EUR/USD has edged downwards in Tuesday trading, but remains above the 1.38 level, as the euro’s downward trend continues. In economic news, German Ifo Business Climate weakened in February but met expectations. Later today, ECB head Mario Draghi will speak at an event in Paris. There are two major releases out of the US, CB Consumer Confidence and New Home Sales.
The week started with a host of PMI releases out of the Eurozone. French Manufacturing and Services PMIs both pushed above the 50 mark, which indicates expansion. The German numbers were a disappointment, as the Manufacturing and Services PMIs missed their estimates. If the fragile Eurozone recovery is to gain strength, the German locomotive will have to be in full gear.
German economic indicators have been one of the few bright lights in the Eurozone economy, but the German locomotive is suffering from persistently low inflation. Last week, the German Producer Price Index came in at a flat 0.0%, short of the estimate of +0.2%. As well, German Wholesale Price Index posted a decline of 0.1%, its fourth drop in five releases. Mario Draghi continues to insist that there is no inflation problem in the Eurozone, but the markets may not share his optimism, as Eurozone inflation indicators continue to look listless.
Last week’s FOMC meeting, the first with Janet Yellen as Fed chair, was dramatic. The decision to trim QE by another $10 billion was widely expected, but her comments at the follow-up press conference gave the dollar a big boost against its major rivals. Yellen said that the Fed was on track to wind up QE in the fall, and could start to raise interest rates six months later. This is a more aggressive approach towards higher rates than the markets had expected, and the dollar responded by posting strong gains against the euro.
EUR/USD for Tuesday, March 25, 2014
EUR/USD March 25 at 11:20 GMT
EUR/USD 1.3813 H: 1.3847 L: 1.3804
- EUR/USD has edged lower in Tuesday trade. The pair touched a high of 1.3847 early in the European session but has since retracted.
- 1.3786 has reverted back to a support role. This is a weak line and could continue to face pressure during the day. There is stronger support at 1.3649.
- 1.3893 is providing resistance. This is followed by the key level of 1.4000.
- Current range: 1.3786 to 1.3893
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.3786, 1.3649, 1.3585, 1.3410 and 1.3335
- Above: 1.3893, 1.4000, 1.4149 and 1.4307
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
EUR/USD ratio has posted losses on Tuesday, reversing the trend we saw at the start of the week. This is 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 continuing to move higher.
The euro is trading above the 1.38 line. We could see some movement in the North American session, as the US releases key housing and consumer confidence numbers.
- 9:00 German Ifo Business Climate. Estimate 110.9 points. Actual 110.7 points.
- 13:00 US S&P/CS Composite-20 HPI. Estimate 13.3%.
- 13:00 US HPI. Estimate 0.7%.
- 14:00 US CB Consumer Confidence. Estimate 78.7 points.
- 14:00 US New Home Sales. Estimate 447K.
- 14:00 US Richmond Manufacturing Index. Estimate -1 point.
- 16:00 ECB President Mario Draghi Speaks.
- 16:30 Deutsche Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann Speaks.
- 23:00 US FOMC Member Charles Plosser Speaks.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
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