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Markets Week Ahead: Nasdaq 100, Gold, Bitcoin, USD, Fed, Tech Earnings, Volatility Returns

Markets Week Ahead: Nasdaq 100, Gold, Bitcoin, USD, Fed, Tech Earnings, Volatility Returns

Daniel Dubrovsky, Contributing Senior Strategist


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Global risk appetite sharply deteriorated this past week as the Volatility Index (VIX), which is the market’s preferred ‘fear gauge’, closed at its highest since early December. The Nasdaq 100 dropped 7.5%, the most since March 2020 when markets were in the midst of the pandemic-induced selloff. S&P 500 and Dow Jones futures sank 5.81% and 4.67% respectively.

All things considered, it was a week that was lacking in economic event risk, aside from earnings data. This likely allowed traders to focus on broader fundamental themes. The most immediate item threatening market sentiment is a hawkish Federal Reserve. A combination of quantitative tightening and rate hike bets are bringing up front-end Treasury yields, or the ‘risk-free’ rate.

Unsurprisingly, the haven-oriented US Dollar and Japanese Yen were benefactors this past week. This is as the sentiment-linked Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Dollars underperformed. Gold prices received a slight boost but were undermined by a stronger Greenback. Crude oil, which can be sensitive to market mood swings, gave up gains earlier in the week, finishing flat.

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A lot of focus is being placed on the growth-oriented tech sector, which has seen the bulk of gains since the global pandemic started. Now, monetary policy tightening and reopening threaten reverse capital flows from the sector, leaving the riskiest of investments vulnerable. This also includes cryptocurrency, with Bitcoin trading back under US$40k for the first time since August.

Still, even value-oriented shares were unable to escape binary moves in the market. Financial companies, which can benefit from higher profit margins amid rising interest rates, underperformed. The Fidelity MSCI Financials Index ETF suffered the worst weekly drop since June 2020. This equivalent industrial ETF sank almost 5%, the most since January 2021.

All eyes are on tech earnings after Netflix’s stock was wrecked by dismal subscriber growth projections. Apple, Microsoft and Tesla are due to report. Some traders argue that a turnaround in sentiment could spell a less hawkish Fed ahead of the January rate decision this week. But, inflation remains well above target and unemployment is relatively low. The BoC is also ahead as Australia and New Zealand release CPI figures. What else is in store for markets ahead?

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Fundamental Forecasts:

Apple and Tesla Earnings in Focus as Nasdaq 100 Falls into a Technical Correction

The US stock market is embracing the peak of the earnings season this week, with about 22% of the S&P 500 companies due to announce results. Among them, Apple, Tesla and Microsoft will be closely eyed.

Gold Price Forecast: XAU May See Volatile Trading on FOMC and PCE Data

Gold Prices are looking to rise for a third consecutive week as market volatility and geopolitical tensions support bullion. It may be a volatile one for XAU, with a FOMC announcement and PCE data on tap.

EUR/USD Forecast: Key EUR/USD, EUR/GBP Levels to Watch

Euro maintains uptrend, EUR/GBP rallies continue to be faded.

Australian Dollar Outlook: All Eyes on CPI Ahead of RBA and Fed Meetings

The Australian Dollar consolidated this week despite increasing external volatility. Australian CPI could hold the key for AUD/USD in the near term.

Bitcoin (BTC) Breaks Major Support as Global Risk Outlook Sours

Bitcoin volatility returned with vengeance Thursday as BTCUSD took out important support and traded back at lows last seen nearly six months ago.

Sterling Fundamental Forecast: GBP Slides Before PM ‘Party’ Report Next Week

The Pound has been rather impervious to allegations of lockdown parties in Downing Street but cracks in Sterling are beginning to show.

USD/JPY Rate Outlook Hinges on Federal Reserve Interest Rate Decision

The Federal Reserve interest rate decision may sway the near-term outlook for USD/JPY as the central bank prepares to normalize monetary policy.

Technical Forecasts:

US Dollar Technical Forecast: Do or Die for DXY Trend– FOMC on Tap

US Dollar is trading just below the yearly open with all eyes on the FOMC next week for guidance. The technical levels that matter on the DXY weekly chart.

S&P 500, Nasdaq 100, Dow Jones Forecast Turning Ugly

Stocks are reeling and looking the worst they have in quite some time; there are some key levels getting broken that open up for more trouble.

Australian Dollar Outlook Mixed as Support Held: AUD/USD, AUD/JPY, AUD/CAD, EUR/AUD

The Australian Dollar finished a relatively flat week against its major peers. AUD/USD, AUD/CAD and EUR/AUD were unable to break support. AUD/JPY managed to break down, however.

Canadian Dollar Technical Forecast: USD/CAD Primed for Fed, BoC

USD/CAD will see considerable interest on Wednesday with rate decisions from both the Fed and the BoC. But traders may find cleaner technical potential in CAD/JPY.

Crude Oil Forecast - WTI at Risk as the Equity Rout Threatens to Spill Over to Commodities

Oil prices could come under pressure in the coming days if the Fed remains overly hawkish at its January meeting and causes a deeper pullback in the stock market and risk assets in general.

Gold Prices Rise on Falling U.S. Treasury Yields and Geopolitical Risk Ahead of FOMC

Bullion came into its own this week after U.S. Treasury yields slid lowering the cost of holding the non-interest bearing metal, while XAU/USD finally breaks 1830.

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