Bitcoin fell to the lowest since February after the People’s Bank of China reiterated that the digital tokens cannot be used as a form of payment

19 May 2021, 03:45

Market Focus

U.S. stocks declined for a second day with losses steepening in the final 15 minutes of trading as investors weighed the rush to reopen the economy against inflationary pressure from a rise in commodity prices.

All three of the main U.S. equity benchmarks closed lower after mega-cap technology stocks including Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Alphabet Inc. erased earlier gains. Nine of the main 11 S&P 500 industry groups declined, with energy stocks leading losses as oil prices dropped amid a report that significant progress has been made to revive the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal. AT&T Inc. plunged the most in the benchmark gauge after the company said it plans to spin off its media operations. Walmart Inc. rallied the most in six weeks after boosting its profit outlook.

Stocks have been volatile after touching a record in early May as investors assessed economic growth prospects against a Covid-19 resurgence in countries including India. Minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting, due Wednesday, may offer clues on inflation pressure and hints of a timeline for tapering stimulus. Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida said Monday that the weak U.S. jobs report showed the economy had not yet reached the threshold to warrant scaling back asset purchases. Inflation concerns intensified last week when the government reported the fastest increase in consumer prices since 2008 and commodities from iron ore to Brent crude rose to multiyear highs.

Main Pairs Movement

A gauge of the greenback’s strength declined to near its lowest level in four months as risk sentiment was buoyed by comments from a Federal Reserve official that played down the risk of policy tightening. New Zealand’s dollar outperformed the Group-of-10 currencies.

The kiwi was driven by corporate demand that lifted it past option-related offers near 72.25 U.S. cents, according to Asia-based FX traders. The Aussie and pound gained after buy stops were triggered, the traders said.

West Texas Intermediate crude extended declines after the BBC Persian news channel, citing Russian diplomat Mikhail Ulyanov, reported that a major announcement may be made on Wednesday regarding talks to broker an agreement between Iran and the U.S. and revive the 2015 nuclear deal. A return to the accord could allow for the removal of U.S. sanctions on Iran’s crude exports and bring more supply to the market.

Elsewhere, Bitcoin fell to the lowest since February after the People’s Bank of China reiterated that the digital tokens cannot be used as a form of payment. Coinbase Global Inc. fell after Monday’s drop below the reference price used in its April direct listing.

Technical Analysis

EURUSD (4 hour Chart)

Euro fiber soars up to a two-month high at 1.2225 level on Tuesday and set a flat move during the U.S. session, as of writing, the pair went up 0.6% in the day at 1.2225 and awaiting EU inflation data tomorrow. Euro vast gains amid greenback struggle to find the upside momentum while it free fall to 89.69 level which the lowest point since Feb. Moreover, the U.S. shares market went down that without safe-parking demand to the dollar, U.S. 10 years Treasuries yield slightly changed. For the technical aspect, the RSI indicator shows 72 figures, which suggests an overbought sentiment in the short term. On average price view, 15-long SMA indicator is an ongoing ascending trend in day market after it euro aimed to higher stack and 60-long SMA retained upside slope.

As price action at the current stage, we think the market is ongoing to track the bull side as it stands above 1.22 level. However, we need to see what the ECB will do after inflation data released.

Support: 1.22, 1.2151, 1.2106, 1.207

GBPUSD (4 Hour Chart)

Sterling retreated from 1.42 level after once advanced to multi-month highs at 1.422. Nevertheless, Sterling surged up to a higher stack that breakthrough, where we thought, is a critical level at 1.4155 in the short-run, trading at 1.419 with 0.4% gains in the day market. In the meantime, the Kingdom unveiled the ILO unemployment rate for the three months to March, which shrank to 4.8% beat 4.9% expected. For the RSI side, the indicator shows a 66.2 figure after it exceeded the bought area in the Asian session, suggesting a bullish momentum at the current stage. On the other hand, 15-long SMA indicators remaining the north side, and the 60-long SMA indicator remaining an ascending movement.

Overall, we expect sterling will test 1.42 level again that long-holder to see if strong enough for the bull momentum. Therefore, we see it first immediately support level would be 1.4 around for long-favor.

Resistance: 1.42

Support: 1.3959, 1.4, 1.4108

XAUUSD (4 Hour Chart)

Gold retreated from months perch level at 1875 level, it still extended the day’s victory to the higher stage amid risk-on mood while it remains balance above downside trend, trading at 1870 as of writing. Meanwhile, the greenback slipped to nearly year-long nadir after some Fed officials reiterated that they will maintain the current ultra-eaing monetary policy regardless of the pickup inflation. For the moving average side, the 15-long SMA indicator retained its slope to an upside trend, and the 60-long SMAs indicator retaining its north side momentum. For the RSI side, the indicator shows 68 figures after it landing in the over-bought territory, suggesting a bull market move at the current stage.

As we mention yesterday, we still need to be patient to affirm whether it could stand firmly above the multi-month-long downside trend as the yellow line. Moreover, the market has bought in the expectation of substantial and widespread inflation but gold seems just creep up to sod far. Therefore, we still need the upside risk and further long-side momentum.

Resistance: 1900

Support: 1850, 1812.88, 1800, 1763.837