USD, Stocks Talking Points:
- It’s been a rough week for the risk trade and the US Dollar has continued to jump, now trading at a fresh 20-year-high.
- There seems a bit of disconnect at the moment between US equity markets and global FX markets. The Euro and Sterling are showing collapse-like moves. US equities, at least in the S&P and the Nasdaq remain above June lows as of this writing. It appears there will be some re-alignment in risk trends before too long.
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We’re nearing the end of what’s been a brutal week for the risk trade and there’s been a number of central banks reporting rate hikes, with perhaps a disconcerting theme showing up.
The UK hiked rates by 50 basis points yesterday and Sterling responded by spilling down to a fresh 37-year-low. And then this morning’s unveil of the UK budget didn’t seem to help matters much, as a program of energy subsidies and tax cuts merely helped to push the Pound to another lower-low against the US Dollar.
At this point, the US Dollar is a main driver as the currency has pushed to yet another fresh 20-year-high. From the monthly chart we can see a massive move in September as prices have made a decisive break above the 110.00 psychological level.
US Dollar Monthly Chart
This was a large driver in that USD move and what happened in the Euro this week is disconcerting. I had looked at this on Monday, lining up around the parity level that had continued to play a role in the matter.
But, by Tuesday, support was looking vulnerable ahead of FOMC and I talked about that in the report published that day. Price has since broken down to a fresh 19-year-low, invalidating a falling wedge formation along the way.
As for next support – there’s an item of interest around the .9600 level, as this was a prior swing-high turned swing-low back in 2002.
EUR/USD Monthly Chart
Cable in Collapse Territory
Unfortunately there’s no similar context in GBP/USD as price is trading at fresh 37-year-lows. I had looked at bearish continuation scenarios in the pair yesterday from a short-term basis but a similar approach feels improper today after such an elongated move.
The big item of hope here is that the 1.1000 psychological level helps to stem the bleeding for a little while. RSI is at its most oversold since 2009 and while this is not a timing indicator, it does highlight the danger of selling at this point below the 1.1000 level, which may lead to a bit of stall or bounce in the matter.
GBP/USD Monthly Chart
Stocks are in a dire spot but given what we looked at above, with both the Euro and Pound in the midst of collapse-like moves, the fact that the S&P 500 hasn’t even tested the June low feels like a bit of a mismatch.
Bigger picture – S&P 500 next support below the June low could plot at either the 3500 psychological level – which is around the 50% mark of the pandemic move. Or around 3400, which was the pre-pandemic swing-high.
S&P 500 Weekly Price Chart
The Nasdaq is in a similar spot, sitting just above June lows which posted at a big spot on the chart. Next longer-term supports on my Nasdaq chart are at 10,500 and then a zone from the pre-pandemic high of 9763 up to the 10k psychological level.
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Nasdaq Weekly Price Chart
— Written by James Stanley, Senior Strategist, DailyFX.com & Head of DailyFX Education
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