EURUSD (4-Hour Chart)
The EUR/USD pair advanced higher on Thursday, extending its daily rally to a daily high around the 1.0920 area but then surrendered some of its daily gains amid the risk-positive market environment. The pair is now trading at 1.09031, posting a 0.55% gain daily. EUR/USD stays in the positive territory amid the weaker US Dollar across the board, as the greenback continued to fall after the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed unemployment claims. The US Weekly Initial Jobless Claims rise to 198K, coming in worse than the market expectation of 196K. The higher-than-expected Initial Jobless Claims and lower-than-forecast Gross Domestic Product suggest the labor market may be weakening and could encourage the Fed to pause and not hike rates at their next meeting, which exerted bearish pressure on the US Dollar. In the Eurozone, the Euro hits fresh highs following the easing Eurozone inflation data, as the data released on Thursday showed that inflation in Germany, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), declined to 7.4% YoY in March.
For the technical aspect, RSI indicator 68 figures as of writing, suggesting that the pair could witness some short-term corrections as the RSI retreated slightly from the overbought zone. As for the Bollinger Bands, the price dropped after touching the upper band, therefore some downside movements can be expected. In conclusion, we think the market will be slightly bearish as long as the 1.0915 resistance line holds. An upward extension could be expected if the pair break above the 1.0915 level.
Resistance: 1.0915, 1.0990
Support: 1.0831, 1.0748
XAUUSD (4-Hour Chart)
As higher-than-expected Initial Jobless Claims and lower-than-forecast Gross Domestic Product suggest the US Federal Reserve may pause its rate-hiking agenda on Thursday, the pair XAU/USD witnessed fresh buying and advanced sharply to refresh its daily high above the 1,980 mark during the US trading session. The Gold price is trading at 1,982 at the time of writing, rising 0.91% daily. Despite Fed Chairman Jerome Powell saying privately that the Federal Reserve expects one more rate hike this year but markets disagree, as investors estimated that the US Federal Reserve would not hike rates at the May meeting with chances of a 0.25% hike falling slightly to 44%. Meanwhile, demand for safe-haven assets remains subdued as easing concerns about the banking sector’s health underpin the market mood, which further undermined the US Dollar and lifted the Gold price higher. On top of that, the Fed’s preferred gauge for inflation, the US Core Personal Expenditures – Price Index (PCE) for February, will be revealed on Friday.
For the technical aspect, the RSI indicator is 60 figures as of writing, suggesting the bearish tilt in the short-term technical outlook as the RSI has retreated slightly from 60. As for the Bollinger Bands, the price failed to extend the upside traction and edged lower, therefore some downside movements can be expected. In conclusion, we think the market will be slightly bearish as long as the 1,988 resistance line holds. However, technical indicators remain near overbought readings with uneven directional strength, still supporting the bullish bias.
Resistance: 1988, 2003
Support: 1969, 1952