EUR/USD – Steady As German Consumer Confidence Remains High

EUR/USD has edged downwards on Wednesday, as the pair trades close just below the 1.38 level. In economic news, German Ifo Business Climate weakened in February but met expectations. In economic news, German Consumer Climate remains at high levels and matched the forecast. In the US, Tuesday’s numbers were a mix. Consumer Confidence hit a six-year high, but New Home Sales slipped in February. Wednesday’s key release is Core Durable Goods Orders. The markets are expecting a much smaller gain than in the previous release.

German Consumer Climate remains at high levels, posting a second straight reading of 8.5 points, matching the forecast. The indicator has steadily risen, and the last time we saw a stronger reading was back in 2007, before the global economic crisis. German Business Climate also looked sharp in February. Increasing consumer confidence usually translates into more consumer spending, which is a critical component of economic growth.

US numbers were a mix on Tuesday. CB Consumer Confidence jumped to 82.3 points, easily surpassing the estimate of 78.7 points. This was the key indicator’s best showing since December 2007.  The news wasn’t as good from the housing sector, as New Home Sales fell to 440 thousand, down sharply from the January release of 468 thousand. The reading was short of the estimate of 447 thousand. We’ll get a look at Pending Home Sales on Thursday.

The US and its European allies have imposed limited sanctions on Russia after its annexation of Crimea, but are holding off on additional measures if Russia does not take further military action. The lack of a tough response from the West reflects divisions within Europe over how strong a stance to take against Moscow. Meanwhile, the Ukraine has signed an association agreement with the EU and is seeking a loan package of up to $20 billion from the IMF. Ukraine’s economy has suffered badly after months of political turmoil.

 

EUR/USD for Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Forex Rate Graph 21/1/13

EUR/USD March 26 at 11:30 GMT

EUR/USD 1.3800 H: 1.3823 L: 1.3790

 

EUR/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3585 1.3649 1.3786 1.3893 1.4000 1.4149

 

  • EUR/USD has edged lower in Wednesday trade.
  • 1.3786 continues to provide support. This is a weak line and could face pressure during the day. There is stronger support at 1.3649.
  • 1.3893 is providing resistance. This is followed by the key level of 1.4000.
  • Current range: 1.3786 to 1.3893

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3786, 1.3649, 1.3585, 1.3410 and 1.3335
  • Above: 1.3893, 1.4000, 1.4149 and 1.4307

 

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD ratio has posted gains in long positions on Wednesday, reversing directions from a day earlier. This is not consistent with the pair’s current movement, as the euro has posted modest losses. Short positions retain a strong majority, indicative of trader bias towards the dollar continuing to move higher.

The euro is trading close to the 1.38 line. EUR/USD has edged lower in the European session.

 

EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 7:00 GfK German Consumer Climate. Estimate 8.5 points. Actual 8.5 points.
  • 9:00 Italian Retail Sales. Estimate 0.4%. Actual 0.0%.
  • 12:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.3%.
  • 12:30 US Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 1.1%.
  • 13:45 US Flash Services PMI. Estimate 54.2 points.
  • 14:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 2.9M.
  • 20:30 US Bank Stress Results.

*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.