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Dollar Index (DXY) Weekly Elliott wave Forecast: All the attention remains on the Fed

-       The USD Index (DXY) kept a side-lined theme this week.

-       US yields traded in a mixed fashion ahead of the Fed meeting.

-       Investors now see a May rate cut as more likely.

The Greenback navigated choppy waters this past week around the 103.20 zone when tracked by the USD Index (DXY).

A rate cut in March now seems off the table

As usual in past sessions, firmer-than-estimated results from key US fundamentals maintained a generally constructive view on the US Dollar this week.

In fact, encouraging readings from Retail Sales, flash Q4 GDP Growth Rate and the Trade Balance have all lent support to the idea that the first interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve intended for the month of March could now seem somewhat premature.

On the latter, the probability of a rate reduction in March shrank to around 45% when measured by CME Group’s Fed Watch Tool vs. an increase to nearly 52% corresponding to May.

This unabated resilience of the US economy reinforced the increasing case for a “soft landing”. Coupled with the pick-up in CPI inflation figures in the last month of 2023 and the persevering strength of the domestic labor market all prompted Fed officials to start playing in favor of an interest rate cut, but later than anticipated, something that still appears at odds with investors’ belief.

Exhibit - Elliott wave view

DXY technical outlook

Looking at the daily chart of the DXY index, we can see that immediate resistance is expected around the YTD high of 103.81 (January 23). This level is underpinned by the vicinity of the important 200-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) at 103.49. Further up, we discover the December top of 104.26 (December 8 and 11), right before meeting the transitory 100-day SMA at 104.31. If the index exceeds this level, it might open the way for a rise toward the November top of 107.11 (November 1) after clearing the minor resistance at the weekly high of 106.10. (November 10).

However, if sellers regain the upper hand, there is an initial contention at the weekly low of 102.77 seen on January 24. The loss of this level should see no substantial support zone until the December low of 100.61 (December 28). If this level is crossed, the index may perhaps go on a downward trajectory toward the psychological 100.00 mark before edging lower to the 2023 bottom of 99.57. (July 14).


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