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  • EUR/JPY Price Prediction: Bulls need to break through the 200-EMA to move higher; 130.30 is the target

    Despite the bearish opening gap on Monday, the EUR/JPY has been following the primary component of Dow Theory by remaining above Friday’s low of 128.73. The cross continues to form the higher high and higher low structure, but more filters are needed to complete it. On Monday, EUR/JPY opened at 129.16, close to the 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement (the distance between Friday’s low and high of 128.73 and 130.30). This is typically used to provide significant support for an asset following a correction. These pullbacks are frequently viewed by investors as a good time to buy. The cross is trading in a narrow range of 129.15-129.43, indicating that the volatility bands are being squeezed.

    Despite a ‘higher high and higher low’ structure, EUR/JPY is trading below the 50-period and 200-period Exponential Moving Averages (EMA) on a 15-minute scale, indicating a lacklustre move ahead. After trading in a bullish range of 60.00-40.00, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) has dropped sharply near 30.00.Bulls are keeping an eye on the 200-EMA at 129.51, as a break of it will send the cross higher towards Friday’s high at 130.30 and Wednesday’s high at 130.71, respectively.

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    • Oil falls due to global economic fears, ahead of the EU decision on Russia’s oil ban

      Oil prices fell on Monday, along with Asian stock markets, on worries of a worldwide recession reducing oil consumption, with investors eyeing European Union discussions on a Russian oil embargo, which is likely to constrain global supply. By 0153 GMT, Brent crude had fallen 28 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $112.11 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate oil in the United States was trading at $109.36 per barrel, down 41 cents, or 0.4 percent.

      “The key reasons that impact the oil price are the broader risk-off mood fueled by recession worries, and China’s lockdowns,” CMC Markets analyst Tina Teng said. Concerns about interest rate rises and lengthy COVID-19 lockdowns in China, which are harming the world’s second largest economy, have also rattled global financial markets.

      “China’s continued restrictions may continue to impact on short-term oil prices,” Teng added. Saudi Arabia’s price drop reflected concerns about global oil consumption, she added. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, reduced crude prices for Asia and Europe for June. Brent and WTI jumped for the second week in a row last week on supply worries after the European Commission suggested a phased restriction on Russian oil as part of its toughest-yet package of measures related to the Ukraine war. The plan requires a vote by all EU members.

      However, Bulgaria’s Deputy Prime Minister stated late Sunday that if the proposed embargo is not lifted, the nation will reject EU oil penalties against Russia.”The negotiations will continue tomorrow and maybe on Tuesday, with a meeting of the leaders required to finalise them. Our stance is unequivocal. If certain nations receive a dispensation, we would like to receive one as well “Vassilev told BNT national television.

      Bulgaria had previously stated that if such opt-outs were permitted, it would seek an exemption from the planned Russian oil ban, but it was unclear if it was seeking a full exemption or a delay similar to the one suggested on Friday for Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. According to Teng, the exclusions “will surely make the punishments less effective.”

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      • US stock sell-off deepens as S&P & NASDAQ falls

        The brutal market sell-off resumed on Monday, with all three main indices finishing down starting the week. The S&P 500 fell below 4,000 for the first time since April 2021, while the tech-heavy NASDAQ fell more than 4%. The Cboe Volatility Index, or stock market fear measure, rose to 34.66 on Monday. Stocks fell even as the yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to around 3.04 percent, down from 3.1 percent on Friday, as investors sought to avoid the carnage in markets.

        So far in 2022, there has been nowhere to hide in markets as equities, bonds, and cryptocurrency have all been crushed, and stocks and bonds are seeing a simultaneous correction for the first time in over 50 years. “Investors, in my opinion, have become too gloomy about the future for the US economy and stock market,” experienced stock market bull Edward Yardeni told the Financial Times on Monday. “I can’t remember such stock bearishness in a long time.”

        According to Morgan Stanley analysts in a Monday report, retail traders have now lost all of the money they made during the outbreak. Twitter’s shares dropped on Monday. In the absence of Elon Musk’s takeover attempt, the company’s expected price, according to short seller Hindenburg Research, would be 37% lower. According to the experts, Tesla’s CEO has complete control over the sale and might revise his offer.

        According to Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs is planning to discontinue working with most SPACs owing to liability concerns and increased regulation in the market. However, if the SEC relaxes its SPAC supervision standards, the investment bank may reconsider. Lumber prices fell to their lowest level of the year on Monday, as the highest mortgage rates in 13 years weighed on home demand.

        Overseas, China’s yuan fell to an 18-month low versus the dollar, as Beijing’s Covid restrictions weighed on the economy and US bond rates remained high. Meanwhile, the three most valuable cryptocurrencies by market capitalization – bitcoin, ether, and solana – all fell on Monday. Coinbase and Silvergate Capital stock dropped in tandem with the overall token selloff.

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        • Global stock markets are falling as inflation and economic concerns remain

          On Thursday, global shares slumped to an 18-month low, as investors worried that rising inflation would endure, forcing central banks to continue tightening monetary policy. Stocks in the United States closed a choppy session marginally down, as investors juggled concerns over lingering inflation with evidence that it may be peaking. Since plunging from its all-time high in January, the S&P 500 has come dangerously close to confirming a bear market.

          A German warning that Russia was now using energy supply as a “weapon” heightened economic concerns in Europe. The STOXX 600 index was down 0.75 percent throughout Europe. As of 5:09 p.m. ET, the MSCI global stock index was down 0.69 percent (2109 GMT). Oil prices were uneven as a result of supply concerns stemming from the planned European Union embargo on Russian oil. Brent crude dropped 6 cents to $107.45 per barrel. WTI crude oil increased 42 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $106.13 a barrel.

          The producer price index for final demand grew 0.5 percent in April, less than the 1.6 percent increase in March, according to the US Labor Department, as growing energy prices slowed. Consumer price growth fell to 8.3 percent in April from 8.5 percent in March, but it still beat experts’ expectations of 8.1 percent.

          “Since the Fed hiked rates… and the accompanying robust US jobs market, and CPI statistics have reinforced worries over the scale of the task confronting the Fed,” ANZ bank analysts stated. Overnight, the leading pan-Asian Pacific indices fell 2.5 percent to a 22-month low. The Nikkei 225 lost 1.8 percent. Stocks in emerging markets fell 2.28 percent.

          Treasury yields have fallen. After the benchmark US government bond fell to a morning low of 2.816 percent, the yield on 10-year Treasury notes US10YT=RR plummeted 7.1 basis points to 2.843 percent. Germany’s benchmark 10-year yield fell as much as 15 basis points to 0.85 percent, its lowest level in over two weeks.

          With the collapse of the so-called stablecoin TerraUSD, selling in bitcoin, and a 15% drop in the next-largest cryptocurrency, ether, the crash in cryptocurrency markets proceeded .Tether, the world’s largest stablecoin by market capitalization with a value directly linked to the dollar, has fallen below its so-called “peg” to the dollar. Crypto markets have already lost over $1 trillion due to the worldwide sell-off. This week, about a third of that loss occurred. “The breakdown of the peg in TerraUSD has resulted in several unpleasant and foreseeable consequences. BTC, ETH, and most ALT coins have suffered widespread liquidation “Other cryptocurrencies, stated Richard Usher, head of OTC trading at BCB Group.

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          • In the idle markets, XAU/USD remains protective at $1,800

            As global markets battle for clear directions to extend the previous optimism, gold (XAU/USD) prices drop from intraday highs, being range-bound near $1,813-18. During a sluggish Asian session on Wednesday, the precious metal maintained its previous day’s fall from the 200-DMA.

            The current Fed speak is more hawkish than previous ones, but reports about the EU’s oil ban on Russian imports, as well as China’s COVID restrictions, put optimists to the test. Despite this, traders remain optimistic due to stronger GDP data from Japan and the Euro zone, buoyant Retail Sales from the US, and the UK’s robust jobs report.

            “The Fed should boost rates to 2.25 percent -2.5 percent neutral ranges ‘expeditiously,'” Fed policymaker Evans seems to have weighed on the market’s mood by raising fears of a fast rate hike. Fed Chair Jerome Powell and normally hawkish St Louis Fed President James Bullard argued for a 50 basis point rate hike on Tuesday, putting pressure on the dollar.

            In terms of the report, initial Euro zone GDP for Q1 2022 increased past 5.0 percent YoY to 5.1 percent, as well as above 0.2 percent QoQ estimates to 0.3 percent. In April, however, US retail sales increased by 0.9 percent MoM, somewhat higher than the projected 0.7 percent but lower than the upwardly revised 1.4 percent gain (from 0.5 percent). Japan’s preliminary GDP figures for Q1 2022 climbed past -0.4 percent estimates to -0.2 percent QoQ, while Annualized GDP improved to -1.0 percent from -1.8 percent expected.

            The Financial Times (FT) reports that China is diverting anti-poverty funds to COVID testing as the crisis worsens, adding to the market’s concerns about the European Commission’s (EC) decision to move away from Russian energy imports. In this environment, US 10-year Treasury rates increased by 0.5 basis points (bps) to 2.988 percent, while S&P 500 Futures struggle to find a clear direction despite Wall Street’s strong advances.

            However, if the US Dollar Index, which is currently flat near 103.35, benefits from the latest cautious optimism, gold traders may see additional losses. The greenback gauge could be influenced by second-tier housing figures as well as qualitative factors such as corona virus and geopolitics.

            Despite maintaining inside a $5.00 trading range recently, gold prices have maintained the prior day’s retreat from the 200-DMA. XAU/USD may return an annual horizontal support range between $1,790-85, given the bearish MACD signals and the metal’s failure to cross the major moving average, which was around $1,838 by press time.

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            • Big tech and banks are driving Wall Street higher; the Dow is up 2%

              On Monday, US equities finished higher as bank gains and a resurgence in market-leading tech companies fueled a broad-based rally following Wall Street’s largest weekly fall since the dotcom bust more than two decades ago. All three major US market indexes rose between 1.6 and 2.0 percent, with resurgent megacap tech titans Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp providing the biggest boost.

              Interest rate-sensitive banks rose 5.1 percent after JPMorgan Chase & Co, the largest U.S. lender, boosted its current year interest income outlook. The stock of JPMorgan Chase increased by 6.2 percent. “It appears to be more of a relief rally than a fundamental shift in market attitude,” said Oliver Pursche, senior vice president at Wealthspire Advisors in New York. “Investors as a group believe another shoe is about to drop, and they are probably correct in the short run.” On Friday, the S&P 500 fell 18.7% from its record closing high set on Jan. 3. If the benchmark index closes 20% or more below that high, it will confirm that the market has been in a downtrend since then.

              Concerns over consistently rising inflation and strong moves by the Federal Reserve to contain it have roiled markets in recent weeks, as the global economy deals with the consequences from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Today, it appears the market is less concerned about inflation and the Fed’s ability to orchestrate a smooth landing,” said Chuck Carlson, president and CEO of Horizon Investment Services in Hammond, Indiana. Carlson said that “the bias is still to the downside.”

              The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 618.34 points, or 1.98 percent, to 31,880.24, the S&P 500 increased by 72.39 points, or 1.86 percent, to 3,973.75, and the NASDAQ Composite increased by 180.66 points, or 1.59 percent, to 11,535.28. On Wednesday, the Fed will disclose minutes from its most recent policy meeting, giving investors a glimpse into its thinking. This week’s economic statistics may provide more evidence that inflation peaked in March, as well as if high prices have harmed consumer purchasing power.

              The S&P 500’s 11 major sectors all closed the session in the green, with financials leading the way with a 3.2 percent gain. The first-quarter reporting season is virtually over, with 474 of the S&P 500 businesses having released results. According to Refinitiv, 78 percent of them exceeded expectations. According to Refinitiv, current quarter pre-announcements are typically pessimistic, with 59 negative estimates and 32 positive, compared to 37 negative and 52 positive in the year-ago quarter.

              VMWare Inc’s stock jumped 24.8 percent on news that chipmaker Broadcom Inc was in talks to buy the cloud service provider over the weekend. Broadcom’s stock fell 3.1 percent. Didi Global’s U.S.-listed shares fell 4.0 percent after shareholders voted to de-list the Chinese ride-hailing app from the New York Stock Exchange.

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              • Global oil prices have risen again as EU negotiates with Hungary

                Oil prices increased on Thursday, extending a cautious advance this week on signals of constrained supply, as the European Union (EU) negotiates with Hungary over plans to prohibit imports from Russia, the world’s second-largest crude supplier, following its invasion of Ukraine. At 0142 GMT, Brent crude futures for July settlement were up 7 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $114.10 per barrel. WTI crude futures for July delivery in the United States rose 22 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $110.55 a barrel.

                “An EU embargo on Russian oil imports is the key upward driver,” Commonwealth Bank commodities analyst. On Wednesday, European Council President Charles Michel expressed confidence that a deal may be struck before the council’s next meeting on May 30. However, Hungary continues to be a stumbling barrier to the EU penalties that require unanimous agreement. Hungary is requesting 750 million Euros ($800 million) to improve its refineries and expand a pipeline from Croatia, allowing it to transition away from Russian oil.

                Even without a formal ban, Russian oil is scarce on the market as buyers and traders avoid interacting with the country’s crude and fuel providers. Cargoes from Baltic ports are taking lengthier routes to Asian refineries, according to ANZ analysts, while exports to the Netherlands and France have all but ceased. The Permian Basin’s expected growth in oil output to a record high of 5.2 million barrels per day (bpd) is unlikely to close the 2 million to 3 million bpd gap left by lost Russian supply analyst said.

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