The euro is flat on Thursday, as EUR/USD trades slightly above the 1.13 line in the European session. On the release front, German Preliminary CPI will be released later in the day. The markets are braced for a sharp decline of 0.8%. German Unemployment Change matched the forecast, with a drop of 9 thousand. In the US, today’s key events include Unemployment Claims and Pending Home Sales.
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve reiterated that it would be “patient” regarding the timeline for a raise in interest rates, which have been close to zero since 2008. However, the Fed also noted that the US economy was expanding at a ‘”solid pace'” and this vote of confidence helped the dollar post sharp gains against the euro. The Fed is widely expected to raise rates sometime during the year, so the “Fed rate watch” is sure to continue as the markets look for clues as to when the Fed will make a move.
German confidence indicators continued to point upwards in January. GfK German Consumer Climate improved to 9.3 points, edging above the estimate of 9.2 points. The key indicator has now risen for four consecutive releases, as the German consumer remains optimism. This follows an excellent business confidence report. German Ifo Business Climate rose for a fourth straight month, hitting 106.7 points which matched the estimate. This marked a six-month high. If the German economy shows improvement, the battered euro could show some upward movement against the US dollar.
Earlier in the week, US durable good reports disappointed, as Durable Goods Orders plunged 3.4%, marking a 4-month low. There was no relief from Core Durable Goods Orders, which declined by 0.8%, its fifth drop in six readings. The markets had expected gains from both indicators. There was much better news later in the day, as CB Consumer Confidence jumped to 102.9 points, crushing the estimate of 95.3 points. New Home Sales followed suit, rising to 481,000, well above the forecast of 452,000.
EUR/USD for Thursday, January 29, 2015
EUR/USD January 29 at 11:40 GMT
EUR/USD 1.1318 H: 1.1327 L: 1.1261
- EUR/USD has shown little movement in the Asian and European sessions.
- 1.1231 is a strong support level.
- On the upside, 1.1340 is under pressure. 1.1426 is stronger.
- Current range: 1.1231 to 1.1340
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.1231, 1.1154, 1.1066 and 1.0906
- Above: 1.1340, 1.1426, 1.1525, 1.1634 and 1.1754
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
EUR/USD ratio pointing to gains is short positions on Thursday. This is not consistent with the lack of movement we’re seeing from the pair. The ratio currently has a majority of short positions, indicative of trader bias towards the euro moving lower.
- All Day – German Preliminary CPI. Estimate -0.8%.
- 8:55 German Unemployment Change. Estimate -9K. Actual -9K.
- 9:00 Eurozone M3 Money Supply. Estimate 3.6%. Actual 3.6%.
- 9:00 Eurozone Private Loans. Estimate -0.5%. Actual -0.5%.
- 10:34 Italian 10-year Bond Auction. Actual 1.62%.
- 13:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 301K.
- 15:00 US Pending Home Sales. Estimate 0.6%.
- 15:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate -113B.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
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