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14 May 2024,06:06

Daily Market Analysis

Soft U.S. Job Data Hammers Dollar

14 May 2024, 06:06

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Market Summary

Following the market’s digestion of last Friday’s soft Nonfarm Payrolls report, the dollar index (DXY) initially showed signs of recovery, inching towards the $106 mark and mitigating previous losses. However, the dollar’s upward momentum was abruptly halted by the release of the latest U.S. Initial Jobless Claims data, which surged to levels unseen since last November. This unexpected spike in jobless claims has reignited speculation that the Federal Reserve may adhere to its original plan of initiating interest rate cuts, consequently weakening the dollar further. Market participants are eagerly awaiting next week’s U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) reading to confirm expectations for rate cuts.

In response to the weakened dollar, gold prices experienced a notable upswing, buoyed by the renewed dovish sentiment surrounding U.S. monetary policy. Meanwhile, oil prices recorded a two-day climb as the U.S. job data supported expectations of forthcoming Fed rate cuts, consequently boosting economic activity and fine-tuning the demand outlook for crude oil.

On the other hand, the Bank of England (BoE) announced its decision to hold interest rates unchanged, aligning with market expectations. However, the accompanying statement from the BoE hinted at the possibility of an interest rate cut in the future, potentially preceding actions by the Fed. Initially causing a dip in the Sterling to near one-month lows, the currency eventually strengthened following the release of the upbeat U.S. job data.

Current rate hike bets on 12nd June Fed interest rate decision

Source: CME Fedwatch Tool0 bps (91.5%) VS -25 bps (8.5%) 

Market Overview

market overview price chart 10 May 2024

Economic Calendar

(MT4 System Time)

economic calendar price chart 10 May 2024

Source: MQL5  

Market Movements

dollar index dxy price chart 10 May 2024


The Dollar Index faced downward pressure as bleak US jobs data emerged, complicating the economic outlook. With Initial Jobless Claims surpassing expectations, concerns mount over the resilience of the US economy, amplifying speculation of potential interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve. Investor attention now turns to economic indicators for further cues on monetary policy.

The Dollar Index is trading lower while currently near the support level. MACD has illustrated increasing bearish momentum, while RSI is at 44, suggesting the index might extend its losses since the RSI stays below the midline. 

Resistance level: 105.85, 106.35

Support level: 105.05, 104.75

XAU/USD gold price chart 10 May 2024


Gold prices surged sharply amidst growing expectations of a dovish shift in Federal Reserve policy. Bleak US economic indicators, including disappointing jobs data, fuel concerns about economic stability, driving investors toward the safe-haven asset. With the US Dollar and Treasury yields under pressure, gold enjoys renewed demand as a hedge against uncertainty.

Gold prices are trading higher while currently testing the resistance level. However, MACD has illustrated diminishing bullish momentum, while RSI is at 76, suggesting the commodity might enter overbought territory. 

Resistance level: 2350.00, 2365.00

Support level: 2325.00, 2305.00

GBP/USD price chart 10 May 2024


Pound Sterling saw a robust rebound following the Bank of England’s decision to maintain interest rates at a 16-year high. The Monetary Policy Committee’s decisive vote signals a hawkish tilt, reinforcing confidence in the UK economy’s stability. Governor Andrew Bailey’s remarks underscore the central bank’s cautious approach, emphasising the pivotal role of economic data in shaping future rate decisions.

GBP/USD is trading higher while currently testing the resistance level. MACD has illustrated increasing bullish momentum, while RSI is at 52, suggesting the pair might extend its gains after breakout since the RSI stays above the midline. 

Resistance level: 1.2535, 1.2610

Support level: 1.2475, 1.2425

EUR/USD price chart 10 May 2024


The EUR/USD pair staged a robust rebound in the recent session, regaining ground and approaching its recent peak near 1.0790. This bullish momentum was primarily propelled by encouraging developments in the U.S. job market, particularly the upbeat initial jobless claims data. The improved outlook for U.S. employment conditions has fostered optimism among market participants regarding the potential implementation of monetary easing measures by the Federal Reserve later this year. Additionally, euro traders are closely monitoring today’s release of the European Central Bank (ECB) monetary policy meeting reports. These reports are expected to provide valuable insights into the ECB’s future monetary policy decisions and their potential implications for the euro currency.

The pair has gained and is attempting to break its strong resistance level at near 1.0800 psychologically. The MACD has rebounded above the zero line, and the RSI edge higher suggests that bullish momentum is forming. 

Resistance level: 1.0775, 1.0865

Support level: 1.0700, 1.0630

dow jones price chart 10 May 2024

Dow Jones,H4

The U.S. equity markets have maintained their bullish momentum, driven by improved risk appetite following the release of recent economic data, particularly yesterday’s U.S. initial jobless claims report. The data, which showed an increase to 231k claims, the highest level since November, indicates a softening job market in the U.S. This has fueled speculation among investors regarding the possibility of an earlier-than-expected interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve.

The Dow Jones is seemingly trading with strong bullish momentum and is trading toward its all-time zenith. The RSI has broken into the overbought zone, and the MACD continues to edge higher above the zero line, suggesting that the bullish momentum remains strong.

Resistance level: 39850.00, 40660.00

Support level: 39190.00, 38550.00

NZD/USD price chart 10 May 2024


The NZD/USD pair has exhibited a bullish breakout, breaking above its previous downtrend channel and reaching its recent high levels. This shift in momentum suggests a bullish bias for the pair. The upward movement was primarily driven by the weakening of the U.S. dollar following softer-than-expected U.S. job data. Additionally, the New Zealand Business PMI has shown improvement, reaching 48.9, although it remains below the key threshold of 50. Nevertheless, this improvement has contributed to the strength of the New Zealand dollar (Kiwi).

The pair depicts a bullish signal after breaking above from this downtrend channel. The MACD has signs of rebounding before breaking below the zero line, while the RSI edged higher at above 50, suggesting the pair is trading with bullish momentum. 

Resistance level: 0.6050, 0.6100

Support level: 0.6000, 0.5950

crude oil price chart 10 May 2024


Crude oil prices advanced, buoyed by signs of economic improvement in China and stalled Middle East ceasefire talks. Positive data on Chinese crude oil imports in April coupled with returning growth in exports and imports bolster market sentiment. Additionally, the perceived likelihood of US interest rate cuts, spurred by a cooling job market, underpins oil price gains amidst shifting global dynamics.

Oil prices are trading higher while currently testing the resistance level. MACD has illustrated increasing bullish momentum, while RSI is at 58, suggesting the commodity might extend its gains since the RSI stays above the midline. 

Resistance level: 80.40, 81.90

Support level: 78.00, 75.95

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