EUR/USD – Euro shrugs off soft German, eurozone GDP

EUR/USD has ticked higher in the Thursday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1272, up 0.10% on the day. In economic news, it’s a busy day. German Preliminary GDP improved to 0.0%, shy of the estimate of 0.1%. Eurozone Flash GDP posted a second successive gain of 0.2%. On the employment front, eurozone flash employment change edged higher to 0.3%, above the forecast of 0.2%. In the U.S., the markets are braced for a slowdown in consumer spending. Retail sales and core retail sales are expected to dip in January, with readings of 0.1% and 0.0%, respectively. PPI is forecast to post a gain of 0.1% and preliminary UoM consumer sentiment is expected to climb to 93.3 points. On Friday, the eurozone releases trade balance and the U.S. posts UoM consumer sentiment.

Economic activity in the eurozone remains weak, underscored by GDP releases in the fourth quarter. German Preliminary GDP was flat at 0.0%, after a decline of 0.2% in the third quarter. The eurozone’s largest economy managed to avoid a technical recession, which is two consecutive declines in quarterly growth. Germany’s manufacturing industry is limping, with factory orders and industry production posting declines in December. Eurozone Flash GDP remained stuck at 0.2%, shy of the forecast of 0.3%. On an annualized basis, fourth quarter growth was 0.9% in Germany and 1.2% in eurozone, both weaker than the third quarter numbers. If eurozone and German data continues to sag, traders can expect the euro to lose ground in the near term.

The U.S-China trade spat has triggered a slowdown in China’s economy, which has dampened global growth. There was positive news on Thursday, as China announced that exports had jumped 9.1% in January on an annualized basis, compared to the forecast of -3.2%. This was a strong rebound from December, when exports fell 4.4%. Despite these rosy numbers, the outlook for global growth remains weak. Much will depend on whether there is a breakthrough in trade talks between the U.S. and China. President Trump has said that he could suspend the March 1 deadline to impose new tariffs on China, if the negotiations continue.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Thursday (February 14)

  • 2:00 German Preliminary GDP. Estimate 0.1%. Actual 0.0%
  • 2:00 German WPI. Estimate 0.3%. Actual -0.7%
  • 5:00 Eurozone Flash GDP. Estimate 0.2%. Actual 0.2%
  • 5:00 Eurozone Flash Employment Change. Estimate 0.2%. Actual 0.3%
  • 8:30 US Core Retail Sales. Estimate 0.0%
  • 8:30 US Retail Sales. Estimate 0.1%
  • 8:30 US PPI. Estimate 0.1%
  • 8:30 US Core PPI. Estimate 0.2%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 225K
  • 10:00 US Business Inventories. Estimate 0.3%
  • Tentative – US Mortgage Delinquencies
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate -79B

Friday (February 15)

  • 5:00 Eurozone Trade Balance. Estimate 15.6B
  • 8:30 US Empire State Manufacturing Index. Estimate 7.1
  • 10:00 US Preliminary UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 93.3

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Thursday, February 14, 2019

EUR/USD for February 14 at 6:55 EST

Open: 1.1261 High: 1.1295 Low: 1.1249 Close: 1.1272

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1046 1.1120 1.1212 1.1300 1.1434 1.1553

In the Asian session, EUR/USD posted small losses but then recovered and moved higher. The pair is showing stronger movement in European trade

  • 1.1212 is providing support
  • 1.1300 is a weak line
  • Current range: 1.1212 to 1.1300

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.1212, 1.1120 and 1.1046
  • Above: 1.1300, 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.