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EUR/USD – Euro edges higher, investors eye Powell testimony

EUR/USD has posted gains in the Tuesday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1733, up 0.18% on the day. In economic news, there are no events in the eurozone. The U.S releases manufacturing and housing indicators. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking Committee. On Wednesday, the Eurozone releases Final CPI and the U.S publishes building permits and housing starts. Fed Chair Jerome Powell testifies before the House Financial Services Committee.

After a sluggish first quarter, U.S  retail sales reports have rebounded in the second quarter. Core retail sales were revised upwards to 0.8% in May, and the June gain of 0.5% edged above the forecast of 0.4%. Retail sales gained 0.4%, and were up an impressive 6.6% on an annualized basis. Consumer spending is a key driver of economic growth, and a tight labor markets and firming inflation are further indications that the economy is in excellent shape. The Fed is widely expected to raise rates again at the September meeting, with odds of a quarter-point hike at 87%, according to the CME Group.

The escalating trade war between the U.S and China is raising concerns not just on the equity markets but at the Federal Reserve as well. On Friday, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said he would have to downgrade his economic outlook for the economy if the tariff battle continues. Kaplan said that U.S tariffs on steel and aluminum imports had dampened capital expenditures plans and further trade tensions could lead to currency fluctuations and geopolitical instability. With Fed policymakers split on whether to raise rates once or twice in the second half of 2018, the outcome of the tariff battle could have a significant impact on the monetary policy and on the direction of the U.S dollar.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (July 17)

Wednesday (July 18)

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

 

EUR/USD for Tuesday, July 17, 2018

EUR/USD for July 17 at 5:35 DST

Open: 1.1712 High: 1.1737 Low: 1.1702 Close: 1.1733

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1553 1.1637 1.1728 1.1829 1.1910 1.1996

EUR/USD ticked higher in the Asian session and is has posted small gains in European trade

Further levels in both directions:

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher [6]

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse [7]
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.