NFP and PMI Data Surprised, FOMC to Pause at September Meeting, North American Markets Closed Today


  • U.S. non-farm payrolls surprised by the upside (187k vs. 170k). However, the previous three months’ data revised sharply lower, close to 100K suggesting that the 525 basis point interest rate hike is finally softening the U.S. labour market. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to an 18-month high of 3.8% compared to expectations of 3.5%. The Yield on 10-year Treasuries rose 10 basis points to 4.19 per cent and the US Dollar gained too with the US Dollar Index closing the week at 104.34 up from the earlier lows of 103.30.
  • The data suggests Labour markets are “normalising” and actually raise the expectations that the Fed’s next move would be a cut in interest rates in the first half of 2024 according to Andrew Hunter, Deputy Chief U.S. Economist at Capital Markets. The CME Fedwatch now has a 93% chance of a “no change” decision by the FOMC  at the September meeting and 64% of no changes at all by year-end.

    Stock markets closed flat on Friday. The benchmark S&P 500 gained 8 points to 4515, having been higher in early trades. Gold rallied over $1950 but could not hold this key level and closed at $1940. As the Dollar gained, USOil continued its strong week, breaching and breaking the important $85.00 level.  


    Today 04 September – Asian and European markets have been subdued with no North American session today, as both the U.S. & Canada have been closed for Labor Day. A speech by ECB President Lagarde may impact EUR pairs, the EURUSD currently rotates at 1.0800 and GBPJPY is the most volatile having gained 0.47% today. (see below).  



    EURUSD (04.09.2023) Chart Summary

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    Price Movement

    The EURUSD closed the week below the key 1.0800 level, at 1.0773, so far today the pair has recovered the 1.0800 handle but the higher time frame Daily and H4 charts remain bearish. The daily 21-EMA sits at 1.0878 and the H4 at 1.0828 and represents today’s key resistance zone. Support could be found at 1.0800-1.0790 zone, 1.0785 and then Friday’s low at 1.0770.  

    Today’s Biggest Mover – GBPJPY

    The GBPJPY has rallied 0.47% today breaching 184.00, the Daily 21-EMA and is testing the next major resistance at 185.00. The H1 and H4 21-EMA are co-located at the 184.50 zone. The 50.0 Fibonacci Retrace level from Friday’s low is 184.25 and the key 61.8 Fibonacci is at 184.10.