EUR/USD – Euro pauses for breath after dismal week

EUR/USD is unchanged in the Friday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1341, up 0.02% on the day. On the release front, Germany’s trade surplus widened to EUR 19.4 billion, above the estimate of EUR 18.3 billion. With no U.S. events on the schedule, we’re unlikely to see much movement from the euro during the day.

It’s been a tough week for the euro, which has lost 1.0 percent. The euro lost ground on Thursday after the release of the European Commission economic forecasts. The EC has projected moderate growth in the EU, but plenty of uncertainty has dampened confidence. The forecast lowered its growth forecast for the eurozone to 1.9% in 2018, down from 2.1% in the November forecast. For 2019, the growth forecast has also been revised down to 1.5%, compared to 1.9% in the November forecast. Inflation slipped in late 2018 due to lower oil prices, with an average inflation level of 1.7%. This is expected to dip to 1.6% in 2019. The report highlighted Brexit and the slowdown in China as key sources of uncertainty for European economies, adding that the projections were subject to downside risks.

The Federal Reserve does not hold its policy meeting until mid-March, so investors will be left to focus on remarks from Fed Chair Jerome Powell and his colleagues. The Fed raised interest rates four times last year, but economic conditions are very different in 2019. The U.S-China trade war has dampened global growth and rocked the equity markets. With the U.S. unlikely to replicate the sparkling growth we saw in 2018, the Fed is projecting just two rate increases this year. The markets, however, are predicting no rate moves, and some analysts are even talking about the possibility of a rate cut late in 2019.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Friday (February 8)

  • 2:00 German Trade Balance. Estimate 18.3B. Actual 19.4B
  • 2:45 French Industrial Production. Estimate 0.7%. Actual 0.8%
  • 2:45 French Preliminary Private Payrolls. Estimate 0.1%. Actual 0.1%
  • 4:00 Italian Industrial Production. Estimate 0.4%. Actual -0.8%

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Friday, February 8, 2019

EUR/USD for February 8 at 6:25 EST

Open: 1.1339 High: 1.1346 Low: 1.1323 Close: 1.1341

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. The pair posted small losses in European trade but has recovered

  • 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.