U.S. FOMC hints at halt to future rate hikes; Gold hits record high【May 4, 2023】
May 04, 2023
- Major U.S. stock indexes continue to fall, FOMC hints at rate hike halt
- U.S. ADP employment report was twice as strong as expected; labor market shows strength
- Gold rallied sharply and crude oil fell sharply immediately after the close of the New York market
- ECB policy rate and future outlook in focus today
- US hinted at a halt to interest rate hikes, which is likely to encourage buying of the Eurodollar
In New York, the yen was quoted higher across the board, and the dollar dropped to the low JPY 134. Although the FOMC decided to raise interest rates, the dollar/yen was dominated by selling as the language regarding future rate hike policy was removed.
Gold and crude oil prices soared and fell in the morning, with Gold temporarily falling to USD 2,078 and Crude Oil falling below USD 64, respectively. Gold reached a new all-time high and is likely to rise in the future. Crude oil, on the other hand, is beginning to factor in the deteriorating U.S. economy.
The dollar has fallen back twice at the moving average and failed to exceed JPY137. If the U.S. stops raising interest rates and is inclined to lower rates in the future, the yen is likely to be bought. Looking at the shape, it appears to be forming a double top.
A lull in the yen’s weakening trend can be seen, and a change in direction needs to be watched carefully.
|JPY 133.26 – JPY 135.65
Gold hit a new all-time high in the morning, hitting a high of USD 2,081. This may have been due to the impact of the FOMC’s suggestion of a halt to future rate hikes, or it may have been due to large buyers looking for stop losses.
We would be cautious about making a buy entry here, but we would like to buy the push. Looking at the short legs, the price is rising through a window, and we need to watch out for a window-filling move.
|USD 2030 – USD 2095
Crude Oil (USOUSD)
Crude oil fell sharply in the morning, falling below USD 64, perhaps beginning to factor in the deteriorating U.S. economy. The price has hit a new recent low. The price is at a low, and fundamentally, this is a phase where selling is likely to prevail. It will be interesting to see if the price can clearly break below USD 64.
|USD 65.2 – USD 70.63
Today’s Important Economic Indicators
|Economic Indicators and Events
|JST (Japan Standard Time)
|ECB Policy Rate Announcement
|ECB President Press Conference
*Trading advice in this article is not provided by Milton Markets, but by Shu Fujiyasu Jr., a certified technical analyst.