EUR/USD – Euro yawns as markets start week with US holiday

EUR/USD has ticked higher in the Monday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1308, up 0.12% on the day. It’s a quiet day on the release front. There are no data events out of the eurozone. In the U.S., banks are closed for a holiday, so there are no U.S. indicators until Tuesday. Traders can expect a quiet session on Monday. On Tuesday, German ZEW economic sentiment, which has been in deep freeze for months, is expected to improve to -14.1 points.

Economic activity in the eurozone remains weak, which has weighing on the euro. EUR/USD dipped to 1.1249 on Thursday, its lowest level since mid-November. On Thursday, Germany and the eurozone released fourth-quarter GDP data, and the numbers were a disappointment. 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.

Is the U.S. economy slowing down? There are concerns about the strength of the economy, after soft consumer data in January. Retail sales and core retail sales showed sharp contraction, and these numbers came on the heels of soft inflation indicators. Inflation remains low, despite a strong labor market. CPI showed no change in January and has failed to post a gain since November. Core CPI has recorded weak gains of 0.2% for four successive months. On an annualized basis, CPI gained 1.6% in January, the weakest year-over-year gain since mid-2017. The soft inflation numbers were a result of low energy prices, which fell 3.1% in January as oil prices remain under pressure.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Monday (February 18)

  • 6:00 German Buba Monthly Report

Tuesday (February 19)

  • 4:00 Eurozone Current Account
  • 5:00 German ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate -14.1
  • 5:00 Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate -18.2

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Monday, February 18, 2019

EUR/USD for February 18 at 5:15 EST

Open: 1.1295 High: 1.1325 Low: 1.1290 Close: 1.1308

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 and has ticked higher in European trade

  • 1.1300 remains fluid. Currently, it is a weak support line
  • 1.1434 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.1300 to 1.1434

Further levels in both directions:

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