EUR/USD has edged lower in Tuesday trade, but the pair remains at high levels. In the European session, the euro is trading in the mid-1.38 range. German Trade Balance dipped to a three-month low and fell short of the estimate. In the US, today’s highlight is JOLTS Job Openings. The markets are not expecting much change in the February release.
After last week’s ECB rate, Mario Draghi sounded optimistic, saying that the Eurozone was showing modest recovery. That assertion is certainly questionable if we take Germany out of the equation, as major economies like France and Italy continue to struggle. German releases have looked good recently, but Trade Balance weakened in February, and additional weak numbers out of the Eurozone’s largest economy could spell trouble for the euro.
Nonfarm Payrolls wrapped up the week on a high note, as the key employment release jumped to 175 thousand in February, up from 1113 thousand a month earlier. This was well above the estimate of 151 thousand. The Unemployment rate edged up to 6.7%, slightly above the estimate of 6.6%. With a solid Unemployment Claims earlier last week, the markets can breathe more comfortably as the Fed is likely to take its scissors and trim QE next week for the third time. New York Fed President William Dudley stated last week that the threshold to alter the Fed’s program to wind up QE was “pretty high”. In other words, short of a serious economic downturn in the US economy, we can expect the QE tapers to continue.
Mario Draghi and his crew at the ECB helped the euro shoot up on Thursday, but this time it was due to a lack of action by the central bank, rather than a change in monetary policy or any dramatic comments by Draghi. There had been speculation that the ECB might lower deposit rates into negative territory or even commence a mini-QE scheme. In the end, the Bank held the course, with Draghi reiterating his well-worn script that the ECB’s high degree of accommodative monetary policy would continue for as long as needed. He also noted that the Eurozone economy was recovering at a moderate pace, and shrugged concerns about inflation levels well below the ECB’s target of 2%. Draghi may be able to point to encouraging data out of Germany to bolster his case that the region is headed in the right direction, but the data from other major economies, such as France and Italy, raise questions about the health of the Eurozone.
EUR/USD for Tuesday, March 11, 2014
EUR/USD March 11 at 12:10 GMT
EUR/USD 1.3852 H: 1.3876 L: 1.3834
- EUR/USD has edged lower in Tuesday trade. The pair touched a low of 1.3834 earlier in the European session.
- 1.3893 is providing resistance. The key psychological line of 1.40 follows.
- 1.3786 is providing support. The next support level is 1.3649.
- Current range: 1.3786 to 1.3893
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.3786, 1.3649, 1.3585, 1.3410 and 1.3347
- Above: 1.3893, 1.4000, 1.4149 and 1.4307
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
EUR/USD ratio has reversed directions, pointing to gains in long positions in Tuesday trading. This is not consistent with the pair’s current movement, as the euro has posted modest losses. Short positions retain a strong majority, indicative of trader bias towards the dollar breaking out and moving higher.
The euro continues to trade at high levels and is steady in the European session.
- 7:00 German Trade Balance. Estimate 19.3B. Actual 17.2B.
- All Day – ECOFIN Meetings.
- 11:30 US NFIB Small Business Index. Estimate 95.3 points.
- 14:00 US JOLTS Jobs Openings. Estimate 4.02M.
- 14:00 US Wholesale Inventories. Estimate 0.5%.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT