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EUR/USD – Below 1.19 as Eurozone CPI Declines for First Time Since 2009

EUR/USD has posted slight losses on Wednesday trading in the mid-1.18 range. The euro has lost 150 points so far this week, as the common currency continues its move downward. On the release front, it’s a busy schedule in the Eurozone and in the US. Eurozone CPI disappointed with a decline of 0.2%. German data was positive, as Retail Sales jumped 1.0% and Unemployment Claims dropped by 27 thousand. In the US, today’s key releases are the ADP Nonfarm Payrolls and Trade Balance. As well, the Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its last policy meeting.

Eurozone inflation numbers remain mired at low levels. Eurozone CPI dipped to -0.2% in December, its first decline since September 2009. German Preliminary CPI remained stuck at 0.0% in December, unchanged from the November report. This missed the very modest estimate of 0.1%. The readings come at a crucial time, with the ECB holding a policy meeting on January 22. With the threat of deflation hanging over the Eurozone like a dark cloud, the ECB could respond with quantitative easing, which would mean buying large amounts of Eurozone bonds. QE worked well in the US, but the Federal Reserve was calling the shots and was able to implement and then taper QE as it pleased. It’s a far different story in Europe, as the powerful German Bundesbank has voiced its opposition to such a move and ECB head Mario Draghi will find it difficult to take such a dramatic step without a strong consensus. If the ECB does pull the ECB trigger, the shaky euro is likely to fall even further early in 2015.

In the US, the ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI, a key indicator, dropped sharply to 56.2 points in December, its lowest reading in six months. The index was well off the forecast of 58.2 points. On the manufacturing front, there was more bad news as Factory Orders posted a drop of 0.7%, marking a fourth straight decline. This was short of the forecast of -0.3%. This follows a disappointing Manufacturing PMI, which also missed  expectations. There was more bad news from the manufacturing front on Tuesday, as Factory Orders posted a drop of 0.7%, marking a fourth straight decline. This was short of the forecast of -0.3%.

EUR/USD for Wednesday, January 7, 2015

EUR/USD January 7 at 11:00 GMT

EUR/USD 118.52 H: 1.1896 L: 1.1842

 

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1638 1.1734 1.1802 1.1926 1.2042 1.2143

 

Further levels in both directions:

 

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD is pointing to gains in long positions on Wednesday, reversing the direction seen a day earlier. This is not consistent with the pair’s movement, as the euro has posted slight losses. The ratio has a majority of long positions, indicative of trader bias towards the euro moving to higher ground.

EUR/USD Fundamentals

*Key releases are highlighted in bold

*All release times are GMT

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Kenny Fisher

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A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including Investing.com, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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