March 17, 2021

Daily Market Analysis

Market Focus

US stocks market was mixed on Tuesday while 10-year yield edged slightly higher. Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. lifted the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 index. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index closed marginally lower, with energy and industrials stocks leading the decline.

President Joe Biden looks to impose higher taxation rate on corporation and wealthy Americans, with relieve eyed for middle-class households. Biden’s proposal will mostly affect families earning more than $400,000 a year and could layout path for his long-standing economic and infrastructure plans. However, the road to higher taxation will be bumpy since any tax changes will have to move through Congress, and Biden has almost no power to push through his plan via an executive order.

European Union look to resume vaccination campaign as the block’s drug regulator signaled AstraZeneca’s Covid shot was safe. Shortly after, Italy and France hinted that they would resume using AstraZeneca vaccine. Despite the setbacks, European Commission will unveil its strategy to gradually lift coronavirus lockdowns on Wednesday.

Bloomberg’s key takeaways from China’s economic data releases:

 Official figure showed growth rates of more than 30% for industrial production, retail sales and fixed asset investment.
 Economists warned that recovery remains imbalanced, and the foundation for the economic recovery is not yet solid.
 Jobless rate was 5.5% at the end of February, up from 5.2% in December.

Market Wrap




Main Pairs Movement

Euro dollar dipped 0.17% albeit upbeat investors confidence data. Germany published the ZEW Economic Sentiment for March on Tuesday, the figure came on top of forecast of 74, printed 76.6. Speculators now awaits the Fed announcement to look for clue on how the central bank will deal with its current account deficit and whether they will push agenda to hike interest rates.

Aussie, Kiwi, and Cable plunged prior to EU session, but pared most of their loss later in the day. Safe-haven pairs such as USDJPY and USDCHF dropped 0.14% and 0.42% respectively. However, low-yielding currencies should remain subdued given the global rise in yields triggered by US led reflation trade.


Technical Analysis:

XAUUSD (Daily Chart)

Gold is gradually losing its bouncing strengths as $1740 kept a solid lid on any upward moves. Price is close to kissing its descending trendline that started in January, but price has been rejected by $1740 hurdle three times. This in turn diminishes the likelihood of price actually touches the dynamic resistance line. Sellers are patiently waiting for bond yields to edger higher to kick off another around of bearish run, and price would breach below support band of $1691 and $1673 this time. Further on the south, bears ultimately eyes for $1600 handle. MACD on the daily chart is printing a bullish picture.

Resistance: 1765, 1839

Support: 1691, 1673, 1600


GBPJPY (Weekly Chart)

GBPJPY is extending its gains to the tenth consecutive week, approaching the highest price of 152.83 since April 2018. Strong fundamentals for the Sterling combined with receding demand for safe-haven currency have helped this pair to forge such incredible surge. Meanwhile, the continuous appreciation has driven RSI deeply into the overbought zone, currently printing 77. We expect price to contest 152.83 resistance level prior to profit takings, which would prompt a correction toward the purple trendline. However, the prospect of this pair remains to be bullish within a risk-on enviroment in 2021.

Resistance: 152.83

Support: 149.43, 145.9, 141.17


EURUSD (Daily & Monthly Chart)

Euro is under pressure amid recovering US dollar, and is on a third losing streak. Despite price managed to overcome horizontal resistance of 1.1954, but it failed to reclaim key 1.2 psychological level. The false breakout marked a retracement of the current bearish trend, which looks to resume toward 1.1778.

On the monthly chart, the euro-dollar is correcting toward 23.6% Fibonacci level of 1.167, which is in confluence with the daily picture. However, we expect a robust rebound at this stern support line. In the longer term, the bulls look to challenge previous high of 1.25.

Resistance: 1.1954, 1.2215

Support: 1.1778, 1.163


Economic Data



Time (TP)



CPI (YoY) (Feb)




Building Permits (Feb)




Core CPI (MoM) (Feb)



Crude Oil Inventories




FOMC Economic Projections

2:00 (March 18)


FOMC Statement

2:00 (March 18)


Fed Interest Rate Decision

2:00 (March 18)


FOMC Press Conference

2:00 (March 18)

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