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22 March 2024,05:39

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Dollar Rebounds Strongly On Upbeat Economic Data

22 March 2024, 05:39

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Market Summary

Yesterday witnessed a pronounced rally in the dollar index (DXY), effectively nullifying the losses incurred in the preceding session, with the dollar now vying to surpass its prior resistance level at $104.15. This resurgence was underpinned by encouraging economic indicators, including robust job market data and PMI figures that exceeded market expectations. The consistently strong U.S. economic performance might compel the Federal Reserve to reconsider its rate reduction strategy slated for 2024.

Concurrently, the Bank of England (BoE) adhered to market predictions by maintaining its interest rate stance. Nevertheless, with the UK’s CPI deceleration surpassing anticipations, the central bank has shown a proclivity towards a rate-cutting approach, highlighted by a dovish-pivot from two previously hawkish officials.

This recalibration of expectations towards the Fed’s monetary policy has significantly buoyed the dollar. However, this strength in the dollar exerted considerable pressure on commodity markets, with gold prices retreating nearly 1.50% and oil prices marking three consecutive days of declines, a direct consequence of the dollar’s robust performance.

Current rate hike bets on 1st May Fed interest rate decision

Source: CME Fedwatch Tool

0 bps (90.0%) VS -25 bps (10%)  

Market Overview

market overview price chart 22 March 2024

Economic Calendar

(MT4 System Time)

economic calendar 22 March 2024

Source: MQL5 

Market Movements

dollar index dxy price chart 22 March 2024


The Dollar Index, tracking the greenback against a basket of major currencies, rallied following the release of better-than-expected US economic data, bolstering confidence in the Federal Reserve’s optimistic outlook. With US Initial Jobless Claims declining to 210,000, surpassing expectations, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell reaffirming the strength of the labor market, investor sentiment favoured the US Dollar. Meanwhile, rising US Treasury bond yields further reinforced the Dollar’s upward momentum, reflecting heightened market confidence in the US economic outlook.

The Dollar Index is trading higher while currently testing the resistance level. MACD has illustrated increasing bullish momentum, while RSI is at 62, suggesting the index might extend its gains after breakout since the RSI stays above the midline. 

Resistance level: 104.00, 104.50

Support level:103.20, 102.55

XAU/USD gold price chart 22 March 2024


Gold prices dipped from record highs as the US Dollar and US Treasury yields rebounded sharply on the back of positive economic data releases and the Federal Reserve’s optimistic forecast. Despite the Federal Reserve’s upward revisions for the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the Core Personal Consumption Expenditure Price Index (PCE) for 2024, which supported the US Dollar, gold’s decline was tempered by ongoing geopolitical tensions and safe-haven demand.

Gold prices are trading lower following the prior retracement from the resistance level. MACD has illustrated diminishing bullish momentum, while RSI is at 56, suggesting the commodity might extend its losses since the RSI retreated sharply from overbought territory. 

Resistance level: 2240.00, 2315.00

Support level: 2185.00, 2150.00

GBP/USD price chart 22 March 2024


The GBP/USD pair encountered significant headwinds, marking its lowest levels since March. The Bank of England’s (BoE) decision to maintain its interest rates aligned with market forecasts, yet market sentiment leans towards a dovish outlook from the British central bank. This tilt towards a more dovish stance has contributed to the weakening of Sterling. In parallel, the dollar saw a strengthening trend spurred by positive economic data released yesterday. This upward momentum in the dollar added further pressure on the Sterling, compounding the challenges faced by the GBP/USD pair.

GBP/USD hardly hammered yesterday’s session and has reached its lowest levels in March. The RSI is on the brink of breaking into the oversold zone, while the MACD continues to hover below the zero line, suggesting that the bearish momentum is overwhelming. 

Resistance level: 1.2770, 1.2700

Support level: 1.2630, 1.2530

EUR/USD price chart 22 March 2024


The EUR/USD pair witnessed a significant downturn, nullifying its recent gains. Mixed results from Eurozone and German Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) readings hinted at unstable economic performance in the region. Concurrently, the dollar demonstrated strength, buoyed by robust economic data released yesterday. This dollar strength exerted downward pressure on the pair, pushing it towards the brink of breaking below its short-term support level.

EUR/USD has declined sharply and is breaking below its short-term support level. The MACD remains fragile, while the RSI declines sharply from near the overbought zone, suggesting fresh bearish momentum is forming. 

Resistance level: 1.0866, 1.0955

Support level: 1.0775, 1.0700

USD/JPY price chart 22 March 2024


Despite the Bank of Japan’s historic decision to end its negative rate policy with its first hike in 17 years, the Japanese yen remained weak against the backdrop of a widening yield differential between Japan and the US. With the Federal Reserve maintaining its benchmark federal funds rate and better-than-expected US economic data further widening the yield gap, the dollar continued to strengthen against the yen, favouring investments in the US.

USD/JPY is trading higher following the prior rebound from the support level. However, MACD has illustrated increasing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 66, suggesting the pair might experience technical correction since the RSI retreated sharply from overbought territory. 

Resistance level: 151.95, 153.10

Support level: 150.80, 149.35

NZD/USD price chart 22 March 2024


The NZD/USD pair has displayed a double-top pattern, indicating a potential bearish trend. Despite favourable trade balance data released today, the New Zealand dollar has been overshadowed by a strengthened U.S. dollar. With a lack of bullish catalysts for the Kiwi at present, the pair faces challenges in reversing its trend.

The NZD/USD pair has formed a double-top pattern, suggesting a potential fresh bearish trend. The MACD continues to flow below the zero line while the RSI has declined from near the 50 level, suggesting the pair remain trading with bearish momentum. 

Resistance level:0.6050, 0.6100

Support level: 0.6005, 0.5950

nasdaq price chart 22 March 2024

Nasdaq, H1

The Nasdaq index continued its upward trajectory, surpassing its all-time high, and maintained bullish momentum. Despite U.S. economic indicators consistently outperforming expectations, a shift in market sentiment has influenced the equity markets, with the Nasdaq managing to close above its previous session. The impressive performance of Reddit contributed to the U.S. equity market’s strength, which had its initial public offering (IPO) yesterday, further fueling optimism among investors.

Nasdaq has broken another all-time high level, suggesting the long-term uptrend bias remains with the index. The RSI has once again broken into the overbought zone while the MACD continues to edge higher, suggesting the bullish momentum remains strong. 

Resistance level: 18970.00, 19320.00

Support level:17800.00, 17390.00

crude oil price chart 22 March 2024


Crude oil prices faced downward pressure amid weaker US gasoline demand data and reports of a United Nations draft resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, easing concerns of supply disruptions. Despite an unexpected decline in US crude inventories reported by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gasoline product demand slipped below 9 million barrels, contributing to the overall bearish sentiment in the oil market. Geopolitical tensions also weighed on oil prices, with the US drafting a UN resolution aimed at facilitating a ceasefire, dampening market fears.

Oil prices are trading lower while currently testing the support level. MACD has illustrated increasing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 45, suggesting the commodity might extend its losses after breakout since the RSI stays below the midline. 

Resistance level: 82.75, 85.45

Support level: 80.45, 78.45

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