Selloff Resumes as Italian Budget Crisis Deepens

It was another ugly day for risk assets globally, with equities getting hit particularly hard and although the major US indices managed to hold on above last week’s lows, the charts are now looking wounded even on Wall Street.

There were plenty of negative catalysts dragging lower stocks during the session, with especially the ugly Italy-European Union budget debate causing turmoil in Italian government bonds, equities, and to a lesser extent, the Euro.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The new bear market lows in the main Chinese indices also weighed heavily on sentiment throughout the day, while the post-Fed-minutes rise in US Treasury Yields also added to the worries. Wall Street opened lower, and after a brief rally attempt sellers took control of the market, and the rout didn’t stop until the closing bell with the Nasdaq leading the way lower yet again.

The tech benchmark shed a bit more than 2% on the day, and stocks finished with deep losses across the board, despite the better-than-expected quarterly report of Philip Morris (PM) and the beat in the Philly Fed Index.

Russell 2000, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The short-term trend in the US is undoubtedly bearish, and although all benchmarks, including the Russell 2000, are holding up above their recent multi-month lows, we would still treat any rally as a selling opportunity in stocks.

Tomorrow we could see fireworks again, and the Asian session could already be very active, since several key Chinese economic releases are coming out, such as the quarterly GDP, Retail Sales, and Industrial Production.

2-Year US Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Treasuries had a very hectic session, as yields, especially on the short end of the curve got close to their recent highs in early trading before pulling back due to the intensifying Italy-related worries towards the end of the US session.

Given the recent hawkish tilt in the Fed’s rhetoric, strong flattening of the yield curve could be ahead, should the equity selloff deepen, as we don’t see new highs on long-dated yields in that case, but a quick change in the tightening schedule of the US central seems less likely now.

Dollar Confirms Swing Low amid Risk-Off Flows

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The EUR/USD pair dipped below the 1.15 level again, and although the momentum of the move is weak, the Dollar Index also confirmed the swing low that we pointed out yesterday. The reserve currency could be ready to test its August highs, even as the most vulnerable emerging market currencies are still relatively strong.

Given the expansive fiscal policy of the Trump administration, it’s no surprise that the Dollar is not surging higher, even as the troubles in the Eurozone are way deeper. Still, the Greenback entered another leg higher in its uptrend, and besides the safe-haven Yen, no major currency is in a bullish technical position compared to the USD even form a short-term perspective.

That said, forex markets could see very hectic conditions in the coming busy months, with the US midterm elections, the possible Chinese crisis, the ongoing quantitative tightening, and of course Donald Trump all capable of causing wild swings in the major pairs.

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