EUR/USD – Euro Subdued Ahead of US PPI, Retail Sales

EUR/USD is showing marginal movement on Tuesday, as the pair trades slightly below the 1.11 line in the European session. On the release front, French CPI posted a gain of 0.3%, within expectations. Eurozone Employment Change will be released later in the day. In the US, we’ll get a look at Retail Sales and PPI. The markets are braced for slight declines from these key indicators. On Wednesday, the FOMC will set interest rates and release a monetary policy statement.

After a quiet start to the week, the markets will get a look at key US inflation and retail sales reports later on Tuesday. The Producers Price Index, which measures inflation in the manufacturing sector, is expected to decline by 0.2%. The forecasts for Retail Sales and Core Retail Sales are also soft, with small declines expected. If these key indicators fall below zero, it would point to contraction in inflation and consumer spending, and the dollar could lose ground as a result.

The Federal Reserve will be in the spotlight on Wednesday, as the Fed concludes a two-day policy meeting. Most experts are expecting the Fed to remain on the sidelines and not raise rates, given current economic conditions. Although the US economy continues to expand, growth has been softer in 2016 compared to the red-hot pace which marked the economy in the second half of 2015. The primary trouble spot in the economy is the inflation picture, as inflation levels remains very low, a result of weak global demand and low oil prices. Fed policymakers are divided on how to respond to persistently low inflation. Some FOMC members favor preempting inflation with a rate hike, while others feel that the economy is currently too fragile for such a move. The Fed will likely maintain its tightening bias and continue to monitor key economic indicators. If the US economy shows strength in the first half of 2016, a rate hike will be a strong possibility in the middle of the year.

EUR/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (March 15)

  • 3:45 French Final CPI. Estimate 0.2%. Actual 0.3%
  • 6:00 Eurozone Employment Change. Estimate 0.2%
  • 8:30 US Core Retail Sales. Estimate -0.2%
  • 8:30 US PPI. Estimate -0.2%
  • 8:30 US Retail Sales. Estimate -0.1%
  • 8:30 US Core PPI. Estimate 0.1%
  • 8:30 US Empire State Manufacturing Index. Estimate -10.3 points

Wednesday (March 16)

  • 8:30 US Building Permits. Estimate 1.20M
  • 8:30 US Core CPI. Estimate 0.2%
  • 14:00 FOMC Economic Projections
  • 14:00 FOMC Statement
  • 14:00 FOMC Federal Funds Rate
  • 14:30 FOMC Press Conference

*Key events are in bold

*All release times are DST

EUR/USD for Tuesday, March 15, 2016

EUR/USD March 15 at 6:30 EST

Open: 1.1100 Low: 1.1071 High: 1.1080 Close: 1.1089

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.0847 1.0941 1.1087 1.1172 1.1278 1.1387
  • EUR/USD was flat in the Asian session and has posted small losses in European trade
  • 1.1087 remains busy and is a weak support line. It was tested earlier and could break during the day
  • 1.1172 is a resistance line

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.1087, 1.0941, 1.0847 and 1.0708
  • Above: 1.1172, 1.1278 and 1.1387

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD ratio is showing some movement towards long positions. Short positions have a strong majority (58%), indicative of strong trader bias towards EUR/USD continuing to head lower.

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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.