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DAX 30 Index Eyeing Yearly Highs as German Bunds Approach Key Resistance

DAX 30 Index Eyeing Yearly Highs as German Bunds Approach Key Resistance

Daniel Moss, Analyst

DAX 30 Stock Index, German 10-Year Bunds, US Job Posting, Congress - Talking Points:

  • The US Dollar extended its declines alongside the Japanese Yen during Asia-Pacific trade
  • The proposed extension of German unemployment benefits may underpin regional risk assets
  • DAX 30 index perched atop key support as buyers’ eye yearly highs.
  • German Bunds at risk of a reversal at pivotal inflection point.

Asia Pacific Recap

The price of copper surged to a fresh 2-year high during Asia-Pacific trade, on the back of US Dollar weakness and supply concerns after major producer Rio Tinto cut its outlook for the remainder of 2020.

The trade-sensitive Australian Dollar crept higher alongside the Euro, whilst the haven-associated Japanese Yen slid against its major counterparts.

Gold dipped as much as 0.8% while yields on the US 10-year Treasury Note nudged slightly higher.

Looking ahead, Euro-area and Canadian inflation data headline the economic docket ahead of the weekly EIA crude oil inventory report for the week ending August 14.

DAX 30 Index Eyeing Yearly Highs as German Bunds Approach Key Resistance

Market reaction chart created using TradingView

German Equities Poised to Outperform

Germany’s willingness to keep its foot on the fiscal stimulus throttle could underpin regional risk assets in the coming months and possibly intensify capital flows into European equity markets, as Finance Minister Olaf Scholz proposes an extension of current unemployment benefits from 12 to 24 months.

Scholz’s intentions to nurture the economy through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is in stark contrast to what appears to be taking place in the United States. That may result in the German DAX 30 index outperforming its US counterparts in the near term.

Republicans and Democrats remain “trillions of dollars apart” in stimulus negotiations, according to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, despite high-frequency data pointing to a labor force in dire need of additional fiscal support.

US Percent Change in Job Postings (YTD)

DAX 30 Index Eyeing Yearly Highs as German Bunds Approach Key Resistance

Source – Opportunity Insights Economic Tracker

Job postings in the United States decreased by 36.4% in the week ending August 14, dropping to the lowest levels since early-May, when the unemployment rate was 13.3%.

This may be indicative of a rising level of joblessness in the month of August and could spell trouble for the US economy given enhanced $600 weekly unemployment payments expired at the end of July, and Congress is on summer hiatus until early September.

To contrast, the German unemployment rate remains in single digits at 4.2% – as of June – and recent economic data suggests that Europe’s largest economy has endured the Great Lockdown relatively well, as manufacturing PMI expanded for the first time since December 2018 in July.

Therefore, German asset prices may markedly appreciate should Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partners agree to extend this pivotal safety net. Ensuring that contingencies remain in place to support the nascent economic recovery and in turn soothing regional investors’ concerns.

German Bunds Daily Chart – Psychological Resistance May Prove a Challenge

DAX 30 Index Eyeing Yearly Highs as German Bunds Approach Key Resistance

German 10-Year Bunds daily chart

Europe’s ‘safe haven’ asset, German 10-year Bunds, are at risk of reversing lower after rebounding from support at the July low to breach resistance at the 38.2% Fibonacci (104.61).

Further declines appear in the offing if price fails to close above downtrend resistance and the psychologically pivotal 105 level as the RSI struggles to climb over its neutral midpoint,

With that in mind, a daily close below the 38.2% Fibonacci (104.61) may ignite a wave of selling pressure and open a path to test the monthly low (104.04).

An extension to the downside more than likely coinciding with the German DAX 30 index climbing back above the 2020 open and erasing its yearly losses.

DAX 30 Index Daily Chart – 21-DMA Directing Prices Higher

DAX 30 Index Eyeing Yearly Highs as German Bunds Approach Key Resistance

DAX 30 Index daily chart created using TradingView

The 21-day moving average appears to be providing a temporary platform for the DAX 30 index, as buyers eye a push above the yearly open (13126.5) to test the post-crisis high (13315.6).

Although prices have stagnated over the last 5 days the RSI and MACD indicators have continued to track in positive territory, hinting that the path of least resistance may be to the upside.

To that end, a daily close above the monthly high (13102.6) could signal a resumption of the uptrend extending from the yearly low (7957.6) and possibly lead price towards the convergence of Ascending Channel resistance and the February high (13828.8).

-- Written by Daniel Moss, Analyst for DailyFX

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DailyFX provides forex news and technical analysis on the trends that influence the global currency markets.