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Nasdaq 100 Forecast :QQQ hovers around record highs in a quiet start

After soaring in the previous session, US stocks are pointing to a quiet open. Stocks surged to record highs yesterday, inspired by AI chip designer Nvidia's results and outlook. Today the US economic calendar is quiet. Some attention could go to Fed governor Christopher Waller's comments after he pushed back on the need for immediate rate cuts. The USD is set to fall this week - the first weekly decline in 2024.

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February 23, 2024 08:52 AM
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US dollar weakness might be short lived: The Week Ahead

The US dollar shows the potential to retrace some of the week's losses in light of hawkish Fed comments. Although attention now shifts to the US PCE inflation report, Australian CPI and RBNZ interest rate decision and press conference.

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February 23, 2024 12:43 AM

S&P500 Forecast: SPX hits a record high after Nvidia earnings

S&P 500 rises to a fresh all time high after blowout Nvidia results. Nvidia posed a 265% rise in revenue and a 769% rise in net earnings sending the share price 13% higher. Note that profits are rising by more than the share price! The market is overlooking US jobless claims which fell to 201k, supporting the Fed's view that it is too early to cut rates.

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February 22, 2024 09:10 AM

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Nasdaq 100 Forecast: QQQ slips ahead of FOMC minutes, Nvidia earnings

US stocks are heading for a weaker open as investors look cautiously ahead to the release of the minutes to the January FOMC meeting and to Nvidia earnings after the close. Investors will be looking to see whether the minutes push back on rate be expectations and whether Nvidia, the AI chipmaking giant can live up to the hype surrounding its stock and a future with AI.

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February 21, 2024 09:14 AM

USD forecast: Positioning hints at headwinds for USD, 2-year yield

Short bets against the US 2-year yield continue to diminish yet remain at a sentiment extreme. And as the yield flatlined above 5% in 2023 despite aggressive short positioning, it suggests its yield may struggle to retake 5% this time around. And that could prove to be a headwind for the USD.

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February 19, 2024 09:49 PM

USD/JPY, USD/CNH uptrends under threat as dollar rally splutters

The US dollar rally since the start of the year is showing signs of fatigue, unable to build upon gains last week despite widening yield differential between the United States and other major nations, including in Asia.

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February 19, 2024 08:57 PM
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NZD, AUD take the lead in quiet trade but USD may not be done yet

NZD/USD and AUD/USD were the strongest pairs on Monday during quiet trade, but the USD shows the potential to bounce before a larger move lower, which could eventually allow AUD/USD to reach for 66c.

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February 19, 2024 05:12 PM
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Gold didn’t last long below $2000 despite higher US yields and dollar

Higher bond yields, stronger US dollar, no major escalation in geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. It’s the kind of backdrop you wouldn’t expect gold to thrive in. But its first probe below $2000 per ounce in 2024 didn’t last long, rebounding strongly to push back into the range it’s been operating in since mid-December.

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February 18, 2024 08:40 PM
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JPY futures near sentiment extreme, USD set to retrace? COT report

With the USD showing signs of a potential pullbacks and JPY futures nearing a potential sentiment extreme, USD/JPY may well struggle to break and hold above 152. EUR/USD also looks set to bounce despite lower net-long exposure, and gold future may struggle to hold above $2000 given the rise in short and trimming of long bets.

EUR/USD: Dangling precariously as supports give way

There’s now a very real possibility the ECB will cut interest rates earlier and more aggressively than the US Federal Reserve this year, putting EUR/USD under the pump and eyeing more downside.

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February 14, 2024 12:31 AM

EUR/USD weekly reversal signals potential directional shift

US economic exceptionalism is back. US bond yields are rising as Fed rate cut bets are slashed. For an economic block with so much pessimism factored into the outlook, it’s a backdrop in which EUR/USD should be getting battered. But it’s not.

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February 11, 2024 11:20 PM
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Can US inflation data make or break the US dollar? The Week Ahead

Whist the daily charts still appear favourable for another leg higher on the US dollar, the weekly charts and market positioning suggest some dark clouds may lurking above. And incoming CPI or inflation expectations data could make or break the dollar, if they lean enough in either direction.

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February 8, 2024 11:26 PM
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US dollar forecast: Seeking breakouts on USD/JPY, USD/CAD

Without top-tier economic data scheduled, I suspect market conditions likely favour technical analysis over the foreseeable future whilst a pullback on USD plays out.

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February 6, 2024 10:46 PM
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Nasdaq 100 Forecast :QQQ rises after earnings from Meta, AMZN & a strong NFP report

US stocks point to a mixed open, and Nasdaq futures are off session highs after US non-farm payroll data smashed forecasts, with 353k jobs added in January above 180k forecasts. December's numbers were also revised higher to 333k. Meanwhile, upbeat results from Meta and Amazon. Apple is set to fall despite beating profit and revenue forecasts.

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February 2, 2024 09:10 AM
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S&P500 Forecast: SPX rises after the Fed inspired selloff

US stocks are pointing to a positive open, recovering after a steep selloff yesterday when Fed Chair Powell pushed back on a March rate cut, saying that it was not his base case scenario. US jobless claims and Challenger cuts point to a slight weakening in the labour market ahead if tomorrow's non-farm payroll report. Big tech is in focus with Apple, Amazon and Meta due to report after the close.

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February 1, 2024 08:53 AM
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EUR/USD, AUD/USD, USD/CAD forecast: A forex major overview

We’re seeing quite a mixture of signals across forex majors, which implies the US dollar could perform well against some currencies but not all. AUD/USD and USD/CAD look vulnerable to USD strengthen, whereas EUR/USD has some key support level propping it up.

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January 29, 2024 08:26 PM
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S&P500 Forecast :SPX flat ahead of a busy week

US stocks are pointing to a flat open as investors sit on the sidelines ahead of a busy week with US tech stock earnings and the Federal Reserve interest rate decision due on Wednesday. The Fed is expected to leave interest rates on hold in January and the market is looking for clues over when the Fed may start to cut rates. Microsoft and Alphabet report earnings tomorrow after the close.

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January 29, 2024 09:13 AM

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S&P500 Forecast :SPX struggles after personal spending jumps

US stocks are pointing to a nixed open after US core PCE eased to 2.9% YoY in December, but personal spending jumped 0.7%, supporting the view that the US is heading for a soft landing, but the Fed may not need to cut interest rates soon. Intel is set to fall on the open after disappointing Q1 guidance.

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January 26, 2024 09:14 AM
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Nasdaq 100 Forecast: QQQ rises after Q4 GDP growth, Tesla falls

US stocks are heading for a higher start despite Tesla's disappointing outlook and after stronger-than-expected GDP data. US GDP rose 3.3% in Q4 annualized, ahead of the 2% forecast but down from 4.9% in Q3. Treasury yields declined after the data, lifting stocks and dragging on the USD. Earnings continued to roll in. Tesla points to an 8% fall after missing on both the top and bottom line and warning of slower growth in 2024.

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January 25, 2024 08:48 AM

US dollar pares earlier losses, gold bears eye $2000: Asian Open

Price action on the US dollar remains choppy, but the bias remains for a run for 104. And that could weigh on gold as bears eye a run towards $2000.

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January 24, 2024 04:17 PM
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S&P500 Forecast: SPX hits fresh record highs as Netflix soars

US futures rise to record highs, boosted by tech stock earnings optimism and hopes that he US economy will achieve a soft landing. Netflix is set to open almost 10% higher after strong subscriber numbers and a Q4 earnings beat. US PMI data is due shortly and could support the soft landing narrative. Watch for Tesla earnings after the close.

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January 24, 2024 08:41 AM

US dollar bulls resurface, ASX 200 tests well for today: Asian Open

The US dollar shows the potential to continue higher despite a wall of key moving averages. And according to forward returns analysis, the two days prior to Australia Day tend to bode well for the ASX 200.

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January 23, 2024 05:25 PM
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Dow Jones Forecast: DJIA eases from a record high, earnings are in focus

US stocks head for a muted start after record highs in the previous session. Amid a lack of economic data, all eyes are on a slew of earnings. Netflix will report after the close. Looking ahead, US Q4 GDP and core PCE are in focus towards the end of the week.

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January 23, 2024 09:13 AM