EUR/USD is almost unchanged in the Tuesday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.2369, down 0.03% on the day. This is the pair’s highest level since the end of March. On the release front, German ZEW Economic Sentiment surprised the markets with a sharp drop of 8.2 points. This was much weaker than the estimate of -0.8 points. Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment also headed lower, dropping from 13.4 to 1.9 points. This fell well short of the estimate of 7.3 points. In the US, the focus is on construction numbers. Building Permits are expected to rise to 1.33 million, and Housing Starts are forecast to improve to 1.27 million. The markets will be listening closely as three FOMC members deliver speeches. On Wednesday, the key event is Eurozone Final CPI.
Syria remains a geopolitical hot spot, where a US-led missile strike destroyed three chemical weapons sites on the weekend. Predictably, Syria and Russia strongly condemned the attack, with Russian President Putin warning that the attack would lead to global “chaos”. Still, a Russian response is unlikely, despite the strong rhetoric. Investors did not show much reaction to the attack, as the markets had already priced in a strike. After the weekend attack, President Trump declaration of “mission accomplished” means that things will remain relatively quiet in Syria. However, further chemical attacks by the Syrian regime could trigger a response from the US and its allies, which could result in volatility in the markets, similar to what occurred last week.
The well-respected ZEW Economic Sentiment reports were surprisingly soft in April. The German reading of -8.2 showed pessimism on the part of institutional investors and analysts and marked the weakest reading since November 2012. The eurozone release of 1.9 was the lowest since July 2o16. The readings are surprising, as the eurozone economy has been performing well and key indicators have been steady. Investors will be hoping that these ZEW releases are one-time blips and that the May readings will be in line with recent releases.
Tuesday (April 17)
- 5:00 German ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate -0.8. Actual. Actual -8.2
- 5:00 Italian Trade Balance. Estimate 2.23B. Actual 3.10B
- 5:00 Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate 7.3. Actual 1.9
- 8:30 US Building Permits. Estimate 1.33M
- 8:30 US Housing Starts. Estimate 1.27M
- 9:15 US Capacity Utilization Rate. Estimate 77.9%
- 9:15 US FOMC Member John Williams Speaks
- 9:15 US Industrial Production. Estimate 0.3%
- 10:00 US FOMC Member Randal Quarles Speaks
- 17:40 US FOMC Rafael Bostic Speaks
Wednesday (April 18)
- 5:00 Eurozone Final CPI. Estimate 1.4%
- 5:00 Eurozone Final Core CPI. Estimate 1.0%
- Tentative- German 10-year Bond Auction
*All release times are DST
*Key events are in bold
EUR/USD for Tuesday, April 17, 2018
EUR/USD for April 17 at 5:15 DST
Open: 1.2380 High: 1.2414 Low: 1.2369 Close: 1.2366
EUR/USD was flat in the Asian session. The pair edged higher in the European session but has given up these gains
- 1.2319 is providing support
- 1.2460 is the next resistance line
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.2319, 1.2235, 1.2092 and 1.2025
- Above: 1.2460, 1.2581 and 1.2662
- Current range: 1.2319 to 1.2460
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
EUR/USD ratio is showing little movement in the Tuesday session. Currently, short positions have a majority (58%), indicative of EUR/USD reversing directions and moving to lower ground.