Stocks Rise To A New All-Time High! ECB Considers An Earlier Pivot.

The Germany economy has been struggling from poor economic growth and political tensions. The German GDP has not recorded an increase in the past three quarters. Overall the Germany GDP Growth Rate has actually fallen by 0.6% over the past year. Due to poor economic data and inflation now being at an acceptable level, investors are contemplating whether the ECB will cut rates soon. France also made public their latest inflation reading which fell from 3.1% to 2.9%. The largest four EU economies are now all at an inflation rate below 3.00% and very close to their 2% target. Italy is currently below the 2% and is in desperate need of monetary expansion.

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The USA100 is now trading at its all-time highs after receiving a push from the Core PCE Price Index being unable to rise above expectations. However, technical analysts warn the asset can potentially retrace before continuing an upward trend.

When measuring previous impulse waves and the size of swings before retracing, the asset is now at a level which may indicate a pullback. Investors also note that 34% of the NASDAQ’s individual stocks ended the day lower, which does show signs of some weakness in the market. Lastly, the 10-Year Bond Yields have risen by 0.020% and the US Dollar trades slightly higher. These two factors are also known to pressure the stock market.

US economic data has noticeably weakened, which will catch the Fed’s attention. The initial jobless claims for the week of February 23 rose from 1.86M to 1.905M compared to 1.874M expected. In addition, the dynamics of pending housing sales in January decreased by 4.9% after increasing by 5.7% earlier, falling short of forecasts of 1.0%. Though investors must note that if the employment sector remains strong, the pressure on the Federal Reserve will remain minimal.

However, when monitoring momentum-based indicators, the USA100 is trading above trend-lines, regression channels and shows strong upward momentum. Therefore, traders will be monitoring how the asset may break out of previous significant price ranges.

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The US Dollar Index is trading higher, but its growth seems uncertain. Interest rate cuts are also likely for the Federal Reserve; however, higher inflation data has pushed back the potential date. According to most analysts, a pivot is not likely until the summer months, and it would continue to depend on upcoming inflation.

The EURUSD exchange rate declined by 0.28% by the end of the day, but more than 0.55% from high to low. The exchange rate came under pressure from German inflation declining from 2.9% to 2.5%, the lowest since 2021. In addition to this, the US Dollar rose in value after a short-lived decline. The Dollar continues to be supported by high inflation data.

EURUSD – The ECB Consider An Earlier Rate Cut!

  • The US Core PCE Price index read 0.4% in line with analysts’ expectations. January’s Core PCE Price Index was the highest reading since May 2023.
  • The US Dollar Index ended the day higher but did come under pressure at times from the inflation reading.
  • The NASDAQ again renews its all-time highs after rising 0.95% on Thursday and a further 0.47% in Friday’s Asian Session.
  • German inflation declines to 2.6% in February putting more pressure on the European Central Bank to consider a “pivot”.

USA100 – Can The NASDAQ Maintain Momentum!

Price growth in the Eurozone continues to slow down, which gives the ECB more reasons to consider cutting rates sooner rather than later. In this regard, it is worth noting the results of the latest survey of leading economists conducted by Reuters.  According to the report, most economists believe that the regulator will reduce the deposits interest rate for the first time in June by 25.0 basis points, but some experts expect that the ECB will ease monetary policy in April.

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