EUR/USD is showing little movement on Thursday, as the pair is trading at 1.1470 in the European session. There are no major releases out of the Eurozone today. It’s another busy day in the US, with the markets keeping a close eye on Unemployment Claims and CPI. We’ll also get a look at manufacturing data, with the markets expecting a second straight decline from the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. US inflation numbers have not impressed and a weak CPI reading could further dampen expectations of a rate hike in the US before the end of the year.
Federal Reserve policymakers are strongly divided on the question of a rate hike in 2015. This was underscored on Monday by FOMC member Lael Brainard, who stated that the Fed should not raise rates before global economic conditions improve. Brainard noted that the Chinese slowdown has caused economic turmoil worldwide, and the US economy could lose steam due to weaker exports and weak global economic conditions. Clearly, Brainard is of the view that the Fed should take its time and proceed with caution. With global economic conditions unlikely to change anytime soon, a rate move may be on hold unless the US posts some key releases, such as GDP or employment numbers, which match or beat expectations.
A very different view was put forth earlier in the week by another FOMC member, Dennis Lockhart. Lockhart, considered a centrist on monetary policy, sounded more optimistic about a rate hike before the end of 2015. Lockhart did not rule out a rate hike in October, and added that the Fed would have more data to evaluate before its December policy meeting. With FOMC members sending out such conflicting messages, it is no wonder that the markets have been unable to get a handle on the timing of a rate hike, and this failure of the Fed to communicate a clear message to the Fed has hurt the US dollar, as we saw after the release of the Fed minutes last week.
If the Eurozone economy is to improve, Germany, the bloc’s largest economy, will have to improve. Recent German releases have not been encouraging. German ZEW Economic Sentiment in October was a disaster, as the key indicator fell to just 1.9 points, compared to 12.8 points a month earlier. The markets were braced for a drop, but had expected a stronger release of 6.8 points. This poor release comes on the heels of a disappointing manufacturing and trade balance numbers in August. These dismal numbers should not come as a surprise, keeping in mind that the German economy is heavily dependent on exports, and the country sends a larger proportion of exports to China, compared to other Eurozone countries. The Chinese slowdown shows no sign of improving anytime soon, and investors are nervous that a contraction in the German economy could quickly affect the rest of the bloc and send the fragile Eurozone economy into a tailspin. There was better news from the Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment, which slipped to 30.1 points in October, down from 33.3 points but matching the forecast.
Thursday (Oct. 15)
- Tentative – Spanish 10-year Bond Auction.
- 12:30 US CPI. Estimate -0.2%.
- 12:30 US Core CPI. Estimate 0.1%.
- 12:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 269K.
- 12:30 US Empire State Manufacturing Index. Estimate -7.3 points.
- 14:00 US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. Estimate -1.8 points.
- 14:30 Fed FOMC Member William Dudley Speaks.
- 14:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 92B.
- 15:00 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 2.2M.
- 19:30 US Federal Budget Balance. Estimate 93.8B.
Upcoming Key Events
- Friday (Oct. 16)
- 9:00 Eurozone Final CPI. Estimate -0.1%.
- 14:00 US Preliminary UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 88.8 points.
- 14:00 US JOLTS Job Openings. Estimate 5.77M.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
EUR/USD for Thursday, October 15, 2015
EUR/USD October 15 at 9:20 GMT
EUR/USD 1.1443 H: 1.1495 L: 1.1425
- EUR/USD was steady in the Asian session and has posted slight losses in European trading.
- 1.1470 is an immediate resistance line.
- 1.1392 remains busy and is a weak support level.
- Current range: 1.1392 to 1.1470
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.1392, 1.1296, 1.1214, 1.1105 and 1.1017
- Above: 1.1470, 1.1658, 1.1712 and 1.1871
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
EUR/USD ratio is not showing much movement on Thursday, as long positions retain a majority of the open positions (64%). This points to trader sentiment in favor of the dollar gaining ground against the euro.
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