USD/INR Price News: Indian Rupee struggles above 82.00 as inflation woes prod Fed bets


  • USD/INR seesaws around three-week low amid cautious markets.
  • Yields grind higher but receding hawkish Fed bets favor Indian Rupee buyers.
  • Second-tier statistics from India can entertain traders ahead of US Core PCE Price Index.
  • Easing US inflation could weigh on US Dollar, especially amid banking-led optimism.

USD/INR stays defensive above 82.00, keeping the latest bounce off three-week low amid Friday’s sluggish Asian session. In doing so, the Indian Rupee (INR) pair portrays the market’s anxiety ahead of the key US inflation clues. However, recently easing hawkish bias about the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) next moves seem to favor the bears.

As per the latest reading of the CME’s FedWatch Tool, traders place a nearly 50% chance of a 0.25% rate hike in the May month Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Monetary policy meeting, versus 60% the previous day.

While tracing the clues, mixed US data could be held responsible as final readings of the US fourth quarter (Q4) Gross Domestic Product (GDP), also known as the Real GDP, marked an easy Annualized growth number of 2.6% versus 2.7% previous forecasts. It’s worth noting that the Q4 Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Prices matched 3.7% QoQ forecasts and prior while the Core PCE figure grew to 4.4% QoQ versus 4.3% expected and prior. Moving on, the Weekly Initial Jobless Claims rose to 198K for the week ended on March 25 versus 191K prior and 196K market forecasts. 

Even so, the recent hawkish rhetoric of the Fed officials and strong US inflation expectations challenge the USD/INR bears. That said, Fed Jerome Powell joined Boston Fed President Susan Collins, Minneapolis Fed Leader Neel Kashkari and Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin to suggest the US central bank’s further rate hike to tame the inflation woes. However, mixed US data raise doubts about the Fed policymakers’ hawkish rhetoric and rather concentrated on their rejection of banking crisis woes to weigh on the US Dollar, as well the Fed bets.  

While portraying the mood, the S&P 500 Futures refresh a three-week high by tracing Wall Street’s upbeat sentiment. Though, the US 10-year Treasury bond yields rose two basis points (bps) to 3.57% whereas the two-year counterpart grinds higher to 4.13% during a five-day uptrend. Amid these plays, the US Dollar Index (DXY) licks its wounds near 102.20 after refreshing the weekly low.

Looking forward, India’s Q4 Balance Payment and Current Account details may allow USD/INR intermediate directions as those figures have previously weighed on the INR. However, major attention will be given to the Core Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Price Index for February.

Also read: US February PCE Inflation Preview: Bad news for the Dollar, good news for the Fed?

Technical analysis

A 10-week-old ascending support line, near the 82.00 threshold at the latest, restricts the immediate downside of the USD/INR price. The recovery moves, however, need validation from the 50-DMA hurdle surrounding 82.35. It’s worth noting that the bearish MACD signals join the pair’s sustained trading below the key moving averages to keep the sellers hopeful.

Additional important levels

Overview
Today last price 82.1268
Today Daily Change 0.0065
Today Daily Change % 0.01%
Today daily open 82.1203
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 82.2657
Daily SMA50 82.2898
Daily SMA100 82.159
Daily SMA200 81.2987
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 82.2795
Previous Daily Low 82.03
Previous Weekly High 82.8926
Previous Weekly Low 82.0371
Previous Monthly High 83.082
Previous Monthly Low 81.5032
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 82.1253
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 82.1842
Daily Pivot Point S1 82.0071
Daily Pivot Point S2 81.8938
Daily Pivot Point S3 81.7576
Daily Pivot Point R1 82.2565
Daily Pivot Point R2 82.3927
Daily Pivot Point R3 82.506

 

 

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