April 18th Daily Analysis
April 18th Daily Analysis3
DOLLAR INDEX (USDX)
On Monday, the Fed of New York announced that its measure of manufacturing activity in the state had increased for the first time in five months, further fuelling expectations of a rate hike at the upcoming May meeting.
Following this announcement, the probability of a 25-basis point increase in interest rates at May meeting rose to over 88%, and the US dollar experienced a slight rise before dropping again by 0.1% the following morning.
Pivot Point: 101.65
SPOT GOLD (XAUUSD)
On Tuesday, April 18th, the price of gold increased due to a decline in the value of the dollar. Investors are awaiting further indications about the Fed’s plans for interest rates, which is impacting the price of the precious metal.
During spot transactions, gold prices rose by 0.2%, reaching $2001.09 per ounce. Meanwhile, US gold futures also increased by 0.2% to $2011.10.
Pivot Point: 1996
DOW JONES INDEX (DJ30FT – US30)
In Monday’s trading session, the Dow Jones index rose 0.3%, equivalent to nearly 100 points, and came close to its two-month high at the time of closing.
The industrial sector index experienced a 1.1% boost, driven by a 1.6% rise in Boeing’s shares. Similarly, the financial sector index rose by 0.8% following the impressive financial results released by three major banks on Friday, which exceeded market expectations.
Investors are keeping a close eye on upcoming reports from major US banks, such as Goldman Sachs Group, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley, later this week.
Pivot Point: 34065
US CRUDE (USOUSD)
After a 2% decline in the previous session, oil prices remained stable in early trading on Tuesday, April 18th. Brent crude settled at $84.76 per barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate crude rose slightly to $80.88 per barrel.
On Monday, prices had fallen due to a strengthening dollar and speculations that the Fed may raise interest rates in May, which would undermine hopes for economic recovery.
Pivot Point: 81.35