EUR/USD – Euro Under Pressure Despite Steady PMIs

EUR/USD has posted slight losses on Wednesday, as the pair trades at the 1.26 line. The euro continues to wobble and has shed close to 100 points so far this week. Spanish and Eurozone Manufacturing PMIs met expectations, and the Italian release pushed above the 50-point-level.  In the US, the markets are keeping an eye on two key events – ADP Non-Farm Employment Change and ISM Manufacturing PMI. The markets are not expecting significant changes from last month’s readings.

The euro remains under strong pressure, and fell over 100 points on Tuesday before partially recovering. It’s been a disastrous September for the euro, which has shed over 500 points against the US dollar. The euro reacted sharply to the Eurozone CPI reading of 0.3%, which matched the forecast but was weaker than the 0.4% gain in August. The inflation rate has now been under 1% for twelve straight months, way off the ECB’s target of just below 2%. On Monday, German Preliminary CPI posted a flat reading of 0.0% for the second straight month. The ECB is feeling the pressure to act, but as Mario Draghi knows all too well, there isn’t any magic formula to creating inflation and improving economic growth.

The markets are keeping a close eye upcoming US employment numbers, starting with ADP Nonfarm Payrolls later on Wednesday. The estimate stands at 207 thousand, little changed from 204 thousand. The ADP release precedes the official NFP release which will be published on Friday. The markets are anticipating a sharp gain, with an estimate of 216 thousand. If the indicator does follow suit with better numbers this month, the US dollar could post further gains against its major rivals.

US Pending Home Sales posted a decline of 1.0%, compared to last month’s gain of 3.3%. The important housing indicator has shown strong movement, resulting in readings that have been well off market estimates. US housing indicators continue to paint a mixed picture, as New Home Sales jumped last month, while Existing Home Sales softened and was well short of expectations.

EUR/USD for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

EUR/USD October 1 at 9:25 GMT

EUR/USD 1.2606 H: 1.2632 L: 1.2585

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2286 1.2407 1.2518 1.2688 1.2806 1.2905

 

  • EUR/USD was uneventful in the Asian session. The pair has edged lower in European trade.
  • 1.2518 is providing strong support.
  • 1.2688 is the next resistance line.  1.2806 is stronger.
  • Current range: 1.2518 to 1.2688

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2518, 1.2407, 1.2286 and 1.2144
  • Above: 1.2688, 1.2806, 1.2905, 1.2984 and 1.3104

 

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD ratio is pointing to gains in short positions on Wednesday, continuing the trend seen a day earlier. This is consistent with the pair’s movement, as the euro has posted small losses on the day. The ratio has a majority of long positions, indicative of trader bias towards the euro reversing direction and moving to higher ground.

 

GBP/USD Fundamentals

  • 7:15 Spanish Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 52.6 points. Actual 52.3 points.
  • 7:45 Italian Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 49.4 points. Actual 50.7 points.
  • 8:00 Eurozone Final Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 50.5 points. Actual 50.3 points.
  • Tentative – German 10-year Bond Auction.
  • 12:15 US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change. Estimate 207K.
  • 13:45 US Final Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 58.0 points.
  • 14:00 US ISM Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 58.6 points.
  • 14:00 US Construction Spending. Estimate 0.5%.
  • 14:00 US ISM Manufacturing Prices. Estimate 56.8 points.
  • 14:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 0.6M.
  • All Day – US Total Vehicle Sales. Estimate 16.9M.

* 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.