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    The most interesting events this week

    The previous trading week was filled with important events and reports. When looking at the range and movements of both instruments, one might wonder: why was it so subdued? It was reasonable to expect stronger movements and market reactions. To briefly recap, key reports from the United States turned out weaker than market expectations. Even the stronger ones left a peculiar impression. GDP grew by 2.1% in the second quarter, not the expected 2.4%. The ADP report showed fewer new jobs than expected. Nonfarm Payrolls reported more jobs, but the previous month's figure was revised downward. The ISM Manufacturing Index increased but remained below the 50.0 mark. The unemployment rate rose to 3.8%, which few had anticipated.

    Based on all these reports, one might have assumed that it was time to build a corrective upward wave, but on Thursday and Friday, the market raised demand for the US dollar, so both instruments ended the week near their recent lows. So what can we expect this week?

    On Monday, the most interesting event will be European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde's speech.

    On Tuesday, another speech by Lagarde, as well as Services PMIs of the European Union, Germany, and the United Kingdom. We can also expect speeches by other members of the ECB Governing Council. I advise you to monitor the information related to Lagarde's speeches. If she softens her stance, it can have a negative impact on the euro's positions.

    Wednesday will begin with a report on retail trade in the EU and end with the US ISM Services PMI. We can consider the ISM report as the main item of the week, although the ISM Manufacturing PMI that was released on Friday did not stir much market reaction. It is likely that the index will remain above the 52.7 mark, which is unlikely to trigger a market reaction.

    On Thursday, you should pay attention to the final estimate of GDP in the second quarter for the European Union. If it comes in below 0.3% quarter-on-quarter, the market may reduce demand for the euro. The US will release its weekly report on initial jobless claims. On Friday, Germany will publish its inflation report for August, and that's about it. There are hardly any important events and reports this week.

    Based on the conducted analysis, I came to the conclusion that the upward wave pattern is complete. I still believe that targets in the 1.0500-1.0600 range are feasible, and I recommend selling the instrument with these targets in mind. I will continue to sell the instrument with targets located near the levels of 1.0637 and 1.0483. A successful attempt to break through the 1.0788 level will indicate the market's readiness to sell further, and then we can expect the aforementioned targets, which I have been talking about for several weeks and months.
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    The euro could be heading down for a long time

    The euro kicked off the new week with some negative traction. In previous articles, I've already drawn your attention to the statements of some members of the European Central Bank's Governing Council, which boiled down to a simple idea – the hawkish rhetoric is fading, and the ECB is preparing to conclude the process of tightening monetary policy. Thus, the decrease in demand for the euro is quite natural.

    On Monday, ECB President Christine Lagarde refused to answer questions about the rate at the September meeting. Some of her colleagues actively hinted that rates should be kept at peak levels for as long as possible but didn't mention new rate hikes. On Wednesday, Peter Kazimir said that interest rates could rise by another 25 basis points. This could happen as early as next week, although a pause in September with a subsequent increase in October or December is also possible.

    In my opinion, it doesn't matter when exactly the ECB will raise rates for the last time. The key point is that until the tightening process is complete, there is at most one more hike. Right now, it's not even important how high inflation is in the European Union and how quickly it is decreasing because rates have been the priority for the market over the past year. Since the ECB may raise rates for the last time and the Federal Reserve may raise rates for the last time, it may seem that the euro and the dollar are in similar conditions. However, this is not the case. First, the sentiment suggests a decline. Second, the US currency has been falling for quite a while, and during this period, the Fed has been more aggressive than the ECB. This implies that the euro is a bit more expensive than it should be. I believe that most factors currently favor further depreciation.

    I would also like to note another statement from another member of the ECB's Governing Council, Francois Villeroy de Galhau, who stated that interest rates are near their peak, echoing Kazimir's rhetoric. Villeroy also noted that there is currently no recession, and inflation will not slow down to 2% until at least 2025. This implies that the central bank will not further tighten its policy to avoid causing a recession in the European economy, and they can afford to wait on inflation.

    Based on the conducted analysis, I came to the conclusion that the upward wave pattern is complete. I still believe that targets in the 1.0500-1.0600 range are quite feasible. Therefore, I will continue to sell the instrument with targets located near the levels of 1.0636 and 1.0483. A successful attempt to break through the 1.0788 level will indicate the market's readiness to sell further, and then we can expect to reach the targets I've been discussing for several weeks and months.

    The wave pattern of the GBP/USD pair suggests a decline within the downtrend. There is a risk of completing the current downward wave if it is d, and not wave 1. In this case, the construction of wave 5 might begin from the current marks. But in my opinion, we are currently witnessing the construction of the first wave of a new segment. Therefore, the most that we can expect from this is the construction of wave "2" or "b". I still recommend selling with targets located near the level of 1.2442, which corresponds to 100.0% according to Fibonacci.
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    Trading Signal for GOLD (XAU/USD) on September 12-13, 2023: buy above $1,919 (3/8 Murray - 21 SMA)

    Early in the European session, gold (XAU/USD) is trading around 1,923.19, above the 3/8 Murray, and above the 21 SMA. On the 4-hour chart, we see that gold is consolidating within a bullish trend channel formed since August 6.

    If theinstrument remains above 1,919 in the next few hours, we could expect it to continue rising and the price could reach the top of this channel around 1,930.

    According to the 4-hour chart, the bears are gaining strength in the short term, but overall, XAU/USD remains consolidated around 1,920 - 1,930. XAU/USD is above the daily pivot point which gives it a positive outlook. The key level is 1,923, above which gold is expected to continue rising to 1,930 and up to 1,953 (5/8 Murray).

    In case gold trades below 1,919, a bearish acceleration is expected to occur, but for this, we should wait for confirmation below 1,915, which could be seen as a signal to sell with the first target of 2/8 Murray at 1,906. The price could even reach the psychological level of 1,900.

    Meanwhile, gold might produce a positive signal if it manages to settle above 1,920. Then, there will be an opportunity to buy with targets at 1,930, 1,937, and 1,953.

    The eagle indicator is giving a positive signal. However, if the gold price falls below 1,915, we should avoid buying. If this scenario does not occur at the current price levels, we could buy with the target at 1,953 in the short term.
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    EUR/USD: The euro falls after hawkish ECB surprise

    The European Central Bank surprised market participants by raising interest rates by 25 basis points. We must pay tribute to the ECB – it hasn't forgotten how to surprise! Although such unexpected moves, typical of, say, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, are not characteristic of the ECB – they indicate a weak level of communication. Some hints of hawkishness were heard from certain representatives of the Bank (for example, Klaas Knot suggested not underestimating the potential for a hawkish scenario), but overall, the market was largely expecting a different outcome. The probability of maintaining the status quo was estimated at around 60-70%, and this confidence was also shaped by cautious/dovish statements from ECB members. Weak PMIs, ZEW, IFO, a contradictory report on inflation growth in the eurozone, weak retail sales, a decline in industrial output, and a slowdown in the Chinese economy – all these factors also spoke in favor of a wait-and-see stance. Therefore, the ECB's decision is one that goes "against the grain."

    However, the determination (in the current circumstances, it can even be called boldness) of ECB members did not help the single currency. Ironically, the unexpected hawkish surprise from the ECB sent EUR/USD plunging. Reacting to the results of the September meeting, the pair hit nearly a 4-month low, marking it at 1.0650 (the lower Bollinger Bands line on the daily chart).

    So, what is the reason for such an anomalous market reaction at first glance? The devil, as always, is in the details. The ECB raised interest rates by 25 bps with one hand but effectively put an end to the current cycle of monetary policy tightening with the other. The central bank signaled that interest rates have "reached a level that will make a substantial contribution to containing inflation." Such wording is difficult to interpret, so EUR/USD traders viewed the ECB's decision as the "final chord" of the current cycle.

    Interestingly, ECB President Christine Lagarde tried to soften the message during the final press conference, stating that "it is not possible to definitively say that ECB rates have reached their peak at this time." However, judging by the EUR/USD reaction, market participants have already drawn conclusions about the prospects for further monetary tightening.

    It is important to note again that most ECB officials were cautious or dovish in the run-up to the September meeting, pointing out signs of economic slowdown (especially after the release of PMIs), cooling labor markets, slowing inflation (particularly core HICP), and a slowdown in bank lending. Thus, they hinted at the need to maintain the status quo. However, after the September meeting, it became clear that inflation, which is still at a high level, worries ECB officials more than the deteriorating economic outlook.

    The latest inflation report reflected the "stubbornness" of European inflation. The Consumer Price Index remained unchanged at 5.3% in August (against expectations of a decline to 5.1%). This gauge has been steadily declining since October 2022, moving from its peak of 10.6% to the current target of 5.3%. However, the downtrend has recently stalled. As for core inflation, the situation is somewhat different. Core HICP, excluding energy and food prices, rose actively until March, reaching 5.7%. Then, the gauge gradually lost momentum but remained within a range: it was at 5.3% in May, 5.5% in June and July, and finally, in August, the index returned to 5.3%.

    This report was published two weeks ago on August 31st. Since then, discussions in the expert community about the ECB's future actions have not subsided. After a series of disappointing economic reports (as listed above), hawkish expectations diminished, and the balance tipped in favor of a wait-and-see stance. However, as we can see, the ECB decided to "squeeze" inflation without considering the fragile economic growth in the eurozone.

    At the same time, the ECB weakened the euro with its "conclusive" rhetoric. In particular, it was stated that interest rates are already at a level that will be maintained "for a sufficiently long time." According to the ECB, this will significantly contribute to reducing inflation. The central bank hinted that another round of monetary tightening within the current cycle is possible, but such a step would be of an extraordinary nature. This rhetoric did not sit well with the euro, particularly with EUR/USD buyers, resulting in the pair remaining below the 1.06 level.

    From a technical perspective, the bears reached the support level at 1.0650, which corresponds to the lower Bollinger Bands line on the daily chart but failed to break through it. Therefore, selling appears risky right now, as you may "catch a price bottom." Short positions should be considered once the pair breaks through 1.0650 (in which case the bearish target will be around 1.0600) or during bullish corrections. In the latter case, the target would be 1.0650.
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    EUR/USD: Short-term rise and bearish outlook. Markets eye Fed meeting

    Traders are showing a renewed appetite for the euro at the start of this week. However, it is essential to remain cautious. The trend remains bearish, and the eurozone calendar remains almost empty. The US dollar is under the spotlight this week. Meanwhile, some predict another US dollar rally.

    What to expect from EUR/USD this week?

    The euro will likely face pressure against the greenback in the coming weeks, especially after dipping below a critical level last week. With no new data from the eurozone, the Fed's upcoming rate decision might not add to this pressure and could even boost the pair's quotes. Everything hinges on the message from the US regulator.

    The following trading sessions will be tense. The direction for the EUR/USD pair remains unclear, even if some think otherwise. As we know, markets can quickly shift their sentiment.

    Following the European Central Bank's (ECB) recent decision on interest rates, the euro began to decline. The decision confirmed rates would remain steady for the foreseeable future, signaling a pause in rate hikes.

    The euro hovered near 1.0675, the lowest level since March 2023.

    There were initial attempts for a euro rally after the ECB decided to hike rates by 25 basis points, peaking at 1.0729, but these efforts did not bear fruit. This could lead to a test of this year's range between 1.0500 and 1.1000.

    Markets expect the ECB to tighten its policy by approximately 11 basis points and cut by 25 basis points in July 2024. This could pressure the euro, especially if followed by a soft review.

    The current instability of the EUR/USD pair suggests a stronger dollar position, especially after falling below the 200-day moving average on the daily chart.

    Analysts at Societe Generale say that this looks ominous.

    Upcoming economic data is anticipated to show a slowdown, implying a downturn in the eurozone due to high interest rates. This economic slowdown will work against the euro.

    The euro might remain at risk until economic growth in the eurozone starts to rebound.

    The only silver lining for the euro or British pound, in a context where growth forecasts drive currency trajectories, is that growth expectations for the UK and eurozone are already bleaker than in the US.

    This should help prevent a dramatic drop in the EUR/USD or GBP/USD pairs, but the pound could still reach 1.2000 and the euro could fall below 1.0500 if we do not see any positive economic news in the near future.

    Euro Technical Analysis

    The EUR/USD pair is bracing for a rebound from the multi week low of 1.0630 that was recorded on Friday.

    If the pair breaks the 15 September low of 1.0631, the next targets will be the 15 March low of 1.0516 and then the 6 January 2023 low of 1.0481.

    If the pair breaks through the level of 1.0827 (200-day simple moving average), it could encourage a bullish move to 1.0922 and then the August 30 high of 1.0945.

    A break above this level could facilitate a test of the psychological level of 1.1000 and the August 10 peak at 1.1064.

    Fed meeting

    The US central bank is preparing to release its latest decisions and recommendations, which may cause volatility for the US dollar. However, many experts believe that major changes in the Fed's monetary policy are unlikely.

    Highlights include

    Rate Forecasts: Many economists expect the Fed to keep rates at 5.25-5.50%.

    Fed Dot Plot. This chart will show how FOMC members see future interest rate movements. Most members will likely indicate that the current rate level will remain unchanged through the end of 2023.

    Risks for the US dollar. If the dot plot shows that some Fed members are considering a rate cut in 2024, it could put pressure on the dollar.

    Fed Summer Indicators. Two CPI inflation reports are expected to be close to consensus. These data, along with other economic indicators, will confirm that the current level of interest rates is likely adequate to stabilize inflation.

    Based on these projections and analysis, the Fed's decisions may confirm the current trend in monetary policy and, as a result, the resilience of the dollar in global markets.

    US Dollar Technical Analysis

    The US dollar index is near its 2023 high of 105.88. Short-term support and resistance levels are located at 104.44 and 105.88 respectively. The long term support level is marked at 103.04.

    Bullish Scenario. If the DXY closes above 105.88 during the week, it could signal further dollar strength in the medium term.

    Bearish Scenario. If the index reverses and breaches the level of 104.44, it could signal a significant decline to 103.04.

    Economic Outlook. Despite the current difficulties, the US dollar continues to attract investors due to high interest rates, especially compared to the economic situation in Europe and elsewhere.
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    Date: 20th September 2023.

    Market Update – September 20 – FED will stay on hold; Dot Plot, SEP are key.


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    In a day that will be centred around the Fed’s deliberations this evening, and above all the quarterly economic projections, the new dot plot and Jerome Powell’s press conference, we start with China where the PBoC just now left its benchmark rates unchanged, with the one-year and five-year loan prime rates at 3.45% and 4.2% respectively. The Central Bank touted the strength of the national economy and said it has ample policy room as analysts bet on future rate cuts. Still in Asia, the Japanese trade balance fell 66.7% in August, coming in at 930.5 billion yen compared with the 2.79 trillion yen deficit a year ago: a smaller-than-expected but still 17.8% drop in imports contributed to this improvement. Yesterday saw the USD suffer badly up to the US open, with the USDIndex at -0.4% at one point and particularly weak against currencies such as the CAD, before recovering most of its losses and closing flat: the EURUSD was back below 1.07 as was the Cable below 1.24. US yields returned to new highs across the curve, on the 2, 5 and 10 year, the latter two being the highest levels since 2007. Stocks and indices closed in the red, led by the US30.

    Another extremely interesting movement was that of oil, which saw Brent crude come within a hair’s breadth of $96 and Crude above $92, at very strong resistance levels tested several times last year, before falling back profusely: at the moment, the US blend is trading at $90.35.

    FED’s current Dot Plot, representing Members’ rates forecasts


    Tonight is the Fed meeting and there is a 99% probability that the official rate will remain in the 5.25%-5.50% range. But September is also the meeting where the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP) will be renewed and the new Dot Plot will be released: these will be key points to understand what will happen next. On the other hand, it is possible that Powell will do everything he can during the conference to reiterate to the markets that they should not think they know what he and the other board members will do in the coming months.

    *FX – USDIndex flat at 104.82; EURUSD +0.05% @ 1.0685, GBPUSD -0.30% @ 1.2355, USDCAD +0.06% @ 1.3456, USDJPY flat @ 147.88, USDCNH 7.308.
    *Stocks – US Futures are lower to flat (US500 -0.04%, US100 -0.10%, US30 +0.01%); GER40 is +0.10%, FRA40 -0.09%. EV maker TIO tumbled -12%.
    *Commodities – USOil -1.11% @ $90.44, UKOil is trading at $93.44 after getting close to hitting $96 last night.
    *GOLD – flat @ $1931.

    Today: Highlights include UK CPI, PPI, Retail PI (JUST OUT, much better than expected), German PPI, US Mortgage applications, EIA Weekly Oil Stocks Change, FED INTEREST RATE DECISION, FOMC ECONOMIC PROJECTION & PRESS CONFERENCE.



    Interesting Mover: USOil -1.11% @ $90.44, perfectly pulled back after reaching a key resistance level at the $92.20 area, drew a spinning top and is dumping overbought levels on the RSI.

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    Date: 22nd September 2023.

    Market Update – September 22 – A Sideways Friday?



    Wall Street closed with broad losses, but sentiment stabilised somewhat overnight, with China bourses outperforming. Japanese markets didn’t benefit from the BoJ’s ongoing commitment to its ultra-accommodative policy settings and the Yen sold off as the BoJ kept monetary policy parameters unchanged. European futures are in the red, US futures slightly higher, as markets continue to digest this week’s policy announcements. The 10-year Treasury yield is down -0.4 bp, the 10-year JGB rate has corrected -0.2 bp, while yields nudged higher across Australia and New Zealand.



    BoJ kept monetary settings unchanged – as expected. Japan’s central bank offered no clear sign of a shift in its policy stance. The negative interest rate and the settings of the yield curve control program were left unchanged. The BoJ also maintained the pledge to add further stimulus if needed. The Yen weakened on the policy statement and yen bears will continue to test the officials’ resolve to stabilise the currency.

    *FX – USDIndex has remained supported above 105 but off 105.48 highs. EURUSD and GBPUSD steady above 1.0640 and 1.2265 respectively. The Yen sold off and USDJPY lifted again to 148.40. Sterling weakened against the USD to a session low of 1.2250 after data showed retail sales in Britain rose less than expected in August.
    *Stocks – US100 slumped -1.82%, with the US500 down -1.64%, and the US30 off -1.08%. Hang Seng and CSI 300 rallied 1.4% and 1.6% respectively. JPN225 ended the day down 0.52% at 32,402.41.
    *Commodities – Oil prices have started to stabilise, after being knocked back by the hawkish Fed. USOil is trading at $90.28 per barrel now, Brent at $93.75 per barrel.
    *Gold rebounded to $1924.80.

    Today: PMIs from Germany, Eurozone, UK and US. Canadian Retail Sales also on tap.



    Interesting Mover: NZDJPY has rallied by 0.65% post BoJ announcement and Ueda’s comments.

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    Trading Signals for GOLD (XAU/USD) for October 20-23, 2023: sell below $1,980 (21 SMA - double top)

    Early in the European session, gold is trading around 1,977.41, above the 21 SMA, and below the 8/8 Murray. Gold reached a new high around 1,982.12 and is showing indecision which is likely to trigger a strong technical correction in the coming hours.

    Since October 4, gold has been trading within an uptrend channel and has now reached the top of this channel, which means that a technical correction could occur in the next few hours with the target in the area of 1,944 (21 SMA).

    Yesterday, during a speech by the Fed Chairman, expectations were generated that the Fed would not raise interest rates anymore. This fueled the demand for gold as a safe haven asset reaching a new high.

    As investors do not expect any further interest rate hikes this year, gold could continue to rise. However, we should expect a technical correction to occur as long as gold trades below the psychological level of $2,000.

    A good level to buy could be around 1,944 (21SMA) or around 6/8 Murray at 1,937. Both levels could give us the opportunity to buy again with goals at the psychological level of $2,000.

    On the other hand, if XAU/USD continues to rise and reaches the 8/8 Murray level around $2,000 in the next few hours, it could face strong rejection. This 8/8 area acts as strong resistance and a key level. We could use the pullback to sell below this area with the target at 1,937.

    The eagle indicator once again reached the extremely overbought zone. So, we expect a technical correction to occur in the next few hours. Hence, our strategy could be to sell below 1,980 with targets at 1,962 and 1,944.
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    GBP/USD: Pound slightly weakens, but selling still risky as dollar remains weak

    The pound-dollar pair surged by more than 200 points yesterday, reacting to the publication of inflation growth data in the United States. The resonant release put an end to discussions about the Federal Reserve's future steps—at least in the context of the December meeting. The probability of the Fed raising interest rates in December decreased to 5%, meaning the market is almost certain that the U.S. regulator will maintain the status quo next month.

    The inflation report played the role of a cold shower for dollar bulls. Last week, Federal Reserve representatives, including Chairman Jerome Powell, thoroughly heated the public with their hawkish statements, so the sharp shift in sentiment significantly impacted the greenback. The U.S. Dollar Index dropped from 105.60 to 103.80 in just a few hours, reflecting the anti-rally of the American currency. The GBP/USD pair did not stay on the sidelines and updated a two-month price high, testing the 1.2500 level for the first time since September.

    But, as they say, "not everything is rosy." The pound rested on its laurels only briefly, as inflation data in the United Kingdom were also published following the U.S. report. It can be said that today, GBP/USD buyers also experienced a cold shower, as almost all components of the UK data were in the red. Certain conclusions can be drawn here as well, primarily regarding the prospects of tightening monetary policy by the Bank of England. These conclusions do not favor the pound as they suggest the central bank will maintain the status quo after the upcoming meetings.

    For instance, the overall Consumer Price Index in the UK sharply dropped to zero month-on-month (forecasted to decline to 0.1%) after two consecutive months of growth (0.5% in September). In the year-on-year calculation, the overall index also ended up in the red, reaching 4.6% (forecast at 4.8%)—the weakest growth rate since October 2021. For comparison, the overall CPI was at 6.7% YoY in September.

    A separate line needs to be drawn for the core Consumer Price Index, excluding energy and food prices. In June and July, it was at 6.9%, but it dropped to 6.2% in August. In September, the indicator again demonstrated a downward trend (6.1%), as well as in October—5.7% (while most experts predicted a decline to 6.0%). This is the lowest value of the indicator since March 2022.

    The Retail Price Index, used by British employers in salary negotiations, similarly ended up in the red zone: -0.2% MoM (forecasted to grow by 0.1% MoM) and 6.1% YoY (forecasted to grow to 6.3%)—a two-year low, the weakest growth rate of the indicator since October 2021.

    However, some components of the data entered the green zone but remained in the negative territory. For example, the Producer Purchase Price Index in the year-on-year calculation rose to -2.6% (forecast at -3.3%), and the Producer Selling Price Index reached -0.6% YoY (forecasted to decline to -1.0% YoY).

    Commenting on the published report, the chief economist of the Office for National Statistics stated that the decline in inflation occurred against the backdrop of falling energy prices. According to him, the downward trend in key indicators is associated with the decrease this month in the maximum level of energy prices, which limits the amount that suppliers can charge consumers per unit of energy.

    The sharp decline in inflation in the United Kingdom is a significant blow to the positions of the British currency. However, an interesting situation has developed for the GBP/USD pair: the dollar is knocked out after yesterday's release, and the pound is knocked down after today's news. Sellers of the pair managed to muffle the upward impulse but failed to turn the situation in their favor.

    At the moment, it is challenging to say whether sellers of GBP/USD will be able to reverse the trend. Despite the weak positions of the pound, the pair may resume its upward movement due to further weakening of the American currency. The disappointment of the dollar bulls is too great: just last week, Powell stated that the current level of the Fed's rate might be "insufficient" to curb inflation. However, after the publication of CPI growth data in October, his words lost their relevance. Therefore, rushing to sell GBP/USD now may not be advisable—after a short pause, buyers may regain the initiative in the pair.

    From a technical perspective, the pair is currently testing the support level of 1.2450 (the upper line of the Bollinger Bands indicator on the daily chart). In this price range, the downward pullback has stalled. This is another signal indicating the unreliability of short positions. It is advisable to consider selling only after sellers firmly establish themselves below the 1.2450 target—in this case, the next price target will be the level of 1.2340 (the Tenkan-sen line on D1).
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    Dollar versus Gold: New Employment Data in the U.S. and Its Impact on the Market

    This significant rise in gold prices was recorded on Monday, but by Tuesday, the situation had dramatically changed: the price decreased by 0.5%, reaching $2,020.29 per ounce. This decline followed the record achievement and a reduction of more than $100 in a single day, closing the market session with a loss of over 2%.

    It is noteworthy that American gold futures also showed a decrease, falling by 0.3% to $2,036.30.

    Experts predict that the growth that led to Monday's record may temporarily subside. This is due to uncertainties around the prospects of the U.S. monetary and credit policy. However, geopolitical risks may contribute to gold reaching new heights in the future.

    Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Metals, emphasized that the gold market has taken a pause after the recent rally. He also suggested that the $2,000 level might become a new floor for gold in the market.

    Significant impact on market trends is also exerted by employment data in the U.S. Recent reports showed a decrease in the number of job openings in the country to a level not seen in more than two and a half years. This indicates that the rise in interest rates is starting to affect the demand for labor.

    Thus, investors are eagerly awaiting the U.S. non-farm employment report for November, which will be published on Friday. These data may provide a clearer understanding of the future movements of U.S. interest rates, which, in turn, will affect the dynamics of both the dollar and gold.

    The dollar, in turn, has strengthened its position, showing a growth of 0.2% and approaching a two-week high. Such strengthening of the currency made gold more expensive for holders of foreign currencies, which also played a role in changing market dynamics.

    Traders are actively assessing current economic trends, especially the likelihood of a reduction in interest rates by the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) in March. According to the CME FedWatch tool, the probability of such a reduction is currently estimated at 66%. Historically, a decrease in interest rates is a factor that typically provides support in the market for non-interest-bearing bullion such as gold.

    In light of this, experts from Commerzbank suggest that the price of gold may reach $2,100 per troy ounce by the second half of 2024. This forecast is based on the expectation that the Fed will begin the process of lowering interest rates.

    Against this backdrop, there is also a decline in prices of other precious metals. Spot silver fell by 1.4%, reaching a price of $24.16 per ounce. The price of platinum also decreased, by 1.8%, settling at $899.80 per ounce.

    Palladium, continuing the trend, also showed a decline of 4.1%, reaching a more than five-year low at $936.24 per ounce. This decrease highlights the overall trend of instability in the precious metals market, influenced by both economic and geopolitical factors.
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