Daily summary: Volatility stays high at the beginning of new week

9:54 PM March 20, 2023

  • European indices erased early losses and finished today's session higher, with Dax up 1.12% as investors continued to monitor risks to the European banking sector. Credit Suisse was purchased by its competitor UBS, and global central banks' took several actions to boost dollar liquidity. 
  • ECB President Lagarde said that Eurozone banks have capital and liquidity levels well beyond their requirements. Without the tensions, policymakers would have indicated that additional hikes were required. 

  • The government of French President Emmanuel Macron survived a no-confidence vote by nine votes

  • The Dow Jones and the S&P 500 gain 0.9% and 0.75% respectively while the Nasdaq is trading around the flatline despite lingering risks of the banking crisis. Traders now await the highly-anticipated 2-day FOMC meeting to kick off tomorrow. 

  • First Republic Bank stock plunged 40.0%, extending recent heavy losses, after S&P downgraded the bank deeper into junk status and said the recent $30 billion cash infusion may not be enough to solve its liquidity problems. Buyers managed to erase some losses on news that JPMorgan Chase is advising First Republic Bank on strategic alternatives, one of which is capital raise which could dilute current shareholders. A sale of the bank is also taken into consideration.

  • OIL.WTI briefly dropped to $64.50 which was the lowest level since early December 2021, only to erase all of the losses in the evening as moods improved a bit. Natgas price fell 5.0% and is testing support at $2.22 as average US gas demand, including exports, is expected to fall to 108 bcfd this week from 116.9 bcfd last week due to milder weather.

  • Precious metals are trading higher amid a lower dollar. Gold jumped to one-year high at $2012 at the beginning of European trading as Credit Suisse bond write down fueled demand for safe haven assets. However almost all of the gains have been reversed later in the session. Silver pulled back from local resistance at $22.70. 

  • The winner of today's FX session is the British pound, which strengthened over 0.8% against the dollar. GBPUSD pair managed to break above  February 14 highs and now oscillate above the 1.2270 level.

  • The dollar index dropped below 103.5, extending losses for the 3rd session as investors anticipate that the Fed might not hike rates as much as previously thought because of the banking crises. Not long ago, a 50 bp hike was expected, while currently markets expect at 25 bp hike or even a pause of the tightening process. 

  • Bitcoin pulled back from 9-month high at $28,500 and is currently testing local support at $28000. Nevertheless recent turmoil of the banking sector supports digital assets and as long as current sentiment prevails crypto bulls seem to have an advantage. The key support for the most popular cryptocurrency is located around the $25,000 mark and only a break below would point to resumption of downward move.

USDJPY currency pair has been moving in a downtrend recently. Looking at the H1 interval, buyers launched a small upward correction. If the bullish momentum gains steam, EMA100  (blue line) should be treated as the nearest resistance. In case of break higher, upward impulse may accelerate towards crucial resistance around 133.30, which is marked with the upper limit of the 1:1 structure and 38.2% Fibonacci retracement. Source: xStation5

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