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USD at Multi-Month Lows, Spotlight on Jobless Claims

USD at Multi-Month Lows, Spotlight on Jobless Claims
USD at Multi-Month Lows, Spotlight on Jobless Claims
  • The DXY Index fell to its lowest level since July, below 101.00.
  • Markets are placing bets on six rate cuts by the Federal Reserve for 2024.
  • As for now, investors are pricing in the first cut in March.

The US Dollar (USD) continues to experience sharp losses, with the US Dollar Index (DXY) trading at 100.95 its lowest level in five months. This downturn has been largely driven by dovish bets taking precedence following the release of soft US Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index figures last week. 

In the last meeting of 2023, the Federal Reserve showcased a dovish stance, welcoming tame inflation figures and ruling out a 2024 rate hike, favoring 75 bps of easing instead. Market anticipations for March and May rate cuts further underscore this position. The prospects of monetary easing by the Fed typically weaken the US Dollar, as reduced interest rates make dollar-denominated assets less attractive, leading investors to seek higher yields elsewhere. Moreover, the release of soft US PCE Price Index figures exacerbated those bets as cooling inflation favors the case for a sooner-than-expected start of the easing cycle.

Daily digest market movers: US Dollar Index retreats amid dovish market expectations, lower bond yields weigh

  • The US Core Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index in November was reported to have increased by 3.2% year-over-year, slightly below market expectations of 3.3%.
  • According to the CME FedWatch Tool, markets are predicting a rate hold for the upcoming January Federal Reserve meeting, and it shows a low probability of  15% for a rate cut. For the March and May 2024 meetings, markets are pricing in rate cuts.
  • Overall, markets are pricing in 160 bps of easing in 2024 vs the median of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of 75 bps.
  • No relevant reports are due in the last week of 2023. Markets will keep an eye on Thursday’s weekly US Jobless Claims.

Technical Analysis: DXY Index selling pressure persists, an upward correction is likely

The indicators on the daily chart reflect a dominant selling pressure on the US Dollar Index. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is currently in oversold levels, which, from a contrarian perspective, signals a potential upcoming correction. The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) displays rising red bars, usually an indication of significant bearish momentum. 

On a broader scale, the index is positioned below the 20, 100, and 200-day Simple Moving Averages (SMAs), a strong testament to the persistent bearish control in the market. In the face of these indicators, buyers need to significantly step up their endeavors for a bullish reversal to occur.

Support levels: 100.80, 100.50, 100.30.
Resistance levels: 101.00, 101.30, 101.50.


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