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Daily Technical Insights 13 December 2022


EURUSD (4-Hour Chart)

The EUR recorded solid gains against the greenback during the trading course of North America due to the overall weakness of the US dollar. The US inflation report may confirm that rate hikes are curbing inflation, which could pave the way at a faster pace. Last week’s US Department of Labor showed that US PPI rose for the third consecutive month, over 0.3% of expectations and increasing 7.4% YoY versus 7.2% expected. Meanwhile, the US CPI will be disclosed on Tuesday, expected to fall to a consensus of 7.3% YoY from 7.7% last month. If the figure shows that inflation is cooling off, this could trigger Euro buying and put pressure on the dollar.

In the Eurozone, ECB expected to raise interest rates by at least 50 basis points. The federal reserve may be responsible for the unexpected decline in the greenback, as the turning point in inflation has been proven. Conversely, it is too early to assert that the same is true for the ECB; thus, inflation in the EU remains high and there is little respite. These very different scenarios mean that this week’s central bank meeting could support EUR/USD.

The EURUSD has rebounded from a 20-year low of 0.9536 set in October and is trading at 1.0595 currently, but it has failed to rise above previous highs of 1.0615 and 1.0638, these levels may continue to act as resistance levels. The 260-day SMA is also in this area as a resistance level which is at 1.0596 currently. On the downside, support can be considered as 1.0443, 1.0290 and 1.0198 which are previous low and inflexion points.

Resistance: 1.06

Support: 1.0443, 1.0290, 1.0223 

GBPUSD (4-Hour Chart)

The GBP firmed on Monday in a bullish cycle that is targeting the 1.2400 area, which could be a measure up from the recent lows around 1.2100. On the fundamental side, the world is focusing on the Fed and BoE interesting rate announcements this week. Generally speaking, BoE is expected to raise by 50 points to 3.50%. As for the Fed, same as BoE, they are expected to rise by 50 points to 4.25%-4.50%. Meanwhile, world interest rate probabilities suggest that a 50 bp hike on December 14 by the FOMC is fully priced in, with only around 10% odds of a larger 75 points move. When we take a look at UK, uncertain growth outlook in the future growing domestically. Concerns about a prolonged recession in the U.K. are still weighing on sentiment. Analysts at Rabobank believe the U.K. recession is likely to have started since last quarter and is widely expected to continue throughout the next whole year. Another potential risk for the GBP lies in the vulnerability of the housing market. Some hawkish favoured upside in EURGBP, as the ECB has the wiggle room to deliver 75 points, based on the market’s expectations for 50 points raise.

GBPUSD managed to stay above its 200-day moving average after the decline in the first half of the week. On the daily chart, the RSI stays above 60 and the pair continues to trade within the rising regressing channel that has been in place since the end of September. 1.1200, the key support of 200-day SMA. If the pair falls below this level and becomes resistant, the pair would go south to 1.2000 or 1.1900.

Resistance: 1.2400, 1.2600

Support: 1.2100, 1.1900, 1.1760

XAUUSD (4-Hour Chart)

The US Department of Labor will release November inflation figures on Tuesday. The annual rate of core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, is expected to rise to 6.4% from 6.3% in October.

Market reaction to the inflation report is likely to be immediate, with a weaker core CPI reading suppressing the dollar and providing a boost to XAUUSD and vice versa. A rise in 50 point rate should not be surprising based on FOMC chairman Powell admitting in his last public statement that it would make sense to moderate the pace of interest rate hikes. However, if Fed chooses to raise by 75 points, which is very unlikely at this point, gold could come under heavy bearish pressure and fall sharply.

The New York Fed released its Survey of Consumer Expectations, which showed that inflation expectations for the year ahead have declined, although they remain high. Meanwhile, the survey showed that expected inflation marked a record MoM decline in November, while the median inflation uncertainty fell in the short and medium term.

The charts for gold still show a bullish bias, but the upside shows the difficulty in holding on above $1,800.

A clear sign is a daily close above $1,805 last week, which could open the door to the next strong resistance at $1,810. In the very short term, the bias is to the downside, with the next support level at

$1,775. The price has been down to $1,780 at this moment.

Resistance: 1800, 1810, 1830

Support: 1775, 1765, 1748, 1726