EUR/USD is stable on Tuesday, as the pair trades in the mid-1.26 line. The pair is showing some volatility, as Friday’s sharp losses were recovered on Monday. In today’s releases, German data posted losses for the second day running as German Industrial Production came in at -4.0%. In the US, today’s highlight is JOLTS Job Openings, an important employment indicator. The markets are expecting a slight improvement in the September reading.
It’s been a rough week for German numbers, as the Eurozone’s locomotive is having trouble. Industrial Production declined by 4.0% last month, its sharpest drop since January 2009. This was well off the estimate of -1.4%. German Factory Orders had an awful September, coming in at -5.7%. This was the indicator’s third decline in four releases. This week’s Eurozone data has not impressed, with weak readings from Retail PMI and the Eurozone Sentix Investor Confidence. With the Eurozone economy continuing to sputter, growth and confidence levels remain at weak levels.
US employment data sparkled on Friday, helping the US dollar post gains against the wobbly euro. Nonfarm Employment change rebounded in September, climbing to 248 thousand. This exceeded expectations of 216 thousand. The unemployment rate dipped to 5.9%, the first time it’s been below the 6% threshold in over six years. With QE slated to end later this month, the focus will shift to the timetable for an interest rake hike. Strong job numbers such as these could put pressure on the Fed to make an interest rate move sooner rather than later in 2015, and increased speculation about a rate move will likely boost the dollar even further.
At its October policy meeting last week, the ECB made no changes to interest rates. The central bank did announce it would start buying covered bonds in October and begin asset-backed purchases (ABS) purchases in Q4. However, there were no specifics and no mention of any purchase of government bonds. This left the markets underwhelmed by the ECB announcement and kept the euro remains at low levels. Given that the ECB shows no signs of introducing a full-blown QE, it’s questionable whether ABS will help boost the anemic Eurozone economy.
EUR/USD for Tuesday, October 7, 2014
EUR/USD October 7 at 10:40 GMT
EUR/USD 1.2585 H: 1.2665 L: 1.2584
- EUR/USD was choppy in the Asian session. The pair jumped early in the European session, putting pressure on resistance at 1.2688. However, the euro was unable to sustain this movement, and the currency has dropped sharply, dipping below the 1.26 line.
- 1.2518 is the next support line.
- 1.2688 weakened earlier as the euro moved higher, but has some breathing room as EUR/USD retracted.
- Current range: 1.2518 to 1.2688
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.2518, 1.2407, 1.2286 and 1.2144
- Above: 1.2688, 1.2806, 1.2905, 1.2984 and 1.3104
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
EUR/USD ratio is pointing to sharp gains in short positions on Tuesday. This is consistent with the pair’s movement, as the euro has posted losses. The ratio has a majority of long positions, indicative of trader bias towards the euro reversing direction and moving higher.
- 6:00 German Industrial Production. Estimate -1.4%. Actual -4.0%.
- 6:45 French Government Budget Balance. Estimate -94.1B.
- 14:00 JOLTS Job Openings. Estimate 4.71M.
- 14:00 US IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism. Estimate 46.3 points.
- 17:20 FOMC Member Narayana Kocherlakota Speaks.
- 19:00 FOMC Member William Dudley Speaks.
- 19:00 US Consumer Credit. Estimate 20.3B.
* Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
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