Chart Advisor: Dollar Digs in at Support

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By J.C. Parets & All Star Charts

Monday, 6th February, 2023

1/ Dollar Digs In

2/ Will Copper Find Support?

3/ Looking for Leadership

4/ Chinese Internet Stocks Lack Momentum

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1/ Dollar Digs In

The U.S. dollar is back on the rise. After falling for four straight months, the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) is up three days in a row.

Whether the near-term dollar strength turns into a more sustained trend is anyone’s guess, but as long as it trades above last year’s June pivot lows, we may have to give the dollar the benefit of the doubt.

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Source: All Star Charts, with data provided by Optuma

Notice how this key level just above 100 also coincides with the 2020 highs. A bout of USD strength off this support zone would make sense, especially considering the dollar has fallen more than 10% since late September. It also never hit oversold conditions on the 14-day RSI during such a steep decline.

Regardless, a near-term DXY bounce could produce stiff headwinds for global risk assets in the coming days and weeks.

2/ Will Copper Find Support?

Dr.Copper provides an excellent example of the tactical corrections underway in many risk assets. It’s no coincidence copper futures are down four straight days in a row as the U.S. dollar rebounds.

As copper corrects, our attention turns to potential levels of support.

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Source: All Star Charts, with data provided by Optuma

For copper futures, it’s the 3.94 level marked by a shelf of former lows and the pivot highs from last fall. This polarity zone represents a logical level of potential support.

But if buyers fail to step in and provide a bid at this key level, copper and global risk assets in general could experience a deeper correction through price.

3/ Looking for Leadership

Although international equities have been steadily outperforming their U.S. counterparts for the last three months, we have yet to get a decisive breakout in the relative trend between developed ex-U.S.

stocks and stocks in the U.S. As you can see, the MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA) vs. S&P 500 (SPY) ratio just failed to break out from a rounding bottom reversal formation.

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Source: All Star Charts, with data provided by Optuma

As long as this ratio remains stuck in this range, it tells us international stocks will likely need more time before moving into a sustained leadership role relative to the U.S.

More rangebound action could be likely over the intermediate term. However, this base could eventually resolve higher, which would mean international equities could be outperforming over longer timeframes.

4/ Chinese Internet Stocks Lack Momentum

Chinese equities have enjoyed a solid rally since they bottomed in October last year. However, recent price action indicates it might be time for this group to take a breather.

As you can see, the China Internet ETF (KWEB) has been struggling to take out the upper bounds of a reversal pattern all year.

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Source: All Star Charts, with data provided by Optuma

Not only were buyers unable to force a breakout from this base, but momentum (as measured by the 14-period RSI) couldn’t achieve a single overbought reading during the rally of the past few months.

It looks like Chinese stocks will require more basing before a sustained uptrend can take form. This would be normal behavior as bottoms are processes, and Chinese equities have earned a period of digestion after such a strong run off the October lows.

Originally posted on 6th February, 2023

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