Forexlive Americas FX news wrap 17 May.The price of the DXY index closes below its 100W MA 0 (0)

The GBP is ending the US session as the strongest of the major currencies today. The CHF is the weakest. The USD is ending the day mixed with gains versus the JPY and CHF and losses vs the GBP, AUD and NZD. The USD was near unchanged on the day vs the EUR and CAD (-0.05%).

For the trading week, the trade weighted dollar index (DXY) fell -0.77% with the index moving to the lowest level since April 1 week. That index is also closing below its 100-week MA at 104.83, after 5 weeks of closes above that MA. That shifts the technical bias for the index to the downside (staying below is more bearish for the USD).

Looking at the main currencies vs the USD, the % changes of the USD vs each major currency this week shows mostly lower USD moves. The exception is the USDs gain of 0.30% gain vs the CAD.

  • EUR, -0.93%
  • JPY, -0.08%
  • GBP, -1.43%
  • CHF +0.30%
  • CAD, -0.43%
  • AUD, -1.40%
  • NZD, -1.92%

The move lower in the USD this week got the fundamental shove from the tamer CPI, flat retail sales (lower than expected), and lower NY manufacturing index all released on Wednesday. A PPI number that was stronger but offsel by sharp revisions in the prior month opened the door for the downside when it was released on Tuesday.

Not congruent with the fundamentals is that Fed officials remain focused on higher for longer, whereas other countries are more likely to ease conditions earlier (especially the EU). That may ultimately slow the greenback’s declines at some point. Nevertheless, the EURUSD closed above its 100-day moving average (USD bearish) at 1.0819 for the first time since March 21 after the gains on Wednesday. The GBPUSD also closed above its 100-day moving average for its first time since April 9 on Wednesday (and stayed above).

The NZD and AUD are also moving away from its 100-day MA (dollar bearish). If the USD is to move back higher, the dollar needs to reverse back above the 100 day MAs on each of those currency pairs.

Looking at the US stocks today, the major indices closed mixed with the Dow industrial average leading the way. That index closed above a key milestone today above 40K, and also closed at a new record level. On Wednesday both the NASDAQ and S&P closed at new record levels and although higher on the week, are closing the day below those record closes (marginally).


  • Dow industrial average rose 134.21 points or 40.34% at 40003.60.
  • S&P index rose 6.17 points or 0.12% at 5303.26. It closed at a record 5308.14 on Wednesday
  • NASDAQ index fell -12.35 points or -0.07% at 16685.97. It closed at a record 16742.39 on Wednesday

The Dow industrial average closed higher for the fifth consecutive week. Both the S&P and NASDAQ indices closed higher for the fourth consecutive week.

US yields are closing the day the highs but are still down on the week after the run lower on the back of the CPI/retail sales on Wednesday. The yield did rebound on Thursday and Friday, however.

For today,

  • 2-year yield 4.86%, +3.6 basis points
  • 5-year yield 4.446%, +4.8 basis points
  • 10 year yield 4.421%, +4.5 basis points
  • 30-year yield 4.561%, +4.3 basis points

For the trading week,

  • 2-year yield fell -4.3 basis points for the week, but was down -16.6 basis points at the week’s low
  • 5-year yield fell -6.8 basis points for the week, but was down -20.0 basis points at the week’s low
  • 10 year yield fell -7.8 basis points for the week, but was down -18.7 basis points at week’s low.
  • 30-year yield felt -8.0 basis points for the week, but with down -17.3 basis point at week’s low.

Thank you for your support this week. Hoping you and yours have a happy and healthy weekend.

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US stocks rally into the close but close mixed. Dow closing above 40K for the 1st time. 0 (0)

The major US stock indices pushed higher into the close and it seems the Dow closed not only at a record level, but also closed above 40K for the first time. The Dow is the least favored of the major indices, but it is the one that gets America excited. Headlines of Dow 40K means more on „Main Street“ than „S&P 5K“ or „Nasdaq17K“.

The Nasdaq and the S&P closed higher for the 4th week. Each of those indices also traded to new high closing levels this week with the S&P high close now at 5303.14. The Nasdaq new high close comes in at 16742.39.

A snapshot of the closing levels is showing:

  • Dow industrial average rose or 0.34% at 40003.60
  • S&P index rose 6.17 points or 0.12% at 5303.26
  • NASDAQ index fell -12.35 points or -0.07% at 16685.97

The small-cap Russell 2000 fell -0.53 points or -0.03% at 2095.71.

For the trading week, the major indices all closed up over 1%

  • Dow rose 1.24%
  • S&P index rose 1.54%
  • NASDAQ index rose 2.11%
  • Russell 2000 rose 1.744%

For 2024, the broader NASDAQ and S&P index are battling it out for the strongest of the major indices (they are nearly up the same):

  • Dow Industrial Average is up 6.14%
  • S&P index is up 11.18%
  • NASDAQ index is up 11.16%
  • Russell 2000 is up 3.3%

Next week, the focus for the stock markets (and other markets) will be on Nvidia earnings which will be released after the close on Wednesday. Shares of Nvidia moved down by $-18.80 or -1.99% to $924.79 in trading today, but is up over 86.74% this year and just 1.9% from its all-time high close.

Although the price is up dramatically this year

  • EPS are expected to come in at $5.58 which is up from $1.09 during the same quarter in 2023. That is a gain of 411% YoY.
  • Revenues for Nvidia are expected at $24.556B vs $7.19B in the same quarter in 2023. That is an increase of 241%.

The stock price a year ago was at $305. With the current price at $933, that represents a rise of 205%. So all things equal, the gain in the stock- even at over 200% is supported by the gains in EPS and Revenues.

Shares of AMD this week moved up close to 8.25% this week, and is closing up 1.13% in trading today. The not-so-good news is the price is down -27.65% from its February high. For the year, AMD shares are up only 11.57% in 2024 (but they are doing better than Intel who’s shares are down -36.66% in 2024.

Micron shares are up 46.81% in 2024. Broadcom shares are up 25.0% this year.

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USDCHF bounces off the 200 hour MA and trades higher 0 (0)

The USDCHF moved lower with the USD selling earlier today, and in the process moved down to test the 200 hour moving average at 0.90653. Support buyers leaned against the level and pushed the price back higher. The pair is trading between the 100/200 bar MAs on the topside at 0.9091 (and a swing area up to 0.90978), and the 200 hour MA below.

Absent any big move into the close, that is where the week will close out. Next week, the MAs above and below will be the support and resistance. A break of either target with momentum would either increase the bullish bias or bearish bias.

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Silver extends rally to 6% — an image to define the precious metals rally 0 (0)

The silver bulls are a special kind but this weekend they will be celebrating.

Silver has broken out today, in a technical waterfall.

It started with the break of $30/oz and the February high, which is just above. That’s led to a rush of buying and short covering in a 6% rip to $31.37. That’s the highest since 2013.

Now there isn’t much standing in the way, technically. The mid-2012 high was $35.40 and that’s a reasonable target given the momentum and enthusiasm for precious metals in general. Gold today is slated to close above $2400 for the first time (and also on a weekly basis). It’s also just a few dollars away from an all-time intraday record.

For the gold bulls, I think the image of Putin and Xi hugging is as good as it gets. It underscores their determination to define a multi-polar world that’s not dominated by the US — or the US dollar.

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Crude oil for July settled at $79.58 0 (0)

Crude oil futures redo winds that align our sewing at $79.58. At the $0.84 on the day. The selling price is near the high for the day. The low for the day was at $78.61.

For the trading week, the price is up 1.87%.

Technically, the price is trading between the 100-day moving average below at $78.57 (blue line), and the 200 day moving average (green line) above currently at $79.96.

This week, sellers had their shot with the tries below the 100-day moving average. On Wednesday, a new low going back to February 26 took the price to the low for the week at $76.72. but the price snapped back higher by the close. Inventory data this week showed a surprise drawdown on Wednesday helping to bottom the price.

The price currently between the MAs is more neutral technically, but with the sellers having their shots this week, the buyers have the control nod heading into the close and the new week. It would now take another move below the 100 day MA to wrestle the control back from the buyers.

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ForexLive European FX news wrap: Dollar continues to hold alongside yields 0 (0)



  • USD leads, AUD lags on the day
  • European equities lower; S&P 500 futures up 0.1%
  • US 10-year yields up 1.9 bps to 4.394%
  • Gold up 0.5% to $2,389.83
  • WTI crude down 0.1% to $78.72
  • Bitcoin up 1.6% to $66,331

In FX, the reaction to the US CPI earlier in the week is being clawed back somewhat. The dollar is finding a footing in the last few sessions, helped by a bounce in Treasury yields as well.

10-year yields are now at 4.39%, moving off its 200-day moving average. The low after the inflation data was 4.31%, so that is helping to also prop up USD/JPY. The pair is now up over 200 pips since the drop on Wednesday and early Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, EUR/USD is down 0.2% to 1.0843 with large option expiries at 1.0850 still holding price action. The 100-hour moving average at 1.0835 is also a key near-term level to watch in the final stretch of the week.

Elsewhere, USD/CAD is up 0.1% to 1.3635 and AUD/USD is down 0.3% to 0.6655 as commodity currencies also lag slightly in any post-CPI follow through.

In the equities space, European stocks are getting checked back while US futures are more tentative for the most part. The memes are pausing for now as Gamestop shares are down in pre-market following softer revenue sales in Q1.

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Bitcoin Technical Analysis – We are approaching a key resistance level 0 (0)


The more dovish
than expected FOMC decision eventually marked the bottom in many risk assets
including Bitcoin. In addition, the benign US CPI figures on Wednesday were the
trigger for the risk-on sentiment that took US stocks to new all-time highs and
boosted the cryptocurrency. As long as the positive sentiment holds, we should
see new highs for Bitcoin in the next few weeks with a break above the 67275
level probably confirming the bullish case.

Bitcoin Technical
Analysis – Daily Timeframe

On the daily
chart, we can see that the break below the key support
zone around the 60K level eventually turned out to be a fakeout. The
cryptocurrency is now near a key swing point around the 67275 level. A break
above that level should open the door for a rally into the cycle highs if not
even higher.

Technical Analysis – 4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour
chart, we can see that the more dovish than expected FOMC decision marked the
bottom for the correction and the benign US CPI figures were the green light
for a rally in risk assets. The price action around the 60K support might have
also formed an inverted
head and shoulders
pattern with the 67275 level as the neckline.

We can expect the
sellers to lean on the neckline with a defined risk above it and target a drop back
into the 60K support. The buyers, on the other hand, will want to see a
breakout to the upside to increase the bullish bets into the cycle highs.

Technical Analysis – 1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour
chart, we can see that the bullish momentum is waning ahead of the key resistance
as depicted by the divergence
with the RSI.
Moreover, the average
daily range
marked by the red lines shows that Bitcoin is unlikely to extend
to new highs today and if it the price rallies into the resistance it’s more
likely that we will see a rejection.

A good level where
to lean on for the buyers would be the swing low at 64568 as a break below that
level might invalidate the bullish case and see the cryptocurrency falling back
to the 60K support.


We don’t have any
noteworthy catalysts for today, so the markets will likely follow the path of
least resistance set by the US CPI report or just consolidate into the weekend.

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Is it psychology that holds you back? 0 (0)

If you were to do
a backflip without actually knowing how to do it, would you do it? I guess not,
because you would have no certainty of landing on your feet, and you will also
fear of getting hurt. This fear of the unknown will hold you back.

If you ask someone
who does backflips on a daily basis, they would do it without any hesitation.
They have no fear because they know how to do it and they did it many times

In trading is not
actually psychology that is holding you back. It’s your level of skills, knowledge
and experience. The more experience you have and the more conviction you will
have in your trading.

When you know that
even if you take losses along the way, you will still come up on top, you will
have no fear in trading. Your problem is actually not knowing if you are going
to make it or not.

I’d say that this
problem is more frequent with pure technical traders. That’s because with technicals
you don’t know why the price moves the way it does, when it should move in your
direction and when to exit a trade because it’s not working out as expected. Moreover,
there can be so many good-looking setups across different timeframes that you
won’t know which one to take and end up in overtrading.

Most “trading
educators” will blame psychology when their strategies don’t work for you. But
the problem in the end is not you. There are also trading authors that sold
lots of books on trading psychology, but they weren’t successful traders

It’s like the
saying “if you want to become rich, write a book on how to become rich”. I’m
not saying that you won’t have psychological problems in your trading at all.
You will make emotional mistakes. It’s perfectly normal. We are humans.

What I’m trying to
tell though is that psychology is overrated in trading. And thinking that you
can become better with some books is nonsense. With more knowledge and experience
you will become better, and you will make less and less mistakes. It’s a
natural trading process. Remember though that you WILL make mistakes even after
decades of experience.

So, instead of worrying
too much about your psychology, focus on developing your trading skills. Your
psychological issues will be fixed automatically as you progress.

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Fed minutes the big one to watch on the economic calendar next week 0 (0)

And on days when we don’t get any big data, it can be a little slow and uninspiring. So far today, at least we’re seeing the dollar make a decent push higher. That is helped by Treasury yields keeping a bounce at a key technical juncture as noted here. But traders are going to continue to be driven by key economic releases in the months ahead. So, let’s see what is on the agenda for next week.

  • Canada April CPI report (21/05)**
  • RBNZ May monetary policy decision (22/05)**
  • UK April CPI report (22/05)**
  • US April existing home sales (22/05)
  • FOMC May meeting minutes (22/05)***
  • France, Germany, Eurozone May preliminary PMIs (23/05)**
  • UK May preliminary PMIs (23/05)**
  • US May preliminary PMIs (23/05)**
  • US weekly initial jobless claims (23/05)**
  • US April new homes sales (23/05)
  • UK April retail sales data (24/05)
  • Canada March retail sales data (24/05)
  • US April durable goods orders (24/05)

The key one to watch will be the Fed minutes, to get a better check in on their thoughts about future policy steps. That especially after having cited a lack of progress on inflation in the meeting statement here. Since then, we have seen some better developments in the data. So, it will be interesting to try and pick up some clues from there.

Meanwhile, PMI data will be in focus to gauge any further softening in the US economy. In Europe and the UK, it will be a check to see if the better performance in Q1 will continue into Q2.

That aside, do keep an eye out on the UK inflation data as well. It will be one to help settle the score on the debate about a rate cut before the summer.

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S&P 500 E-mini Futures Technical Analysis – No barriers in sight 0 (0)


The S&P 500
has been rallying almost non-stop since the FOMC meeting, and thanks to the
miss in the NFP report and the benign CPI
report the price eventually hit a new all-time high yesterday. We are currently
seeing a bit of a pullback, which is totally normal after such a strong run.
The US
jobless claims
yesterday could have weighed on the risk sentiment if they were
worse than the prior reading, but instead, we got another positive release
which should keep the bullish momentum going.

S&P 500
Futures Technical Analysis – Daily Timeframe

On the daily
chart, we can see that the S&P 500 hit a new all-time high yesterday and
pulled back a bit soon after. The correction into the 4835 support
is unlikely at the moment as we would need a strong deterioration in the growth
and jobs data to reverse the bullish trend.

We can expect the
buyers to pile in more aggressively if we break above the 5336 level. The
sellers, on the other hand, might step in around these levels with a defined
risk above the high to position for the correction into the 4835 level,
although that looks unlikely at the moment.

S&P 500 Futures
Technical Analysis – 4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour
chart, we can see that we have a good support zone around the 5300 level where
we can find the confluence
of the trendline
and the 38.2% Fibonacci
level. Technical buyers might lean on the trendline to position
for a rally into new highs with a better risk to reward setup. The sellers, on
the other hand, will want to see the price breaking lower to position for a
drop into the 5217 swing level.

S&P 500
Futures Technical Analysis – 1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour
chart, we can see that we have a minor resistance zone around the 5325 level
where the price got rejected a couple of times since yesterday. A break above
the zone should see the buyers piling in with more conviction and target a new

The sellers, on
the other hand, might lean on it to position for the continuation of the
pullback into the trendline with a better risk to reward setup. The two red
lines indicate the top and bottom of the average
daily range
. This is how much the market could move on any given day
barring strong catalysts.


We don’t have anything
on the calendar for today, so the market will likely consolidate into the

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