FOMC Minutes show Fed is serious about inflation
The September 21st FOMC meeting chose to hike the Fed Funds rate by 75bps for the third consecutive meeting to bring the key rate to 3%-3.25%. The Minutes from that meeting noted that the cost of doing too little outweighed the cost of doing too much. They also noted that the labor market would need to weaken to bring down high inflation. Some also said that after rates reach a sufficient level, they will need to hold this restrictive rate for some time.
After the Minutes were released, the CME Fed Watch Tool showed that markets were pricing in an 84% chance of a 75bps rate increase at the November 2nd meeting. However, this may change after the US CPI data is released tomorrow.
The USD index has been moving aggressively higher since the end of March as it became apparent that the Fed would be hiking rates at a faster pace than initially thought. The DXY traded in an orderly channel from 97.69 on March 31st to 114.79 on September 28th. It then pulled back to horizontal support just above the bottom trendline of the channel, near 110.05, and has been moving higher since. On Monday the DXY reached the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement from the highs of September 28th to the lows of October 4th near 112.97 and has been oscillating around that level.
IF the US Dollar Index breaks higher, the first resistance is at the September 28th highs of 114.79. Above there, price can move to the 161.8% Fibonacci extension from the highs of September 28th to the lows of October 4th near 116.04 and then horizontal resistance from March 2002 at 116.76. However, if the DXY breaks lower out of the triangle, first support is at the lows of October 11th at 112.41, then the lows of October 4th at 110.06. Below there, strong horizontal support dating to July 14th crosses at 109.29.