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EUR/USD – Euro Edges Higher as Eurozone, German PMIs Show Expansion

The euro has posted small gains on Tuesday, as EUR/USD trades at the 1.1330 line. On the release front, Eurozone and German PMIs pointed to expansion, with readings above the 50-point level. The US will release New Home Sales, with the indicator expected to drop to 575 thousand. Additional housing data will be released on Wednesday, with the publication of Existing Home Sales. The estimate for August stands at 5.55 million, little changed from the previous reading.

There were no surprises from Eurozone PMIs for August, most of which were very close to the estimates. German and Eurozone Manufacturing PMIs both pointed to expansion in the manufacturing sector. As well, both indicators were showed little changed from the July readings, which indicates that manufacturers continue to be optimistic after the Brexit referendum vote. There had been widespread fears that the UK’s shock decision to leave the European Union would send the British and Eurozone economies into a tailspin, but these fears have not borne out by July and August data, which has generally been positive.

Low inflation numbers have long been the bane of the Eurozone economy, and last week’s numbers were also soft, although at least the indicators were within market expectations. German PPI, which measures wholesales prices, dipped to 0.2%, compared to 0.4% in the past two readings. Eurozone Final CPI also posted a gain of 0.2%, after a gain of 0.1% in June. This small gain marks the indicator’s strongest reading in five months, underscoring persistent weakness in inflation levels on the continent. Weak inflation numbers could put more pressure on the ECB to step in and adopt further easing measures in order to kick-start the weak Eurozone economy and boost inflation.

Central bank heads will meet for the annual tête-à-tête in Jackson Hole on Thursday, and the markets will be looking for hints from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen [1]regarding the Fed’s monetary plans, particularly the timing a rate hike. FOMC members are expected to express their views ahead of the key meeting. Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer took the opportunity and sounded upbeat about the US economy, saying that the Fed was close to its aims of a full labor market and the inflation target of 2 percent [2]. The latter claim sounds a bit optimistic, as US inflation levels have consistently been closer to zero than the 2 percent level. It will be interesting to see if Janet Yellen follows suit and expresses satisfaction with current inflation levels.

EUR/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (August 23)

Wednesday (August 24)

*All release times are EDT

* Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Tuesday, August 23, 2016

EUR/USD August 23 at 9:30 GMT

Open: 1.1317 High: 1.1342 Low: 1.1315 Close: 1.1331

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1054 1.1150 1.1278 1.1376 1.1467 1.1534

Further levels in both directions:

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD ratio is unchanged on Tuesday, consistent with the lack of movement from EUR/USD. Currently, short positions have a strong majority (64%), indicative of trader bias towards EUR/USD breaking out and moving to lower levels.

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher [6]

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse [7]
Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.