EUR/USD – Euro Dips Below 1.37 As Markets Eye Fed Minutes

After a slow start to the week, EUR/USD has posted losses on Tuesday. In the European session, the  pair is trading below the 1.37 level. On the release front, German PPI continues to look weak, posting its third decline in four tries. It’s another quiet day in the US, with no economic releases on Tuesday. The markets are keeping a close eye on the Federal Reserve minutes, which will be released on Wednesday.

Eurozone inflation indicators continue to look weak, and this was reinforced on Tuesday as German PPI came in at -0.1%, short of the estimate of 0.0%. The ECB has tried to downplay concerns over lack of inflation, but when Mario Drahgi acknowledged that the central bank could take action in June, the euro responded with sharp losses. Eurozone growth numbers also disappointed in April. Eurozone Flash GDP dipped to 0.2%, short of the estimate of 0.3%, while French and Italian GDP releases both weakened and missed expectations. On a bright note, German Preliminary GDP, which jumped 0.8% in Q1, its best showing since Q1 in 2013. This edged above the estimate of 0.7%.

In the US, last week ended with encouraging housing numbers. Building Permits jumped to 1.08 million, well above the estimate of 1.01 million. This was the highest level we’ve seen since December 2006. Housing Starts continues to move higher and climbed to 1.07M, compared to the estimate of 0.98M. This marked a five-month high. Meanwhile, UoM Consumer Sentiment dipped to 81.8 points, short of the estimate of 84.7 points.

 

EUR/USD for Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Forex Rate Graph 21/1/13

EUR/USD May 20 at 9:25 GMT

EUR/USD 1.3687 H: 1.3713 L: 1.3679

 

EUR/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3487 1.3585 1.3649 1.3786 1.3893 1.4000

 

  • EUR/USD has posted losses in Monday trade. The pair dipped below the 1.37 line late in the Asian session.
  • On the downside, 1.3649 has weakened as the euro has lost ground. 1.3585 is stronger.
  • 1.3786 is a strong resistance line.

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3649, 1.3585, 1.3487 and 1.3346
  • Above: 1.3786, 1.3893, 1.4000, 1.4149

 

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD ratio is pointing to gains in short positions in Tuesday trading. This is consistent with the movement we are seeing from the pair, as the euro has lost ground. The ratio runs slightly in favor of long positions, indicative of a slight trader bias towards the euro reversing direction and moving higher.

EUR/USD has dropped below the 1.37 line on Tuesday. The pair is unchanged in the European session.

 

EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 6:00 German PPI. Estimate 0.0%. Actual -0.1%.
  • 16:30 FOMC Member Charles Plesser Speaks.
  • 17:00 FOMC Member William Dudley Speaks.

*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.