• USD/MXN bounces back from weekly lows, gaining 0.56% ahead of the anticipated Fed rate decision.
  • Despite a surge in US Consumer Confidence, looming recession concerns and worsening Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index adds uncertainty.
  • Mexico’s stalled Economic Activity in May overshadows the IMF’s recently improved growth forecast for 2023.

USD/MXN sustains losses after bouncing from weekly lows of 16.7992 due to a risk-on impulse. Simultaneously, traders brace for the US Federal Reserve (Fed) decision on Wednesday, which is expected to deliver another rate hike amid speculations its job is almost done. The USD/MXN is trading at 16.9188, gaining 0.56%.

Strong US Dollar due to the Fed monetary policy decision looming underpins the USD/MXN

US equities continued to trade in the green before the Fed’s decision. A measure of Consumer Confidence rose to a two-year high in July, as revealed by the Conference Board (CB), with the index coming at 117 from 110.1 in June, exceeding estimates of 111.8. Although it’s a positive sign, consumers’ perceptions of a recession increased over the following 12 months. Concurrently, other data showed that House Prices in the US climbed 2.8% YoY, its lowest since April 2012.

Meanwhile, the Richmond Fed revealed its Manufacturing Index, plunging to -9 from June’s -8, portraying a dismal outlook as shipments and new orders plummeted.

Despite mixed US data, market participants expect the Fed to hike 25 bps the Federal Funds Rate (FFR), but uncertainty arises about another increase, as said by some Fed policymakers ahead of their blackout period. Even so, the FOMC’s statement would provide the base for policy, and USD/MXN traders’ focus would remain on Fed Chair Powell’s press conference, which could give some clues regarding the future of monetary policy.

Another reason that acted as a tailwind for the USD/MXN is a strong US Dollar (USD), as depicted by the US Dollar Index (DXY). The DXY, which measures the USD performance against a basket of currencies, is almost flat at 101.375.

Across the south border, the Mexican economic docket revealed that Economic Activity stalled in May at 0% MoM, below 0.4% estimates, trailing April’s 0.9% expansion. Still annually based, the economy grew 4.3% in May in unadjusted terms, above April’s 2.7%.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently updated Mexico’s 2023 growth forecasts from 1.8% in April to 2.6% in July.

USD/MXN Price Analysis: Technical outlook

The USD/MXN trend remains down, as shown by the daily chart. Although the USD/MXN bounced from yearly lows, the 20-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at 16.9530 is capping any upside attempts to lift the spot above the 17.00 figure, as the 20-day EMA is tracking price action closely, acting as a dynamic resistance. However, if USD/MXN buyers step in once they clear the 20-day EMA, that would expose the weekly high of 17.0500. A breach of the latter will expose the 50-day EMA at 17.2145, followed by May 17 low-turned resistance at 17.4038, ahead of the 100-day EMA at 17.6202. Failure to break initial resistance at the 20-day EMA, the USD/MXN could challenge the YTD low of 16.6899, ahead of dropping to 16.50.

USD/MXN Daily chart

USD/MXN Daily chart

USD/MXN

Overview
Today last price 16.9176
Today Daily Change 0.0873
Today Daily Change % 0.52
Today daily open 16.8303
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 16.9708
Daily SMA50 17.2566
Daily SMA100 17.7063
Daily SMA200 18.4506
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 17.0097
Previous Daily Low 16.8129
Previous Weekly High 17.0512
Previous Weekly Low 16.6924
Previous Monthly High 17.7286
Previous Monthly Low 17.0243
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 16.888
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 16.9345
Daily Pivot Point S1 16.7589
Daily Pivot Point S2 16.6875
Daily Pivot Point S3 16.5621
Daily Pivot Point R1 16.9557
Daily Pivot Point R2 17.0811
Daily Pivot Point R3 17.1525

 

 

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