EUR/USD – Stumbling euro falls to 11-month low, U.S jobless claims next

EUR/USD has posted losses in the Thursday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1521, down 0.46% on the day. On the release front, the sole eurozone indicator is consumer confidence, which is expected to remain pegged at zero for a fifth straight month. In the U.S, there are two key indicators. The Philly Fed Manufacturing Index is forecast to drop to 28.9 points. As well, unemployment claims are expected to edge up to 220 thousand. On Friday, Germany and the eurozone will release services and manufacturing PMI reports.

The headlines have been dominated by the U.S-China trade spat, which has shaken up the markets and sent the euro lower against the U.S dollar. Currently, EUR/USD is at its lowest level since July 2017. The U.S has also slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum exports from the European Union, setting off alarm bells in Brussels. The eurozone economy is performing relatively well, so much so that the ECB has announced it is winding up its asset-purchase program at the end of the year. The eurozone can ill-afford a trade war with the United States, which would hurt exports, particularly from Germany. The euro is at an 11-month low, as last week’s Federal Reserve rate hike and cautious remarks from Mario Draghi at the ECB Forum have helped propel the dollar higher.

Mario Draghi preached a lesson on prudence and patience from the ECB Forum on Tuesday. Last week, the ECB announced that it was winding up its asset-purchase plan by the end of the year, but added that it would not raise interest rates before next summer. This dovish message sent the euro sharply lower. Draghi said that the ECB will be “patient in determining the timing of the first rate rise”. Draghi also made reference to inflation, saying that “inflation expectations remain well anchored”. However, analysts were quick to note that eurozone inflation has fallen short of the bank’s target of just below 2 percent for five years. Draghi acknowledged that there were external factors which could weigh on inflation, including the threat of global protectionism and higher oil prices. There is also the vexing problem that higher wages have failed to translate into increased inflation. Draghi would like to get through the European Forum without shaking up the euro, and so far he has succeeded.

  (Update 1) Onwards and Upwards


EUR/USD Fundamentals

Thursday (June 21)

  • All Day – OPEC-JMMC Meetings
  • All Day – Eurogroup Meetings
  • 5:45 German Buba President Weidmann Speaks
  • 8:30 US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. Estimate 28.9
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 220K
  • 9:00 US HPI. Estimate 0.3%
  • 10:00 Eurozone Consumer Confidence. Estimate 0
  • 10:00 US CB Leading Index. Estimate 0.4%
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 85B
  • Tentative – US Bank Stress Test Results

Friday (June 22)

  • 3:00 French Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 54.0
  • 3:00 French Flash Services PMI. Estimate 54.3
  • 3:30 German Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 56.3
  • 3:30 German Flash Services PMI. Estimate 52.2
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 55.0
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Services PMI. Estimate 53.7
  • All Day – OPEC Meetings
  • All Day – ECOFIN Meetings

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Thursday, June 21, 2018

EUR/USD for June 21 at 6:00 DST

Open: 1.1574 High: 1.1580 Low: 1.1508 Close: 1.1521

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1190 1.1312 1.1434 1.1553 1.1637 1.1728

EUR/USD ticked lower in the Asian session and has recorded stronger losses in European trade

  • 1.1434 is providing support
  • 1.1553 has switched to a resistance role after losses by EUR/USD on Thursday

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.1434, 1.1312 and 1.1190
  • Above: 1.1553, 1.1637, 1.1728 and 1.1829
  • Current range: 1.1434 to 1.1553

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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