EUR/USD – Euro ticks lower as German Services PMI misses forecast

EUR/USD has recorded small losses in the Wednesday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1577, down 0.04% on the day. On the release front, Eurozone and German Services PMI reports rose slightly in August. The eurozone release improved to 55.4, matching the forecast. German Services PMI climbed to 55.0, but missed the forecast of 55.2 points. In the U.S. the sole event is Trade Balance. On Thursday, Germany releases factory orders, while the U.S publishes key employment and services reports.

PMI reports are important snapshots of the strength of the economy and are closely monitored by investors. Although this week’s services and manufacturing PMI reports continue to point to expansion, the mood remains one of concern, given that the indicators have been falling short of estimates, and in some cases pointing to a downward trend. Services PMI releases in the eurozone and Germany improved in August. Eurozone Services PMI edged up from 54.2 to 54.4, while the German release climbed from 54.1 to 55.0 points. Although there are respectable numbers which point to expansion, there is some concern, as the German release missed the forecast for a second straight month.

On the manufacturing front, PMI numbers are also raising concerns. This was particularly evident in Eurozone Final Manufacturing PMI, which lost ground for an eighth straight month. The reading of 54.6, which matched the estimate, marked the lowest level since November 2016. In Germany, Final Manufacturing PMI fell from 56.9 to 55.9. Although this is a respectable reading, it is significantly lower than the readings we saw early in 2018, when the indicator was above the 60-level. German manufacturers remain generally optimistic, but have growing concerns over tariffs which the U.S has slapped on China and the EU.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Wednesday (September 5)

  • 3:15 Spanish Services PMI. Estimate 52.1. Actual 52.7
  • 3:45 Italian Services PMI. Estimate 53.2. Actual 52.6
  • 3:50 French Final Services PMI. Estimate 55.7. Actual 55.4
  • 3:55 German Final Services PMI. Estimate 55.2. Actual 55.0
  • 4:00 Eurozone Final Services PMI. Estimate 54.4. Actual 54.4
  • 5:00 Eurozone Retail Sales. Estimate -0.1%. Actual -0.2%
  • 8:30 US Trade Balance. Estimate -50.2B

Thursday (September 6)

  • 2:00 German Factory Orders. Estimate 1.8%
  • 8:15 US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change. Estimate 195K
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 214K
  • 10:00 US ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 56.8

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Wednesday, September 5, 2018

EUR/USD for September 5 at 5:50 DST

Open: 1.1582 High: 1.1608 Low: 1.1542 Close: 1.1566

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1312 1.1434 1.1553 1.1637 1.1718 1.1840

EUR/USD ticked higher in the Asian session but has reversed directions and moved downwards in European trade

  • 1.1553 remains under pressure in support
  • 1.1637 is the next resistance line

Further levels in both directions:

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

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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.