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Strong USD is back
Here’s what you need to know today:
- US unemployment claims fell short of analysts’ expectations. 744,000 people filed for jobless benefits, while the forecast was 682,000. That reminded investors that the recovery remains still incomplete.
- China’s data showed the fastest factory inflation since 2018. The consumer price index rose by 0.4% and the producer price index increase by 4.4% from a year earlier.
- China is the world’s largest exporter, and rising prices there will drive inflation further up and add more fears to the markets. Inflation risks have been already high due to a stronger recovery all over the world and massive fiscal stimulus in the US. However, Fed yesterday reassured investors and said that inflation risks ‘broadly balanced’.
- Worries over the side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine may slow down the vaccination rate in some countries. That may worsen the market sentiment.
- Oil slightly rose as Saudi Arabia claimed that OPEC members will decrease output if needed.
EUR/USD bounced off the 200-period moving average of 1.1920. Now it’s getting closer to the low of April 7 at 1.1860. If it manages to break it, the way down to the 100-period moving average at 1.1830 will be open. On the flip side, the move above the 1.1920 resistance will push the pair to the high of March 18 at 1.1990.
AUD/USD has just broken the low of April 7 at 0.7600. If it manages to break the next support of 0.7580, the way down to April’s low of 0.7540 will be open. Resistance levels are at the recent highs of 0.7635 and 0.7670.
There are some big swings on the EUR/GBP pair. The price is edging higher to the high of February 26 of 0.8710. If it manages to break it, the way further up to the high of February 12 at 0.8790 will be open. On the flip side, the move below yesterday’s low of 0.8667 will press the pair down to the next support of 0.8625.
The double bottom pattern has occurred in the gold chart. The neckline lies at $1760, which coincides also with the 50-day moving average. Once the price crosses this level, it should skyrocket to the high of February 19 at $1790 and then to the 100-day moving average of $1810. However, the dollar’s rebound may ruin all these plans. So, if gold drops below yesterday’s low of $1735, the way down further to $1724 will be clear.
Last week was full of surprises! The US dollar plunged despite a better-than-expected retail sales report…
Last week was very interesting for the markets, as we saw the releases of the US Inflation and Disney’s earnings report. So let's see what we should await this week!
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the updated Unemployment Rate and Employment Change data on Thursday, May 19, at 04:30 MT.
The UK Office for National Statistics will publish Consumer Price Index (CPI) data on Wednesday, May 18, at 09:00 MT.
The US Census Bureau will announce Core Retail Sales and Retail Sales on Tuesday, May 17 at 15:30 MT.