Figure 1: The US 10-year bond yields and The USD index on H4 chart
The reason for these unexpected moves is the dynamics of competing forces. Accentuating higher inflation is accompanied by concern about how this will affect future economic growth. Adding to the concern about economic growth is the impact of the Omicron virus variant.
The SP500 still in bullish mood
After Wednesday's Fed announcement, many would have expected the stock indices to weaken. However, this did not happen and instead there was a rise in US equities, reaching a new all-time high at 4,753 on the SP 500 index.
All the major news has been absorbed by the market and so the current market uncertainty is only the impact of the Omicron virus variant and some tensions between the US and China. The US government blacklisted more Chinese companies on Thursday in response to China's oppression of its Uyghur minority. In response, the SP 500 index made a slight correction on Thursday. Overall, however, the SP 500 index is still in an uptrend. Given these tensions, it would not be surprising if the index held in consolidation.
German DAX index
In terms of more significant economic data, the manufacturing PMI was reported last week and came in at 57.9, better than the previous reading of 57.4. Thus, optimism about economic developments in Germany continues. The current dovish rhetoric of the ECB should also have a positive effect on the index growth as well. Also, the correlation between the DAX and the SP 500 could push the DAX up to an all-time high.
From a technical perspective, the Dax has established a new support at 15,400 - 15,500. Resistance on the H4 chart is at 15,790 and then 15,850. The moving averages EMA 50 and SMA 100 on the H4 chart indicate a bullish mood.
The EUR/USD surprisingly strengthened
The ECB kept rates at current levels and confirmed that no rate hikes are likely in 2022. The ECB still sees the currently higher inflation as a transitory phenomenon where rates will be slightly above its target. This dovish bias would normally be bearish for the euro, especially given the hawkish Fed. However, a profit taking before the end of the year was what propelled the EURUSD to the top of its two-week trading range. Neverthless, the EURUSD is still in a bearish trend.
The nearest resistance is at 1.1380. The ideal entry in the short direction appears to be around 1.15, where there is strong resistance. A support is in the area around 1.1160 – 1.1200
The Bank of England raised rates
The British strengthened sharply after the Bank of England surprised the market with its first interest rate hike in three years. Given the latest COVID-19 restrictions and rising cases of the Omicron variant, it was a surprise move that analysts did not anticipate. But the central bank had to act as inflation hit a ten-year high (CPI for November was 5.1%).
The central bank therefore raised the base rate from 0.1% to 0.25%.