Market Update – August 31/2022

Written by Stuart Cowell
  • USDIndex – remains capped at 109.00 with support at 108.20 today. Tight JOLTS report adds to pressure for 75 bp next month; Fed Fund Futures now sit at 68.5%. 2yr yields traded to 15 yr highs. AUD outperformed overnight.
  • EUR – German Inflation at near 50-yr highs, pressures ECB action and lifts EUR to 1.0033
  • JPY holds between 139.00 & 138.00 having breached 138.00 Monday. 
  • GBP hit pandemic era lows (March 2020) yesterday at 1.1620. Recovered to 1.1675 now.  
  • Stocks US stocks weak again (S&P500 -44.00pts (-1.10%) 3986).  Under 4k & 24-day low & under 50-day MA. Energy & Tech stocks led the decline. Futs. 4014 now.
  • Oil lost over 5% yesterday but has recovered; API inventories better than expected. Touched $90.50 yesterday up to $92.50 now.
  • Gold – crashed from resistance at $1736 and trades at support ($1724) now.
  • BTC – tested Monday’s 33-day low ($19.5k) again yesterday, back over 20k now at 20.3k.

Overnight – Asian equity markets squeezed lower following weak Wall Street,  European FUTS tick higher.  NZD Strong Building Permits  JPY Retail data also better than expected CNY PMI data beat but weaker than last month. Manufacturing (49.4) remains in contraction. German Import Prices and French CPI (m/m)  weaker than expected. (1.4% & 0.4% respectively).

Today – German Import Prices & Unemployment, EZ CPI, Canadian GDP, US ADP & Chicago PMI, Speeches from Fed’s Mester & Bostic.

Biggest FX Mover @ (06:30 GMT) AUDUSD (+0.68%). Remains volatile, (100+ pip mover yesterday). Latest move; a rally from 0.6850 support to trade at 0.6900 resistance. MAs aligning higher,  MACD histogram negative but signal line rising, RSI 56.00,  H1 ATR 0.00128, Daily ATR 0.00823.

About the author

Stuart Cowell

With over 25 years experience working for a host of globally recognized organisations in the City of London, Stuart Cowell is a passionate advocate of keeping things simple, doing what is probable and understanding how the news, charts and sentiment work together to provide trading opportunities across all asset classes and all time frames.