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Market volatility persists amidst economic uncertainties

April 3, 2024

The stock market’s continued downturn, driven by concerns over interest rates and persistent inflation, contrasts with a slight recovery in the currency market despite the dollar’s fluctuation. While the stock market’s early 2024 gains face challenges from economic indicators and Federal Reserve officials’ cautious outlooks, currency markets adjust to new data and geopolitical tensions, with notable movements in the Euro, Pound, and Australian Dollar. As investors navigate these turbulent waters, the focus turns to upcoming economic reports and Fed communications, which could further shape market trajectories in both stocks and currencies.

Stock market updates

The stock market experienced another day of declines, marking a continuation of its sluggish start to the quarter. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 1%, losing 396.61 points to close at 39,170.24, with a session low dipping over 500 points. Similarly, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite fell by 0.72% and 0.95%, respectively, with the Dow and S&P 500 seeing their worst day since March 5. This downturn reflects growing concerns over bond yields and a dampening of expectations for a Federal Reserve interest rate cut in June, further exacerbated by rising oil prices and persistent inflation.

Despite the recent market setbacks, some experts view this as a normal market correction after significant gains in the first quarter. Greg Bassuk of AXS Investments highlighted the market’s reaction to continuous inflation concerns paired with profit-taking activities, while Sarat Sethi from Douglas C. Lane & Associates saw the sell-off as a “natural digestion” of the rapid equity gains. The first quarter saw the S&P 500 enjoying a 10% increase, its best start since 2019, buoyed by hopes of easing inflation and continued economic growth, alongside a strong performance in tech stocks driven by the AI sector. Yet, recent economic indicators and cautious statements from Federal Reserve officials suggest that immediate rate cuts are unlikely, casting doubts on the market’s ability to sustain its early 2024 momentum.

Currency markets updates

In the currency markets, the USD Index (DXY) faced downward pressure, dropping to 104.70 after recent peaks, indicating renewed selling interest. Upcoming economic indicators such as the ADP Employment Change, S&P Global Services PMI, and statements from Federal Reserve officials could further influence the dollar’s trajectory. Meanwhile, the Euro and the British Pound both recovered against the dollar, thanks to its recent weakness, with the Euro area’s inflation rate and unemployment data eagerly anticipated. The Australian Dollar also saw an uplift, moving past the 0.6500 mark, amidst a backdrop of rising WTI oil prices and gold reaching new highs, reflecting increased market volatility and safe-haven demand.

Pick of the day
EURUSD

EUR/USD moved slightly higher on Tuesday and reach our resistance level. Currently, EUR/USD is trading at 1.0768.

At the time of writing, the four-hour Stochastic indicator is moving higher targeting the overbought area, and the price is moving at the 20-period moving average. We expect that EUR/USD might move lower today and reach our support level at 1.0741.

Resistance: 1.0776; 1.0802

Support: 1.0741; 1.0709

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