Technical Market Outlook and Review: US CPI data eyed

This article was submitted by Aaron Hill from FP Markets.


Amidst the US Dollar Index drawing lower from daily resistance at 103.76 (and the daily descending channel resistance), Europe’s common currency embraced a modest bid on Monday. Aided by H1 Quasimodo support from $1.0667, this elevated the EUR/USD currency pair beyond the $1.07 figure and shined the technical spotlight on H1 supply at $1.0743-1.0731, closely followed by Quasimodo support-turned-resistance at $1.0774 (arranged just south of $1.08).

Meanwhile, on the bigger picture, the weekly timeframe’s technical landscape remains in favour of sellers. Recent writing aired the following points (italics):

The key technical development on the weekly timeframe is the formation of a shooting star. As you can see, the individual bearish candle configuration also shares chart space with the weekly Quasimodo support-turned-resistance at $1.0888. This, coupled with last week’s follow-through decline and the pullback off the late September lows (2022) at $0.9536 in a market trending south since 2021, might be viewed as a sell-on-rally opportunity. $1.0888, consequently, will be a key watch this week as rupturing this base undermines a bearish showing and unearths fresh weekly resistance as far north as $1.1174.

Lower on the scale, price action on the daily timeframe is retesting the underside of a 50-day simple moving average at $1.0709, a move that could deliver resistance. Assuming the aforementioned moving average holds, familiar support at $1.0602 is firmly back on the radar.

I noted the following in the Weekly Market Briefing in terms of trend in this market (italics):

The daily chart has chalked up a series of higher highs and higher lows since rebounding from daily support at $0.9573 (and weekly support at $0.9606). Additional trend confirmation is visible through price crossing above its 200-day simple moving average ($1.0322) and a Golden Cross presenting itself early this year (50-day simple moving average crossing above the 200-day simple moving average). We can also see that the 200-day moving average is beginning to level off from its down move: another sign of a potential trend reversal to the upside. Having written this, however, daily price closing under the 50-day simple moving average, as well as under trendline support and the Relative Strength Index (RSI) cementing position below its 50.00 centreline (negative momentum), certainly questions buyers’ health. Consequently, if $1.0602 is tested, this will be a KEY watch this week.


The H1 supply zone at $1.0743-1.0731 and the underside of the 50-day simple moving average at $1.0709 are key areas for the EUR/USD. The possibility of a downtrend emerging and the aforementioned technical structure could bring H1 price back to $1.07 and possibly below it.

US CPI Data Eyed: Technical Market Outlook and Review—14 February, FP MarketsS&P 500

Major US equity indexes staged a strong rebound on Monday, rising across the board as markets assumed a clear risk-on tone. At the close of European trading, the S&P 500 was up by nearly 1.00%.

Technically, Monday’s advance recalled 4,087 as support on the daily scale and bolstered the recent Golden Cross: the 50-day simple moving average (3,970) crossing above the 200-day simple moving average (3,944). The 4,087 rebound also brings light to the weekly resistance at 4,177. Shaped by way of a Quasimodo formation, which welcomed sellers in recent trading, this level is now in a vulnerable position.

Knowing the overall trend faces northbound (monthly chart), overthrowing the aforementioned weekly resistance unearths a possible run to the 4,195 2 February high. Buyer health is also underpinned by the weekly chart’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) venturing above the upper boundary of an ascending triangle between 53.72 and 30.47. Maintaining position north of the breached limit casts light towards the overbought threshold (70.00).


Where does this leave price action on the H1 timeframe heading into Tuesday’s session?

Monday discovered support off the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 4,074 and prepared the ground for a possible return to Quasimodo resistance at 4,183—a level boasting a connection with the weekly resistance at 4,177 and set just beneath H1 Quasimodo support-turned-resistance from 4,219.

Monthly, Weekly and Daily Charts:

US CPI Data Eyed: Technical Market Outlook and Review—14 February, FP MarketsH1 Chart:

US CPI Data Eyed: Technical Market Outlook and Review—14 February, FP Markets

Market Analysis

XAU/USD (Gold)

The yellow metal kicked off the week in negative territory, down 0.6% heading into the afternoon session in the US.

For those who read Monday’s Weekly Market Insight, you may recall the following (italics):

It is all about the H1 Quasimodo resistance-turned-support at $1,857 and the 50-day simple moving average on the daily timeframe at $1,856 this week. Clearance of the H1 level and the daily chart’s 50-day simple moving average throws light on a bearish scenario towards daily support at $1,828 (accompanied by a 38.2% Fibonacci retracement ratio).

As evident from both the daily and H1 charts, the clearance of the 50-day simple moving average and the H1 support from $1,857 (now a marked resistance) unshackles downside to H1 Quasimodo support at $1,827, a level lining up with a 1.272% Fibonacci projection (alternate AB=CD pattern) at $1,824 and, of course, the daily support level mentioned above at $1,828.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) reaffirms the bearish vibe, which recently responded to overbought conditions (70.00) on the weekly and daily charts. The latter also travelled south of the 50.00 centreline (informs market participants that average losses now exceed average gains [negative momentum]) and points the headlights in the direction of oversold territory (30.00). While the trend is still technically higher on the daily chart, price crossing under the 50-day simple moving average helps corroborate the recent softness and, as noted above, exposes daily support from $1,828. Therefore, the test for this market remains at $1,828.


In light of the H1 support breach at $1,857 and the 50-day simple moving average on the daily timeframe poised to give way, chart studies suggest sellers are likely to remain in the driving seat, targeting daily support from $1,828, followed by weekly support coming in at $1,807. Beyond here, the precious metal could aim as far south as the daily chart’s pattern profit objective (derived from a daily bearish flag between $1,881 and $1,862) from $1,768.


Following a retest at resistance from $21,924 (and the $22,000 psychological level on the H1 scale) on the daily chart on Sunday, Monday welcomed sellers. As you can see, this led price deep into the walls of a H1 support area between $21,373 and $21,598, made up of a 1.618% Fibonacci expansion, a 1.272% Fibonacci projection and a Quasimodo resistance-turned-support. Dethroning this area paves the way for a demand test on the daily timeframe at $20,548-21,326. This daily demand could be enough to entice dip buyers into the market in anticipation of a continuation of the uptrend on the daily scale.

I noted the following in recent writing regarding trend direction on the weekly and daily timeframes (italics):

Trend direction on the bigger picture is currently offering conflicting opinions. The weekly timeframe remains in favour of sellers—yet to show a higher low and subsequent higher high to transition to an uptrend. On the other hand, the daily timeframe is considered trending higher, and last week’s correction may be just that: a correction within the uptrend which opens the door for dip-buying opportunities. Supporting the current uptrend, of course, is the Golden Cross that was established last week: the 50-day simple moving average at $20,438 venturing above the 200-day simple moving average at $19,724.


With the H1 support zone between $21,373 and $21,598 holding by a thread at the moment and demand on the daily timeframe from $20,548-21,326 calling for attention, sellers are likely to remain at the wheel with buyers to perhaps take the reins within the daily zone.

However, as I noted in the Weekly Market Insight, given the weekly timeframe’s bearish trend and the daily RSI taking on space below 50.00, conservative buyers will likely seek additional confirmation before pulling the trigger within the daily demand: either a rebound from $20,548-21,326 to form a price close back above daily resistance at $21,924 or shorter-term traders may drill down to the H1 timeframe and seek bullish setups from Quasimodo supports seen at $20,613 and $20,942, both of which are located within the walls of daily demand.

US CPI Data Eyed: Technical Market Outlook and Review—14 February, FP Markets

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