EUR/USD – Limited Movement as Markets Eye Key US Data

EUR/USD continues to show little activity on Tuesday, as the pair trades slightly below the 1.27 line in the European session. On the release front, German Import Prices beat the estimate with a gain of 0.3%. In the US, there are two key events on the schedule – Core Durable Goods Orders and CB Consumer Confidence. So we could see some stronger movement from the pair following the release of these events in the North American session.

German Ifo Business Climate continues to weaken, as the indicator dipped to 103.2 points in September. This was short of the estimate of 104.6 points and marks the sixth straight release that the indicator has lost ground. German GDP contracted in Q2, and another contraction in Q3 would indicate a recession in the Eurozone’s largest economy. German growth has been hurt as exports have been hit by EU sanctions against Russia, weak Eurozone demand and slower growth in China, Germany’s third largest trading partner.

On Sunday, the ECB released the results of its stress tests of European banks. The exercise marked a comprehensive and rigorous review of the health of 130 European banks. No German or French banks failed the test, but the third largest Italian lender, Banca Monte Paschi, posted a capital shortfall and will have to explain to the ECB how its plans to eliminate the shortfall. The ECB is trying to restore confidence in the European banking sector and encourage more borrowing and spending on the part of consumers and businesses.

In the US, the Federal Reserve wraps up a two-day meeting on Wednesday with the release of a policy statement. The Fed is expected to wind up QE, and if policymakers delay this move, the dollar will likely take a hit against its major rivals. The markets will also be looking for hints regarding the timing of a rate hike, which is expected sometime in 2015. Traders should treat this release as a market-mover which could have a significant impact on the direction of EUR/USD.

 

EUR/USD for Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EUR/USD October 28 8:35 GMT

EUR/USD 1.2688 H: 1.2719 L: 1.2686

EUR/USD Technical

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

 

  • EUR/USD has been uneventful in the Asian and European sessions. The pair continues to test resistance at 1.2688. Will this line break during the day?
  • 1.2688 remains the top of the current range and remains under strong pressure. 1.2806 is stronger.
  • 1.2815 continues to provide strong support.
  • Current range: 1.2518 to 1.2688

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2518, 1.2407, 1.2286 and 1.2143
  • 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 Tuesday, continuing the trend seen a day earlier. This is consistent with the movement we’re seeing from the pair, as the euro has posted very small losses. The ratio has a majority of long positions, indicative of trader bias towards the euro breaking out of range and moving higher.

 

EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 7:00 German Import Prices. Estimate -0.1%. Actual +0.3%.
  • 12:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.5%.
  • 12:30 US Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.4%.
  • 13:00 S&P/CS Composite-20 HPI. Estimate 5.7%.
  • 14:00 US CB Consumer Confidence. Estimate 87.4 points.
  • 14:00 US Richmond Manufacturing Index. Estimate 11 points.

*All release times are GMT

*Key releases are highlighted in bold.

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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.