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US Dollar, Rupee Outlook: USD/INR Rate May Rise as Nifty Falls

US Dollar, Rupee Outlook: USD/INR Rate May Rise as Nifty Falls

Daniel Dubrovsky, Strategist

Indian Rupee, USD/INR, Nifty 50 - Talking Points

  • Rupee at risk after Indian industrial production shrank by most since 2011
  • USD/INR may resume former uptrend after break above triangle formation
  • Nifty 50 looking increasingly at risk to a top after a bearish reversal hint

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Indian Rupee Fundamental Outlook

The Indian Rupee has been falling against the US Dollar lately, as anticipated in my USD/INR outlook. India is becoming increasingly vulnerable to a teetering banking sector as the US-China trade war threatens global growth. These fundamental developments have led to aggressive easing from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which cut rates five times so far this year. The government also delivered fiscal support via corporate tax cuts.

Growing concerns about the local economy have been underscored over the past 24 hours. Indian industrial production unexpectedly shrank 4.3 percent y/y in September against estimates of a 2.5% contraction. August’s decline was also revised weaker form -1.1% to -1.4%. Looking at the immediate chart below, this has resulted in the worst decline in industrial production since October 2011, almost 8 years ago.

There is more key data due ahead. On Wednesday, Indian CPI is expected to rise 4.35 percent y/y in October from 3.99% prior. A softer-than-expected result may continue fueling near-term RBI easing bets with the next interest rate announcement on December 5. Until then, the USD/INR remains tied to developments in US-China trade talks given its importance to Emerging Market assets.

For updates on the Indian Rupee and USDINR, you may follow me on Twitter here @ddubrovskyFX

US Dollar, Rupee Outlook: USD/INR Rate May Rise as Nifty Falls

Indian RupeeTechnical Outlook

USD/INR has closed above the top of a Descending Triangle chart pattern, opening the door to a resumption of the uptrend that took place from July to late August. While this is usually a bearish setup that comes into play after a close under the floor, a breakout above the ceiling can signal the opposite given confirmation.

Near-term resistance stands in the way as the October high at 71.72. A push above this price could pave the way for a retest of peaks from December 2018. This is a range between 72.13 and 72.55. Keeping the uptrend intact may also be a rising support line from July.

USD/INR Daily Chart

US Dollar, Rupee Outlook: USD/INR Rate May Rise as Nifty Falls

USD/INR Chart Created in TradingView

Nifty 50 Technical Analysis

This is as the Nifty 50 - India’s local benchmark stock index - looks increasingly vulnerable to a reversal from a technical standpoint. An Evening Star candlestick pattern emerged at the most recent peak under 12100. This is a bearish pattern that with confirmation, could pave the way for a turnaround of the dominant uptrend from late September. A daily close under rising support could pave the way for this – red line below.

Nifty 50 – Daily Chart

US Dollar, Rupee Outlook: USD/INR Rate May Rise as Nifty Falls

Nifty Chart Created in TradingView

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--- Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com

To contact Daniel, use the comments section below or @ddubrovskyFX on Twitter

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