EUR/USD – Euro dips as German manufacturing PMI falls to 5-year low

EUR/USD has edged lower in the Thursday session, wiping out the gains seen on Wednesday. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1349, down 0.29% on the day. On the release front, German and eurozone manufacturing PMIs slowed in December and missed their estimates. Later in the day, the ECB will set interest rates, with a follow-up press conference with ECB President Mario Draghi. In the U.S, the key event is unemployment claims, which is expected to rise to 219 thousand. On Friday, Germany releases Ifo Business Climate.

The eurozone manufacturing sector continues to show worrying signs of a slowdown. Eurozone manufacturing PMI fell to 50.5, just above the 50-point threshold which separates contraction from expansion. This marked a six successive drop in the score. Germany fared even worse, as manufacturing PMI slipped to 49.7, pointing to contraction. It was the lowest reading since June 2013. The weak reading underscore the toll that the global trade war has taken on the eurozone and German economies, with less demand for exports weighing on manufacturing production.

With the eurozone economy showing signs of a slowdown, the ECB is likely to maintain current monetary policy. The ECB terminated its massive stimulus package in December, although stimulus has continued as the ECB is reinvesting bonds that mature, so the balance sheet has not been reduced. With the economy struggling, any rate increase remains a long way off. Analysts had predicted a rate hike in the third quarter just a few months ago, but are now saying that the ECB won’t raise rates before the fourth quarter. The markets will be looking for clues from the ECB statement and remarks from Mario Draghi with regard to future monetary policy.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Thursday (January 24)

  • 3:15 French Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 50.0. Actual 51.2
  • 3:15 French Flash Services PMI. Estimate 50.6. Actual 47.5
  • 3:30 German Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 51.6. Actual 49.9
  • 3:30 German Flash Services PMI. Estimate 52.2. Actual 53.1
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 51.5. Actual 50.5
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Services PMI. Estimate 51.5. Actual 50.8
  • 7:45 ECB Main Refinancing Rate. Estimate 0.00%
  • 8:30 ECB Press Conference
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 212K

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Thursday, January 24, 2019

EUR/USD for January 24 at 5:10 EST

Open: 1.1381 High: 1.1392 Low: 1.1340 Close: 1.1349

EUR/USD Technical

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

EUR/USD showed little movement in the Asian session and has edged lower in European trade

  • 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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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.