Forexlive Americas FX news wrap: The USD moves lower on the back of lower rates. Markets ignore CPI/wage gains.

Author: Greg Michalowski | Category: News

Forex new for North American trading on October 13, 2021

The US CPI data came out for the month of September and continued to show increased inflation pressures. The headline number came in touch stronger than expected 5.4%. The core measure came in as expected 4.0%. Both are well above the 2% target in addition the wage component showed a higher-than-expected 0.8% increase the versus 0.3% last month.

The initial shock sent US yields higher, and the greenback higher as well. Spot gold which was up around $17 at the start of the US session, moved down toward unchanged levels. US stocks gave up some early premarket gains. However, the moves started to reverse course. 

  • US yields started to reversed back to the downside.  The 10 year is trading down -3.8 basis points. The 30 year is down nearly 7 basis points at 2.036% after trading as high as 2.107%. Helping the 30 year was a strong auction for that tenor with high international demand
Forex new for North American trading on October 13, 2021_
  • Gold start to rush back to the upside. After moving from plus $17.02 unchanged, the price is currently trading up $32 on the day and just below the $1800 level at $1792 (the high price reached $1796.12 (click here for technical story)
  • The dollar reversed its upward move and extended to new session lows
In the US stock market the major indices fluctuated up and down with the NASDAQ index outperforming relatively on the back of the lower interest rates. 

In contrast, the Dow industrial average moved down -0.77% at it's lows. The NASDAQ index stayed positive even at it's lows (at 0.04%). The S&P was in between those two indices with lowest level bottoming near -0.5% and the highest level peaking near +0.5%.

The final numbers in the US stock market had the NASDAQ and the S&P snapping their three-day losing streak. The Dow industrial average closed fractionally lower by -0.53 point. That still was good for the fourth consecutive decline.

Below are the high/low levels, the high/low changes in points and % changes.  

US yields are lower

Major European indices close mixed with Spain and Italy lower. The German, France and UK indices were higher.

US stock market is mixed

IN other markets:

  • Spot gold is trading up $33 or 1.88% at 1792.58. 
  • Spot silver is up $0.49 or 2.18% at $23.04
  • WTI crude oil futures are trading near unchanged at $80.57
  • Bitcoin is rally in afternoon trading is trading up $1150 at $57,140
In the forex market today, the CHF is ending the day is the strongest of the majors, while the USD is the weakest. 

What can we look forward to technically going into the new day?


European stocks are missed
In Australia, the employment report will be released. The consensus is for 137.5K jobs lost and unemployment ticking up to 4.8% from 4.5%. However, with hopes for the shoe drop to potential be the last, traders will be paying attention to the price action on the release.

Looking at the hourly chart, the pair is trading near the highest level since September 10. The price is trading at 0.7381. That is just short of the high from yesterday's trade at 0.7384.  The low price today was able to dip below its 100 hour moving average (currently at 0.7336 and moving higher, but found support against the 50% midpoint of the range since September 3 at 0.73229. Ahead of those levels is the 61.8% retracement of the same range at 0.73594.

Should the price decline on a weak-ish number, traders will be eyeing those levels for clues. If the price can find support near the 61.8% retracement at 0.7359, that would be good news for a snapback rally and run higher.  Even if the price were to decline to the 100 hour moving average and hold support, the buyers could be waiting there to stall the fall and race higher.  

Where things would get more dicey if the 50% midpoint were broken. Traders would not like that storyline from a technical perspective.



The technical story to tell for the EURUSD today was the break finally above its 200 hour moving average at 1.1572. The the pair had not traded above that moving average level since nearly a month ago on September 14. At that time the 200 hour moving average is up at 1.1840. It is currently nearly 270 pips lower. 

The break higher above the moving average today, followed by the move above the recent swing highs at 1.1586, gives the pair a little bit more of a bullish bias for the first time in a long while. 

At least traders now that as long as the price stays above the 200 hour moving average, the longs still have a shot for further upside probing. 

On the topside getting above a swing area between 1.1607 to  1.16127 is the next target followed by the swing high from October 4 at 1.1640. The 38.2% retracement of the range since the September 3 high comes in at 1.16705. 

Ultimately if the buyers are to take more control getting above the 38.2% retracement of the trend move lower is the minimum retracement level needed to show some strength


The USDCHF is down testing the 50% midpoint of the range since the August 27 low. That level comes in at 0.92336. The current price is trading at 0.9239.  A move below should open up the door for further downside momentum (watch to see the low from last week at 0.9230 is broken as well though).  Holding....and we could get a bounce back rally toward the swing area between 0.92495 and 0.92581.  

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