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Forex Market Analysis: USD Strength Precedes Core PCE Data Amid Nvidia’s Record Highs

February 23, 2024
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U.S. Dollar Maintains Strong Position: The USD continues to show a strong upward trend; focus is on EUR/USD, GBP/USD, and gold prices.

Date and Analyst: Article written by Diego Colman, Contributing Strategist, on February 23, 2024.

Anticipation for Core PCE Data: Markets are on alert for the upcoming U.S. core PCE data release, a key inflation indicator favored by the Fed.

Potential Market Volatility: The upcoming economic event may cause significant fluctuations in the FX market, requiring traders to stay alert.

Core PCE Projections: Expectations suggest a 0.4% rise in core PCE for January, potentially lowering the annual rate to 2.7% from 2.9%.

Inflation and Economy Dynamics: Recent CPI and PPI reports indicate potential for higher than expected inflation rates.

Fed’s Response to Inflation: Persistent inflation and strong labor market data might postpone the Fed’s easing cycle, possibly tilting rate expectations higher.

Interest Rates and U.S. Dollar: Prolonged higher interest rates could increase U.S. Treasury yields, potentially boosting the dollar’s upward momentum.

Impact on Currency Pairs and Gold: A strong dollar could hinder gains in EUR/USD and GBP/USD pairs, as well as pressure gold prices.

Technical Analysis Ahead: The article will next delve into the technical analysis for EUR/USD, GBP/USD, and gold prices, highlighting important price levels for traders.

STOCK MARKET:

Nvidia’s Earnings Drive Markets: Nvidia’s significant earnings report spurred markets to all-time highs across the US, Europe, and Japan.

Record Market Capitalization: Nvidia’s market cap surged by $277 billion in a single session, marking the largest increase ever.

Sustainability of the Tech Rally: Questions arise about the tech rally’s longevity and its potential spread to other sectors.

AI’s Role in Growth: UBS Global Wealth Management highlights generative AI as a key growth theme, driving Nvidia’s success and potential market broadening.

European Market Movements: The Stoxx Europe 600 index hits a record, driven by gains in the mining sector and positive corporate earnings.

Megacap Influence in Europe: A few large companies significantly contribute to the Stoxx 600’s performance, mirroring US market concentration risks.

Global Equity Outlook: Citigroup strategists predict a broadening of global equity returns beyond a narrow first quarter.

Asian Market Trends: Continued gains in China’s CSI 300 and steady performance in other Asian markets, despite Japan’s holiday closure.

Fed’s Interest Rate Strategy: Hawkish comments from Fed officials suggest rate cuts are on the horizon, but not imminent.

Commodity Market Updates: Mixed movements in oil, gold, and metals, with iron ore experiencing a notable weekly drop.

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