Euro gains continue to be hampered by Italy

The greenback got crushed across the board following yesterday’s dovish remarks from Fed Chair Powell.  The euro however was unable to extend gains as mixed European data and the ECB Financial Stability Review painted a softer picture that could tilt the ECB into abandoning the 2019 normalization plan.

Euro Zone Economic data

– France’s second reading for third quarter GDP accelerated as expected from 0.2% in Q2 to 0.4%.  Household consumption expenditures recovered while imports declined.

– Inflation in Germany also cooled more than expected to 2.2% and off the 6-year high reading of 2.4% in October.  If inflation continues to ease for euro zone’s largest economy, the ECB might have to move even slower in unwinding its stimulus.  The recent slump with oil prices is also likely support inflation moving lower in the coming months.

– The German unemployment rate also fell to a record low at 5.0%, a potential indication that wage growth could rise.

– Euro Zone confidence data also painted a mixed picture.  The Business Climate Indicator beat expectations with a 1.09 reading, while economic confidence fell for an 11th consecutive month.  Industrial confidence had a small beat and posted a small gain while Services confidence declined slightly. The survey specifically focused on the markedly drop in Italian sentiment. 

 

ECB Financial Stability Review

The review noted that rising political and policy uncertainties could dent confidence and sentiment.  Despite limited spillovers so far, the stress in Italian sovereign debt markets illustrates how quickly policy uncertainties and the ensuing sudden shift in market sentiment can unearth risks to financial stability via higher risk premia and rising public debt sustainability concerns.

The pressure remains on Italy’s government to reach an agreement with the EU Commission on their budget.  Optimism is starting to grow as it appears Italy is considering cutting its budget deficit target to 2.2%, much closer to the 2.0% that the EU reportedly would require to avoid sanctions.

Even if we do see a resolution on the Italian budget, a European slowdown could delay the ECB’s plan to normalize policy later in 2019, and thus capping any major euro rallies.

Technical Analysis

Yesterday’s morning post, noted that price was forming a bullish Gartley pattern.  The pattern was validated, and price did rally towards the initial target at 1.1350.  The rally is tentatively seeing resistance from both the 1.1400 handle and the bearish channel that has been in place since the end of September.  If we see a daily close 1.1460 level, we could see further bullish momentum target the 1.1530 area.  If the bearish channel is respected key support may come the 1.1275 level.

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Senior Market Analyst at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute fundamental analysis of geo-political events and monetary policies in the US, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Over the course of his career, he has worked with some of the world’s leading forex brokerages and research departments including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including BNN, CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. He is often quoted in leading print and online publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University. Follow Ed on Twitter @edjmoya ‏
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