EUR/USD – Little Change Despite Solid German Retail Sales

EUR/USD is almost unchanged in Friday trading, as the pair is trading in the mid-1.30 range in the European session. In economic releases, German Retail Sales looked very sharp. French data was mixed, as Consumer Spending beat the estimate, but PPI came in well below expectations. US releases continue to be positive, as Unemployment Claims was very close to the estimate and Pending Home Sales sparkled, hitting a multi-year high. Over in the US, Friday’s highlight is UoM Consumer Sentiment Index.

It’s  been a very good week for US releases. Earlier in the week, Core Durable Goods, CB Consumer Confidence and New Home Sales, all key releases, beat their estimates. Manufacturing data, often a sore spot, also looked good as the Richmond Manufacturing Index had its best performance since last November. Although GDP figures missed the estimate, the markets didn’t react negatively, as the US dollar held firm against the major currencies. On Thursday, Unemployment Claims fell to 346 thousand, just below the estimate of 347 thousand. Pending Home Sales skyrocketed, posting a gain of 6.7%, its highest since 2006. This crushed the estimate of a 1.1% gain. These solid numbers are particularly encouraging as they come from a wide range of economic sectors. If US indicators continue to point upward, the Federal Reserve could act and start to reduce QE. Such a move would likely have a dramatic positive effect on the US dollar.

Is the US Federal Reserve backtracking on QE? The US dollar surged last week after Federal Reserve Chair Bernard Bernanke said that the Fed was planning to scale down QE. However, US (and global) stock markets fell sharply on the news, and the Fed finds itself trying to contain the damage and calm the nervous markets. Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher declared that “tapering” should not be confused with “tightening” and said that the Fed was not exiting from its accommodative policy action just yet. Minneapolis Fed President Naraya Kocherlakota reiterated that the Fed was continuing with an expansionary monetary policy event if QE was terminated, and said that it was a misperception to assume that the Federal Reserve had turned more hawkish. One can be excused for dismissing these statements as little more than linguistic acrobatics, and it is questionable if the markets will be reassured by these statements from the Fed, which are clearly aimed at damage control and reassuring nervous investors.

Over in the Eurozone, German in indicators got off to a slow start this week, as German Ifo Business Climate, a key indicator, came in slightly below the estimate. However, the news got better as the week progressed. German Consumer Climate climbed to a six-year high, and German Unemployment Claims came in well below the forecast. There was more good news for the markets on Friday, as German Retail Sales climbed 0.8%, surprising the markets which had expected a 0.2% decline. Germany is the largest economy in the Eurozone, and it will have to lead the way if the Eurozone is to pull out of its longest recession since the creation of the economic zone in 1999.

 

EUR/USD for Friday, June 28, 2013

 

Forex Rate Graph 21/1/13
EUR/USD June 28 at 9:35 GMT

EUR/USD 1.3054 H: 1.3076 L: 1.3032

 

EUR/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2943 1.3000 1.3050 1.3100 1.3161 1.3271

 

EUR/USD is not showing much movement, as the pair trades in the mid-1.30 range. The pair is testing support at 1.3050, and this line could fall if the dollar shows any strength. Next, there is support at the significant level of 1.3000. On the upside, 1.3100 is providing weak resistance. This is followed by a stronger resistance line at 1.3161.

  • Current range: 1.3050 to 1.3100

 

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3050, 1.3000, 1.2943, 1.2844 and 1.2696
  • Above: 1.3100, 1.3162, 1.3271, 1.3353 and 1.3477

 

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

The EUR/USD ratio remains very quiet, continuing the trend we have seen since Wednesday. This is consistent with what we are seeing from the pair, as EUR/USD is showing little movement. A majority of positions in the ratio continue to be short, indicating a strong bias towards the dollar posting further gains against the euro.

The euro continues to trade quietly above the 1.30 line. Will this lack of movement continue? The pair didn’t react to solid German numbers earlier today, but this could change as the US releases consumer confidence numbers later on Friday.

 

EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 6:00 German Retail Sales. Estimate -0.2%. Actual 0.8%.
  • 6:45 French Consumer Spending. Estimate -0.1%. Actual 0.5%.
  • 6:45 French PPI. Estimate -0.3%. Actual -1.2%.
  • 12:00 US FOMC Member Jeremy Stein Speaks.
  • 13:45 US Chicago PMI. Estimate 56.0 points.
  • 13:55 US UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 82.8 points.
  • 13:55 US UoM Inflation Expectations.

 

*Key releases are highlighted in bold

*All release times are GMT

 

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.