The major US indices close higher for the 2nd consecutive day
Stocks close near session highs
The major US stock indices are close higher for the second consecutive day.
Some other highlights for the day/week
- Week ends with 2 strong days higher after three down days to start the week
the final numbers are showing:
CFTC commitments of traders: USD shorts increase led by CAD longs
Weekly forex futures positioning data from the CFTC for the week ending May 11, 2021.
- EUR long 94K vs 85K long last week. Longs increased by 9K
- GBP long 28K vs 20K long last week. Longs increased by 8K
AUDUSD moves above 100/200 hour MA as risk on continues
100/200 hour MA at 0.7776 area
The AUDUSD after testing the 100/200 hour area for 5 consecutive hourly bars has made a break for it with a break above the MA levels currently near converged at 0.7775 to 0.7777. The price is currently trading at 0.7785.
The Nasdaq moves above the 50 hour. Now the 100 day MA is being approached
100 day MA is at 13438.47 currently
The NASDAQ index continues its move to the upside and is currently trading up over 300 points or 2.3% at 13428.03 (that is the high). The last move to the upside took the price back above its 50 hour moving average currently at 13407. The next target comes in at the 100 day
Gold trades back toward highs and looks to test swing high ceiling area
The recent swing high ceiling comes in between $1841.82 to $1845.44
The price of gold is trading up about $14.50 or 0.80% at $1841.24. That moves the price closer to the high for the day and also to the swing high ceiling seen over the last week or so between $1841.82 and $1845.45. There were 4 consecutive days
Dallas Fed Pres. Kaplan: Committed to anchoring inflation/expectations at 2%
Speaking at the University of Texas McCombs School
Dallas Fed president Kaplan is speaking at the University of Texas McCombs School. Kaplan is not a voting member. He has been advocating for more discussions on tapering, but walked back some of his hawkish undertones after the weaker then expected jobs report last week.
Baker Hughes oil rig count 352 versus 344 last week
Baker Hughes rig count for the week of May 14
- Oil rigs 352 versus 344 last week
- Gas rigs 100 versus 103 last week
- Total rigs 453 vs 448 last week
The price of crude oil before the report was at $65.31.
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