EUR/USD – Euro inches higher, investors eye Powell, Part II

EUR/USD is showing little movement in the Wednesday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1404, up 0.10% on the day. On the release front, there are no major German or eurozone events. The U.S. posts minor manufacturing and housing reports, but the focus will be on Fed Chair Powell’s testimony before a congressional committee. On Thursday, Germany releases Preliminary CPI, and the U.S. will post Advance GDP and unemployment claims.

With a lack of major events on either side of the pond, the markets will have time to focus on Federal Reserve Chair Powell’s testimony before the House Financial Services Committee. There were no surprises from Powell’s testimony before a senate committee on Tuesday, as Powell preached patience with regard to changes in interest rates. Powell stated that the Fed was in “no rush to make a judgment” and made reference to “conflicting signals in the economy”. The labor picture remains bright, with strong hiring and low unemployment. At the same time, consumer spending and housing data have been soft. The markets are expecting the Fed to remain on the sidelines in May and June, meaning that the first hike of 2019 will not come before the second half of the year.

With President Trump waiving his threat to impose new tariffs on China next week, risk appetite remains strong. There is even talk of a meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi at the end of March if the sides reach an agreement. However, significant questions remain. With almost no news about the substance of the talks, it remains unclear if China will agree to substantial structural changes in trade, as demanded by the United States. Another question mark is whether the current set of tariffs will be completely removed if a deal is reached. If not, market enthusiasm could slip, as the tariffs have caused enormous turmoil in international trade and dampened global growth. Still, if the sides reach a deal, it would be positive news for the struggling eurozone economy and could trigger gains for the euro.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Wednesday (February 27)

  • 4:00 Eurozone M3 Money Supply. Estimate 4.0%. Actual 3.8%
  • 4:00 Eurozone Private Loans. Estimate 3.4%. Actual 3.2%
  • 5:00 German Buba President Weidmann Speaks
  • Tentative – Italian 10-year Bond Auction
  • Tentative – German 10-year Bond Auction
  • 8:30 US Goods Trade Balance. Estimate -74.1B
  • 8:30 US Preliminary Wholesale Inventories. Estimate 0.4%
  • 10:00 US Fed Chair Powell Testifies
  • 10:00 US Factory Orders. Estimate 1.5%
  • 10:00 US Pending Home Sales. Estimate 0.7%
  • 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 2.8M

Thursday (February 28)

  • All Day – German Preliminary CPI. Estimate 0.5%
  • 8:30 US Advance GDP. Estimate 2.6%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 221K
  • 20:15 US Fed Chair Powell Speaks

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Wednesday, February 27, 2019

EUR/USD for February 27 at 6:35 EST

Open: 1.1389 High: 1.1404 Low: 1.1373 Close: 1.1401

EUR/USD Technical

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

EUR/USD posted small losses in the Asian session but recovered 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, 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.