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EUR/USD – Euro Unchanged as Eurozone Inflation Within Expectations

The euro is showing little movement on Wednesday, as EUR/USD trades at 1.1150. On the release front, it’s a very busy day in Europe and the US. German numbers were sharp, as Retail Sales and Unemployment Change easily beat expectations. Eurozone CPI posted a small gain of 0.2%, close to the estimate of 0.3%. In the US, we’ll get a look at two key indicators – ADP Nonfarm Employment Change and Pending Home Sales. On Thursday, the US releases unemployment claims and the ISM Manufacturing PMI.

Inflation in the Eurozone remains weak, although this week’s releases were close to the estimates, so the euro showed little reaction. German Preliminary CPI dropped to a flat 0.0% in August, down from 0.3% a month earlier. This was close to the forecast of 0.1%. Eurozone CPI remained steady at 0.2%, shy of the estimate of 0.3%. These soft numbers will add pressure on the ECB to adopt further monetary easing at its policy meeting on September 7. Meanwhile, German consumer spending and jobless numbers impressed in July. Retail Sales sparkled, jumping 1.7%, its strongest reading in over a year. Employment Change was unchanged at -7 thousand, beating the forecast of -2 thousand.

Will she or won’t she? The markets are again talking rate hike, following an upbeat speech from Fed chair Janet Yellen on Friday at the Jackson Hole summit. Yellen’s message to the markets was refreshingly clear, as she said that the case for a rate increase had “strengthened in recent months”. Yellen noted that the key economic indicators were performing well – the labor market was approaching maximum employment, inflation was steady, and consumer spending remained solid. Still, Yellen did not provide any timeline on a rate hike nor did she spell out what the Fed wants to see before pressing the rate trigger. On Friday, Fed members Dennis Lockhart and Stanley Fischer both came out in favor of two rate hikes in 2016, and these comments helped the dollar record broad gains on Friday. The Fed’s stance has raised the odds of a rate move according to the CME Group FedWatch tool, with a September hike priced at 30% in September and 57% for a December hike. However, given that any move by the Fed will be data-dependent, US numbers ahead of the Fed policy meeting on September 21 could significantly change the rate outlook.


EUR/USD Fundamentals

Wednesday (August 31)

Thursday (September 1)

*All release times are EDT

* Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Wednesday, August 31, 2016

EUR/USD August 31 at 9:45 GMT

Open: 1.1150 High: 1.1162 Low: 1.1128 Close: 1.1147

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.0821 1.0957 1.1054 1.1150 1.1278 1.1376

Further levels in both directions:

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD ratio is showing slight gains in long positions. Currently, short positions have a majority (54%), indicative of trader bias towards EUR/USD reversing directions and resuming its upward movement.

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Kenny Fisher

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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.
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