After posting two losing sessions, EUR/USD is steady in Thursday trading. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1391, down 0.05% on the day. On the release front, the eurozone releases CPI, which should be treated as a market-mover. In the U.S, we’ll get a look at unemployment claims and the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index.
With the eurozone struggling, there are plenty of headaches for ECB policymakers, and Mario Draghi shared some of his concerns on Tuesday, at a plenary session on the ECB annual report. Draghi highlighted Brexit and the U.S-China trade war as significant concerns and noted that eurozone economic conditions have been weaker than expected, adding that the eurozone was undergoing a slowdown but was not heading into recession. The ECB holds its next policy meeting on January 24, with no change in monetary policy expected.
Risk appetite has improved in January, but a weaker Chinese economy could spook investors. The global trade war has hurt the eurozone export and manufacturing sectors, and the giant Chinese economy continues to show signs of a slowdown. Earlier in the week, China released dismal economic numbers, with exports down 4.4 percent from a year earlier and imports plunging 7.6 percent. The slowdown in China has taken a toll on corporate profits and continues to be a major concern for investors and policymakers.
Thursday (January 17)
- 4:00 Italian Trade Balance. Estimate 2.89B. Actual 3.84B
- 5:00 Eurozone Final CPI. Estimate 1.7%
- 5:00 Eurozone Final Core CPI. Estimate 1.0%
- 8:30 US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. Estimate 9.7
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 219K
- 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate -73B
- 10:45 US FOMC Member Quarles Speaks
Friday (January 18)
- 4:00 Eurozone Current Account. Estimate 24.1B
- 10:00 US Preliminary UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 97.0
*All release times are EST
*Key events are in bold
EUR/USD for Thursday, January 17, 2019
EUR/USD for January 17 at 4:30 EST
Open: 1.1391 High: 1.1401 Low: 1.1372 Close: 1.1396
EUR/USD inched higher in the Asian session but then retracted. In European trade, the pair has posted small gains
- 1.1300 is providing support
- 1.1434 is the next resistance line
- Current range: 1.1300 to 1.1434
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.1300, 1.1212 and 1.1120
- Above: 1.1434, 1.1553, 1.1685 and 1.1803
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