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USD Breaking News: Consumer Confidence Miss Burns Dollar, Powell Testimony

USD Breaking News: Consumer Confidence Miss Burns Dollar, Powell Testimony

Warren Venketas, Analyst

U.S. DOLLAR ANALYSIS

  • Drop in U.S. consumer confidence – ACT 109.5; EST 111.
  • Dollar dependent on Omicron data.
  • Focus on Powell and Yellen speech.
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NOVEMBER U.S. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE DOWN

Actual and revised data for U.S. consumer confidence came in lower than estimates (see economic calendar below). Hesitancy around virus concerns could be weighing down on confidence in the U.S.. Initial dollar reactions were muted as I believe more focus is being placed on Fed Chair Powell’s testimony running concurrent to the data release (more details below).

U.S. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE (NOV):

US consumer confidence november

Source: DailyFX economic calendar

DOLLAR FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP

DOVISH RE-PRICING IS THE NAME OF THE GAME!

The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) opened trading significantly lower today as Omicron fears re-emerged, carrying safe-haven currencies like the Japanese Yen (JPY) and Swiss Franc (CHF). A statement from the Moderna CEO rippled through markets after mentioning the likely need for new vaccines although evidence for this is hearsay at this time.

U.S. Treasury yields have dropped testing November lows, while concerns around the effect of the virus on economic growth have priced out a June 2022 rate hike.

U.S. 10-YEAR TREAUSURY YIELDS:

U.S. 10-year Treasury yields

Source: Refinitiv

Markets now favor a later start and aim for September 2022 (see table below) to begin hiking. This is the start of what seems like ‘dovish re-pricing and could hurt dollar bulls should the trend continue. Clarity around the new strain will allow for markets to focus on the economic data without virus contamination.

FED INTEREST RATE PROBABILITIES:

fed interest rate probability

Source: Refinitiv

Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen are currently testifying in front of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. Key discussion points include:

  • The U.S. debt ceiling.
  • Inflation concernswhich could be buoyed by Omicron induced supply chain issues.
  • Economic growth – as delta variant caused disruptions to U.S. labour market.

Recent talk about increasing the rate of asset purchases (taper) could be placed on the back burner for now while more data is needed around the new variant.

The current risk-off market sentiment could see the DXY falling short-term until virus doubts subside. Lower yielding currencies including CHF, EUR and JPY are unlikely to depreciate further against the USD as the dollar was by far the most hawkish of the group until now. These three low yielding currencies make up much of the DXY which is why I do not foresee any bullish upside but rather consolidatory/downside price action. This being said, positive Omicron news could resume the dollar uptick as fundamentals remain supportive (strong economic growth and elevated inflation).

The week ahead includes several high impact events including PMI and NFP prints. Positive releases could add further pressure and complexity to the Fed’s outlook. Data misses may allow for the Fed to justify a more patient approach in the midst of virus uncertainty and support further dovish revisions.

USD ECONOMIC CALENDAR:

USD economic calendar

Source: DailyFX economic calendar

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

U.S. DOLLAR INDEX DAILY CHART

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Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG

DXY is now testing the medium-term channel resistance zone (black), coinciding with the 20-day EMA (purple). Initial reaction to consumer confidence data has been relatively subdued as mentioned above but keep an eye on Fed Chair Powell’s testimony for clarity around the Fed’s outlook. A daily candle close below channel resistance could bring subsequent support levels into consideration.

Resistance levels:

  • 97.00
  • 96.22

Support levels:

  • Channel support/20-day EMA (purple)
  • 95.00

Contact and follow Warren on Twitter: @WVenketas

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