- USD/SEK increased more than 0.60% towards 11.200, its highest since November 2022.
- Sweden’s August CPI came in lower than expected.
- The USD’s strengths amid strong economic figure contributes to the upward momentum.
The USD/SEK tallied a fresh multi-month high around 11.200 as the SEK lost interest following soft inflation figures from Sweden from August. On the other hand, the Greenback continues to trade strong, with its DXY advancing to highs since March 9 after positive mid-tier economic figures were released.
On the Swedish front, headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation in August was registered at 7.5% YoY, slightly below the expected 7.7%. In addition, the Consumer Price Index with a Fixed Interest Rate (CPIF) ex-energy came in at 7.2% YoY vs. 7.4% and lower than the previous 8.0% reading. Despite soft inflation figures, the SEK’s losses may be cushioned by the Riskbank’s hawkish stance as it hinted in its last meeting that it will hike one more time in 2023, as the weakness of its currency contributes to inflationary pressures. In that sense, a hike to 4% is priced in for next week’s meeting.
On the other hand, the US economy doesn’t cool down and continues to report strong data. The Producer Price Index (PPI) surged by 0.7% MoM, leading to a 1.6% YoY increase, surpassing predictions. Retail Sales also demonstrated strength, posting a 0.6% MoM growth, well above the expected 0.2% rise. Meanwhile, during the second week of September, Jobless Claims increased to 220,000, slightly exceeding the previous week's 217,000 but staying below the anticipated 225,000. Focus now shifts to next week’s Federal Reserve (Fed) decision, where investors will look for clues to continue modelling their expectations in the policy statement and Chair Powell’s presser. As for now, the CME FedWatch tool indicates that the odds of one last 25 basis point (bps) hike have slightly declined to nearly 35%.
USD/SEK Levels to watch
Observing the daily chart, USD/SEK suggests a bullish sentiment for the near future. Relative Strength Index (RSI) remains in the positive zone above its midline, showing an upward slope. Concurrently, the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) reflects encouraging green bars, reinforcing the growing bullish momentum and both indicators are about to reach overbought conditions, which could fuel a downward correction in the near term. Furthermore, the pair is above the 20,100,200-day Simple Moving Average (SMA), highlighting the continued dominance of bulls on the broader scale.
Support levels: 11.096, 11.0650, 11.055.
Resistance levels: 11.230, 11.2400, 11.290.
USD/SEK Daily chart
|Today last price||11.1972|
|Today Daily Change||0.0651|
|Today Daily Change %||0.58|
|Today daily open||11.1321|
|Previous Daily High||11.1694|
|Previous Daily Low||11.0588|
|Previous Weekly High||11.1683|
|Previous Weekly Low||10.9291|
|Previous Monthly High||11.0993|
|Previous Monthly Low||10.4126|
|Daily Fibonacci 38.2%||11.1271|
|Daily Fibonacci 61.8%||11.101|
|Daily Pivot Point S1||11.0708|
|Daily Pivot Point S2||11.0095|
|Daily Pivot Point S3||10.9603|
|Daily Pivot Point R1||11.1814|
|Daily Pivot Point R2||11.2306|
|Daily Pivot Point R3||11.2919|
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