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DAX rebounds despite ECB hawkish tones; eyes on rates and growth at this week's meeting

DAX rebounds despite ECB's unexpected hawkish stance. This week's meeting takes center stage for insights on rates and growth. Technical analyses for DAX and FTSE highlight key levels.

Source: Bloomberg

Overnight, the German stock market, the DAX extended its rebound, driven by gains in the tech sector.

Its recovery in recent days has come despite ECB members sounding more hawkish than expected ahead of this week's meeting; despite evidence of slower growth and falls in underlying inflation.

What is expected from this week's ECB meeting?

At its last meeting in December, the ECB kept its deposit rate on hold at 4.00%, as widely expected. The ECB noted that with interest rates at this level, it will make a "substantial contribution" to returning CPI to its 2% goal in 2025. Inflation data for December received in early January showed core inflation cooling to 3.4%, the lowest since March 2022, and headline inflation stayed below 3%.

While this shows that tighter monetary policy settings are winning the battle against high inflation, tighter monetary policy also impacts growth and activity data. Reflecting concerns that the European economy, led by Germany, will enter recession in 2024, the European rates market is pricing in 130bp of ECB rate cuts for 2024.

Nonetheless, in the lead-up to this week's meeting, ECB officials, including president Lagarde, have noted that aggressive pricing of rate cuts is not "helping our fight against inflation". As such, the ECB is expected to keep rates on hold this week and reiterate that rates will be set "at sufficiently restrictive levels for as long as necessary."

ECB deposit rate chart

Source: TradingEconomics

DAX technical analysis

In our last update, we noted that a sustained break below support at 16,600/500 would increase the chances that a medium-term high was in place in the DAX at the early January 17,123 high.

However, given the brief time that the DAX spent trading below the bottom of the support band and the three-wave nature of the decline, it is likely that the decline was a correction, and that the DAX can push to new highs in the 17,200/400 area.

In summary, providing the DAX holds above support 16450ish, we expect a retest of the January 7,123 high before a move towards 17,200/400.

DAX daily chart

Source: TradingView

FTSE technical analysis

In the final weeks of December 2023, the FTSE broke higher above the 200-day moving average at 7570 before running into a cluster of horizontal resistance near 7750, highlighted on the chart below.

Since then, the FTSE has erased all of its December gains despite a favourable tailwind from US stock indices in recent days, which isn't a particularly encouraging sign.

As such, while the FTSE remains below the 200-day moving average at 7567 (sustained basis), the risks are for a deeper decline in the coming sessions towards range lows, 7300/7200.

FTSE daily chart

Source: TradingView
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