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3 August 2023,06:38

Daily Market Analysis

U.S. Equity Market Tumbles After Fitch’s Downgrade

3 August 2023, 06:38

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U.S. equity markets declined after Fitch’s downgrade of U.S. treasuries.

Last night, the financial market witnessed significant turbulence as Fitch’s downgrade of U.S. treasuries sent shockwaves. U.S. equity markets experienced a sharp decline, with Nasdaq leading the losses with a plunge of over 2%. Simultaneously, the U.S. 10-year bond yield surged to its highest level in 2023, bolstering the dollar’s strength. The robust ADP Nonfarm Employment data supported the greenback’s rise, which far surpassed market expectations at 324k, underscoring the tightness in the labor market. Despite a substantial decline in U.S. crude inventories, oil prices faced selling pressure as investors opted to take-profit amid uncertainties surrounding the U.S. economy following the credit rating downgrade.

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Market Overview

market overview price chart 3 august 2023

Economic Calendar

economic calendar 3 august 2023

Market Movements

dollar index price chart 3 august 2023


The U.S. dollar demonstrated robust strength in response to positive economic indicators, with the ADP Nonfarm Employment Change exceeding market expectations at 324K, far surpassing the anticipated 189K. These encouraging figures are a testament to the resilience of the US jobs market, even amid an extended Federal Reserve rate hike decision.

The dollar index is trading higher while currently testing the resistance level. However, MACD has illustrated diminishing bullish momentum, while RSI is at 67, suggesting the index might enter overbought territory. 

Resistance level: 102.60, 103.45

Support level: 102.05, 101.45

xau/usd gold price chart 3 august 2023


The downgrading of U.S. treasury bonds triggered aggressive selloffs by investors, leading to higher yields. The rising U.S. Treasury yields had further increased the market demand on the U.S. dollar, which weighed on the attractiveness of gold as an investment option. Meanwhile, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s disagreement with Fitch’s downgrade brought some relief to investors, leading to a slight rebound in risk appetite, but the overall sentiment remained cautious.

Gold prices are trading lower following the prior breakout below the previous support level. However, MACD has illustrated diminishing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 30, suggesting the commodity might enter oversold territory. 

Resistance level: 1945.00, 1970.00

Support level: 1930.00, 1910.00

usd/jpy price chart 2 august 2023


The U.S. dollar continued its ascent as the yield on U.S. long-term treasuries reached its peak for 2023. This surge in treasuries yield can be attributed primarily to Fitch’s downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, which heightened market concerns. Additionally, the release of the ADP Nonfarm employment data yesterday caught many by surprise, revealing a much higher figure of 324k compared to the forecasted 189k. This robust data suggests that the U.S. labour market remains tight and may prompt the Federal Reserve to adopt a more hawkish monetary policy, potentially bolstering the dollar further.

The USD/JPY pair has been steadily supported at the level above 143 indicating that the dollar has been strong against the Japanese Yen. The RSI is moving toward the overbought zone while the MACD continues to climb suggesting the bullish momentum is strong. 

Resistance level: 144.75, 146.00

Support level: 143.10, 141.90

aud/usd price chart 2 august 2023


The AUD/USD pair remains in negative territory, extending its decline for the past two days, and hitting its lowest levels since early June. The persistent downtrend is fueled by the dovish stance of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), which opted to maintain interest rates instead of raising them, coupled with disappointing economic data from China, affecting the Chinese-proxy Aussie. Moreover, the Aussie Dollar’s losses are exacerbated by waning risk appetite in the global financial market, as Fitch Ratings’ downgrade of the US government credit rating sparks concerns about the potential of a US default. Investors are cautious, and the currency pair continues to face downward pressure amidst these challenging economic conditions.

The Aussie dollar is trading lower while currently testing the support level. However, MACD has illustrated diminishing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 25, suggesting the pair might enter oversold territory. 

Resistance level: 0.6615, 0.6725

Support level: 0.6535, 0.6460

gbp/usd price chart 2 august 2023


The British pound remains sluggish against the dollar ahead of the Bank of England’s interest rate decision, scheduled to be announced later today (3rd August). The surge in U.S. long-term bond yields, coupled with the tight labour market indicated by the latest ADP Nonfarm employment data, has propelled the dollar towards the $103 mark. However, indecision regarding whether the BoE will implement a 25 bps or 50 bps rate hike has kept the Cable trading on the sidelines.

Sterling continued to trade in a downtrend for the 3rd continuous week and exhibited a sluggish trend for the Cable. The RSI is on the brink of falling into the oversold zone while the MACD continues to move downward suggesting the Cable is trading in a bearish momentum. 

Resistance level: 1.2778, 1.2888

Support level: 1.2650, 1.2550

S&P 500 price chart 2 august 2023

S&P 500, H4

The U.S. equity market, including S&P 500, experienced a significant decline for a second consecutive day, as worries mounted over the potential implications of the downgrade on debt borrowing progress. The technology index was the worst performer among the 11 major S&P sectors, dropping by 2.6%. Investors expressed concerns over the potential impact of the US credit rating downgrade and the rising interest rates on the profit margins of US corporations due to higher interest expenses in the future. These factors contributed to the overall negative sentiment in the technology sector.

S&P 500 is trading lower following the prior retracement from the resistance level. MACD has illustrated increasing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 54, suggesting the index to extend its losses since the RSI retraced sharply from overbought territory. 

Resistance level: 4605.00, 4790.00

Support level: 4380.00, 4205.00

crude oil price chart 2 august 2023


The oil market experienced a more than 2% drop following a five-week rally, as uncertainties in the global financial market heightened ahead of crucial data releases and bond downgrading news. Investors opted to take profits amid the prevailing uncertainties. Additionally, the appreciation of the US Dollar contributed to the oil market becoming relatively more expensive, dampening its appeal for dollar-denominated commodities.

Oil prices are trading lower following the prior retracement from the resistance level. MACD has illustrated increasing bearish momentum, However, RSI is at 36, suggesting the commodity might enter oversold territory. 

Resistance level: 80.55, 83.20

Support level: 77.30, 73.70

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