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8 September 2023,05:44

Daily Market Analysis

Strong U.S. Economic Data Bolsters Dollar

8 September 2023, 05:44

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The lower-than-expected initial jobless claims has reinforced the belief that the Federal Reserve may proceed with interest rate hikes. 

U.S. economic data released on Thursday has reinforced the belief that the Federal Reserve may proceed with interest rate hikes on September 20th. This sentiment was supported by lower-than-expected initial jobless claims and a larger-than-anticipated decline in crude oil stockpiles last week. The U.S. dollar remains strong, hovering around the $105 level, while the equity market continues to experience declines, as the prospects of further monetary tightening weigh on investor sentiment. In addition to these economic factors, concerns about escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China have prompted gold prices to rise during the Asian morning session. Meanwhile, U.S. nationwide crude supplies have reached their lowest levels since December, providing support for oil prices, which remain above $86.

Current rate hike bets on 20th September Fed interest rate decision

Source: CME Fedwatch Tool

0 bps (93.0%) VS 25 bps (7.0%)  

Market Overview

market overview price chart 8 september 2023

Economic Calendar

economic calendar 8 september 2023

Market Movements

dollar index dxy price chart 8 september 2023


The US Dollar has maintained a firm position, supported by robust job market data. The Department of Labor reported a decline in Initial Jobless Claims from 229K to 216K, surpassing market expectations of 234K. This positive data has contributed to the greenback’s bullish trajectory. Investors are now eagerly awaiting the upcoming US inflation report, scheduled for release next week.

The dollar index extended its gains while currently testing the resistance level. However, MACD has illustrated increasing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 72, suggesting the index might enter overbought territory. 

Resistance level: 105.25, 106.25

Support level: 104.25, 103.05

xau/usd gold price chart 8 september 2023


Gold prices have exhibited a stagnant performance lately, reflecting a lack of compelling market catalysts. Investors remain watchful, with a keen eye on next week’s inflation data, which could provide fresh trading signals. However, the prevailing sentiment in the gold market leans towards bearishness. This sentiment shift is underpinned by better-than-expected job data, including Nonfarm Payroll and Initial Jobless Claims.

Gold prices are trading flat while currently near the resistance level. However, MACD has illustrated diminishing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 40, suggesting the commodity might be traded higher as technical correction since the RSI rebounded sharply from oversold territory. 

Resistance level: 1925.00, 1935.00

Support level: 1910.00, 1895.80

EUR/USD price chart 8 september 2023


The euro remains under downward pressure as the U.S. dollar strengthens, supported by better-than-expected economic data. However, the Eurozone’s recently released GDP figures indicate that economic growth in the euro area is expanding at a slower pace than expected. This has resulted in expectations of the EUR/USD pair trading in a sluggish trend, despite a hawkish stance from the European Central Bank (ECB).

The EUR/USD has eased from its bearish trend and found support at the 1.0700 level. The RSI has sign to rebound from above the oversold zone while the MACD has crossed below, suggesting a potential technical rebound for the pair. 

Resistance level: 1.0760,1.0850

Support level: 1.0700, 1.0640

USD/CAD price chart 8 september 2023


The Canadian dollar continues to grapple with headwinds, driven by the Bank of Canada’s recent monetary policy statement. While the central bank has maintained its benchmark interest rate, it remains resolute in its pessimistic outlook for the Canadian economy. Lower GDP growth and inflation projections underscore the prevailing economic challenges, adding further pressure on the Canadian dollar.

USD/CAD is trading higher following the prior breakout above the previous resistance level. MACD has illustrated increasing bullish momentum, while RSI is at 65, suggesting the pair might extend its gains toward resistance level since the RSI stays above the midline. 

Resistance level: 1.3790, 1.3925

Support level: 1.3640, 1.3510

USD/JPY price chart 8 september 2023


While the U.S. dollar has maintained its strength, supported by recent better-than-expected economic data, this has further solidified expectations of additional interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve. However, the Japanese yen experienced gains during the Asian opening session, driven by comments from Japan’s Finance Minister. Top Japanese officials have stated that rapid currency movements are undesirable, and they wouldn’t rule out any options to counter excessive movements. This statement has led to market speculation that the Japanese authorities may intervene in the foreign exchange market to bolster the yen.

USD/JPY form a double top near 147.80 signalling a potential technical retracement. The MACD has crossed on the above while the RSI has declined sharply to the 50-level show that the bullish momentum is diminishing fast. 

Resistance level: 148.90, 151.45

Support level: 145.10, 141.88

nasdaq price chart 8 september 2023

Nasdaq , H4

The Nasdaq Composite Index has experienced a continued downward trajectory, primarily driven by Apple Inc. The tech giant saw its stock price plummet by 2.90% yesterday, marking the second consecutive day of losses. The catalyst behind this downturn is the escalated restrictions imposed by the Chinese government on iPhone usage among state employees. Notably, certain central government agencies have mandated that their staff cease using mobile devices during work hours, further exacerbating concerns.

Nasdaq is trading lower following the prior retracement from the resistance level. MACD has illustrated diminishing bullish momentum, while RSI is at 51, suggesting the index might extend its losses since the RSI retreated sharply from overbought territory. 

Resistance level: 15780.00, 16585.00

Support level: 14610.00, 13660.00

AUD/USD price chart 8 september 2023


The Australian dollar has found support around the 0.6370 level after trading sluggishly since mid-July. Recent economic data from both Australia and China, two major trading partners, has been worse than expected, which has negatively impacted the currency values of both countries. However, there are hopes that high-level trade talks scheduled for today between the two nations could provide some relief and potentially strengthen the Aussie dollar.

The AUD/USD pair has been consolidating since Tuesday and has signs of a potential technical rebound. The RSI is moving upward and the MACD is moving toward the zero line, suggesting the beamish momentum has eased. 

Resistance level: 1.2570, 1.2650

Support level: 1.2460, 1.3900

crude oil price chart 8 september 2023


Despite a slight retreat in oil prices, the long-term outlook for the commodity remains bullish. OPEC+ has extended its production cuts, and bullish oil inventory data continues to bolster confidence. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a substantial decline of -6.307 million barrels in US crude oil inventories, exceeding market projections of -2.064 million barrels. 

Oil prices are trading lower following the prior retracement from the resistance level. MACD has illustrated increasing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 57, suggesting the commodity might extend its losses toward support level. 

Resistance level: 87.70, 92.30

Support level: 84.45, 81.25

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