US Dollar Finds Firmer Footing as Treasury Yields Lift and China Locks Down
US Dollar, DXY Index, USD/JPY, USD/CHF, Crude Oil, Gold - Talking Points
- The US Dollar strengthened again on Monday, boosted by better yields
- China saw an increase in Covid-19 cases and parts of several cities are locked down
- If yields keep going north and China stays shuttered, will the DXY index resume rallying?
The US Dollar firmed again on Monday after Friday’s gains, with Treasury yields bumping higher across the curve. The 1-year note is again approaching the 21-year high of 4.84% that was seen earlier this month.
Surging Covid-19 cases in China saw broad risk-off trading to start the week.
Late Friday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commitment of Traders (COT) report showed that speculators had turned net-short US Dollars for the first time since July 2021.
Chinese stocks fell on worries about further lockdowns, with three Covid-19 deaths over the weekend in Beijing. Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shijiazhuang, all major Chinese metropolises, are facing increased restrictions.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI) was down over 3% at one stage before making somewhat of a recovery. Mainland China’s CSI 300 index is also down, but to a lesser extent.
Australia and Japan’s indices are fairly flat despite a slightly positive lead from Wall Street’s close on Friday.
Gold is also under pressure, sliding under US$ 1,750 today.
After German PPI, the US will get the Chicago Fed National activity index data. There will be a number of speakers crossing the wires from the Bank of England, the ECB, the Bundesbank and the Fed.
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DXY (USD) INDEX TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
It is nudging up against possible breakpoint resistance 107.43. Above there, further resistance might be at 107.68, 109.30, 109.37 and 109.54.
Support could be at the prior lows of 105.34, 104.64, 103.67 or 101.30.
--- Written by Daniel McCarthy, Strategist for DailyFX.com
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