Euro flat as German economic sentiment remains soft

EUR/USD is almost unchanged in the Tuesday session, after showing little movement on Monday. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1308, down 0.02% on the day. In economic news, German ZEW economic sentiment improved slightly to -13.4, beating of the estimate of -14.1 points. The all-eurozone release followed the same trend, improving to -16.6, which was above the forecast of -18.2 points. There are no major events out of the United States. On Wednesday, the FOMC releases the minutes of its January policy meeting.

The ZEW economic sentiment surveys remains mired in deep freeze, as investors and analysts are pessimistic about the economic outlook in Germany and the eurozone. There is a silver lining in the German release, as the readings have improved steadily over the past four months – back in October, the score was -24.7 points. In the first quarter of 2018, the readings were in positive territory, as the German economy was performing well. However, optimism then dissipated, as the global trade war intensified and the German economy slowed. It has been a similar story with the eurozone, as ZEW economic sentiment scores have been in negative territory since the second half of 2018.

Traders should treat the Federal Reserve minutes as a market-mover. Since raising rates in December, the Fed has changed direction and become much more dovish. In late 2018, there was talk of up to four rate hikes in 2019, but the Fed has revised its forecast to two hikes. The markets have gone further, projecting no rate increases this year, and there has even been talk of a rate cut in late 2019. In the January rate statement, the Fed discarded previous pledges of “further gradual increases” in interest rates, and said it would be “patient” before any further hikes.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (February 19)

  • 4:00 Eurozone Current Account. Estimate 21.4B. Actual 16.2B
  • 5:00 German ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate -14.1. Actual -13.4
  • 5:00 Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate -18.2. Actual -16.6
  • 10:00 US NAHB Housing Market. Estimate 59

Wednesday (February 20)

  • 2:00 German PPI. Estimate -0.2%
  • 10:00 Eurozone Consumer Confidence
  • 14:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Tuesday, February 19, 2019

EUR/USD for February 19 at 6:20 EST

Open: 1.1311 High: 1.1325 Low: 1.1293 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 ticked lower in the Asian session and has recovered 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.