S&P 500, US Dollar, Gold, FOMC Minutes – Asia Pacific Market Open
The S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq Composite wobbled into Wall Street’s close over the past 24 hours. They fell 0.44%, 0.31% and 0.57% respectively. This is as the haven-linked US Dollar appreciated against its major counterparts as the growth-linked Australian Dollar declined. Anti-fiat gold prices succumbed to selling pressure and longer-dated Treasury yields rose.
The culprit was the FOMC meeting minutes. The document showed that the Federal Reserve remains quite dovish on the economy, expressing concern about the path to recovery. What seemed to particularly catch the eyes of investors were doubts over the potential use of yield curve control (YCC) going forward. If implemented, those could even keep more longer-dated Treasury yields capped.
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Undermining the use of YCC means that certain bonds could remain driven by market forces. This relatively speaking makes gold, a non-interest-bearing asset, unattractive. In fact, recent gains in local 10-year and 30-year yields arguably contributed to declines in XAU/USD. This too can undermine the appeal of stocks, coupled with concerns about the economic outlook and insufficient fiscal support.
Thursday’s Asia Pacific Trading Session
With that in mind, a relatively light economic docket during Thursday’s Asia Pacific trading session will likely place the focus for foreign exchange markets on sentiment. The People’s Bank of China will update loan prime rates, but those are expected to remain unchanged. If regional stock exchanges follow the pessimistic tone set on Wall Street, the US Dollar could have room to extend gains as AUD/USD declines.
S&P 500 Technical Analysis
S&P 500 futures fell after prices were unable to pass the all-time high set on February 20th at 3397.50, establishing it as immediate resistance. This also follows persistence negative RSI divergence, a sign of fading upside momentum. Yet, a meaningful turn lower would likely have to make its way under the short-term 20-day Simple Moving Average. Otherwise, a push higher exposes the midpoint of the Fibonacci extension.
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— Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com
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