European Open: The dollar rally loses steam, US economic data picks up pace

Matt Simpson financial analyst
By :  ,  Market Analyst

Asian Indices:

  • Australia's ASX 200 index rose by 24.8 points (0.33%) and currently trades at 7,528.90
  • Japan's Nikkei 225 index has fallen by -118.12 points (-0.43%) and currently trades at 27,567.67
  • Hong Kong's Hang Seng index has risen by 57.94 points (0.27%) and currently trades at 21,356.64
  • China's A50 Index has fallen by -8.66 points (-0.06%) and currently trades at 13,552.74


UK and Europe:

  • UK's FTSE 100 futures are currently up 47.5 points (0.61%), the cash market is currently estimated to open at 7,912.21
  • Euro STOXX 50 futures are currently up 46 points (1.09%), the cash market is currently estimated to open at 4,255.31
  • Germany's DAX futures are currently up 156 points (1.02%), the cash market is currently estimated to open at 15,476.88


US Futures:

  • DJI futures are currently down -12 points (-0.04%)
  • S&P 500 futures are currently up 11.75 points (0.09%)
  • Nasdaq 100 futures are currently down 0 points (0%)





Earnings of interest:

US earnings: AMC – Disney (DIS)

* BMO = Before market open, DMH = During market hours, AMC = After market close, TNS = Time not specified


  • US-Sino tensions remain strained, with the Pentagon claiming China refused to receive a phone call regarding the alleged spy balloon (after the US shot it down…)
  • Without a fresh catalyst to drive risk-appetite, I suspect we’re now in a phase of consolidations and retracements as we head towards US inflation data next week
  • This could help the US dollar continue to pullback against its recent rally, but we’re not looking for oversized moves
  • It’s not a huge data day either, so traders may want to refer to lower timeframes to seek opportunities and not expect any home runs
  • Currency ranges were razor thin overnight, let’s hope that is not the case today in the European or US sessions


US Economic Surprise Index (CESI) hits a 5-month high


The US CESI has risen notably higher in recent days as economic data outperforms the (relatively grim) consensus. This points towards a soft landing, and likely something equity traders continue to hold onto. But stronger economic data also points towards a more-hawkish Fed as long as employment data continues to outperform. This is not a tradable indicator as such, but something to keep at the back of our minds whilst we get ‘fed’ lots of Fed noise on a daily basis.


US dollar index daily chart (DXY)


The US dollar index (DXY) posted three solid days of gains between Thursday and Monday. I cannot say I am overly surprised to see A Doji formed yesterday given the resistance cluster around 103.50 which includes a previous support zone, trend resistance and the 50-day EMA. But we also had a change in sentiment for markets yesterday that were eager for a decisively hawkish message from Jerome Powell, which was not delivered. Therefore I suspect the US dollar needs a pullback or period of consolidation before its next leg higher. And I maintain my view that the US dollar remains oversold, and there is more upside on the horizon after its initial pullback is complete.


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