The euro is having a quiet week, and has inched higher in the Thursday session. Currently, EUR/USD is trading at 1.1160. On the release front, there are no major events in the eurozone. The US will release unemployment claims, which is expected to rise to 241 thousand. On Friday, Germany and the eurozone release manufacturing PMIs, and the US will publish Home Sales.
Germany’s economy, the largest in the euro-area has been thriving. Growing global demand for German products has boosted the export and manufacturing sectors. There were jitters in political and business circles when Donald Trump was elected, as Trump campaigned on a protectionist, “America first’ agenda. However, these concerns have diminished, as the economy has performed well and Trump has been in damage control mode, as he focuses on domestic scandals. Earlier this week, the well-respected German BDI Federation of Industry added its voice to the chorus of accolades for the German economy. The BDI said that Germany’s economic output would increase by 1.5% this year. However, the BDI counseled caution, noting that the economy had been buoyed by a weaker euro, lower oil prices and the ECB’s accommodative monetary policy. All three are ‘external factors’, in the sense that Germany has limited influence on them, and a significant change in any one factor could weigh on economic growth.
At last week’s policy meeting, the Federal Reserve said it would reduce its balance sheet in the near future. The balance sheet has ballooned to $4.5 trillion, which accumulated after the 2008 financial crisis, when the Fed went on a bond-buying spree to stimulate the economy. The reduction will be gradual, but still marks an important change in direction for the central bank. It’s not clear when the Fed will start to trim, but FOMC member Patrick Harker said on Wednesday that no decision had been made. Harker said that he was in favor of the reduction commencing in September. The Fed has hinted at one more rate hike in the second half of 2017, and the markets have circled December as the most likely date for a rate move. The CME Group has pegged the odds of a September hike at just 13%, compared to 18% a week ago. However, the odds for a December increase are at 49%, and this could increase if Fed policymakers continue to wax positive about the economy.
Thursday (June 22)
- 4:00 ECB Economic Bulletin
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 241K
- 9:00 US HPI. Estimate 0.4%
- 10:00 Eurozone Consumer Confidence. Estimate -3
- 10:00 US FOMC Member Jerome Powell Speaks
- 10:00 US CB Leading Index. Estimate 0.4%
- 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 55B
Friday (June 23)
- 3:30 German Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 59.1
- 4:00 Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 56.9
- 10:00 US New Home Sales. Estimate 599K
*All release times are EDT
*Key events are in bold
EUR/USD for Thursday, June 22, 2017
EUR/USD Thursday, June 22 at 6:25 EDT
Open: 1.1169 High: 1.1178 Low: 1.1155 Close: 1.1164
EUR/USD has shown little movement in the Asian and European sessions
- 1.1122 continues to provide support
- 1.1242 is the next resistance line
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.1122, 1.0985 and 1.0873
- Above: 1.1242, 1.1366, 1.1465 and 1.1534
- Current range: 1.1122 to 1.1242
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
EUR/USD ratio is almost unchanged in the Thursday session. Currently, short positions have a majority (69%), indicative of EUR/USD reversing directions and moving lower.
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