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Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Weak Manufacturing Data Affects Global Markets

23 April 2013
Jim Wyckoff Commentary -  TheCropSite

GLOBAL - In overnight news there was weak German manufacturing data released Tuesday that bolsters arguments the European Central Bank will lower interest rates at next week’s ECB policy meeting.

Markit’s German purchasing managers index fell to 48.8 in April from 50.6 in March. The German data pushed the Euro currency to a two-week low.

There was also weaker-than-expected manufacturing data coming out of China Tuesday. The HSBC purchasing managers’ index came in at 50.5 in April versus 51.6 in March. Asian stock markets dropped on the China news.

The German and China data also added selling pressure to the raw commodity sector, including the
precious metals markets.

U.S. economic data due for release Tuesday includes the weekly Goldman Sachs and Johnson Redbook retail sales reports, the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index, the ISM Chicago business survey, the ISM semiannual report on business and the economy, and the consumer confidence index. -Jim

U.S. Dollar Index

The U.S. dollar index is higher in early U.S. trading and hit a two-week high overnight. The bulls have the overall near-term technical advantage. Slow stochastics for the dollar index are bullish early today.

The dollar index finds shorter-term technical resistance at the overnight high of 83.180 and then at 83.420. Shorter-term support is seen at the overnight low of 82.650 and then at 82.500. Wyckoff's Intra Day Market Rating: 6.0

NYMEX Crude Oil

Crude oil prices are weaker early today. Bears have the near-term technical advantage. A big and bearish pennant pattern may be forming on the daily bar chart.

In June Nymex crude, look for buy stops to reside just above resistance at $89.00 and then at Monday’s high of $89.48. Look for sell stops just below technical support at $88.00 and then at Monday’s low of $87.69. Wyckoff's Intra-Day Market Rating: 4.5


Markets were mixed overnight. The key “outside markets” are bearish for the grains early Tuesday, as the U.S. dollar index is higher and crude oil prices are weaker.

Recent moisture in the U.S. Corn Belt and Plains states is a bearish factor for grains, even though it has caused early corn-planting delays. However, there is drier weather forecast for the U.S. Corn Belt later this week.

The grain market bears continue to hold the near-term advantage on
the charts.

TheCropSite News Desk

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