The euro posted sharp gains on Thursday, as EUR/USD tacked on about 130 points, to close at 1.3870. The pair has settled down in Friday trade. The euro reacted positively as the ECB refrained from lower rates or taking any other action. In the US, Unemployment Claims dropped sharply. In Friday news, German data has looked strong this week, and the markets are hoping that Industrial Production follows suit. It’s a busy day in the US, with three key events on the schedule – Nonfarm Payrolls, the Unemployment Rate and Trade Balance.
Mario Draghi and his crew at the ECB helped the euro shoot up on Thursday, but this time it was due to a lack of action by the central bank, rather than a change in monetary policy or any dramatic comments by Draghi. There had been speculation that the ECB might lower deposit rates into negative territory or even commence a mini-QE scheme. In the end, the Bank held the course, with Draghi reiterating his well-worn script that the ECB’s high degree of accommodative monetary policy would continue for as long as needed. He also noted that the Eurozone economy was recovering at a moderate pace, and shrugged concerns about inflation levels well below the ECB’s target of 2%. Draghi may be able to point to encouraging data out of Germany to bolster his case that the region is headed in the right direction, but the data from other major economies, such as France and Italy, raise questions about the health of the Eurozone.
In the US, all eyes are on Nonfarm Payrolls, which will be released together with the Unemployment Rate. US employment numbers have been a mix so far this week, as ADP Nonfarm Payrolls was well below the estimate, but Unemployment Claims dropped to its lowest level since December. Even if today’s numbers aren’t great, we can expect the Fed to take the scissors and trim QE at its meeting next week. New York Fed President William Dudley said as much on Thursday when he stated that the threshold to alter the Fed’s program to wind up QE was “pretty high”. In other words, short of a serious economic downturn in the US economy, we can expect the QE tapers to continue.
EUR/USD for Friday, March 7, 2014
EUR/USD March 7 at 9:50 GMT
EUR/USD 1.3882 H: 1.3882 L: 1.3856
- EUR/USD was very quiet in the Asian session, but has edged up in European trading, as the pair is within striking distance of the 1.39 line.
- On the upside, 1.3893 has weakened and could be tested during the day. The key psychological line of 1.40 follows.
- 1.3786 has switched to a support role following strong gains by the euro. It is a strong line.
- Current range: 1.3786 to 1.3893
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.3786, 1.3649, 1.3585, 1.3410 and 1.3347
- Above: 1.3893, 1.4000, 1.4149 and 1.4307.
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
EUR/USD ratio has reversed directions on Friday, pointing to gains in short positions. This is not consistent with the pair’s current movement, as the euro has edged higher. Short positions retain a strong majority, indicative of trader bias towards the dollar moving higher.
The euro continues to move higher against the retreating dollar and is closing in on the 1.39 level. EUR/USD has edged higher in the European session.
- 7:00 German Wholesale Price Index. Estimate +0.6%. Actual -0.1%.
- 7:45 French Government Budget Balance. Estimate -12.7B.
- 7:45 French Trade Balance. Estimate -5.3B. Actual -5.7B.
- 11:00 German Industrial Production. Estimate 0.7%.
- 13:30 US Nonfarm Employment Change. Estimate 151K.
- 13:30 US Trade Balance. Estimate -39.1B.
- 13:30 US Unemployment Rate. Estimate 6.6%.
- 13:30 US Average Hourly Earnings. Estimate 0.2%.
- 17:00 US FOMC Member William Dudley Speaks.
- 18:00 US Consumer Credit. Estimate 14.6B.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT