A1 Trading Company

July 24, 2023

Getting Ready For Another Fed Hike

Frank Cabibi

Expectations are almost unanimous towards another Fed rate hike which will be decided on Wednesday. As big tech earnings reports today, the indices, gold, dollar and commodities are heating up in volatility. Here is what could come of the markets pre and post-rate decision.

EdgeFinder Analysis

Gold sits at a strong buy on the EdgeFinder. At +6, the metal has been undergoing a larger pullback on the longer timeframes. COT showed a large increase in bullish sentiment for commodities while indices remain on the back burner for now.

Investors are not certain of market sentiment going into this week as the Fed decision approaches. Although higher rates are not good for assets such as gold, investors could be anticipating the last of what was an aggressive monetary policy cycle.

It still looks like there is more room to drop to the downside for the NAS100 index. COT is not confident in stocks this week as we saw an aggressive shift to bearish sentiment around these assets. Thus, this week could be in the red until rate fears and earnings news subsides.

Price could come down further to support around $15,200-15,300s where there is a rising trend line coupled with a double top on the 4H timeframe. The overall trend remains to the upside which is promising to investors. The index will have to test that level and show confirmation to the upside in order to look convincing enough to move higher.

USOil is only at a neutral rating on the EdgeFinder, so it may seem confusing as to why it's being talked about. The historical backtest feature is good at recognizing trends as the score shifts. Although a high score is bullish for the pair, it's also important to watch for shifts in sentiment.

In this case, oil was ranked at a -7 strong sell in May. Since then, it had become less bearish on the commodity over time. Now the EF is leaning slight bullishness/neutral for the month of July. Economists are expecting a rise in demand from a rebounding Chinese economy and shorter supply around the world.

Retail Spotlight

Retail traders are majority short indices and commodities. The strongest biases being the short bias on GER30, SPX500 and US30. Meanwhile, the commodities are appearing more mixed with a slight bearish lean.

Smart Money Spotlight

On the COT side, sentiment is very different. Smart money is expandingly bullish on gold and oil after last Friday's change in activity. Because of the change in longs and shorts, there is a harder bull reading. The positional bias is helpful in visualizing the net positions on both gold and USD. In this case, institutions are liking the metal more.

Fundamental Spotlight

This week, these three countries will announce GDP numbers. The US is watching a declining output while Canada saw an increase, and Euro-area didn't change. Expectations are not very optimistic as we approach the latest numbers, although CAD expects a slight rise. In the US at least, the Fed wants to see further decline in order to be more confident that inflation will move towards its 2% target.

A1 Edgefinder

AI- Generated Trading Setups
AI-generated bullish/bearish bias setups on forex currencies, gold, & indices.

Discount code: 'READER'

Access Now


Trading Plan Template
Struggling to build a successful trading plan? Download our template to get started today!
Yields Hold Steady After GDP

GDP numbers came in lower than expected in the US, marking the third straight drop in economic output. This is usually good news for the stock market indices and gold, however, bond yields continue to hold up above 5.1%. Here are some potential trade setups for both dollar and index longs depending on how the […]

Read More
USOil Breaks Through the Highs! (+$2646.85)

Hi, I’m Nick! I am the founder of A1 Trading, market analyst, YouTuber, and creator of the EdgeFinder software tool. I caught a huge winner on USoil with the help of the EdgeFinder! In this article, I’ll walk you through my thought process behind the trade and how I found this crazy runner! Finding My […]

Read More
Surprising Risk-Off Signal From the EdgeFinder

Last Friday's report showed a significant change in global market sentiment from smart money. What COT signaled has turned ultra-risk-off for traders who have been hoping for Fed fears to subside. This news could spark up worries about higher interest rates for the long term. EdgeFinder Analysis GBPUSD is now a -12 on the EdgeFinder […]

Read More
DISCLAIMER: All comments made by TraderNick’s Forex Group, LLC are for educational and informational purposes only. All comments should not be construed as investment advice regarding the purchase or sale of any securities or financial instrument of any kind. Please consult with your financial adviser before making an investment decision regarding any securities or financial instruments mentioned by TraderNick’s Forex Group, LLC. TraderNick’s Forex Group, LLC assumes no responsibility for your trading and investment results. All information on any of the platforms utilized by TraderNick’s Forex Group, LLC was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but we do not warrant its completeness or accuracy, or warrant any results from the use of the information. TraderNick’s Forex Group, LLC, its employees, representatives, and affiliated individuals may have a position or effect transactions in the securities and financial instruments herein and or otherwise employ trading strategies that may be consistent or inconsistent with the provided strategies. Trading of any type involves very high risk and may not be suitable for all investors. TraderNick’s Forex Group, LLC, its subsidiaries and all affiliated individuals assume no responsibility for your trading and investment result. Read our full disclaimer here
homesmartphonelaptop-phonemenu linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram