The big dollar breaking

In April, the U.S. dollar as measured by the DXY index broke above strong resistance to trade to its highest level in 2 years, before curiously stalling. The lack of follow-through prompted the question is the U.S. dollar pausing or failing?

After six weeks of indecisive price action, the U.S. dollar appears on the verge of showing its hand. Contrary to positioning data and popular sentiment, after a nasty two-day fall, the U.S. dollar is left delicately balanced as a culmination of factors have emerged to undermine support.

Principally, the recent escalation in trade tensions has created a significant headwind to sentiment, global trade and growth. Assuming there is no turning back from the current path, the U.S will soon levy a 25% tariff on the remaining U.S. $300 billion of imports from China. China is likely to respond with measures of its own, a combination that will send the global economy into a recession.

The U.S, economy will not be immune from the impact of this, and in response, many analysts are now predicting the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates in 2019. For example, economists at Barclays are expecting 75bp of cuts which will see the effective fund's rate end the year at 1.70%.

Further supporting the idea of Fed rate cuts were comments from the Feds Bullard overnight who said a rate cut “may be warranted soon”. Lower U.S. yields reduce the appeal of the U.S. dollar. According to Morgan Stanley studies from past cycles show the moment the Fed begins to verbally prepare the market for rate cuts to the moment rate cuts are implemented, the U.S. dollar has typically fallen 4-5%.  

Also weighing on the U.S. dollar is a 15% fall in crude oil last month. The U.S has overtaken Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest oil producer. This means the U.S. economy and the U.S. dollar is vulnerable to sharp drops in the price of oil.

Technically, should the DXY index break/close below the May lows at 97.10/00 it would be initial confirmation of a medium-term top at the recent 98.37 high. Final confirmation would be a break/close below the support at 96.60/50 which includes the uptrend and 200 day moving average and in this instance, a move to 95.00 is likely.

The big dollar breaking

Source Tradingview. The figures stated are as of the 4th of June 2019. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.  This report does not contain and is not to be taken as containing any financial product advice or financial product recommendation


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