EUR/USD – Euro steady as investors eye ECB rate statement

EUR/USD is steady in the Thursday session, after remaining unchanged on Wednesday. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1312, up 0.05% on the day. On today’s calendar, the highlight is the ECB policy meeting. The bank is expected to hold rates at a flat 0.00%. As well, eurozone GDP is expected to post a gain of 0.2% for a second successive quarter. In the U.S., unemployment claims are expected to hold steady at 225 thousand. On Friday, Germany releases factory orders, and the U.S .will release nonfarm payrolls and wage growth.

All eyes will be on the monthly ECB policy meeting. The bank is expected to stay on the sidelines and maintain interest rates at 0.00%, where they have been pegged since March 2016. With the ECB winding up its massive stimulus program in December, any improvement in economic data (or rise in inflation) is bound to raise speculation about a rate hike. The eurozone economy showed some strength in the first half of 2018, which led to talk of a rate hike in the second half of 2019. However, with Germany and the eurozone in the midst of a slowdown triggered by global trade tensions, it’s unlikely that the ECB will make a rate move before 2020. Current economic conditions are such that both downside and upside risks to the cross appear limited, so the euro could continue to drift.

The Federal Reserve has been in dovish mode since December, and this was reinforced by Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, who is a considered a hawk on monetary policy. Rosengren said that there was some downside risk to the U.S. economy and called on policymakers to be “patient” for several more meetings in order to evaluate the risks to the economy. Without being explicit, Rosengren appears to support the Fed remaining on the sideline for the upcoming policy meetings until the Fed can better gauge the health of the U.S. economy.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Thursday (March 7)

  • 4:00 Italian Retail Sales. Estimate 0.3%. Actual 0.5%
  • 4:50 Spanish 10-year Bond Auction. Actual 1.22/1.1
  • 4:58 French 10-year Bond Auction. Actual 0.57/1.9
  • 5:00 Eurozone Final Employment Change. Estimate 0.3%. Actual 0.3%
  • 5:00 Eurozone Revised GDP. Estimate 0.2%. Actual 0.2%
  • 7:30 US Challenger Job Cuts
  • 7:45 ECB Main Refinancing Rate. Estimate 0.00%
  • 7:45 ECB Monetary Policy Statement
  • 8:30 ECB Press Conference
  • 8:30 US Revised Nonfarm Productivity. Estimate 1.5%
  • 8:30 US Revised Unit Labor Costs. Estimate 1.7%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 225K
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate -141B
  • 12:15 US FOMC Member Brainard Speaks
  • 15:00 US Consumer Credit. Estimate 16.4B

Friday (March 8)

  • 2:00 German Factory Orders. Estimate 0.5%
  • 8:30 US Average Hourly Earnings. Estimate 0.3%
  • 8:30 US Nonfarm Employment Change. Estimate 181K
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Rate. Estimate 3.9%
  • 8:30 US Building Permits. Estimate 1.29M
  • 22:00 US Federal Chair Powell Speaks

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Thursday, March 7, 2019

EUR/USD for March 7 at 6:45 EST

Open: 1.1307 High: 1.1319 Low: 1.1301 Close: 1.1312

EUR/USD Technical

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

EUR/USD has shown little movement in the Asian and European sessions

  • 1.1300 remains a weak support level
  • 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

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including Investing.com, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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