Stocks slumped on Monday, with trades positioning for a high inflation reading and the start of a key earnings season that could provide clues as to whether the economy is heading for a recession. The dollar climbed, and a sell off in megacaps like Tesla Inc. and Apple Inc. weighed heavily on the equity market. Twitter Inc. plunged 11% as Elon Musk gave up his $44 billion deal to buy the company, ensuing a predictable legal battle with twitter.
The benchmarks, S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 both slumped on Monday as investors are waiting to see if profits are holding up or if companies will cut forecasts significantly amid widespread economic challenges. Nine out of eleven sectors of the S&P 500 closed negative in the day’s trading, with the Communication Services and Consumer Discretionary the worst performing sectors among all groups, losing 2.76% and 2.80% respectively. The S&P 500 fell 1.2% as of 4 p.m. New York time. The Nasdaq 100 fell 2.2%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.5%.
Main Pairs Movement
The US dollar surged on Monday, continuing its rally and reaching fresh highs against most major rivals amid risk-off sentiment. The DXY index was surrounded by bullish momentum for most of the day, refreshing its daily high above the 108.2 level in the late American session. News showed that inflation in China surged by 2.5% YoY in June, disfavoring the market mood. Moreover, a new coronavirus outbreak has been reported in Shanghai, which may result in fresh lockdowns and potential negative effects on the global economy.
GBP/USD tumbled with a 1.12% loss on Monday amid the stronger US dollar across the board. The risk-averse market atmosphere and growing recession fears both exerted bearish pressure on Cable at the start of the week. The GBP/USD pair witnessed heavy selling during the first half of the day, then rebounded slightly to recover some of its daily losses. Meanwhile, EUR/USD remained under bearish pressure and refreshed its fresh 20-year low at 1.003 during the US session. The pair was down almost 1.36% for the day.
Gold declined with a 0.46% loss for the day after touching a daily low below $1732 during the US trading session, as the dollar continued to find safe-haven demand and edged higher against its most major rivals. Meanwhile, WTI oil extended its pullback and retreated back to $103 area amid fears of slower demand.
USDJPY (4-Hour Chart)
USDJPY advanced aggressively as the US Fed-BOJ monetary policy divergence continues to weigh on the pair while the greenback remains supportive. On the technical side, the outlook of USDJPY caught aggressive bids on Monday. On the four-hour chart, bullish momentum remains strong and supportive as the pair continues trading within the bullish channel. More importantly, USDJPY has breached the psychological resistance of 137.00, and is hovering around the upper band of the bullish channel. To the upside, successful breakout of the resistance of 137.75 and the upper band of the channel would lead USDJPY to another rally. However, further upside momentum might be capped as the RSI indicator has reached the overbought territory, suggesting a pullback.
Support: 136.27, 135.36, 134.62
GBPUSD extended its slide further towards 1.1867 on Monday at the time of writing amid the risk- averse market atmosphere, boosting the demand for the greenback. From a technical perspective, GBPUSD continued under bearish pressure after failing to break the bearish channel last Friday. The intraday slide has formed a double- top pattern for the pair, suggesting bearish momentum. On the downside, the breakout of the interim support of 1.1867 would magnify the selling pressure, highlighting the lack of buyers’ interest. According to the technical indicators, GBPUSD is expected to slide further as the RSI indicator has not yet reached the oversold region. In the meantime, the MACD has turned downside, indicating a reverse from bullish to bearish.
Resistance: 1.2063, 1.2178, 1.2272
Gold (4-Hour Chart)
Gold struggled near YTD lows as strong Greenback buying remains unabated. Gold stayed in negative territory slightly below $1,740, remaining bearish, but somehow gathering strength to yield a fresh downside leg. The support level of $1,732 is behaving as a robust pivot to defend the last ground. If $1,732 can hold, then it is expected to see a powerful rebound as the MACD has turned positive, lending some support to bulls. In the meantime, reaching the lower band of the Bollinger Band might also initiate some meaningful recovery.
Resistance: 1766.80, 1788.13, 1805.36