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19 April 2024,06:15

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Dollar Bolsters By Upbeat Economic Data

19 April 2024, 06:15

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Market Summary

The dollar index (DXY) saw an uptick yesterday amid favourable economic indicators, reinforcing the perception of a robust U.S. economy. Notably, the growth in Durable Goods Orders from -6.9% to 1.4% for February indicates ongoing consumption growth, potentially fueling persistent inflationary pressures. This development has caused a recalibration of market expectations regarding the Federal Reserve’s potential rate cuts, leading to a downturn in the U.S. equity market as investors await the PCE index data due on Friday.

Amidst the dollar’s strengthening, the Japanese Yen has remained weak, approaching levels that may prompt intervention by Japanese authorities to stabilise the currency.

In commodities, the cocoa futures contract experienced a significant surge, reaching an all-time high of over $10,000 in the last session. The global cocoa market is currently grappling with its largest supply deficit in over six decades. Analysts warn that the situation may deteriorate further, suggesting a continued bullish trend for cocoa prices as the market adjusts to these unprecedented supply challenges.

Current rate hike bets on 1st May Fed interest rate decision

Source: CME Fedwatch Tool

0 bps (85.5%) VS -25 bps (14.5%)  

Market Overview

market overview price chart 27 March 2024

Economic Calendar

(MT4 System Time)

economic calendar price chart 27 March 2024

Source: MQL5 

Market Movements

dollar index dxy price chart 27 March 2024


The Dollar Index, tracking against a basket of major currencies, held firm amidst a wait-and-see sentiment among investors. With anticipation mounting for the release of the PCE Price Index data, crucial for gauging inflation and scheduled for Good Friday, market movement is expected to remain subdued. Despite the holiday, Top Fed officials, including Chair Jerome Powell and Mary Daly, are slated to provide insights, setting the stage for potential market shifts. Traders are advised to stay vigilant and strategize as economic data released over the weekend could spur heightened volatility come Monday.

The Dollar Index is trading higher while currently testing the resistance level. MACD has illustrated diminishing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 63, suggesting the index might extend its gains after breakout since the RSI stays above the midline. 

Resistance level: 104.45, 104.95

Support level:104.00, 103.65

XAU/USD gold price chart 27 March 2024


Gold prices saw a modest rebound, finding support near key resistance levels amid lacklustre economic data from the US. The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index fell below expectations, signalling persistent concerns about economic activity. As volatility looms with major events and data releases on the horizon, gold’s safe-haven appeal is expected to remain robust, potentially buoying prices in the coming days.

Gold prices are trading higher while currently testing the resistance level. However, MACD has illustrated diminishing bullish momentum, while RSI is at 50, suggesting the commodity might experience technical correction since the RSI retreated sharply from overbought territory. 

Resistance level: 2185.00, 2230.00

Support level: 2145.00, 2110.00

GBP/USD price chart 27 March 2024


The GBP/USD pair maintained its bearish trajectory following a brief technical rebound earlier in the week. This decline was primarily attributed to positive U.S. economic data, particularly the increase in Durable Goods Orders from -6.9% to 1.4% in February. However, the downward movement was somewhat tempered by a hawkish stance from the Bank of England’s Mann, who indicated a more optimistic view on the UK’s wage growth compared to the U.S. and EU. 

GBP/USD continues to trade lower after a technical rebound. The RSI hovers in the lower region, while the MACD flows below the zero line, suggesting that the bearish momentum is overwhelming. 

Resistance level: 1.2710, 1.2770

Support level: 1.2530, 1.2440

EUR/USD price chart 27 March 2024


The EUR/USD pair experienced a modest retracement after bouncing back from its recent low around 1.0800. This retracement was driven by a strengthening of the dollar yesterday, supported by upbeat U.S. economic data. In contrast, the euro lacked significant catalysts for further gains. Moreover, with the euro’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) being lower than that of the U.S. and UK, market expectations of a potential rate cut by the European Central Bank (ECB) have been growing, adding downward pressure on the euro.

EUR/USD retraced from its technical rebound, suggesting the pair remain trading with its long-term bearish trajectory. The MACD remains flowing below the zero line while the RSI, hovering at below 50 levels, suggests the pair remain trading with bearish momentum. 

Resistance level: 1.0866, 1.0955

Support level: 1.0780, 1.0700

nasdaq price chart 27 March 2024


The US equity market experienced a decline, relinquishing earlier gains and marking the third consecutive downturn for Nasdaq. With investors awaiting economic data in a truncated holiday week to gauge the Federal Reserve’s policy direction, market sentiment remained subdued. Expectations for a flat trend in equities persist as traders seek clarity amidst ongoing uncertainties.

Nasdaq is trading lower following the prior retracement from the resistance level. MACD has illustrated diminishing bullish momentum, while RSI is at 53, suggesting the index might extend its losses since the RSI retreated sharply from overbought territory. 

Resistance level: 18315.00, 18975.00

Support level: 17795.00, 17385.00

USD/JPY price chart 27 March 2024


The USD/JPY pair touched its weakest level against the U.S. dollar for the third time, nearing the 152.00 level, following Japan’s first rate hike since 2007. The Japanese Yen has approached intervention levels last seen in 2022, prompting speculation of potential currency intervention by Japanese authorities. The Japanese Finance Minister indicated openness to considering measures to address the weakening yen, further contributing to market speculation regarding potential intervention.

The USD/JPY pair has formed a triple-top price pattern, if a break from current level suggests a solid bullish signal;  a drop from current level would suggest a bearish signal. However, there is a divergence as the pair continue to surge, but the MACD continues to edge lower while the RSI hovers near the overbought zone. 

Resistance level: 151.85, 153.35

Support level: 149.50, 147.65

cocoa commodity trading price chart 27 March 2024

Cocoa, H4

The surge in cocoa futures to an all-time high, trading above the $10,000 mark, marks a significant event in the commodity markets, largely attributed to the worst global cocoa shortage in 60 years. This bull run, which began in 2023 and has seen gains of over 140% in 2024, underscores the severe supply constraints impacting the cocoa market. The critical shortage is propelling the prices upward, and strategists are warning that the situation could worsen, suggesting the potential for continued climbs in cocoa futures.

Cocoa futures prices continue to trade with its extreme bullish momentum. The RSI has been hovering in the overbought zone for most of the time in 2024 while the MACD continues to surge, suggesting the bullish momentum remains strong. 

Resistance level: 10950.00, 11460.00

Support level: 9210.00, 8600.00

crude oil price chart 27 March 2024


Crude oil prices retreated from significant resistance levels as market sentiment remained tepid ahead of key events. Investors opted to shed high-risk commodities amidst lingering uncertainties. However, losses were tempered by concerns over potential supply disruptions, notably after Russia’s directive to companies to curtail output in line with OPEC+ commitments. With US crude inventories registering a significant uptick, attention shifts to the upcoming EIA Oil inventories release and broader economic performance for crucial trading cues.

Oil prices are trading lower following the prior retracement from the resistance level. MACD has illustrated increasing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 43, suggesting the commodity might extend its losses toward support level since the RSI stays below the midline. 

Resistance level: 82.85, 84.10

Support level: 80.20, 78.00

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