EUR/USD has taken a breather on Wednesday following gains a day earlier. The pair is sitting above the 1.39 line in the European session. On the release front, French and German indicators both posted declines and were off expectations. In the US, there are no major releases, but all eyes will be on Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen, who testifies before Congress on Wednesday and Thursday.
Eurozone manufacturing data was a disappointment on Wednesday. German Factory Orders slipped 2.8% last month, its sharpest decline since October 2012. This was nowhere near the estimate of 0.3%. French Industrial Production didn’t fare much better, posting a decline of -0.7%, short of the forecast of 0.3%. This was the indicator’s worst showing since last July. There was some good news from Eurozone Retail PMI, which came in at 51.2 points, its first reading above the 50-point level in three months. This line is a separator between contraction and expansion.
Weak inflation continues to weigh on the Eurozone. Eurozone PPI posted its third straight decline in April, coming in at -0.2%. Last week, German Preliminary CPI did no better, also declining by 0.2%. Will the ECB announce any action at Thursday’s policy meeting? ECB head Mario Draghi has stated that negative deposit rates or even QE are on the table, but the markets have heard this often before and these remarks have not had much effect, as the euro remains at high levels against the US dollar. However, with EUR/USD approaching the 1.40 line, Draghi will be under pressure to show that he is serious about tackling low inflation.
The Federal Reserve will be at center stage on Wednesday as Janet Yellen testifies before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. Although recent employment data has been positive, Yellen has sounded cautious about the health of the economy, and if she reiterates these sentiments before Congress, we could see the dollar lose some ground. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve trimmed its QE program by $10 billion last week. This marks the fourth cut since December, reducing the asset purchase scheme to $45 billion/month. The tapers are no longer creating headlines as they did just a few months ago, and the dollar didn’t get any lift against its major rivals. What interested the markets more was the Fed statement that interest rates would remain low for a “considerable time” after QE ends. The markets expect QE to wind up before the end of the year, so we could see a rate hike in early 2015, depending of course, on the strength of the US economy and the job market.
EUR/USD for Wednesday, May 7, 2014
EUR/USD May 7 at 8:50 GMT
EUR/USD 1.3918 H: 1.3936 L: 1.3916
- EUR/USD has edged lower in Wednesday trade.
- 1.3893 is providing weak support to the pair. 1.3786 is stronger.
- The key level of 1.40 is providing resistance. This line has not been breached since October 2011.
- Current range: 1.3893 to 1.4000
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.3893, 1.3786, 1.3649, 1.3585, 1.3410 and 1.3335
- Above: 1.4000, 1.4149, 1.4307 and 1.4480
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
EUR/USD ratio is unchanged in Wednesday trading. This is consistent with the lack of movement exhibited by the pair. The ratio is made up of a majority of short positions, indicative of the dollar moving upwards.
EUR/USD remains above the 1.39 line. The pair is steady in the European session.
- 6:00 German Factory Orders. Estimate +0.3%. Actual -2.8%.
- 6:45 French Industrial Production. Estimate +0.3%. Actual -0.7%.
- 6:45 French Trade Balance. Estimate -4.0B. Actual -4.9B.
- 8:10 Eurozone Retail PMI. Actual 51.2 points.
- 12:30 US Preliminary Nonfarm Productivity. Estimate -0.9%.
- 12:30 US Preliminary Unit Labor Costs. Estimate 2.3%.
- 14:00 Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Testifies Before Joint Economic Committee of Congress.
- 14:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 0.9M.
- 17:01 US 10-year Bond Auction.
- 19:00 US Consumer Credit. Estimate 15.4B.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
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