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S&P 500 pressing key resistance ahead of US CPI

It’s been a very quiet week in the markets so far, and today’s US consumer inflation release should bring trading back to life. Economists are expecting headline CPI to slow from 9.1% yoy to 8.7% yoy in July. But core CPI is expected to rise from 5.9% yoy to 6.1% yoy. While one data point is definitely insufficient to tell the trend, traders are still eager to get hints on whether inflation is still climbing, plateauing, or starting to reverse.

The next move in Dollar would very likely be driven by overall risk sentiment after the CPI release. The greenback tends to weaken in risk-on markets, and strengthen in risk-off markets. For now, as benchmark treasury yield is stuck in consolidation, reactions in stocks are more dollar-moving.

S&P 500 is pressing and important cluster resistance level of 4177.51, as well as 55 week EMA (now at 4182.34). Sustained trading above this 4177/82 zone will add much credence to the case that whole correction from 4818.62 has completed with three waves down to 3636.87. That would set the stage for further rally towards 4818.62 high later in the year, subject to upcoming data release of course. Nevertheless, break of last week low at 4079.891 will tentatively indicate short term topping and bring deeper pull back to 55 day EMA (now at 4012.26) in the near term.

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