The euro has inched lower in the Monday session. Currently, EUR/USD is trading just below the 1.12 line. On the release front, German Ifo Business Climate improved to 115.1, above the estimate of 114.6. Later in the day, ECB President Mario Draghi will speak at the ECB Forum on Central Banking in Portugal. In the US, today’s key event is Core Durable Goods Orders, which is expected to rebound and gain 0.4%. On Tuesday, Draghi will again address the ECB Forum event. The US will publish CB Consumer Confidence and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will deliver remarks at an event in London.
The German economy is performing well, and the business sector is full of optimism, according to a key survey released on Monday. Ifo Business Climate hit a record high in June, climbing to 115.1. The indicator has improved for five consecutive months, pointing to stronger optimism among German businesses. Ifo chief Clemens Fuest said that the German business sector was in a “jubilant” mood, and expected business conditions to continue to improve. Major economic institutes and the German central bank have revised upwards their forecast for German growth in 2017 and 2018. German GDP grew 0.6% in the first quarter, and has been the locomotive which has boosted growth in the eurozone. Analysts are closely monitoring how the ECB plans to respond to stronger economic conditions in the euro-area. So far, the central bank has dismissed calls to tighten monetary policy, saying that it will not make any moves until inflation moves closer to the ECB’s target of 2.0%. ECB President Mario Draghi will address the ECB Forum on Central Banking on Monday and Tuesday, and any hints about ECB monetary policy could move the euro.
There was positive news last week from the US construction industry. On Friday, New Home Sales jumped to 610 thousand, above the forecast of 599 thousand. Earlier in the week, Existing Home Sales improved to 5.62 million, beating the estimate of 5.54 million. There had been concerns about construction numbers, as Building Permits and Housing Starts both missed expectations in the May releases. Later in the week, the economy receives a report card, with the release of Final GDP for the first quarter. Preliminary GDP, which was released in May, came in at 1.2%, and this is the forecast for Final GDP. Will weak inflation and consumer spending result in a weaker than expected GDP report? If so, the US dollar could be a casualty and lose ground against its rivals.
Monday (June 26)
- 4:00 German Ifo Business Climate. Estimate 114.7. Actual 115.1
- 6:00 German Buba Monthly Report
- 8:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.4%
- 8:30 US Durable Goods Orders. Estimate -0.5%
- 13:30 ECB President Mario Draghi Speaks
Tuesday (June 27)
- 4:00 ECB President Mario Draghi Speaks
- 10:00 US CB Consumer Confidence. Estimate 116.2
- 13:00 US Federal Chair Janet Yellen Speaks
*All release times are EDT
*Key events are in bold
EUR/USD for Monday, June 26, 2017
EUR/USD Monday, June 26 at 5:00 EDT
Open: 1.1200 High: 1.1208 Low: 1.1175 Close: 1.1181
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 unchanged in the Monday session. Currently, short positions have a majority (69%), indicative of EUR/USD continuing to move lower.