hopes for the Brexit deal done today.
US stocks and oil slipped as Donald Trump threatened not to sign a long-awaited stimulus bill into law. The market sentiment had been already fragile, and Trump’s comments worsened it even more.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.