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Will Stagflation Persist in the UK? EUR/GBP Volatility May Be an Indicator
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In recent years, the United Kingdom has found itself mired in a sea of economic uncertainty, prompting widespread speculation about the dreaded 'R-word'—recession.

While the nation has navigated a prolonged cost-of-living crisis marked by noticeable spikes in everyday expenses, mortgage payments, and other essential outlays, it has managed to avert an official recession thus far. However, lurking in the shadows is a different concern: stagflation.

Defining Stagflation

Stagflation, a term often used to describe an economic quagmire characterised by high inflation, low economic growth, and soaring unemployment, has begun to creep into discussions surrounding the UK's economic health. The conflicting signals emanating from the British economic landscape are creating a puzzle that demands careful examination.

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Central Bank Week Shakes Up Gold Market
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Yesterday, the main event of the week took place — the Federal Reserve meeting, which had a noticeable impact on the market of assets denominated in US dollars. But besides the Fed meeting, there are a number of other events this week related to central banks:

→ today at 10:30, a meeting of the Swiss National Bank took place. The interest rate remained at 1.75%, although there was a significant possibility of its increase to 2%.
→ today at 14:00 GMT+3, a decision on the Bank of England interest rate is expected;
→ news from the Central Bank of Japan is planned for tomorrow morning — there may be surprises.

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Oil Analysis: Finally, A Bearish Reversal?
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The policy of OPEC+ countries to voluntarily reduce oil production was one of the drivers thanks to which the price of WTI oil increased by approximately 40% from its low in June. In such cases, it is appropriate to use the phrase “correction is overdue.”

So a decline from the week's high above USD 92 to current levels seems natural. Note that the reversal began with the appearance of extremely high trading volumes in oil futures on the NYMEX exchange on Tuesday — but what if capital associated with governments of countries that do not benefit from high oil prices, which are fueling already high inflation, entered the market? If so, then WTI oil prices above 90-91 can be considered a “red line” for them.

Bearish arguments:

→ the price increase B→C is near the Fibonacci level of 31.8% of the decrease A→B, which is acceptable for a natural rollback;
→ the psychological level of USD 90 (above which the rate of price growth has slowed down) can now act as resistance;
→ the price has broken through the median line of the uptrend — now resistance can be expected from it;
→ the level of USD 89 has also been broken by the bears — it is possible that it, in turn, will slow down the bulls’ attempts to win back, if any, occur. The rate of decline is being recorded too rapidly this week.

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AUD/USD and NZD/USD Could Start Fresh Increase
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AUD/USD declined below 0.6430 before it found support. NZD/USD is now recovering and eyeing an upside break above the 0.5950 resistance zone.

Important Takeaways for AUD/USD and NZD/USD Analysis Today

  • The Aussie Dollar started a fresh decline from well above the 0.6450 level against the US Dollar.
  • There is a key rising channel forming with resistance near 0.6450 on the hourly chart of AUD/USD at FXOpen.
  • NZD/USD is attempting a recovery wave above the 0.5920 resistance.
  • There is a major contracting triangle forming with resistance near 0.5940 on the hourly chart of NZD/USD at FXOpen.

AUD/USD Technical Analysis
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On the hourly chart of AUD/USD at FXOpen, the pair recovered above the 0.6450 resistance. However, the Aussie Dollar failed to clear 0.6500 and started a fresh decline against the US Dollar.

The pair declined below the 0.6450 support. It even settled below 0.6430 and the 50-hour simple moving average. Finally, the bulls appeared near the 0.6385 zone. A low was formed near 0.6385 and the pair is now correcting losses.

There was a move above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the 0.6511 swing high to the 0.6385 low. On the upside, an immediate resistance is near the 50-hour simple moving average at 0.6430.

The first major resistance is near a rising channel at 0.6450. It coincides with the 50% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the 0.6511 swing high to the 0.6385 low.

A clear upside break above 0.6450 could send the pair toward 0.6510. The next major resistance on the AUD/USD chart is near 0.6540, above which the price could rise toward 0.6585. Any more gains might send the pair toward 0.6600.

On the downside, initial support is near the channel trend line at 0.6415. The next support could be 0.6385. Any more losses might send the pair toward 0.6350.

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USD/JPY Analysis: Rate Reaches Maximum of the Year
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This morning, the Bank of Japan's decision on the interest rate, which has been kept at -0.1% since 2016, became known. The rate size remained unchanged.

Although surprises could occur due to the fact that inflation is still above the central bank's target of 2% for the 17th month in a row. So a tightening of policy is becoming more and more likely. CNBC writes that the Bank of Japan may be prompted to take this step by the weakness of the national currency.

This morning, as the chart shows, the rate has risen very close to the highs of the year. It is possible that it will be updated during the day today.

Bullish arguments:

The continuing difference in the monetary policies of the United States and Japan contributes to the growth of the exchange rate even higher.
The border of the current bullish channel has not been reached, the potential for growth remains.
Rising lows this week indicate stronger demand.
Even if the yen strengthens, the trend can be supported by both the median and the lower border of the ascending channel.

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Market Analysis: EUR/USD, GBP/USD, and USD/JPY
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At the US Federal Reserve meeting, officials expectedly kept the interest rate at 5.25–5.50%. According to the head of the regulator, Jerome Powell, tightening monetary policy is still possible if indicators begin to show negative dynamics again. At the same time, the US Federal Reserve aims to implement a program of gradually reducing the rate to 2.90% by 2026. Officials also intend to begin the gradual sale of bonds from their balance sheet, which are currently being purchased in the amount of USD 95.0 billion, of which USD 60.0 billion are government bonds, and another USD 35.0 billion are mortgage debt securities.

EUR/USD

The euro fell on Thursday but recovered slightly at the start of today's session. The US dollar weakened a day after the Federal Reserve signalled that US monetary policy would remain accommodative even longer. The Fed kept interest rates on hold Wednesday, in line with market expectations, but signalling that its officials are increasingly confident that aggressive policies can succeed in reducing inflation without crushing the economy or leading to large job losses. Along with another possible rate hike this year, the Fed's updated forecasts show significantly tighter rates through 2024 than previously expected. The US dollar index, which measures the currency against a basket of peers, was down 0.10% at 105.33 after rising to 105.74, its highest level since March. The immediate resistance of the EUR/USD pair can be seen at 1.0663, a breakout to the upside could trigger a rise towards 1.0702. On the downside, immediate support is seen at 1.0616, a break below could take the pair towards the 1.0584 direction.

At the lows of the week, a new downward channel has formed. Now, the price has moved away from the lower border of the channel and may continue to rise.

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EUR/USD Analysis: Key Support Zone Resists Selling Pressure
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Today, fresh monthly values of the PMI index, which is considered a leading indicator of the state of the economy, have become known:

  • France: actual 43.6, expected 46.2. This is the worst economic contraction since the coronavirus.
  • Germany: actual 39.8, expected 39.5.

As a reminder, values below 50 indicate a slowing economy.

Thus, the PMI witnessed the worsening economic problems in the European Union. And not only. The PMI indicator for the UK also published today was 44.2, which, although higher than the previous value 42.5, is still below 50.

The euro immediately reacted to the disappointing news. The exchange rate against the dollar fell to its lowest level in six months. However, then an encouraging recovery followed — apparently, the proximity of the rate to the key support zone had an effect.

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GBP/USD Nosedives While USD/CAD Aims Higher
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GBP/USD is gaining pace below 1.2300. USD/CAD is rising and might aim for a move above the 1.3520 resistance zone.

Important Takeaways for GBP/USD and USD/CAD Analysis Today

  • The British Pound started a fresh decline below the 1.2500 support zone.
  • There is a key bearish trend line forming with resistance near 1.2260 on the hourly chart of GBP/USD at FXOpen.
  • USD/CAD is showing positive signs above the 1.3400 support zone.
  • There is a major bullish trend line forming with support near 1.3450 on the hourly chart at FXOpen.

GBP/USD Technical Analysis
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On the hourly chart of GBP/USD at FXOpen, the pair started a fresh decline from the 1.2500 zone. The British Pound traded below the 1.2325 support to move into further a bearish zone against the US Dollar, as mentioned in the previous analysis.

The pair even traded below 1.2275 and the 50-hour simple moving average. Finally, the bulls appeared near the 1.2230 level. A low was formed near 1.2230 and the pair is now consolidating losses with bearish signs.

Immediate resistance on the upside is near a key bearish trend line at 1.2260. The first major resistance on the GBP/USD chart is near the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the 1.2421 swing high to the 1.2230 low at 1.2275 and the 50-hour simple moving average.

A close above the 1.2275 resistance might spark a decent recovery wave. The next major resistance is near the 50% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the 1.2421 swing high to the 1.2230 low at 1.2325. Any more gains could lead the pair toward the 1.2375 resistance in the near term.

Initial support sits near 1.2230. The next major support sits at 1.2200, below which there is a risk of another sharp decline. In the stated case, the pair could drop toward 1.2120.

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Economic calendar: NASDAQ 100 May Keep Falling, High Volatility in Oil Markets, Potential Appreciation of the US Dollar
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The US, Japan and the UK may have kept interest rates on hold last week, but with the Federal Reserve indicating that rates will stay higher for longer, there is turmoil in the equity markets. The NASDAQ 100 fell 500 points last week, and with weakness continuing into this morning's trading session, the volatility looks like it will continue throughout the week.

US durable goods orders (15:30 Wednesday) is the first meaningful economic release of the week. After a terrible -5.2% in July, analysts are expecting a modest decline of -0.4% for August. The final reading of US Q2 GDP is expected to show an increase to 2.2% when it is released on Thursday (15:30), as the US economy continues to tick over at a steady rate. This could give the US dollar a further boost.

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Financial Markets Waking Up after a Turbulent Week: Important News
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The main event of last week was information from the Fed. Jerome Powell once again demonstrated his determination to maintain a tough political stance, which caused:

→ increase in bond yields. Yields on 10-year securities reached their highest since 2009;
→ the dollar index jumped to its highs of the year;
→ stock markets fell — especially NASDAQ. This increases the belief that the AI boom has run its course. The resilience of the Dow Jones index indicates that investors are preferring more defensive assets;
→ fall of cryptocurrencies. At the same time, the price of bitcoin returned to the flat range in which it was at the end of August. Thus, the wave of positivity associated, among other things, with rumours that the head of the SEC wants to approve applications from funds to launch a crypto ETF, has exhausted itself.

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US Dollar On the Rise Despite Weak PMI Data
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EUR/USD

The euro fell against the US dollar on Friday as economic data showed a contraction in economic activity, which could prompt European Central Bank hawks to soften their policy stance. Preliminary data indicates a contraction in economic activity in the eurozone's two largest economies, France and Germany. France's HCOB purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the services sector fell to a 34-month low in September, well below forecast, while Germany's PMI rose to 46.2 but below economists' forecast of 47.2. With inflation still high in the eurozone and at risk of rising, the ECB's next move could be to raise rates before rate cuts are on the agenda, several policymakers said on Thursday. The immediate resistance can be seen at 1.0663, a breakout to the upside could trigger a rise towards 1.0702. Immediate support is seen at 1.0623, a break below could take the pair towards 1.0579.

The previous ascending channel remains. Now, the price is in the middle of the channel and can continue its horizontal movement.

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Rising Bond Yields Are Driving Down Price of Gold
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The yield on 10-year bonds exceeded 4.5% per annum – a 16-year high. The demand for them was promoted by:
→ tough statements from the Fed last week that the high base interest rate will remain as long as necessary. Moreover, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari said he expects another increase;
→ concerns related to the likelihood of a US government shutdown on October 1. At the same time, Moody's issued a stern warning, jeopardizing the country's triple-A rating.

It can be assumed that investors choose bonds when forming a portfolio of protective assets. This puts pressure on the gold, which “loses its shine” in their eyes.

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USD/JPY Analysis: For the First Time This Year, the Rate Exceeds 149 Yen Per Dollar
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The reason for the stable trend, as we have repeatedly pointed out, is the difference in the monetary policy of the USA and Japan. Inflation in Japan has been above 2% for more than a year, and the media are increasingly publishing expert opinions that the Bank of Japan will raise short-term interest rates from the current -0.1% at the end of this year. However, today Reuters published the opinion of Mr. Makoto Sakurai, the former head of the Bank of Japan. According to him:

→ the Bank of Japan may delay ending negative interest rates until around April next year;
→ the abolition of negative rates, which have been in place since 2016, will not harm the economy;
→ uncertainty about the economic prospects of the United States and China also gives the Bank of Japan a reason to delay raising rates, Sakurai added.

That is, the existing gap in monetary policy may continue for another six months, which will push the USD/JPY rate higher and higher. And it is not surprising that, as the chart shows, today the rate exceeded 149 yen per US dollar for the first time in a year, further increasing the likelihood of reaching the psychological level of 150 yen.

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US Federal Reserve Contemplates Future Interest Rate Hikes Amid Economic Resilience
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In an intriguing turn of events, the US Federal Reserve has hinted at the possibility of yet another interest rate hike in the near future, keeping financial markets on their toes.

During its September 2023 meeting, the Federal Reserve chose to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at an impressive 5.25%-5.5%, a level not seen in 22 years. This decision was in line with market expectations and followed a 25 basis-point hike in July. What piqued the interest of investors and economists alike, however, was the central bank's signal that another rate increase might be in the cards before the year's end.

The Federal Reserve's projections, as revealed in the dot plot, suggest the likelihood of one more rate hike in the current year, followed by two rate cuts in 2024. This cautious approach is in response to recent economic indicators, which point to robust expansion in economic activity. While job gains have slowed in recent months, they continue to exhibit strength, and the unemployment rate remains impressively low. On the surface, this move may seem counterintuitive, especially when considering that inflation in the United States has been well-contained for over a year and stands at less than half the levels witnessed in certain parts of the European Union.

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The Yen and European Currencies Headed to New Lows
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The main currency pairs began the last five-day trading period of September with a new wave of growth for the American currency. Changes in the Fed's point forecast for next year provided powerful support to the dollar, which, in turn, contributed to the search for the bottom in the euro, yen and pound.

The GBP/USD currency pair is testing support at a significant level of 1.2200, the EUR/USD pair is heading towards the January extremes of this year, and the USD/JPY pair has resumed growth in the direction of 150. Apparently, in the coming trading sessions, we can expect another upward impulse on the greenback. At the same time, we must take into account that these pairs are very close to important ranges, the test of which may end in a corrective rollback or reversal.

GBP/USD

The pound turned out to be quite susceptible to the outcome of the recent Bank of England meeting. The regulator left the rate at the same level, while analysts predicted a rate increase of another 0.25%. Add to this a number of weak macroeconomic indicators from the UK, published last week, and we get a stable downward trend for GBP. The price has already dropped below 1.2200, and since there are no reversal combinations, a test of 1.2100-1.2000 may happen.
From the fundamental analysis point of view, today, we are waiting for data on the number of building permits issued in the United States. The US Consumer Confidence Index for September will also be published (17:00 GMT+3).

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AMZN Stock Analysis: 4 Reasons to Doubt the Bullish Outlook
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After the Fed signaled last week that rates may be higher for longer than expected, the US stock market has received a strong bearish boost. And among the most vulnerable assets were technology stocks (considered risky). The NASDAQ index has already fallen by about 6% since last Wednesday (when the FOMC meeting took place). And the negative backdrop from the Fed is one of the 4 issues that give reason to doubt the bullish outlook for AMZN stock.

The second reason is that AMZN has fallen 9% in value since last Wednesday. That is, AMZN is falling faster than the overall market. And this problem is not new. Compare the dynamics of the index and Amazon shares on a weekly timeframe and you will see that the shares have been performing weaker than the index since the summer of 2020. That is, the leadership status that was held for many years has been lost.

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EUR/USD Takes Hit While USD/CHF Surges
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EUR/USD started a fresh decline below the 1.0615 support. USD/CHF is rising and might aim a move toward the 0.9220 resistance.

Important Takeaways for EUR/USD and USD/CHF Analysis Today

  • The Euro struggled to clear the 1.0670 resistance and declined against the US Dollar.
  • There is a major bearish trend line forming with resistance near 1.0585 on the hourly chart of EUR/USD at FXOpen.
  • USD/CHF is gaining pace above the 0.9135 resistance zone.
  • There is a key bullish trend line forming with support near 0.9150 on the hourly chart at FXOpen.

EUR/USD Technical Analysis

On the hourly chart of EUR/USD at FXOpen, the pair failed to clear the 1.0670 resistance. The Euro started a fresh decline below the 1.0615 support against the US Dollar, as mentioned in the previous analysis.

There was a move below the 50-hour simple moving average and 1.0600. The bears were able to push the pair below the 1.0585 pivot level. The pair traded as low as 1.0556 and is currently showing a lot of bearish signs.

Immediate resistance on the upside is near the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the 1.0671 swing high to the 1.0556 low. There is also a major bearish trend line forming with resistance near 1.0585 and the 50-hour simple moving average.

The first major resistance is near the 50% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the 1.0671 swing high to the 1.0556 low at 1.0615. An upside break above the 1.0615 level might send the pair toward the 1.0670 resistance. Any more gains might open the doors for a move toward the 1.0720 level.

On the downside, immediate support on the EUR/USD chart is seen near 1.0555. The next major support is near the 1.0540 level. A downside break below the 1.0540 support could send the pair toward the 1.0500 level.

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Inflation Still Dogs the Economy: What Are the Central Banks Doing About It?
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High inflation continues to grip European economies, putting central banks in a tight spot as they grapple with the triple dilemma of slowing growth, persistent inflation, and the impact of unprecedented rate hikes.

In September, we witnessed a shift in tone from central banks across the region, with some hitting the brakes on interest rate hikes after nearly two years of tightening, while others appeared to be approaching peak rates.

This shift has brought the spotlight to a critical question: how long will these rates remain steady in the face of economic challenges?

One common thread among these central banks is the proximity of their interest rates to their presumed peaks, adding complexity to the ongoing balancing act.

The recent surge in oil prices has further complicated the situation. While it has the potential to fuel inflation, it also exerts downward pressure on economic growth, making future interest rate decisions even more uncertain.

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Oil Surges to a New High of the Year
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As the chart shows, the day before yesterday, a barrel of WTI cost USD 87.87, but this morning, the price exceeded the level of USD 93. That is, the growth was more than 6% in just 2 days.

The main driver of such growth remains the voluntary reduction in oil production by OPEC+ countries. Added to this was the market's reaction to yesterday's news about the reduction in oil reserves in the United States (expected = -0.7 million barrels, actual = -2.2 million). Inventories are approaching historical lows, according to Reuters. Probably, the US authorities, by releasing oil from storage, are trying to reduce the impact of its high price on inflation, but the graph shows that these efforts are unlikely to give the desired result.

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S&P 500 Analysis: Price Reaches The Edge of Abyss
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Investors in the US stock market have serious reasons to worry:

→ The likelihood of a shutdown of government agencies is becoming more and more real. It could happen as early as next week if a budget agreement is not reached (A new fiscal year begins on October 1 in the United States).
→ The prospect of a high policy rate that could last longer than expected is weighing heavily, causing the S&P 500 to decline markedly since last Wednesday's Fed meeting.
→ According to MarketWatch, the so-called “fear index” (using several input data, including the Cboe VIX volatility index) reached the “extreme fear” level for the first time since March 15, when a series of US bank failures occurred.

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Bitcoin Cash Analysis: Promising Resistance Breakout
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Yesterday, the head of the SEC regulator, Gary Gensler, answered questions for 4 hours before the Financial Services Committee of the US House of Representatives, which, among other things, related to cryptocurrencies.

What has become known:

→ on the eve of the hearing, Gary Gensler was sent a letter from four members of the US Congress demanding approval of applications for ETFs based on cryptocurrencies;
→ the head of the SEC avoided answering questions about the timing of decisions on these applications, although he noted that if the agency’s work was stopped on October 1 (like other government agencies), this would slow down the process;
→ for participants in the cryptocurrency market, the event could have given a positive impetus if Gensler’s words had contained hints of positivity, but he once again spoke out about the dangerous prohibited practices that crypto firms use.

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US Currency Continues to Grow Ahead of GDP Data Release
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Good data on core durable goods orders in the US for August and a general decrease in risk appetite in the market are helping to strengthen the US dollar. The American currency set new highs in such pairs as EUR/USD, GBP/USD, and USD/CHF. Commodity currencies, along with precious metals, continue to decline.

USD/CHF

The latest meeting of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) disappointed buyers of the Swiss franc. Contrary to analysts' forecasts, officials refused to raise the rate by 0.25%. The change in the vector of the SNB monetary policy contributed to a sharp strengthening of USD/CHF. In just a few days, the price rose by 300 points and strengthened above the alligator lines on the weekly timeframe. If the current situation does not change and the US dollar continues to strengthen, the pair may continue to rise towards the nearest important resistance range of 0.9400-0.9450. We can consider a cancellation of the upward scenario only after the pair moves below the psychological level of 0.9000.

Today's news on US GDP for the Q2 will be important for the pair's pricing. The publication of the indicator is scheduled for 15:30 GMT+3. Also, at the same time, weekly data on the number of applications for unemployment benefits in the United States will be released.

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US Government Shutdown: Assessing Economic Impact and Recession Risks
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The recurring spectre of a government shutdown has once again loomed over the United States, prompting concerns about its potential economic consequences. The shutdown may occur this weekend unless lawmakers agree on spending levels and whether to give more aid to Ukraine. Economists and analysts are closely examining the situation, weighing the likelihood of a recession, and evaluating the resilience of the American economy in the face of this uncertainty.

The Longer the Shutdown, the Greater the Damage

A recurring theme has emerged from past government shutdowns: their duration directly correlates with the extent of economic damage.

A brief shutdown is unlikely to significantly impede economic growth or push the nation into a recession, as both Wall Street and the Biden administration economists contend. Historical evidence from previous government funding stoppages supports this assertion, revealing limited economic disruption during short-lived closures.

However, the narrative shifts when contemplating a protracted shutdown scenario. A sustained government shutdown has the potential to erode economic growth, potentially impacting President Biden's re-election prospects. This challenge would compound other economic headwinds anticipated in the final months of the year, including elevated interest rates, the resumption of federal student loan payments, and a possible extended United Automobile Workers strike.

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Gold Price Accelerates Lower, Crude Oil Price Dips
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Gold price is moving lower below the $1,885 support. Crude oil price is now correcting gains and trading below the $92.00 support.

Important Takeaways for Gold and Oil Prices Analysis Today

  • Gold price failed to clear the 1,915 resistance and moved lower against the US Dollar.
  • A major bearish trend line is forming with resistance near $1,865 on the hourly chart of gold at FXOpen.
  • Crude oil prices are now correcting lower below the $92.00 zone.
  • There was a break below a key bullish trend line with support near $92.50 on the hourly chart of XTI/USD at FXOpen.

Gold Price Technical Analysis
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On the hourly chart of Gold at FXOpen, the price struggled to settle above the $1,915 resistance. The price started a fresh decline below the $1,900 pivot level.

The price traded below the $1,885 support and the 50-hour simple moving average. It tested the $1,858 zone. A low is formed near $1,857.71 and the price is now consolidating losses. It is now struggling below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the $1,915 swing high to the $1,857 low.

There is also a major bearish trend line forming with resistance near $1,865. The next major resistance is near $1,870, above which the price could test the 50-hour simple moving average at $1,880.

The next major resistance is near the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the $1,915 swing high to the $1,857 low at $1,892. An upside break above the $1,892 resistance could send Gold price toward $1,915. Any more gains may perhaps set the pace for an increase toward the $1,930 level.

Initial support on the downside is near the $1,858 level. The first major support is near the $1,850 level. If there is a downside break below the $1,850 support, the price might decline further. In the stated case, the price might drop toward the $1,832 support.

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US 30 Analysis: Dow Jones Finds Support
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September is likely to be the second month in a row that the Dow Jones (US 30) stock market index declined. The last time this happened was... also in September, a year ago.

Important economic data was published yesterday:
→ According to a revised report released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, US real GDP increased 2.1% year over year in the second quarter. This reduces the risk of recession.
→ The number of applications for unemployment benefits amounted to 204k for a week, which continues the downward trend that has emerged since June of this year.

Today, fresh data on the PCE inflation index will be published, it can provide evidence that inflation is slowly subsiding as long as the economy remains resilient.

More bullish arguments for displaying cautious optimism are provided by the Dow Jones index chart:

→ the price of US 30 has formed an inverted head-and-shoulders pattern (SHS);
→ this bullish pattern formed near the lower border of the descending channel — which indicates support from this line;
→ after Wednesday, when the bearish acceleration was noticeable, the price recovered — this is a sign that if there were panic sentiments, they have exhausted themselves.
→ On Thursday, the bears’ attempts to resume the decline failed, and Friday morning looks optimistic – during the Asian session the price exceeded Thursday’s high.

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The Price of Gold Drops Below $1,900
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The decline in the price of the asset considered a safe haven was facilitated by rising bond yields, which are becoming more attractive for investment in a high-interest environment. According to top Federal Reserve officials, new increases are possible to achieve inflation targets.

At yesterday's low, the price fell below 1,860 per ounce for the first time since March 2023. Will the fall continue? The XAU/USD chart on the 4-hour time frame provides valuable information for thought.

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GBP/USD Struggles While EUR/GBP Eyes Increase
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GBP/USD is struggling below the 1.2235 resistance zone. EUR/GBP is rising and might climb above the 0.8675 resistance.

Important Takeaways for GBP/USD and EUR/GBP Analysis Today

  • The British Pound is showing bearish signs below 1.2235 and 1.2270.
  • There is a key bullish trend line forming with support near 1.2160 on the hourly chart of GBP/USD at FXOpen.
  • EUR/GBP is rising and trading above the 0.8660 zone.
  • There is a major bearish trend line forming with resistance near 0.8675 on the hourly chart at FXOpen.

GBP/USD Technical Analysis
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On the hourly chart of GBP/USD at FXOpen, the pair attempted a fresh increase above 1.2235. However, the British Pound failed above 1.2270 and started a fresh decline against the US Dollar.

There was a clear move below the 1.2235 support and the 50-hour simple moving average. The pair even traded below the 50% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the 1.2110 swing low to the 1.2271 high.

The pair is now showing bearish signs below 1.2200. On the downside, there is a key support forming near 1.2160 or the 76.4% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the 1.2110 swing low to the 1.2271 high.

There is also a key bullish trend line forming with support near 1.2160. If there is a downside break below the 1.2160 support, the pair could accelerate lower.

The next major support is near the 1.2110 zone, below which the pair could test 1.2050. Any more losses could lead the pair toward the 1.2000 support. On the upside, the GBP/USD chart indicates that the pair is facing resistance near the 50-hour simple moving average at 1.2200.

The next major resistance is near 1.2235. A close above the 1.2235 resistance zone could open the doors for a move toward 1.2270. Any more gains might send GBP/USD toward 1.2350.

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XAG/USD Analysis: Silver Price Quickly Drops by Approximately 7.5%
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On Friday, silver was trading at USD 23.5 per ounce, but on Monday morning it dropped below USD 21.7 – a difference of 7.5%.

Fundamental influencing factors are not clearly identified, but it can be assumed that the sharp drop was facilitated by:
→ the fact that a shutdown of US government agencies was avoided, since the authorities reached a budget agreement – albeit a temporary one;
→ high yield on bonds;
→ at the end of the Q3, the long-term portfolios of large market participants were rebalanced.

Factors could put pressure on gold (it also shows a negative trend, falling below USD 1,850 per ounce for the first time since March of this year), and more volatile silver rushed after gold.

Technical analysis adds more information about the nature of the fall. In mid-July, we wrote that the price of gold had approached the upper limit of the long-term downward channel (shown in yellow), from which resistance could be expected.

However, the strength of demand was exhausted earlier, around the level of USD 25 per ounce, it turned out to be an unbearable barrier for the bulls, which is noticeable in the price action in July and August.

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Euro Analysis: ECB Cautions Against Rate Cuts Amid Inflation Battle
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Luis de Guindos, the Vice-President of the European Central Bank (ECB), has firmly dismissed the notion of rate cuts as "premature" amidst the ongoing struggle to combat surging inflation. Speaking to the Financial Times, he cautioned that overcoming the final hurdles to return inflation to the target rate of 2 percent will be a formidable task.

The ECB's governing council has been grappling with the sharpest inflation increase in a generation. To address this, the bank has undertaken a record 10 consecutive deposit rate hikes, bringing it to an all-time high of 4 percent. Despite recent inflation cooling off to a two-year low, the ECB emphasised that the recent spike in oil prices to a 10-month high presents new challenges.

In a statement to the press yesterday, Luis de Guindos said, "We are on our way towards 2 percent, but we must monitor that very closely, as the last mile will not be easy. The elements that might torpedo the disinflation process are powerful."

In addition to oil, other factors such as rapid wage growth, a weakened euro, and continued strong demand for services could sustain high inflation rates. Eurozone inflation data released on Friday revealed a drop to 4.3 percent in the year to September, surpassing economists' expectations.

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Dollar Falls After Inflation Data Release
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EUR/USD

The euro rose on Friday following the release of softer-than-expected US inflation data. The data showed that the price index for personal consumption expenditures (PCE), excluding volatile components of food and energy, increased 3.9% year-on-year in August, the first time it fell below 4% in more than two years. The Fed tracks PCE price indexes to achieve its 2% inflation target. The euro was up 0.10% on the day at USD 1.0578, but it was its worst quarter against the dollar in a year, down 3.08%. The immediate resistance can be seen at 1.0582, and a breakout to the upside could trigger a rise towards 1.0619. On the downside, immediate support is seen at 1.0491, a break below could take the pair towards 1.0441.

The price has broken through the upper boundary of the downward channel and may continue to rise.

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Economic Calendar: US Labour Market and ISM Manufacturing PMI Data, RBA and OPEC+ Meetings
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The start of October brings plenty of macro data for traders to analyse as high inflation and low growth continue to weigh heavily on central bankers' and politicians' minds.

ISM Manufacturing PMI (17:00 GMT+3) from the States gets the ball rolling on Monday. It has been below 50 (signalling a contraction) for almost a year now, but the last couple of months have been better than expected. 47.7 is the analysts' estimate for this month, so anything above this could be bullish for the US dollar.

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META Analysis: Price Target Raised to $390
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Last week, the Meta Connect event took place, where the following were presented:
→ new Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses with a camera and microphones, including for broadcasting on social networks. The price of the gadget is USD 299;
→ Meta Quest 3 virtual reality helmet priced at USD 499;
→ AI characters for social networks, as well as Meta AI chatbot.

Overall, the products were received favourably. And now analysts are making predictions about how this will affect the stock price. Thus, Truist Securities analyst Youssef Squali raised his target price to USD 390 per META share, expecting that:
→ revenue will increase by 21% year on year;
→ the company will receive many benefits through the implementation of AI (for example, Emu — an image generation model; Studio AI — a platform for developers that allows one to create new and customized AI).

Add to this that the increase in revenue should be facilitated by the company’s intention to offer a subscription fee of USD 14 per month for using Instagram and Facebook, which will allow one to disable advertising.

The daily chart of META stock, meanwhile, shows a mixed picture.

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EUR/USD Analysis: The Rate Updates Its Multi-month Low
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Never in its history has the euro fallen for 11 weeks in a row against the dollar, but it happened. The minimum has been set for 2023.

The reason seems to be that in an environment where central banks are raising rates to combat inflation, the US economy appears to be favored. Yesterday's batch of news confirmed this:
→ US ISM Manufacturing PMI index turned out to be higher than expected (actual = 49.0; forecast = 47.8; previous value = 47.6).
→ In his speech at a roundtable in Pennsylvania, the Fed chairman said: “Lots of good things happen,” commenting on the strong labor market. Today, by the way, at 17:00 GMT+3 JOLTS data on the number of vacancies will be released, which can confirm the stability of the economy.

The attractiveness of USD is also affected by rising US government bond yields, as investors need dollars to buy them.

How long can the fall of the euro continue, which is already “settled” below the level of 1.05?

If the fundamental balance of power between the economies of Europe and the United States remains unchanged, the rate may reach the lower boundary of the bearish channel (shown in red).

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Top 5 Stocks to Watch in October:

Bank on the Backfoot, No Thirst for Coca-Cola, Tech Giant Takes Dip and Electric Vehicle Volatility

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October is here, and as the markets enter a new month, we take a closer look at five stocks that could be of significant interest to investors.

1) Bank of America

Bank of America stock has taken a dive over the past weeks and entered October on a low point. Down from the high of $29 on September 14 to the mid $26 range at the close of business on the first trading day of October, it is now at its lowest point in six months. Yesterday, Bank of America stated that capitulation is a likely event when discussing the possibility of big drawdowns in October, and the sentiment of investors is reflected in these reduced share values. The company's CEO has said this week that he believes there will not be a recession, therefore giving rise to some investor confidence across the US markets.

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The American Currency Resumes Growth
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The beginning of October turned out to be favourable for continued growth in the US dollar. From the data published yesterday, it follows that in September, the US manufacturing business activity index (PMI) rose to 49.0 against the forecast of 47.7. The ISM manufacturing employment index for the same period also turned out to be positive: 51.2 versus 48.3. Add to this the hawkish statements of the FOMC members who have spoken in recent days, and we can observe another upward impulse on the greenback.

NZD/USD

For commodity currencies, the current week is extremely rich in important fundamentals. This morning, the Reserve Bank of Australia met, tomorrow, the RBNZ will announce its verdict on the rate, and on Friday, the US employment report will be released.

According to analysts' forecasts, the New Zealand regulator will leave the rate unchanged, which may put additional pressure on the NZD/USD pair. On the weekly timeframe, we are seeing a rebound from the important level of 0.6000. If the current situation does not change, we can expect a renewal of the March low of this year at 0.5860. We can consider cancelling the downward scenario only after a confident consolidation above 0.6050.

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EUR/USD Tumbles While USD/JPY Seems Unstoppable
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EUR/USD remained in a bearish zone and declined below 1.0530. USD/JPY is again rising and might climb toward the 150.00 level.

Important Takeaways for EUR/USD and USD/JPY Analysis Today

  • The Euro started a fresh decline below the 1.0530 support zone.
  • There is a short-term bearish trend line forming with resistance near 1.0475 on the hourly chart of EUR/USD at FXOpen.
  • USD/JPY climbed higher above the 148.00 and 148.75 levels.
  • There was a rejection noticed near a bearish trend line at 150.15 on the hourly chart at FXOpen.

EUR/USD Technical Analysis
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On the hourly chart of EUR/USD at FXOpen, the pair remained in a bearish zone below the 1.0650 level, as mentioned in the previous analysis. The Euro declined below the 1.0530 support zone against the US Dollar.

The pair even settled below the 1.0500 zone and the 50-hour simple moving average. A low is formed near 1.0448 and the pair is now consolidating losses. On the upside, the pair is now facing resistance near a short-term bearish trend line at 1.0475.

The next key resistance is near the 50-hour simple moving average and the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the 1.0617 swing high to the 1.0448 low at 1.0485.

A clear move above the 1.0485 level could send the pair toward the 1.0530 resistance. It is close to the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the 1.0617 swing high to the 1.0448 low. An upside break above 1.0530 could set the pace for another increase. In the stated case, the pair might rise toward 1.0615.

If not, the pair might resume its decline. The first major support on the EUR/USD chart is near 1.0450. The next key support is at 1.0420. If there is a downside break below 1.0420, the pair could drop toward 1.0380. The next support is near 1.0335, below which the pair could start a major decline.

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E-mini S&P 500 Falls to Lowest Since Early Summer
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Job openings rose to 9.6 million in August, the highest level since April, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported yesterday. That's nearly 700,000 more than in July and well above the Dow Jones forecast of 8.8 million.

A strong labor market may indicate a growing economy, but why did E-mini S&P 500 futures fall to their lowest level since early summer? It's about the Fed's high rates.

A strong labor market makes the case for keeping rates high for longer to slow inflation to the 2% target. And high rates mean a decrease in the profitability of companies' businesses; accordingly, we see the development of bearish sentiment in the stock market. We wrote about this scenario in an analytical review on September 19, before the last FOMC meeting took place.

In addition, high Federal Reserve rates make bonds more attractive and portfolio managers, it can be assumed, are transferring capital from the stock market to bonds, as well as to cash (the dollar index hit a new high of the year yesterday).

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Fed Policymakers Ponder Prolonged High Rates Amidst Inflation Dilemma
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The US Federal Reserve's persistent strategy of increasing interest rates to combat inflation and subsequently maintaining them at elevated levels has sparked a contentious debate in Western financial markets. While US Federal Reserve officials emphasise the necessity of a restrictive monetary policy to rein in inflation and bring it down to the Fed's 2% target, there remains an underlying dispute regarding the potential for another rate hike later this year.

It's crucial to note that inflation in the United States has been relatively well-contained for over a year, a far cry from the double-digit inflation still plaguing certain regions in Europe. Nevertheless, central bankers' approach to monetary policy remains notably conservative.

One of the paramount concerns facing the US economy is its staggering national debt, which surpasses that of most Western economies. Surprisingly, despite this financial burden, the US dollar continues to exhibit strength, notably gaining significant ground against the British pound in recent weeks.

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Yen and Commodity Currencies Hit Annual Lows
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Yesterday, one could observe a continuation of the upward momentum in the dollar. Good data on the number of open vacancies in the US labour market from JOLTS allowed the USD/JPY pair to update its annual maximum at 150.00. The USD/CAD currency pair has strengthened above 1.3700, and the AUD/USD pair is approaching last year’s extremes at 0.6200-0.6100.

USD/JPY

The American currency continues to hold its leading position in the first five-day trading period of October. But, since many pairs have reached important levels, corrective pullbacks from the main movements can be expected in the near future. Thus, the USD/JPY pair fell sharply yesterday after testing the psychological level of 150.00 and lost more than 250 points in just an hour. US dollar buyers very quickly returned the price above 149.00, but apparently, the range of 150.20-150.00 could become a serious obstacle to further growth of USD/JPY. A corrective downward pullback for the pair may be limited by recent extremes at 147.30-148.50.

Today at 15:15 GMT+3, we are waiting for preliminary data on employment in the US for September from ADR. A little later, the business activity index (PMI) in the US services sector for the same period will be released.

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