More EUR Concessions Required

The 1.32 EUR handle is in danger of becoming a distant past. Today’s Euro summit could fail to appease investors concerns about the fiscal outlook of Greece. If that is the case, then the single currency price action is on the verge of repeating itself; a pattern of pre-summit gains and post-summit losses.

The Greek economy is only “one” of the Euro peripheries on the brink of deteriorating further into the abyss near term. The country’s own officials are pushing back on Germany’s proposal for Greece to cede control over its budget in return for aid. Without aid from the IMF and EU, a Greek private sector involvement deal is in danger of collapsing this week. Everyday the market is warned of this pending deal, a deal that was supposed to be concluded weeks ago, a deal that still has some Euro-euphoria premium priced in. Further uncertainty will convince the optimists that a near term EUR top may have been already been established last Friday.

The Fitch credit downgrading last week does not make it any easier for some of the struggling Euro nations to come to the table to raise cash. Auctions this week will be the biggest test of sentiment so far this year. This morning, the Italian auction cleared well, with Italy selling +7.5b of bonds out of a total of +8b. However, the ECB were seen post-results; not necessarily good. Italy, Belgium and Spain sell no less than +EUR22b’s worth of debt amongst a credit rating poisoned atmosphere. The pending issues will be somewhat of a litmus test at these much lower-than-before yield levels. The Italian benchmark 10’s (+6.08%) had only recently traded above the markets +7% default barometer.

The Euro-zone economic sentiment rising to 93.4 from 92.8 has only been capable of offering the single currency slight short-term support. The currency seems to want to check out further, the stop-loss orders touted below the bids into the figure at 1.31 option expiry fame. The economic sentiment indicator along with other Euro surveys may persuade Draghi and company to leave monetary policy unchanged at next months meeting as they look to see if the Euro-zone economic activity is stabilizing. Is the EUR top in for now?

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Dean Popplewell

Dean Popplewell

Vice-President of Market Analysis at MarketPulse
Dean Popplewell has nearly two decades of experience trading currencies and fixed income instruments. He has a deep understanding of market fundamentals and the impact of global events on capital markets. He is respected among professional traders for his skilled analysis and career history as global head of trading for firms such as Scotia Capital and BMO Nesbitt Burns. Since joining OANDA in 2006, Dean has played an instrumental role in driving awareness of the forex market as an emerging asset class for retail investors, as well as providing expert counsel to a number of internal teams on how to best serve clients and industry stakeholders.
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