The euro has posted gains for a third straight day, as the pair is up 0.32% in the Thursday session. In Germany, GfK Consumer Climate improved to 10.6, beating the estimate of 10.4. Later in the day, Germany releases Preliminary CPI, with an estimate of a flat 0.0%. In the US, Final GDP is expected to gain 1.2%, while unemployment claims are forecast to remain at 241 thousand. On Friday, Germany releases Retail Sales and the eurozone publishes CPI Flash Estimate. The US will publish UoM Consumer Sentiment.
The Draghi rally continues on Thursday, as the euro has punched past the 1.14 level for the first time since June 2016. The euro has jumped 1.9% this week, buoyed by hawkish comments by ECB President Mario Draghi at the ECB forum in Portugal. Draghi presented an optimistic view of the euro-area, saying that the recovery was broad and shrugged off weak inflation levels. Draghi said that the ECB’s stimulus program was needed for now, but would be gradually withdrawn once inflation moved higher. Draghi’s comments did not appear to be a major change from previous statements, but the markets thought otherwise, as speculation rose that the ECB was planning to tighten policy. After the euro jumped, the ECB beat a hasty retreat, as sources said that the markets had “misinterpreted” Draghi’s remarks. This impeded the euro’s rally, but only briefly. The ECB has consistently said that it would not reduce stimulus until inflation moves closer to the ECB’s target of 2%, but the message the markets appear to have heard is that the long war on inflation has been won, so it’s only a matter of time before the ECB wraps up its monetary stimulus. Unless Draghi does more to convince the markets that they have indeed overreacted, the euro rally could continue.
Investors are casting a nervous glance at Thursday, as the US releases Final GDP for the first quarter. The economy is expected to grow 1.2%, but there are worrying signs that the economy might miss this target. Recent economic data has been softer than expected, notably construction and manufacturing reports. US durable goods releases were weak in May. Core Durable Goods broke a streak of two straight declines, but the weak gain of 0.1% missed expectations. Durable Goods declined 1.1%, its sharpest decline since June 2016. The slowdown in orders of business equipment could weigh on second quarter growth. Last week, it was the turn of construction numbers to disappoint, as Housing Starts and Building Permits both missed expectations. Consumer spending has also been softer than expected, and if Final GDP falls short of the modest estimate of 1.2%, the dollar could respond with losses.
Thursday (June 29)
- 2:00 GfK German Consumer Climate. Estimate 10.4. Actual 10.6
- All Day – German Preliminary CPI. Estimate 0.0%
- 3:00 Spanish Flash CPI. Estimate 1.6% Actual 1.5%
- 8:30 US Final GDP. Estimate 1.2%
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 241K
- 8:30 US Final GDP Price Index. Estimate 2.2%
- 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 50B
Upcoming Key Events
Friday (June 30)
- 2:00 German Retail Sales. Estimate 0.3%
- 5:00 Eurozone CPI Flash Estimate. Estimate 1.2%
- 10:00 US Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 94.5
*All release times are EDT
*Key events are in bold
EUR/USD for Thursday, June 29, 2017
EUR/USD Thursday, June 29 at 6:15 EDT
Open: 1.1377 High: 1.1435 Low: 1.1375 Close: 1.1426
EUR/USD has recorded slight gains in the Asian and European sessions
- 1.1366 is providing support
- 1.1465 is the next line of resistance
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.1242, 1.1122, 1.0985 and 1.0873
- Above: 1.1366, 1.1465 and 1.1534 and 1.16
- Current range: 1.1242 to 1.1366
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
EUR/USD ratio is showing little movement in the Thursday session. Currently, short positions have a majority (73%), indicative of EUR/USD reversing directions and moving lower.