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Weekly Forex Forecast – NASDAQ 100 Index, S&P 500 Index, Bitcoin, AUD/USD, USD/JPY, NZD/JPY, Cocoa

Last week saw chances of a US rate hike at the next Fed meeting continue to decline, although the US dollar fell a little, while major US stock indices reached new record highs.

Fundamental Analysis & Market Sentiment

I wrote on 18th February that the best trade opportunities for the week were likely to be:

  1. Long of the NASDAQ 100 Index following a daily close above 17962. This did not set up.
  2. Long of the S&P 500 Index following a daily close above 5030. This did not set up.
  3. Long of Bitcoin following a daily close above $52,161. This did not set up.
  4. Long of Cocoa Futures following a close above 5800. This set up on Wednesday with a close at 5861, and Friday’s close was a rise of 6.74% from that point.

The overall result was a win of 6.74%, resulting in a gain of 2.25% per asset.

Last week saw slightly higher directional volatility in the Forex market, with only 7% of significant currency pairs and crosses fluctuating by more than 1%. Volatility has been relatively low ever since 2024 began. There was important action in US stock markets. Last week again saw new all-time high prices reached by the benchmark S&P 500 Index, the Nasdaq 100 Index, and the Dow Jones 30 Index.

This rise in stock markets occurred despite the CME’s FedWatch tool showing strongly lowering expectations of a March rate cut by the Federal Reserve. Markets now see only a 4% chance of a rate cut in March, down from 10% one week ago. 25% expect some kind of a rate cut at the subsequent meeting in May, down from 38% last week.

Last week's agenda was very light, dominated by US FOMC Meeting Minutes, Canadian CPI (inflation), and Minutes of the last meeting of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

The FOMC Meeting Minutes showed that Fed members were in no rush to hike rates and wanted to see more progress on inflation heading to 2% before cutting any further.

Canadian CPI data showed that inflation fell faster than expected last week, from an annualized rate of 3.4% to 2.9%. This is seen as potentially moving the Bank of Canada towards a more dovish position, and so this might have contributed to a small decline in the Loonie.

The RBA Minutes contained no surprises and the Aussie barely reacted to the release.

There has been another sign that US inflation is more persistent than was expected, with the core personal consumption expenditures price index rising by 0.1% over the past month.

There were a few other important economic data releases last week:

  1. Australian Wage Price Index – this came in exactly as expected.
  2. US Unemployment Claims – slightly better than expected.
  3. Flash Manufacturing & Services PMI – broadly, Services data was better than expected while Manufacturing was worse.

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    The Week Ahead: 26th February – 1st March

    The most important items over the coming week will be the US Core PCE Price Index and Advance GDP data. Next week has a relatively light data schedule.

    Other major economic data releases this week will be, in likely order of importance:

    1. US CB Consumer Confidence
    2. Australian CPI
    3. Reserve Bank of New Zealand Official Cash Rate and Monetary Policy Statement
    4. German Preliminary CPI
    5. Canadian GDP
    6. US Unemployment Claims
    7. US ISM Manufacturing PMI
    8. China Manufacturing PMI

    Monthly Forecast February 2024

    Currency Price Changes and Interest Rates

    I made no monthly forecast for February, as there was no obvious long-term trend in the US Dollar that could be relied upon at the start of the month.

    Weekly Forecast 25th February 2024

    Last week, I made no weekly forecast, as there were no strong counter-trend price movements in any currency crosses, which is the basis of my weekly trading strategy.

    I again give no forecast this week.

    Directional volatility in the Forex market rose slightly last week, with 7% of the most important currency pairs fluctuating by more than 1%. Volatility is likely to increase over the coming week, as such a low level of volatility is unusual for more than a few weeks.

    Last week saw relative strength in the New Zealand Dollar and relative weakness in the Japanese Yen.

    You can trade these forecasts in a real or demo Forex brokerage account.

    Key Support/Resistance Levels for Popular Pairs

    Key Support and Resistance Levels

    Technical Analysis

    US Dollar Index

    The US Dollar Index printed a candlestick that closed below its open last week, but it is arguably a bullish pin bar. However, the weekly close presented a mixed long-term trend, as it was up on the price of 3 months ago but down compared to the price of 6 months ago.

    Direction looks uncertain due to the unclear trend, but there may be short-term bullish momentum, especially as market expectations of rate cuts continue to decline. It may be wise to trade currency crosses not involving the greenback, or other asset classes away from Forex.

    US Dollar Index Weekly Price Chart

    NASDAQ 100 Index

    The NASDAQ 100 Index rose last week to trade at a new record high price before giving up some of its gains on Friday. The weekly candlestick shown in the price chart below is more bullish than bearish, but it is worth noting that the weekly close was not the highest weekly close made.

    Although the expectation that the Fed will cut rates soon continues to decline, which would logically be a drag on US stock markets, the long-term bullish momentum in stocks cannot be ignored.

    Look for a long trade following a bounce at the nearest support level or a daily close above 17962.

    NASDAQ 100 Price Weekly Chart

    S&P 500 Index

    The S&P 500 Index closed higher last week after making a new record high, printing an unquestionably bullish candlestick which ended the week more strongly than the NASDAQ 100, suggesting a relative weakness in technology stocks.

    I see the S&P 500 Index as a buy, as it continues to advance firmly into bullish blue sky, despite the growing expectation the Fed will not cut rates in either March or May.

    Another reason the long-term outlook is bullish is that its first break to a fresh all-time high, as happened just a few weeks ago, has historically generated an advance of a median of 13% over the following year. Traders and investors should seriously consider going long here.

    S&P 500 Weekly Price Chart


    Bitcoin made a firm bullish breakout three weeks ago, but has made a narrow consolidation over the past week just below $53,000 after printing a new 20-month high.

    I see Bitcoin as a buy, given legs by the recent approval of Bitcoin ETFs, which attracts more retail investment, although it will quite likely be best to wait for a new bullish breakout or a bounce at a key support level before doing so.

    I would wait until we get a daily close above the high closing price of $52,161 before entering a new long trade here.

    BTC/USD Weekly Price Chart


    I had expected the level at $0.6590 might act as resistance in the AUD/USD currency pair last week, as this price has acted previously as both support and resistance. Note how these “role reversal” levels can work well. The H1 price chart below shows how the price rejected the resistance level right at the start of last Thursday’s London session with a pin bar which is also a near-doji, marked by the down arrow in the price chart below, signalling the timing of this bearish rejection. This can be a great time of the day to trade a Forex currency pair including an Asian currency like this one. This trade was profitable, giving a maximum reward-to-risk ratio of more than 3 to 1 based on the entry candlestick.

    AUD/USD Hourly Price Chart


    I had expected the level of ¥149.70 might act as support in the USD/JPY currency pair. The H1 price chart below shows how this level was rejected not long after the start of last Tuesday’s New York session, marked by the up arrow in the price chart below, signalling the timing of this bullish rejection. The beginning of the New York session can be a great time to trade major currency pairs such as this one, which is also part of the overlap of the London/New York session.

    This trade was nicely profitable, giving a maximum reward-to-risk ratio of more than 4 to 1 based on the size of the entry candlestick.

    Note that the Yen is showing some relative weakness, so this currency pair and others may be good vehicles to take advantage of. The Bank of Japan wants to move away from the well-established ultra-loose monetary policy but will find it hard to do so this year, leading to a weaker Yen.

    USD/JPY Hourly Price Chart


    Last week saw the the NZD/JPY currency cross rise strongly to close very near its high price, which is the highest price that this currency cross has reached in over 9 years. These currency crosses have not typically trended very reliably, but this one is worth paying attention to for two reasons.

    1. The Japanese Yen is suffering from prolonged weakness as the Bank of Japan wishes to escape from its long-term ultra-loose monetary policy, but economic data released recently has suggested the Bank will be unable to do this any time soon. This has caused a bearish trend in the Japanese Yen, which has generally been the weakest major currency.
    2. The New Zealand Dollar is one of the strongest major currencies, due partially to its relatively high interest rate of 5.50%.

    Note that this currency cross can be a perfect vehicle for a carry trade, as it will pay a relatively strong positive swap, while also trending higher. The price chart below shows a long-term bullish price channel which gives some weight to a bullish outlook here.

    NZD/JPY Weekly Price Chart

    Cocoa Futures

    Cocoa futures have been in a strong bullish trend for well over a year, and last week, the price rose very strongly to reach another new multi-year high price yet again. The price chart below applies linear regression analysis to the past 75 weeks and shows graphically what a great opportunity this has been on the long side over the long term. The price is up by about one third in less than two months, and has doubled in value just since last June!

    There are two things especially worth noticing here:

    1. The price is quite far above the linear regression channel.
    2. Volatility is extremely high, and Cocoa is getting a lot of media attention.

    These factors suggest a strong dip may be likely to happen soon, making it dangerous to enter a long trade unthinkingly here.

    Trading commodities long on breakouts to new 6-month highs has been a profitable strategy over recent years, so I see this as a buy because Friday’s daily close was very near the high.

    Cocoa Futures Weekly Price Chart

    Bottom Line

    I see the best trading opportunities this week as:

    1. Long of the NASDAQ 100 Index following a daily close above 17962.
    2. Long of the S&P 500 Index.
    3. Long of Bitcoin following a daily close above $52,161.
    4. Long of Cocoa Futures but only with a small (half size) position size.

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    Adam Lemon
    About Adam Lemon

    Adam Lemon began his role at DailyForex in 2013 when he was brought in as an in-house Chief Analyst. Adam trades Forex, stocks and other instruments in his own account. Adam believes that it is very possible for retail traders/investors to secure a positive return over time provided they limit their risks, follow trends, and persevere through short-term losing streaks – provided only reputable brokerages are used. He has previously worked within financial markets over a 12-year period, including 6 years with Merrill Lynch.


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