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Pound Regains Lost Ground But Turmoil Continues

By NAGA (Michalis Efthymiou)Market OverviewSep 30, 2022 04:37AM ET
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Pound Regains Lost Ground But Turmoil Continues
By NAGA (Michalis Efthymiou)   |  Sep 30, 2022 04:37AM ET
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The US Dollar declined for a second consecutive day, but this time it hasn't triggered bullish price movement in the stock market. Instead, both US and Asian stocks declined along with the US Dollar.

Over the past 24 hours, the best performing assets have been XAU/USD, which has increased in value by 2.85% after a decline in both the US Dollar and the stock market.

In addition to gold, the GBP has also increased in value against most other currencies, including the US Dollar, Euro, and Yen. The British currency increased in value after it was confirmed that the new Prime Minister, Lizz Truss, would have an emergency meeting with the Office for Budget Responsibility.

The Prime Minister is attempting to avoid another crisis as British assets, such as stocks and GILTS, decline significantly. The fear is that the latest tax cuts will increase the risk of government bonds due to the government account deficit.

USD/JPY - Technical View

The USD/JPY is one of the few major currency pairs which has not seen the US Dollar decline in value. The US Dollar Index has declined from 114.59 to 111.98 over the past three days

The Yen could not take advantage of this and increase in value, to the disappointment of the Japanese Government. We can see a clear resistance point at 114.929, which has been in place for three weeks.

USD/JPY price chart.
USD/JPY price chart.

A recession in the US was officially confirmed after two consecutive quarters of GDP in the red zone, which is the official definition of a technical recession. However, it should be noted that most officials disagree that the economy is in a recession, as consumption and the labor market remain strong enough to resist negative factors.

The economic statistics released yesterday continue to show the resilience of the US economy and the strength of the employment sector. The Initial Jobless Claims increased by 193,000, less than the previous 209,000 and the forecast of 215,000, and the Total Claims decreased from 1.376 million to 1.347 million.

Today investors will be looking toward the Core PCE Price Index, which, in simple terms, is an inflation figure that excludes food and energy. This is especially important as energy and food have been one of the main components of this year’s high inflation. Investors will also listen to the FOMC member Brainard’s speech this afternoon.

Over the next few weeks, traders will specifically be cautious that the Japanese government will not attempt to intervene in the currency market as they did on the 22nd.

S&P 500 - Technical View

The S&P 500 increased by 1.75% on Wednesday, giving some hope that the stock market may not continue to crash below the $3,631 level. However, the hope may have been misplaced.

The index collapsed again during the latest trading session, taking the price below the support level and lower than Wednesday’s price range.

S&P 500 price chart.
S&P 500 price chart.

The price was partially brought down by negative news from certain companies such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Nike (NYSE:NKE), and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), which declined by a whopping 6%.

As we already mentioned, Apple confirmed that they would not increase production as they expect lower demand over the next two quarters at a minimum. The stock has declined by almost 5%.

Nike stocks significantly declined after trading hours, with the current minus measuring 9.36%. One of the largest US companies in the retail market advised that inventory on its balance sheet was up a whopping 44% to $9.7 billion, driven by continued supply chain issues.

Investors also fear that this will result in higher prices, damaging sales figures as interest rates continue to rise and inflation remains high.

Over the next two weeks, investors will concentrate on the NFP figure, especially the CPI. If inflation continues to rise, it can put significant pressure on the stock market.

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Sir will the dollar index fall further?
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