- S&P 500 price action turns bullish, rallies on U.S. jobs report
- DAX trying to put together a rally, calendar light in coming week
- FTSE remains in recovery mode, has big resistance ahead
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On Friday, the U.S. jobs report showed 313k jobs added to the U.S. economy during the month of February, beating the +205k consensus estimate for NFPs. The average hourly earnings figure (an inflation gauge) missed the 2.8% estimate with a print of 2.6%, which helped fuel a jump in pre-market futures. Next week holds a few ‘high’ impact data points via CPI on Tuesday, Retail Sales on Wednesday, then UofM Sentiment on Friday.
The market surged 1.74% on Friday, breaking out above the trend-line running of the high and closing near a recent peak at 2789. With the Nasdaq 100 trading at record highs, it looks like the other major indices will try and keep up and make a move on records of their own. A breakout above 2789 will further along this notion and build on the already higher low in place on March 2nd by putting in a higher high in the sequence since the Feb spike-low.
S&P 500: Daily
On Thursday, the DAX reacted positively to the ECB, rallying 200 points from high to low following the meeting with the help of a weakening euro. Looking ahead to next week, there are no ‘high’ impact events on the docket. For a list of all economic data with estimates and release dates/times, see the economic calendar.
The DAX is doing its best to recovery, but so far is still having the look of a counter-trend rally rather than a renewed rally. However, with the leading U.S. market pointed higher the DAX could start to follow along, with even more help if the euro trades sideways to down. Last week the market took out a steep trend-line off the record high, but given its angle it isn’t viewed as all that important; more work is still needed to turn the picture out-right bullish.
On further strength, the first notable level of resistance arrives at just over 12600, while support clocks in at just above 12k, then down below 11900. If the market sinks back to the low-end of support, the risk of another leg lower increases significantly. With risk appetite getting a bid, though, it seems unlikely the DAX will sell off to that extent; it’s more likely to be a laggard on the upside than anything at this time.
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The economic calendar is bare for the most part next week in the U.K., but focus will continue to be on any ‘Brexit’ news which is released. General risk trends remain a factor at play here. Keep an eye on the U.S. markets for further indications as to which way global stocks as a whole may want to go. They look headed higher as noted with the U.S. markets earlier.
The FTSE, similar to the DAX, is bouncing but not yet looking all that convincing. The raly comes after a fake-out breakdown on March 2. The low at 7062 will be important to hold if the footsie is to keep from declining. Resistance arrives around the all-important 7300-level, a threshold which it needs to reclaim if it is to have a chance at making a meaningful run.
—Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst
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AUD/USD May Fall With Asia Stocks After Wall Street Volatility
Asia Pacific Market Open Talking Points
- British Pound and New Zealand Dollars climbed. Former enjoyed Brexit news, latter rallied on CPI
- S&P 500 recovered after risk-aversion dominated US markets on shutdown news. USD depreciated
- AUD/USD may fall as market mood sours in Asia, jobs data misses expectations. Eyes chart support
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The British Pound and New Zealand Dollar were some of the best performing majors on Wednesday. Sterling continued rallying amid ebbing ‘No-Deal’ Brexit bets despite UK Prime Minister Theresa May leaving the door open to one. Meanwhile, the Kiwi Dollar enjoyed fading expectations of an RBNZ rate cut this year after a better-than-expected local inflation report.
For pro-risk currencies such as the Australian Dollar, the US trading session offered little fuel to extend their gains. White House Economic Adviser Kevin Hassett spoke and warned the continuation of the government shutdown could result in near-zero growth. After gapping higher, the S&P 500 traded lower as domestic government bonds rallied. After a slight rally later, the index closed +0.22%.
This signaled a flight-to-safety as risk capital flowed into haven assets. The US Dollar, which tends to benefit in this scenario, failed to capitalize on gains and ended the day cautiously lower. Falling yields alongside a fading Fed rate hike bets may have been a more prominent influence. Meanwhile the anti-risk Japanese Yen still ended the day lower, perhaps due to the Bank of Japan lowering inflation expectations.
Earlier in the day, US President Donald Trump warned China that tariffs could increase should a trade deal not be reached. As the markets then transitioned into Thursday’s session, the White House requested data on if the shutdown prolongs into March. This showed that it may continue for the time being. As such, these developments may adversely impact Asia Pacific benchmark stock indexes as markets turn risk-averse.
This could boost the Japanese Yen at the expense of the sentiment-linked Australian and New Zealand Dollars. Australia’s December jobs report will also cross the wires. Data out of the country has been tending to underperform relative to economists’ expectations as of late. Such an outcome could increase expectations of an RBA rate cut as AUD/USD falls. Overnight index swaps are pricing in a 34% chance of a cut later this year.
AUD/USD Technical Analysis
The continuation pattern outlined in my weekly Australian Dollar forecast appears to have been broken on the AUD/USD chart below. Typically, a “Pennant” is a continuation pattern. The descent under it may open the door to losses instead. Near-term support is at 0.70211 with resistance around 0.71645.
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AUD/USD Daily Chart
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Traders Net-Long Increases from Last Week
65.7% OF TRADERS ARE NET-LONG
EURUSD: Retail trader data shows 65.7% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 1.91 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-long since Jan 10 when EURUSD traded near 1.1554; price has moved 1.6% lower since then. The percentage of traders net-long is now its highest since Dec 31 when EURUSD traded near 1.1464. The number of traders net-long is 2.0% higher than yesterday and 27.2% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 8.2% lower than yesterday and 4.3% higher from last week.
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EURUSD SENTIMENT CONTINUES TO SUGGEST A BEARISH BIAS
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests EURUSD prices may continue to fall. Traders are further net-long than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger EURUSD-bearish contrarian trading bias.
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Oil Risks Larger Recovery as Inverse Head-and-Shoulders Takes Shape
Oil Talking Points
Oil prices remain bid even as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reduces its global growth forecast for 2019 and 2020, and the ongoing efforts by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to stabilize the energy market may spur a larger recovery in crude as an inverse head-and-shoulders formation takes shape.
Oil Risks Larger Recovery as Inverse Head-and-Shoulders Takes Shape
Fresh comments from OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo suggest the group will continue to cut production over the coming months as the official insists that the ‘the market has started to respond positively’ at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the current environment raises the risk for higher crude prices as Mr. Barkindo goes onto say that ‘we are beginning to see very sharp reductions in supply.’
In fact, OPEC and its allies may curb production throughout 2019 as updates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show field production climbing to 11,900K in the week ending January 11 after holding steady at 11,700K for three consecutive weeks, and the group may continue to combat the stickiness in Non-OPEC supply especially as Russia Minister of Energy, Alexander Novak¸ endorses a price range of $55-65bbl.
With that said, the advance from the December-low ($42.36) may gather pace as oil prices break out of the downward trend carried over from late-2018, with developments in the Relative Strength Index (RSI) fostering a constructive outlook for crude as the oscillator bounces back from oversold territory and carves a bullish formation. Sign up and join DailyFX Currency Analyst David Song LIVE for an opportunity to discuss potential trade setups.
Oil Daily Chart
- Crude stages a near-term rebound following the failed attempts to test the June 2017-low ($42.05), and oil prices may continue to track higher as an inverse head-and-shoulders formation takes shape.
- In turn, a break/close above the $55.10 (61.8% expansion) to $55.60 (61.8% retracement) region raises the risk for a larger reversal, with the next area of interest coming in around $57.40 (61.8% retracement) followed by the Fibonacci overlap around $59.00 (61.8% retracement) to $59.70 (50% retracement).
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