EUR/USD – Euro edges higher as Fed may slow rate increases

EUR/USD has posted slight gains in the Tuesday session, erasing the losses seen on Monday. In the European session, the pair is trading at 1.1431, down 0.17% on the day. On the release front, German PPI dipped to 0.3%, matching the estimate. In the U.S, the focus is on construction data. Building Permits is expected to improve to 1.26 million and Housing Permits is also forecast to rise to 1.23 million. On Wednesday, the U.S. releases durable goods orders, unemployment claims and consumer confidence.

The Federal Reserve remains on track to gradually raise rates in 2019, but the pace could be slower than anticipated just a few weeks ago. There’s no denying that the U.S economy is currently in great shape, with unemployment at historically low levels and the $1.5 trillion tax cut package boosting economic growth. However, the rosy picture could change next year. The U.S-China trade war is expected to take a bite out of U.S growth, and the stimulus from the tax cut will fade over time. GDP has been slowing on an annualized basis – from a sizzling 4.2% in the first quarter, to 3.5% in Q2, with Q3 expected at just 2.7%. The downward trend is expected to continue into 2019, with a growth forecast of 2.0% to 2.5%. If these forecasts materialize, the Fed could decide to raise rates more slowly next year. Many analysts had expected a hike of 25 basis points each quarter, but that could be revised lower to three rates next year. A December hike stands at 70 percent, down from 75% just one week ago. This has made the U.S dollar less attractive to investors and boosted the euro and other major currencies.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (November 20)

  • 2:00 German PPI. Estimate 0.3%. Actual 0.3%
  • All Day – ECOFIN Meetings
  • 8:30 US Building Permits. Estimate 1.26M
  • 8:30 US Housing Starts. Estimate 1.23M
  • 10:00 German Buba President Weidmann Speaks

Wednesday (November 21)

  • 8:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.4%
  • 8:30 US Durable Goods Orders. Estimate -2.2%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 215K
  • 10:00 US Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 98.4

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Tuesday, November 20, 2018

EUR/USD for November 20 at 6:55 EST

Open: 1.1453 High: 1.1473 Low: 1.1422 Close: 1.1431

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1120 1.1212 1.1300 1.1434 1.1553 1.1685

EUR/USD was flat in the Asian session and has edged lower in the European session

  • 1.1300 is providing support
  • 1.1434 has switched to a resistance role after losses by EUR/USD on Tuesday
  • Current range: 1.1300 to 1.1434

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.1300, 1.1212, 1.1120 and 1.0992
  • Above: 1.1434, 1.1553 and 1.1685

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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.