Today is the most important day for market players as it is today when we will get to see the latest reading of the US NFP data. This economic reading commands the most attention among investors and traders as the economic data not only sets the trading tone for today but it also influences it for the rest of the month. As always, the Fed will watch this data very closely, and it is highly likely to influence their monetary policy, which they will be announcing next week.
US and European stock futures are trading mildly higher as traders are going to take a very cautious approach ahead of this data. Generally speaking, there is a minimal volume in the markets ahead of this data as the action tends to happen only after the economic reading. Although it is generally expected that the upcoming US NFP number is likely to produce another set of strong readings. But at the same time, investors are also going to look closely at the impact of the Delta variant on the US economy.
The US NFP data will be released at 13:30 BST, and the forecast for the number is 720K while the previous number came in at 943K. The US unemployment rate is also expected to fall further to 5.2%. The previous reading was at 5.4%, and the Average Hourly Earnings m/m is expected to drop to 0.3% from its previous reading of 0.4%
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Now the important part and how this is going to impact the markets. Well, the range of US NFP estimate for today’s number is wide, and it is expected to be anywhere between the 300K to the one million mark. But we think the most important number is 600K, particularly anything that is lower than 500K could throw the Fed out of balance. What we mean by that is, if the number comes below the 500K reading, we can imagine a scenario under which we may possibly call the taper announcement off during their meeting next week.
Such a scenario may be positive for the stock market as the stock market is addicted to monetary policy support. But at the same time, we could see the dollar index falling sharply. However, suppose the actual number comes above the 550K mark, and especially above the 650K. In that case, we should imagine the upcoming meeting as a live meeting—meaning the taper announcement could take place at that event.
In terms of the market’s price action, there is a possibility that the stock market will rally as traders may take a strong number as a good economic sign. At the same time, we could see the dollar index strengthening at the back of this data.
The precious metal’s price action is expected to be a wild one today, and this is because the US NFP number is likely to bring higher volatility for the metal. Again, a strong reading may trigger a sell-off for the gold price as the dollar index picks up strength, and a feeble number could push the gold price higher. In terms of important price levels, investors and traders will be looking at 1,800 as an important level of support, and if the price drops to this price point, the chances are we may see intense sell-off in the coming days. As for the resistance, the number which could be tested today is 1830. Overall, the chances are that we may see the gold price dropping today.
In the crypto space, we are still seeing more momentum for the second biggest coin by market cap, Ethereum. It is highly likely that the price may test the 4K price level, and that may open the door for the price to retest all-time high, which matters the most. As for Bitcoin, the price level which matters the most is 50K. BTC has tested the 50K price level a few times now, and if the positive momentum continues to support the price action, we could be looking at a healthy weekend for cryptos.