EUR/USD – Lack of Indicators Leaves Euro Subdued

The euro has edged higher in the Monday session. Currently, EUR/USD is trading at 1.2298, down 0.07% on the day. On the release front, it’s a very light calendar, with no major releases in the eurozone or the US. On Tuesday, the US releases CPI, which is expected to drop to 0.2%.

US employment numbers were a mix on Friday. Wage growth dropped to 0.1% in February, down from 0.3% a month earlier. This missed the estimate of 0.2%, and marked the lowest gain in four months. The news was much better from nonfarm payrolls, which soared to 313 thousand, crushing the estimate of 205 thousand. The mixed readings have eased concerns about the Fed raising rates four times in 2018.

Is the German industrial sector in trouble? Last week’s numbers were surprisingly soft. Factory Orders in January plunged 3.9%, worse than the estimate of -1.9%. This marked the second decline in the past three months. This was followed Industrial Production, marking a second straight decline. Still, the German economy has performed well, and has led the impressive recovery in the eurozone.

The EU is seeing red after US President Trump made good on his threat, and signed an order imposing 25% tariffs on steel imports. EU policymakers have threatened to retaliate with tariffs on US goods, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was particularly blunt, saying “we can also do stupid”. Fears of an all-out global trade war are weighing on the US dollar and the stock markets, and the resignation of Gary Cohn, a senior economist in the White House who opposed the tariffs, will only dampen investor risk appetite. The ball is now in the EU court, and if the Europeans retaliate and Trump responds with further tariffs, we could see some sharp movement from EUR/USD.

Goldilocks is back at the table

EUR/USD Fundamentals

Monday (March 12)

  • All Day – Eurogroup Meetings
  • 13:01 US 10-year Bond Auction
  • 14:00 US Federal Budget Balance. Estimate -222.3B

Tuesday (March 13)

  • 8:30 US CPI. Estimate 0.2%
  • 8:30 US Core CPI. Estimate 0.2%

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Monday, March 12, 2018

EUR/USD for March 12 at 6:35 EDT

Open: 1.2306 High: 1.2341 Low: 1.2295 Close: 1.2298

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2092 1.2200 1.2286 1.2357 1.2460 1.2581

EUR/USD inched higher in the Asian session. In European trade, the pair edged higher but has retracted

  • 1.2286 is a weak support level
  • 1.2357 is the next resistance line

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2286, 1.2200 and 1.2092
  • Above: 1.2357, 1.2460, 1.2581 and 1.2599
  • Current range: 1.2286 to 1.2357

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD ratio is showing slight movement towards long positions. Currently, short positions have a majority (56%), indicative of EUR/USD continuing to move to lower ground.

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.

Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
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.