Daily Market Report
01 Jun 2023


Another dreadful session saw EUR/USD accelerate its decline to new multi-week lows in the 1.0640/35 band on Wednesday, always on the back of the persevering march north in the greenback, which also lifted the USD Index (DXY) to new highs in an area last seen in mid-March near 104.70. The strong uptick in the buck, however, fizzled out somewhat towards the end of the session after FOMC’s Harker and Jefferson suggested the likelihood that the Fed could skip hiking rates in June. These views appear to be a ‘skip’ rather than a ‘pause’.
The generalized sour mood in the risk complex came in response to discouraging prints from the Chinese manufacturing and services PMIs for the month of May that were released during early trade in Asia.
Also adding to the bid tone in the dollar appeared some fresh optimism after the House Rules Committee voted 7-6 to pass the Biden-McCarthy debt ceiling bill late on Tuesday.
Somewhat undermining the rally in the buck, expectations of another 25 bps rate hike by the Fed in June dwindled following comments from Harker and Jefferson, and the probability of that move now hovers around 37% when tracked by CME Group’s FedWatch Tool (from nearly 66% just moments earlier).
No echoes from hawkish comments by ECB Board member M. Müller, who favoured at least two more 25 bps interest rate raises and suggested that talks over interest rate cuts early next year appear too optimistic. Still around the central bank, dove member I. Visco  reiterated that the ECB needs to proceed in a gradual fashion.
Interesting day in the euro docket after the advanced Inflation Rate in France is seen contracting 0.1% MoM in May and rising 5.1% over the last twelve months. The opposite is seen in Italy, where the CPI is expected to have rise 0.3% MoM and 7.6% YoY. In Germany, the Unemployment Change went up by 9K persons and the jobless rate remained at 5.6% for the current month
Still in Germany, preliminary inflation figures saw the CPI drop at a monthly 0.1% and rise 6.1% from a year earlier.
Across the Atlantic, MBA Mortgage Applications contracted 3.7% in the week to May 26. In addition, JOLTs Job Openings rose more than expected by 10.103M in April and the Chicago PMI retreated to 40.4 in May.
If EUR/USD drops below the lowest point reached in May at 1.0635 (May 31), it will face the March low at 1.0516 (March 15) before reaching the 2023 low at 1.0481 (January 6). On a positive note, the 100-day and 55-day SMAs at 1.0813 and 1.0881, respectively, are situated below the psychological level of 1.1000, which serves as an intermediate barrier. Once this threshold is surpassed, there are no significant obstacles until the pair hits the 2023 top at 1.1095 (April 26), followed by the rounded value of 1.1100 and the weekly peak of 1.1184 (March 31, 2022). Another rounded value awaits at 1.1200. The RSI) on a daily basis receded to the proximity of 32.
Resistance levels: 1.0753 1.0801 1.0831 (4H chart)
Support levels: 1.0635 1.0516 1.0481 (4H chart)


USD/JPY dropped for the third straight session, as the late corrective decline in the dollar favoured the continuation of the weekly retracement in spot, this time revisiting the low-139.00s on Wednesday.
The relentless move higher in the dollar coupled with some alleviated strength in the Japanese yen helped spot return to positive territory during most of the session. On the latter, it is worth recalling that Tuesday’s unscheduled meeting between the BoJ, the MoF, and the FSA added fuel to speculation around a potential intervention in the FX markets.
Despite the pair still being a long way from the October high around 152.00, officials’ concerns appear to have resurfaced since the velocity of change has increased in recent weeks as the dollar rise has resumed.
Also collaborating with the pair’s downside emerged a further pullback in US yields across the curve.
In Japan, preliminary Industrial Production is expected to have contracted at an annualized 0.3% in April, while Retail Sales expanded 5% over the last twelve months. Further data saw Consumer Confidence improve a tad to 36 in May, and Housing Starts contracted 11.9% in the year to April.
The upper resistance level for USD/JPY is currently at the 2023 high at 140.91 (May 29). If the pair clears this level, it may potentially revisit the weekly peaks at 142.25 (November 21, 2022) and 148.84 (October 31, 2022). On the flip side, there is significant contention at the key 200-day SMA at 137.25 before reaching the temporary 55-day and 100-day SMAs at 134.70 and 133.72, respectively. In a downward direction, the pair might retest the weekly low at 133.01 (April 26) followed by minor support at 132.01 (April 13) and the April low at 130.62 (April 5). In the event of a more significant retracement, the March low of 129.63 (March 24) and the February low of 128.08 (February 8) could become prominent, seconded by the 2023 low at 127.21 (January 16). The RSI looked breached the 63 yardstick.
Resistance levels: 140.93 141.61 142.25 (4H chart)
Support levels: 139.27 138.22 137.42 (4H chart)


The sudden loss of momentum in the dollar motivated GBP/USD to made an abrupt U-turn and extend the weekly recovery for the fourth session in a row on Wednesday.
Indeed, Cable retreated to the mid-1.2300s against the backdrop of intense upside momentum in the greenback - which clocked new 2-month highs when gauged by the USD Index (DXY) – although it managed to stage quite a marked rebound north of the 1.2400 the figure afterwards.
In the meantime, expectations of an interest rate hike by the Fed in June should keep the British pound (and its risky peers) on a cautious note, although further repricing of extra tightening by the BoE should limit occasional losses and underpin bullish attempts. So far, market participants still favour the policy rate to 5.50% (from 4.5% currently).
The UK calendar was empty on Wednesday.
Immediately to the downside in GBP/USD comes the May low of 1.2308 (May 25), just ahead of the provisional 100-day SMA at 1.2292 and before the April low of 1.2274 (April 3). In the event that the pair keeps on falling, it might focus on the 200-day SMA at 1.1984 in front of the 2023 low of 1.1802 (March 8). On the contrary, the initial hurdle emerges at the weekly top of 1.2546 (May 16), trailed by the 2023 pinnacle of 1.2679 (May 10). Further north aligns the 200-week SMA at 1.2865 in front of the mental degree of 1.3000. The day to day RSI rose marginally past 48.
Resistance levels: 1.2446 1.2470 1.2510 (4H chart)
Support levels: 1.2308 1.2274 1.2189 (4H chart)


The combination of persistent strength in the greenback and disappointing prints from the Chinese docket played against any recovery attempt in AUD/USD and confined it to trading at new lows for the year around 0.6470/65 on Wednesday.
Indeed, lower-than-expected prints from the Manufacturing and Services PMIs in China reignited concerns over a bumpy recovery of the Chinese economy post-pandemic and kept the price action around the Aussie dollar depressed.
Adding to the daily decline, the commodity complex traded mostly on the defensive, with copper prices adding to Tuesday’s pullback and iron ore extending the drop to the key $100 mark per tonne.
Data-wise Down Under, Housing Credit expanded 0.3% in April from a month earlier, and the Monthly CPI Indicator ticked higher to 6.8% in April (from 6.3%).
If the AUD/USD goes below the 2023 low of 0.6466 (May 31), it might fall as low as 0.6386 (November 10, 2022) and 0.6272 (November 3). By contrast, the 55-day and the 200-day SMAs at 0.6666 and 0.6696, respectively, are immediate resistance levels, followed by the May high of 0.6818 (May 10) and the psychological milestone of 0.7000. The next resistance levels above this range are the weekly high of 0.7029 (February 14) and the 2023 peak of 0.7157 (February 2). The daily RSI retreated to the sub-35 region.
Resistance levels: 0.6554 0.6628 0.6675 (4H chart)
Support levels: 0.6458 0.6386 0.6272 (4H chart)


Gold prices have kept the erratic performance in place so far this week and set aside Tuesday’s pullback to instead advance at a decent pace past the $1970 mark per ounce troy.
Daily gains in the yellow metal came despite another strong session for the greenback, although they appeared to be bolstered instead by the downward trajectory in US yields across the curve.
In addition, uncertainty ahead of the debt ceiling vote later on Wednesday as well as rising speculation of another quarter-point rate raise by the Fed in June were also factored into Tuesday’s price action.
Despite its recent recovery, gold is still under pressure for the time being. If it falls below the May low of $1932 (May 30), which looks to have some support from the vicinity of the temporary 100-day SMA at $1937, it is expected to fall further towards the 200-day SMA at $1833, well before reaching the 2021 bottom of $1804 (February 28). Having said that, and despite occasional recoveries, provisional resistance at the 55-day SMA at $1988 may be encountered before reaching the big milestone of $2000. There are no significant resistance levels until the 2023 high of $2067 (May 4), which is supported by the March 2022 top of $2070 (March 8) and the all-time peak of $2075 (August 7 2020).
Resistance levels: $1974 $1985 $2022 (4H chart)
Support levels: $1932 $1885 $1809 (4H chart)


Silver prices rose to multi-session peaks near $23,.60 despite the hostile atmosphere where the US dollar climbed to new 2-month highs and risk aversion kept dominating global sentiment.
Extra gains in the grey metal also defied the generalized bearish activity in the commodity galaxy and the prospects for a stuttering economic recovery in China following the post-pandemic reopening.
At the same time, Gold/Silver Ratio confronted 2-day lows near 83.50, giving away part of the promising first half of the week.
Further upside in silver should target the interim 55-day SMA at $24.25 prior to the 2023 top at $26.12 (May 5). This is followed by the April 2022 high at $26.21 (April 18) and comes ahead of the weekly peak of $26.94 (March 8) and the key $27.00 round level. On the other hand, if the May low of $22.68 (May 26) is cleared, the grey metal could revisit the 200-day SMA at $22.09 before reaching the significant round number of $20.00 and before the 2023 low of $19.90 (March 10).
Resistance levels: $23.61 $24.01 $24.50 (4H chart)
Support levels: $22.90 $22.66 $22.12 (4H chart)


WTI prices added to Tuesday’s retracement and dropped to new 4-week lows near the $67.00 mark per barrel on Wednesday.
Demoralizing results from Chinese manufacturing and services gauges for the month of May published earlier in the Asian trading hours hurt traders’ sentiment and sponsored the second consecutive daily drop in the commodity.
In addition, the relentless ascent in the greenback pushed the USD Index (DXY) to new highs on the back of firmer speculation of another 25 bps rate hike by the Fed at the June 14 event.
There seems to be no positives for crude oil on Wednesday, as the EIA informed that crude oil production in the U.S. increased in March to 12.696 mbpd, which marks the highest level since March 2020, when the global energy demand was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Later in the NA session, the API will report on weekly US crude oil inventories for the week ended May 26.
WTI has definitely lost the grip this week. Against that, the immediate contention aligns at the 2023 low of $63.61 (May 4), backed by the December 2021 low of $62.46 (December 2), all prior to the key $60.00 per barrel. Just the opposite, the provisional 55-day SMA at $74.08 precedes the weekly high of $74.69 (May 24) and the transitory 100-day SMA at $75.78. North from here comes the weekly peak at $79.14 (April 24), which remains propped up by the key 200-day SMA at $79.59 and the important $80.00 zone. If the rebound becomes more robust, the 2023 peak of $83.49 (April 12) and the November 2022 top of $93.73 (November 7) await.
Resistance levels: $74.69 $76.89 $79.14 (4H chart)

Support levels: $67.08 $63.61 $62.42 (4H chart)


Stocks measured by the Dow Jones dropped for the second straight session and fully faded last Friday’s strong advance, revisiting at the same time the important 200-day SMA around the 32700 region on Wednesday.
The index came under pressure in response to increasing expectations of further tightening of monetary conditions by the Federal Reserve as soon as the June 14 gathering. This view was particularly exacerbated after US JOLTs Job Openings increased more than estimated in April, although late comments from Fed’s Harker and Jefferson reignited the idea of a pause next month instead.
Also adding to the downbeat mood among investors was the steady cautiousness after proposed legislation aiming to eliminate the current U.S. debt ceiling of $31.4 trillion and implement fresh reductions in federal spending reached the House of Representatives for deliberation on Tuesday. A vote on its approval is anticipated to take place later in the evening.
Overall, the Dow Jones retreated 0.37% to 32920, the S&P500 dropped 0.42% to 4187, and the tech-reference Nasdaq Composite deflated 0.30% to 12977.
In case the Dow Jones accelerates the decline, it could see the May low at 32586 (May 25) revisited ahead of the 2023 low of 31429 (March 15) and the 2022 low of 28660 (October 13). On the other hand, if the index surpasses the weekly high of 33652 (May 19), there is potential for a more significant recovery. It may then face resistance at the May top of 34257 (May 1), followed by the 2023 peak of 34342 (January 13) and the December 2022 pinnacle of 34712 (December 13). If the index is able to exceed these levels, it could reach the April 2022 high of 35492 (April 21). The day-to-day RSI deflated to the proximity of 41.
Top Performers: Intel, Verizon, Merck&Co

Worst Performers: 3M, Home Depot, JPMorgan

Resistance levels: 33162 33330 33652 (4H chart)

Support levels: 32586 31805 31429 (4H chart)