Market Update – January 4 – USD & JPY hold gains, Stocks flat & Oil tanks

The first full day of 2023 saw stocks flat, a bid for the Greenback & Yen, weaker EUR following softer German CPI data and Oil markets collapse on global growth worries. Treasuries are firmer with US10yr yields losing -2.61%. Overnight Asian stocks have traded mostly firmer despite the negative handover from Wall Street; Hang Seng outperformed whilst Nikkei lagged (-1.45%). AUD outperforms. “China pledges ‘final victory’ over COVID as outbreak raises global alarm” – RTS lead story.

The USD Index rallied to 104.50 yesterday as the USD got a significant New Year bid in early European trades on increased volumes. Softer at 104.10 now. 
EUR – tanked to test 1.0520 after the German CPI and USD bid, back to 1.0580 now.  
JPY – hit new 7-mth lows under 130.00 at 129.50 on Tuesday before recovering to 131.40 highs today and trades at 130.40 now. 
GBP – Sterling sank to 1.1900 as USD rallied before recovering to the key 1.2000 today.
Stocks – The US markets closed down (-0.40-0.76%). US500 -15.36 (-0.40%) at 3824 #TSLA -12.24% the worst performer. #APPL fell -3.74% and its market cap is now below $2 trillion level. XOM & CVX hit from a -4% collapse in Oil prices. US500.F trades at 3853 now. 

USOil – Tanked from $81.50 highs in early trades yesterday over 4% its biggest 1-day fall in over 3 mths on global demand concerns and China Covid cases. Trades at $76.45 now. 
Gold – Has taken another leg higher today on USD weakness, continued CB rate hikes and subdued economic outlook. Breached $1830 in early trades, is over the next resistance at $1850 and trades at $1858 now. 
BTC Sentiment woes continue – the biggest coin trades at $16.8k today. Sam Bankman-Fried pleads not guilty in FTX fraud case; October trial set.

Today – German Import Prices, Swiss CPI, EZ Services and Composite Final PMIs, US ISM Manufacturing PMI, FOMC Minutes, Crude Private Inventories.

Biggest FX Mover @ (07:30 GMT) AUDUSD (+1.08%). A volatile day yesterday took the pair down to under 0.6700 and today its has tested all the way back to 0.6850. MAs aligned higher, MACD histogram & signal line positive and rising. RSI 72.30 OB and still rising, H1 ATR 0.00198, Daily ATR 0.0091.

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Stuart Cowell

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