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    US Dollar opens with losses as market anticipates labor market data

    FXStreet
    Updated Mar 5, 2024 24:49
    Mitrade

    • DXY Index is currently trading at a loss around 103.70.


    • Key drivers of DXY Index movements will be US labor market data to be released this week.


    • Expectations of the start of the easing cycle in June may limit losses.



    The US Dollar Index (DXY) is presently fluctuating in the vicinity of 103.70, exhibiting minor losses on Monday. The market remains focused on potential variations in line with the flow of incoming data, including the key Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) figures from February set for release later in the week.


    The US labor market continues to influence the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) easing cycle, which is predicted to commence in June. This suggests that the Fed may adopt a more dovish stance in case a slowdown in employment is seen. The dovish outlook, inherently indicative of lower interest rates and near-term cuts, could potentially lead to a weaker US Dollar.



    Daily digest market movers: DXY stands weak at the start of the week, eyes on labor market data


    • Predictions for the Nonfarm Payrolls report (NFP) see an addition of 200K jobs in February, which will mean a deceleration from January’s reading. Wage inflation measured by the Average Hourly Earnings and the Unemployment Rate will also be studied.


    • Other key employment figures set to be released this week include JOLTs Job Openings and ADP Employment Change from February and weekly Jobless Claims.


    • Market predicts no likelihood of a rate reduction at the impending March 20 meeting, with the probability escalating to 25% on May 1 and reaching 90% for the June meeting.


    • US Treasury bond yields are up and trading at 4.59% for the 2-year, 4.20% for the 5-year, and 4.22% for the 10-year bonds, which may limit the downside for the session.



    DXY technical analysis: DXY faces bearish pressure in near term, bulls control broader view


    The technical outlook for DXY indicates a somewhat convoluted scenario. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) showcases a negative posture with a descending trajectory, urging a comprehensive bearish momentum for the index in the short term. Similarly, the visible rise in red bars in the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) corroborates the increasing selling momentum, providing further weight to the bearish perspective.


    In contradiction, the Simple Moving Averages (SMAs) paint a different picture entirely on the broader scale. Despite the bears asserting their presence by pushing the DXY below the 20 and 100-day SMAs, it remains notably above the 200-day SMA. This firm positioning suggests that the bulls are anything but phased, maintaining control over the larger time horizon. Consequently, while the immediate outlook may have the scales tipped in the bear's favor, the ongoing bullish undercurrent cannot be ignored.


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