Pre-Market: Turkish Lira Spooks Markets, as Dollar Still in Focus

Stock markets are broadly lower today, as yesterday’s risk-off shift continues to dominate trading, with the Turkish currency woes, the Italian political standoff, and the weaker than expected European PMIs providing ample ammunition to bears.

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the post-crash period since early February had its ups-and-downs, the best way to describe it is still a simple consolidation. In the US, trading has been taking place mostly in the range of only two sessions in early February, and the S&P 500 is still stuck in the middle of that range.

Forex markets are in turmoil, as Dollar-centered trading continues across the board, and the hunting season for vulnerable emerging market currencies is still on. The recent strength in the reserve currency together with the rising yields sparked an exodus from more risky assets across the globe and with the Euro hitting another 6-month low today, the pressure will likely persist. Investors await tonight’s Fed meeting minutes which could make a huge impact on the Dollar and equities, especially if the central bank cools down rate hike expectations after the strong Dollar rally.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

First, it was Argentina, now it’s Turkey that’s in the center of attention, as the country plagued by a huge private Dollar debt load end rampant inflation is highly sensitive to rising rates and a weaker currency.

USD/TRY (Turkish Lira), Daily Chart Analysis

More experienced investors could have a strong feeling of déjà vu, as the Turkish leadership is blaming a concentrated attack against the country, while the market is waiting for the inevitable central bank intervention in the form of an emergency rate hike. For now, there is still hope that the storm will pass, but should an outright currency crisis break-out, rate hikes won’t be enough, and even capital controls will only provide a temporary solution, and a hard landing for the economy will be almost guaranteed.

Europe Also Down as Oil Pulls Back

DAX Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

European stocks which have been lifted by the falling Euro in recent weeks fell to two-week lows today, after the bearish PMI releases and the lower than expected British inflation figures. While the string of negative economic surprises continued, emerging market woes were largely ignored by investors so far, and the rising short-term trends are still mostly intact throughout the Old Continent.

Commodities are lower mixed amid the large currency moves, as the Dollar’s strength weighs on the whole asset class. Gold is still stuck below $1300 despite its recent resilience, while Oil is trading just off its highs, even as the OPEC is reportedly contemplating a supply increase following the “normalization” of oil prices. The cartel which, led by Saudi Arabia has openly been seeking higher prices

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