USD Forecast: DXY Prepares for U.S. CPI, 110 Support Handle in Focus
U.S. DOLLAR ANALYSIS & TALKING POINTS
- U.S. midterm elections not reflecting as expected in financial markets.
- U.S. inflation data to dictate short-term directional bias.
- Bull flag evolving.
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USD FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP
The Dollar Index (DXY) has been relatively subdued thus far this week as markets prepare for U.S. inflation later today. While the ongoing midterm elections were thought to provide a ‘red’ sweep by Republicans, this has not been the case up until now however, the House looks likely to be controlled by the Republicans which may limit President Joe Bidens and the Democrats future proposals. The expected dominance by Republicans had the dollar trading marginally softer leading up to the elections but the key metric for markets this week is the CPI print (see economic calendar below).
Source: DailyFX economic calendar
Both headline and core inflation which excludes food and energy (the Fed’s preferred measure) are projected lower yet still elevated should the actual figure match estimates. Anything higher than 8% and 6.5% respectively could end the recent USD downtrend, maintaining hawkish bets for the Fed.
FEDERAL RESERVE INTEREST RATE PROBABILITIES
After U.S. CPI, the calendar is riddled with a slew of Fed speakers who will likely react in accordance with the inflation read.
U.S. DOLLAR INDEX DAILY CHART
Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG
Daily DXY price action suggests a brewing bullish breakout via the developing bull flag chart pattern (black). The psychological 110.00 support level will be key for both a daily candle close and weekly. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) remains skewed to the downside, but considering the weak eurozone outlook (DXY comprised of 57.6% euro weighting), the dollar should remain elevated especially after the recent correction.
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