EUR/USD is stable on Tuesday, following gains a day earlier. In the European session, the pair is trading in the high-1.35 range. On the release front, German ZEW Economic Sentiment continued to drop and fell short of the estimate. Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment improved in May but also fell short of the forecast. Over in the US, we’ll get a look at two key releases – Building Permits and Core CPI.
German ZEW Economic Sentiment, a well-respected indicator, continues to lose ground throughout 2014. The index weakened to 29.8 points, well off the estimate of 35.2 points. This was the worst reading we’ve seen since November 2012. Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment improved in May, climbing to 58.4 points. However, this fell short of the estimate of 59.6. Despite the dismal German release, the euro is holding its own against the US dollar.
The ECB lowered interest rates last week in an attempt to shore up flagging inflation levels, but it’s still too early to tell if this has achieved the desired effect. On Monday, Eurozone CPI, the primary gauge of consumer inflation, dipped to 0.5%, while Core CPI improved to 0.7%. Both figures matched their estimates, so the euro didn’t react to these important releases. We’ll get a look at German inflation numbers late in the week. If inflation indicators in the Eurozone don’t show substantial improvement, the ECB will be under strong pressure to take stronger monetary measures at its July policy meeting.
After a poor performance last week, US releases started the week on a positive note, as Empire State Manufacturing Index climbed to 19.3 points, its best showing since February 2012. This easily surpassed the estimate of 15.2 points. The markets are keeping a close eye on Core CPI, the primary gauge of consumer inflation. The markets are expecting another weak reading, with an estimate of 0.2%.
EUR/USD for Tuesday, June 17, 2014
EUR/USD June 17 at 9:45 GMT
EUR/USD 1.3560 H: 1.3587 L: 1.3553
- EUR/USD has edged lower on Tuesday.
- 1.3487 continues to provide support. 1.3346 is stronger.
- 1.3585 is a weak resistance line and remains under pressure. There is stronger resistance at 1.3649.
- Current range: 1.3487 to 1.3585
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.3487, 1.3346, 1.3219 and 1.3102
- Above: 1.3585, 1.3649, 1.3786, 1.3893 and 1.4000
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
EUR/USD ratio is pointing to gains in short positions on Tuesday, reversing the direction we saw a day earlier. This is consistent with the movement of the pair, as the euro has posted slight losses. The ratio has a majority of long positions, indicative of trader bias towards the euro improving against the dollar.
EUR/USD is trading quietly on Tuesday. The pair is stable in the European session.
- 8:00 Eurozone Italian Trade Balance. Estimate 4.27B. Actual 3.51B.
- 9:00 German ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate 35.2 points. Actual 29.8 points.
- 9:00 Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate 59.6 points. Actual 58.4 points.
- 12:30 US Building Permits. Estimate 1.07M.
- 12:30 US Core CPI. Estimate 0.2%.
- 13:00 US CPI. Estimate 0.2%.
- 13:15 US Housing Starts. Estimate 1.04M.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
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