Daily Market Outlook, January 25, 2024

Daily Market Outlook, January 25, 2024Munnelly’s Market Minute…“Tesla Earnings Disappoint, ECB On Deck”Asian markets saw modest gains, although the overall positive momentum was limited due to the impact of various earnings reports and the recent increase in global yields, which partially offset the excitement over Chinese stimulus measures. The Nikkei 225 eventually turned positive but lagged behind other regional markets, briefly falling below the 36K handle. Both the Hang Seng and Shanghai Comp received a boost, with the latter outperforming as mainland investors reacted to China's latest support measures, including a 50 basis point RRR cut that will release CNY 1 trillion of funds.The focus now shifts to the policy meeting of the European Central Bank, particularly President Christine Lagarde's press conference following the meeting. Minutes from the December meeting revealed the policymakers' determination to resist the aggressive market expectations for interest rate cuts, and there is anticipation for questions regarding the timing of such actions.The Governing Council is anticipated to maintain the current policy at today's meeting, marking the third consecutive meeting without changes. However, market participants will closely monitor the post-meeting statement and press conference for any indications regarding potential rate cuts in the coming year. Despite futures contracts pricing in approximately 135 basis points of cuts by the end of the year, starting as early as April, statements from various ECB officials, including President Lagarde, suggest that rate cuts are unlikely until the summer months. The central bank is expected to emphasize its data-dependent approach, with a specific focus on services and wage inflation. Stateside, Netflix saw an 11% surge in its stock due to exceptional subscriber growth, while IBM's shares rose over 8% after the company's forecasted earnings surpassed expectations. On the other hand, Tesla's stock declined by 6% after falling short of forecasts. Tesla's shares dropped in extended trading after the company reported a fourth-quarter gross margin of 17.6%, down from 23.8% a year earlier and below analysts' average estimate of 18.3%. The Q4 revenue increased by 3% to $25.17 billion, falling short of analysts' average estimate of $25.62 billion. The company posted an adjusted EPS of 71 cents, lower than the estimated 74 cents. Tesla's shares had more than doubled in 2023.Thursday will also see the release of U.S. GDP data, the initial estimate for U.S. GDP in Q4 is anticipated to reveal a 2.0% annualized expansion, a decrease from the 4.9% recorded in Q3.Overnight Newswire Updates of NoteFed Raises Rate On Emergency Loan Program To Stop ArbitrageUS Navy Escorts Cargo Ships To Safety After Houthi Missile AttackUK PM Offers To Sacrifice Brexit Freedoms To Re-Establish Govt In N.IrelandAustralian Government Says Income Tax Rejig Won’t Add To InflationTesla Projects Slower Growth In 2024 As EV Demand SoftensIBM Sees Strong 2024 Free Cash Flow, Plans Job CutsFAA Halts Boeing 737 Max Production Expansion, Clears Path To Unground Max 9Microsoft Closes At Record, Ends Just Shy Of $3 Tln ValueSkydance Media Explores Acquiring All Of Paramount Global, Sources SayWorld’s No. 2 Memory Chip Maker SK Hynix Reports Surprise Profit(Sourced from Bloomberg, Reuters and other reliable financial news outlets)FX Options Expiries For 10am New York Cut (1BLN+ represent larger expiries, more magnetic when trading within daily ATR)EUR/USD: 1.0825 (1.1BLN), 1.0850 (817M), 1.0885 (510M), 1.0900-10 (794M)1.0925 (289M), 1.0945-50 (1.1BLN), 1.0975-80 (1.5BLN) 1.1000-10 (1.8BLN)USD/CHF: 0.8560 (231M), 0.8655 (200M)GBP/USD: 1.2815 (568M), 1.2850 (250M)EUR/GBP: 0.8500 (300M), 0.8650 (200M)USD/JPY: 146.55 (420M), 147.55-65 (795M), 147.95-148.05 (817M)EUR/JPY: 157.75 (583M), 158.75 (467M), 161.30 (769M), 161.45-50 (573M)Long term low FX option implied volatility seems justified given low realized volatility, but the potential reward of owning options from lower levels is attracting buyers. Central bank policy decisions, data releases, and upcoming elections, particularly in the US in November, have the potential to reignite FX volatility. The European Central Bank is expected to keep rates on hold at 4.0%, which shouldn't impact EUR/USD. Increased overnight expiry EUR/USD implied volatility is more likely to result from a broader pick-up in shorter-dated options following Tuesday's EUR/USD slump and recovery from new 2024 lows. Shorter-dated options are expected to benefit from any increased FX volatility over Friday's US PCE data and central bank announcements from the US and UK, all included within a one-week expiry from Thursday.CFTC Data As Of 12/01/24USD bearish decreasing -9,298CAD bearish increasing -992 EUR bullish decreasing 14,150 GBP bullish increasing 2,443 AUD bearish increasing -3,151NZD neutral neutral -177 MXN bullish neutral 2,370 CHF bearish neutral -542 JPY bearish neutral -4,803 Technical & Trade ViewsSP500 Bullish Above Bearish Below 4850 Daily VWAP bullishWeekly VWAP bullishBelow 4800 opens 4780Primary support 4700EURUSD Bullish Above Bearish Below 1.0930 Daily VWAP bullishWeekly VWAP bearishAbove 1.10950 opens 1.10Primary resistance 1.10Primary objective is 1.0730GBPUSD Bullish Above Bearish Below 1.2750Daily VWAP bullishWeekly VWAP bearishAbove 1.28 opens 1.2870Primary resistance  is 1.2785Primary objective 1.2570USDJPY Bullish Above Bearish Below 146.40 Daily VWAP bullishWeekly VWAP bullishBelow 146 opens 145.50Primary support 143.50Primary objective is 149AUDUSD Bullish Above Bearish Below .6650Daily VWAP bullishWeekly VWAP bearishAbove .6680 opens .6550Primary support .6525Primary objective is .6933BTCUSD Bullish Above Bearish below 43600Daily VWAP bearishWeekly VWAP bearishAbove  43590 opens 46000Primary support  is 40000Primary objective is 36097

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