S&P 500, Nasdaq Extend Gains While Inflation Expectations Ease

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Equity futures extend gains while US consumer inflation expectations fall

Inflation, interest rates and expectations of a global recession are three topics that remain prevalent for 2023. As inflation remains well-above the Fed’s target rate of 2%, Friday’s NFP (non-farm payroll report) was met with mixed reactions.

With the unemployment rate falling to multi-decade lows at 3.5%, softer wage growth and weak ISM data indicated a slowdown in the economy suggesting that price pressures may continue to ease.

Although the growth outlook remains under pressure, renewed hopes of a Fed pivot and lower yields assisted in driving USD lower, fueling an equity rally.

S&P 500 Technical Analysis

After trading within the confines of a symmetrical wedge formation highlighted by James Stanley last week, a move above 3900 drove S&P 500 higher before peaking at 3928. As bulls continued to drive price action higher, SPX futures extended gains driving prices back above 3950.

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With the next level of resistance holding at the key psychological level of 4000, a break of the descending trendline at 4110 could bring the 4150 mark back into play.

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Nasdaq 100 Technical Analysis

For the tech heavy Nasdaq 100, the shift in sentiment and a move above the 88% Fibonacci of the 2022 move at 11,214 could see prices moving back towards the 50-day MA (moving average) providing resistance at 11,422.

With the next psychological barrier forming at 11,500, the economic docket could continue to drive sentiment for throughout the week.

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While US consumer inflation expectations for the month of December have fallen to 5% (from 5.2% last month), Fed Chair Jerome Powell is expected to speak at 14:00 GMT tomorrow with US CPI due on Thursday.


If the Fed expresses a more dovish tone and Thursday’s US CPI print continues to show positive signs of easing, equities could remain supported in the near-term.

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— Written by Tammy Da Costa, Analyst for DailyFX.com

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