EUR/USD – Euro Edges Lower, German Markets Closed for Holiday

EUR/USD continues to trade quietly. In the Monday session, the pair is trading at 1.1743, down 0.27% on the day. On the release front, German markets are closed for Whit Day, and there are no German or eurozone indicators. In the US, the sole event is a speech from FOMC member Rafael Bostic.

The Italian election back in March was inconclusive, and the new political landscape could spell bad news for Brussels. Two euro-sceptic parties, the Lega Nord and the Five Star Movement have reached an agreement and appear poised to form the next government. The platform issued by the parties call for increased deficit spending and a review of European Union fiscal rules. So far, neither party has called for a referendum on Italian membership in the European Union or demanded that the EU cancel the portion of Italy’s debt that it holds. Still, Italy is the third largest economy in the EU (with Britain heading out the door), and any moves which will put Italy on a collision course with the EU could have a negative impact on investor sentiment towards the euro.

There was a dramatic development in the China-US tariff battle on Sunday, as US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the trade war was being ‘put on hold’. Just last week, the White House sounded pessimistic about a deal being reached with China. The two economic giants have traded stiff tit-for-tat tariffs in recent weeks, worth billions in trade. These moves had raised fears of a bilateral trade war between the two largest economies in the world. The respite in tariffs means that the US can sit down with the Chinese and discuss the US trade deficit with China, which President Trump has long complained is a result of a non-level playing field with China. The news that the sides had backed down sent stock markets higher, and traders will likely be greeted with gains when European markets reopen on Tuesday.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Monday (May 21)

  • 11:30 US FOMC Member Rafael Bostic Speaks

Tuesday (May 22)

  • Tentative – German Buba Monthly Report
  • 8:30 US Wholesale Sales. Estimate 0.9%
  • 10:00 US Richmond Manufacturing Index. Estimate 9

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Monday, May 21, 2018

EUR/USD for May 21 at 5:40 DST

Open: 1.1771 High: 1.1776 Low: 1.1717 Close: 1.1738

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1448 1.1613 1.1718 1.1809 1.1915 1.2025

EUR/USD edged lower in the Asian session and has inched lower in European trade

  • 1.1718 was tested earlier in support
  • 1.1809 is the next resistance line

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.1718, 1.1613 and 1.1448
  • Above: 1.1809, 1.1915, 1.2025 and 1.2092
  • Current range: 1.1718 to 1.1809

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD ratio is unchanged in the Monday session. Currently, long positions have a majority (54%), indicative of trader bias towards EUR/USD reversing directions and moving higher.

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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.