EUR/USD – Euro at 3-week high as US and Mexico reach trade deal

EUR/USD has posted small gains in the Tuesday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1703, up 0.22% on the day. On the release front, there are no key eurozone indicators. In the U.S, the key indicator is CB Consumer Confidence, which is expected to drop to 126.6 points. On Wednesday, Germany releases GfK Consumer Climate and France publishes consumer spending and Preliminary GDP. The US releases Preliminary GDP and Pending Home Sales. 

The euro has been moving higher since Friday, gaining 1.4% against the dollar. Earlier on Tuesday, EUR/USD punched above the 1.17 line for the first time since August 1. The euro gained ground on Monday, responding to an unexpectedly strong business confidence report in Germany. The Ifo Business Climate report improved to 103.8, easily beating the estimate of 101.9 points. This marked the first time this year that business confidence has improved, thanks to a strong German economy and a pause in the global trade war.

Escalating trade tensions and tit-for-tit tariffs between the United States and its trading partners have shaken the markets since June. There was some good news in this regard on Monday, with the announcement that the U.S and Mexico have agreed to a new trade deal. Under the agreement, 75% of automobile content must be manufactured in North America, up from NAFTA’s current level of 62.5%. Trump has left the door open for Canada to join the new trade deal, but says he is also open to a separate trade agreement with Canada. The announcement of the new trade deal has improved risk appetite and pushed the U.S dollar lower.

A deal is a deal

EUR/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (August 28)

  • 4:00 Eurozone M3 Money Supply. Estimate 4.3%. Actual 4.0%
  • 4:00 Eurozone Private Loans. Estimate 3.0%. Actual 3.0%
  • 8:30 US Goods Trade Balance. Estimate -68.6B
  • 8:30 Preliminary Wholesale Inventories. Estimate 0.1%
  • 9:00 US S&P/CS Composite-20 HPI. Estimate 6.4%
  • 10:00 US CB Consumer Confidence. Estimate 126.6
  • 10:00 US Richmond Manufacturing Index. Estimate 18

Wednesday (August 29)

  • 2:00 German GfK Consumer Climate. Estimate 10.6
  • 2:45 French Consumer Spending. Estimate 0.3%
  • 2:45 French Preliminary GDP. Estimate 0.2%
  • 8:30 US Preliminary GDP. Estimate 4.0%
  • 10:00 US Pending Home Sales. Estimate 0.6%

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Tuesday, August 28, 2018

EUR/USD for August 28 at 6:25 DST

Open: 1.1678 High: 1.1700 Low: 1.1663 Close: 1.1703

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1434 1.1553 1.1637 1.1718 1.1840 1.1961

In the Asian session, EUR/USD ticked higher but then retracted. in the Asian session but retracted. The pair has posted small gains in the European session

  • 1.1637 is providing support
  • 1.1718 is the next resistance line. It is a weak line

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.1637, 1.1553, 1.1434 and 1.1312
  • Above: 1.1718, 1.1840 and 1.1961
  • Current range: 1.1637 to 1.1718

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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.