30 August 2023
Support & Resistance Levels
Data This Week
Support & Resistance Levels
ZAR trading stronger in early Wednesday trading ahead of the New York open.
Today’s Market Support and Resistance Levels:
Data This Week
08H00 SA M3 MONEY SUPPLY 10.8% EXPECTED VS 11.15% PREVIOUS.
08H00 SA PRIVATE SECTOR CREDIT YOY 6.2% EXPECTED 6.25%.
14H00 GERMAN INFLATION YOY 6% EXPECTED 6.2% PREVIOUS.
14H15 US ADP ( PRIVATE PAYROLLS) 195K PREVIOUS VS 324K EXPECTED.
14h30 US GDP 2.2% EXPECTED VS 4.1% PREVIOUS QoQ.
14H30 US PCE 3.8% EXPECTED VS 4.9% PREVIOUS.
16H00 US PENDING HOMESALES -12% ESTIMATE VS -15.6% EXPECTED.
11H00 EU INFLATION RATE 5.1% ESTIMATE VS 5.3% PREVIOUS.
11H30 SA PPI INFLATION 2.9% EXPECTED VS 4.8% PREVIOUS.
14H30 US CORE PCE 4.2% VS 4.1% PREVIOUS YOY.
14H30 US JOBLESS CLAIMS 235K VS 230K PREVIOUS.
15H45 US CHICAGO PMI 44 VS 42.8 PREVIOUS.
14H30 US NON FARM PAYROLLS 170K VS 187K PREVIOUS.
14H30 US UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 3.5% VS 3.5% PREVIOUS.
16H00 US ISM MANUFACTURING 47 EXPECTED VS 46.4.
The Rand weaker in early trading, but continues to trade in a relative narrow range ahead of key US data
The local unit starting the JHB session at R18.5300/$, with traders booking early session profits.
However, the Dollar rally ran out of steam, with traders waiting for key US data.
This afternoon we are awaiting the release of private payrolls APD as well as US GDP.
A follow on from last night’s rally was a risk recovery after poor data caused a decline in yields.
- Stocks and Gold continues to rally at the expense of the Dollar and allowing for the ZAR to strengthen.
- The Dollar index falling below 104 to 103.92 after jobs and consumer confidence data disappointed.
Key technical levels: For now we remain inside the range ad for the session.
- A break of R18.6000/$ negates the recent ZAR rally and we can once again target the key R18.8000/$ level.
- Likewise below R18.4000/$, will open up R18.3100/$ (weekly target) and R18.0000/$.
Trade : Range 18.4000-18.8000, Go With Break.
SELL USDZAR on RALLIES
+292 to 34.852
+64 to 4.497
+238 at 15.350
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US stock futures edged higher on Wednesday following up from Tuesday’s large rally.
During regular trading on Tuesday, the Dow rose 0.85%, the S&P 500 +1.45% and the Nasdaq + 1.74%.
Those gains came as weaker-than-expected US consumer sentiment and labour data bolstered bets that the Federal Reserve will likely pause its interest rate hikes in September.
A sharp decline in Treasury yields also boosted technology and other growth stocks, with the benchmark 10-year yield hitting an almost three-week low of 4.1%.
The upcoming release of the jobs report, PCE price index and updated Q2 GDP figures will provide further insights into the potential trajectory of interest rates.
The yield on the 10-year US Treasury note sank to the 4.15% level.
Yields retreating further from the 15-year high of 4.34% touched on August 21st as cooler economic data suggested that the US labour market may be starting to feel the impact of higher interest rates.
Figures from the JOLTs showed that 8.8 million jobs were added to the US economy in July, a 28-month low, remaining above historical averages but missing market forecasts of 9.5 million.
The results aligned with Fed Chair Powell’s Jackson Hole statements that another rate hike could be warranted should above-trend growth patterns persist.
The remarks drove money markets to price in another 25bps rate hike in November following a hold next month.
Asian equities higher after another Wallstreet rally.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Index rose 0.33% to close at 32,333.
Japanese shares climbing for the third straight session and tracking Wall Street higher, after softer-than-expected data bolstered bets of a pause in interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve.
A sharp decline in US Treasury yields also lifted technology and other growth stocks, with the benchmark 10-year US yield hitting an almost three-week low of 4.1%.
Domestically, BOJ board member Naoki Tamura said the central bank needs more evidence that inflation can sustainably meet the 2% target before making any policy changes.
Technology stocks led the charge.
In China, the Shanghai jumped 1.2% to close at 3,136.
The index rising for the second straight session after China introduced new measures this week to boost capital markets and shore up investor confidence.
Beijing cut the stamp duty on stock trading by half.
Meanwhile, investors remain cautious ahead of the release of Chinese manufacturing PMI figures later this week.
Technology and new energy stocks led the advance.
Source : CNBC
Oil prices remain supported.
US WTI crude futures strengthened above $81/bl on Wednesday.
Prices rising for the fifth straight session after an industry report showed that US crude inventories tumbled by 11.5 million barrels last week.
A hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico also stoked fears of supply disruptions, keeping investors on edge.
The offshore Gulf of Mexico accounts for about 15% of US oil output and about 5% of natural gas production, according to the EIA.
Moreover, oil and other risk assets got a boost from a weakening dollar as signs that the US economy may be cooling.
Traders speculating that the poor data could lighten its policy stance.
Source: Gulf News
Precious metals higher.
Gold rallied above $1,930/oz as investors continued to worry about Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s Jackson Hole speech.
The US economic data this week likely to guide the interest rate outlook.
Powell said they are “prepared to raise rates further if appropriate, and intend to hold policy at a restrictive level”.
However, softer data resulted in tumbling US yields send the Dollar lower and the precious metal higher.
This until inflation moves sustainably lower towards the objective as it remains “too high”.
Investors now look ahead to more economic data this week.
Key reports include the monthly jobs report, the PCE price index and ISM Manufacturing PMI in the US.
The Dollar index slipped below 104 on Tuesday as investors bet that weaker economic data could deter central banks from tightening monetary policy.
The US JOLTs report indicated 8.8 million US jobs were added in July, missing the 9.5 million expectation.
Also, the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index fell sharply in August.
Markets now await key job data, the PCE price index, and Q2 GDP figures for insight into interest rate trends.
In his Jackson Hole speech, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell stated readiness to raise rates appropriately to combat inflation.
Source : Forexlive