The euro has started the trading week with losses, as the pair trades at the 1.1060 in the European session. On the release front, German and Eurozone Manufacturing PMIs missed their estimates. In the US, there is only one event on the schedule, Manufacturing PMI. On Tuesday, there are two key releases – German Ifo Business Climate and US CB Consumer Confidence.
German PPI, which measure inflation in the manufacturing sector, looked dismal in January, with a decline of 0.7%. This was shy of the estimate of -0.3%. So it comes as no surprise that German Flash Manufacturing PMI also missed expectations, with a reading of 50.2 points, barely above the 50-line, which separates contraction and expansion. Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI was a bit better at 51.0 points, but also missed the estimate. Eurozone’s manufacturing sector has been hit hard by the Chinese slowdown, as the Asian giant is the Eurozone’s second largest trading partner. These weak readings are making it increasingly difficult for the ECB to remain on the sidelines as the Eurozone economy continues to struggle. Will Mario Draghi and Co. make a move at the March policy meeting? Possible monetary moves include adopting negative interest rates (a step recently taken by the BoJ) as well as increasing the current quantitative easing scheme, which currently involves purchasing assets at 60 billion euros/mth. Either of these moves would likely shake up the currency markets and weaken the euro.
The Federal Reserve sent out a cautious message in last week’s minutes, which reiterated the central bank’s concern that turmoil in global markets could have negative repercussions for the US economy. Policymakers sent out a broad hint that a rate hike is unlikely in March, as they discussed “altering their earlier views of the appropriate path for the target range for the federal funds rate”. This could have a negative impact on the US dollar, as investors may look elsewhere to park funds if US rates are not moving higher anytime soon. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said last week that the Fed still planned to raise rates later in 2016, but FOMC member James Bullard argued that there was room to delay any rate moves, given global financial turmoil and weak US inflation. Still, a growing number of market players are skeptical that the Fed will make any moves before next year. Back in the heady days of December, the Fed hinted at a series of rate hikes during 2016, but the turmoil in the financial markets and the downturn in the US economy in 2016 have quickly dampened expectations of a rate move.
Monday (Feb. 22)
- 3:00 French Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 49.9 points. Actual 50.3 points
- 3:00 French Flash Services PMI. Estimate 50.4 points. Actual 49.8 points
- 3:30 German Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 52.1 points. Actual 50.2 points
- 3:30 German Flash Services PMI. Estimate 54.8 points. Actual 55.1 points
- 4:00 Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 52.1 points. Actual 51.0 points
- 4:00 Eurozone Flash Services PMI. Estimate 53.4 points. Actual 53.0 points
- 9:45 US Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 52.3 points
Upcoming Key Events
Tuesday (Feb. 23)
- 4:00 German Ifo Business Climate. Estimate 107.00
- 10:00 US CB Consumer Confidence. Estimate 97.4 points
*Key events are in bold
*All release times are EST
EUR/USD for Monday, February 22, 2016
EUR/USD February 22 at 6:00 EST
Open: 1.1122 Low: 1.1055 High: 1.1123 Close: 1.1063
- EUR/USD was flat in the Asian session and has posted losses in European trade
- There is weak resistance at 1.1172
- 1.1087 is providing support
- Current range: 1.1087 to 1.1172
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.1087, 1.0941 and 1.0847
- Above: 1.1172, 1.1278, 1.1349 and 1.1495
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
EUR/USD ratio has shown slight movement towards short positions, which retain a strong majority of positions (55%). This points to trader bias towards the euro continuing to move downwards.