Market Update – November 22 – China Covid Worries puncture sentiment

The USD Index holds onto to recent gains at 107.50, but unable to break resistance at  107.80. Asian markets further impacted with more COVID cases across China (Guangzhou reports over 8,200)  and a rise in deaths. Stocks lower & USOil tested $75.00 zone, Saudi denying reports they were looking to increase production. Kishida – FX policy up to BOJ will not interfere, a weak JPY has both “merits & demerits” USDJPY 142.00. Crypto firm Genesis has approached Binance & Apollo GM for investment but denies it is planning to file for bankruptcy – WSJ.  
EUR – holds under 1.0300 and below 200-hr MA (1.0260) at 1.0250. 
JPY – rallied over 1.1% yesterday from 140.00 zone to 142.20 highs. Holds 1.4200 today – BOJ Core CPI y/y much stronger than expected at 2.7% vs. 2.2% & 2.0% last month.   
GBP – Sterling holds at 1.1800 
Stocks – Wall Street closed lower, NASDAQ worst performer -1.09%.  TSLA -6.84% on product recalls & MUSK workload follow through, COIN -8.9% (FTX Contagian), DIS +6.3% (Iger’s return). US500 –15.40 (-0.39%) at 3949,  FUTS trades at 3955 now. 

USOil – fell significantly again to $75.25 yesterday before recovering to $80.00 again. Saudi Arabia denying reports they were looking to increase production within and outwith OPEC, said the current cut of 2mln BPD is to continue until the end of 2023.
Gold – continued to decline yesterday  to $1733 lows, trades at $1742 now at the 200-hr MA support.     
BTC Sentiment woes continue, FTX contagion spreading? – Genesis denying bankruptcy talk. Traded down to $15.4k, yesterday, back to 15.7k now.

Today – EZ Consumer Confidence Flash, Australian PMIs Flash, Speeches from Fed’s Bullard, George, Mester & ECB’s Rehn.

Biggest FX Mover @ (07:30 GMT) NZDUSD (+0.64%) recovered from a new move below 0.6100 yesterday, and trades at 0.6120 now, next resistance at 0.6145. MAs aligning higher, MACD histogram & signal line negative but rising,  RSI 54.60 & rising, H1 ATR 0.00105, Daily ATR 0.01040.