DIFX DIVE: This Week in Markets

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Markets are now pricing in the probability of the Federal Reserve hiking rates by a quarter point in May to 61%, up from 48% on Friday.

Additionally, the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index in the US rose 5.0% in February from a year earlier, which is lower than January’s 5.3% increase. US consumer sentiment decreased for the first time in four months in February, reflecting concerns over a possible recession.

In today’s DIFX Analytics, we’re going to look into the following assets:

❖ Bitcoin/US Dollar (BTC/USD)

❖ The Dollar Index (DXY)

❖ Ether/US Dollar (ETH/USD)

❖ Gold/US Dollar (XAU/USD)

❖ US Dollar/Japanese Yen (USD/JPY)

❖ Euro/US Dollar (EUR/USD)

Bitcoin/US Dollar (BTC/USD)


Bitcoin is experiencing a clear bearish RSI divergence as technicals weaken on the daily chart.

Traders can expect a slip in price toward the support level at $25,400.

The ease off of fears from the banking crisis may contribute to this retracement. 

The Dollar Index (DXY)


The Dollar Index seems to have found a range between $101.871 – $105.6.

We saw PCE data slightly cool off last week, however, inflation still remains high.

According to FEDWATCH on Reuters, the markets are pricing in a 68% probability of a 25 bp rate hike in May. 


Ether traded lower at the start of the week with another rejection near the $1827 area.

RSI failed to set a new high and is trending lower.

In the near term, we can expect the price to touch $1700 as a pullback seems the most likely.

Price has been consolidating for the past 2 weeks which indicates momentum to the upside is slowing down. 

Gold/US Dollar (XAU/USD)


Gold has broken below the bullish trend, signaling a reversal in the metal.

With a declining RSI and price action, we can forecast bearish momentum with the initial target being $1928 as the first key support.

As contagion fears cool off and a May rate hike is priced in, the attraction for non-yielding bullion should simmer.

US Dollar/Japanese Yen (USD/JPY)

USD/JPY may see some gains, with traders taking profits from the Yen safe haven trade.

The dollar has begun the week on a strong foot and RSI has pushed above the 50 region. 

If price action breaks above the 200-day EMA, we can expect further bullish moves toward $136.63 in the asset.

Euro/US Dollar (EUR/USD)


Dollar Index fell to a recent low of $101.8.

The Dollar is trading below the 200-day EMA, signaling a bearish trend.

RSI is sitting under 50 which further indicates bears in the market.

Major currencies have gained against the Dollar since the crisis.


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