EUR/USD – Euro Firm Ahead of ECB Announcement

EUR/USD has edged higher on Thursday, as the pair trades in the low-1.39 range in the European session. There are several major events on today’s schedule, so traders can expect some movement from EUR/USD. The ECB has a policy meeting and the markets will be looking to see if the central bank announces any monetary moves. In the US, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will continue her congressional testimony, as she speaks before the Senate Budget Committee. On the release front, German data continues to point downward, with a decline from Industrial Production. In the US, today’s highlight is Unemployment Claims. The markets are expecting a strong improvement after last week’s poor showing.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before Congress’ Economic Joint Committee on Wednesday and gave a cautious thumbs-up to the economic recovery. She said that the economy has improved, but pointed to two sore spots – the job market remains weak and inflation is below the Fed’s target of 2%. Yellen stated that she therefore expects that low interest rate levels will continue for a “considerable time”. Yellen has stated previously that slack remains in the economy, and the Fed is expected to proceed carefully with future tapers to its QE scheme. Since December, the Fed has trimmed the asset-purchase program by almost half, cutting it to $45 billion each month.

Eurozone manufacturing data continues to disappoint, and of particular concern are weak figures from Germany, the Eurozone’s number one economy. German Industrial Production came in at -0.5%, well off the estimate of +0.3%. Earlier in the week, German Factory Orders slipped 2.8%, its sharpest decline since October 2012. This was nowhere near the estimate of 0.3%. French Industrial Production also looked weak, posting a decline of -0.7%, short of the forecast of 0.3%.

The markets are keeping a close eye on Thursday’s ECB policy meeting. Will the ECB announce any monetary moves? With inflation indicators pointing lower, 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. However, with EUR/USD approaching the 1.40 line, Draghi will be under pressure to show that he is serious about tackling low inflation.

 

EUR/USD for Thursday, May 8, 2014

Forex Rate Graph 21/1/13

EUR/USD May 8 at 9:15 GMT

EUR/USD 1.3937 H: 1.3940 L: 1.3905

 

EUR/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3649 1.3786 1.3893 1.4000 1.4149 1.4307

 

  • EUR/USD has edged higher in Thursday trade.
  • 1.3893 is providing weak support to the pair. 1.3786 is stronger.
  • On the upside, 1.40, a key level, 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 and 1.3410
  • Above: 1.4000, 1.4149, 1.4307 and 1.4480

 

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD ratio is pointing to gains in long positions in Thursday trading. This is consistent with the movement we are seeing from the pair, as the euro has recorded modest gains. The ratio is made up of a majority of short positions, indicative of the dollar reversing directions and moving upwards.

EUR/USD is trading in the low-1.39 range. We could see some movement from the pair after remarks from Mario Draghi following the ECB policy meeting.

 

EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 6:00 German Industrial Production. Estimate +0.2%. Actual -0.5%.
  • 11:45 ECB Minimum Bid Rate. Estimate 0.25%.
  • 12:30 ECB Press Conference.
  • 12:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 328K.
  • 13:30 Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Testifies Before Senate Budget Committee.
  • 13:30 US FOMC Member Daniel Tarullo Speaks.
  • 14:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 71B.
  • 17:01 US 30-year Bond Auction.

*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.