EUR/USD has posted slight gains on Monday, after sharp losses late week. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1323, up 0.19% on the day. On the release front, German Ifo Business Climate rebounded in March, rising to 99.6 points. This marked a 3-month high. There are no U.S. releases to kick off the week. On Tuesday, Germany releases consumer confidence and the U.S. publishes building permits and CB consumer confidence.
German business confidence rebounded in March by more than expected, boosting the euro on Monday. The markets have been accustomed to releases above the 100-level, and the February reading of 98.5 was the weakest since November 2014. The survey noted that any improvement was confined to domestic sectors, such as construction and retail services. The manufacturing sector remains weak, battered down by the ongoing global trade war, which has dampened the appetite for German exports, such as vehicles and auto parts. Germany’s economy slowed down in the fourth quarter, and this bodes poorly for the rest of the eurozone.
There is continuing uncertainty over the U.S-China trade talks. There have been growing expectations that the sides will reach an agreement, with a summit between President Trump and Chinese President Xi to follow. However, President Trump announced a tougher negotiating position last week, saying that the U.S. would maintain tariffs on China until it was clear that China was complying with a deal. Chinese officials are likely to insist that tariffs be removed as soon as a deal is signed, so a deadlock could be in the offing. Trump’s hard-line stance could hamper negotiations, and nervous investors could respond by flocking to safe-haven gold. The trade talks have taken a break, but are expected to resume later this week.
Monday (March 25)
- 2:00 US FOMC Member Evans Speaks
- 5:00 German Ifo Business Climate. Estimate 98.7. Actual 99.6
- 10:00 Belgian NBB Business Climate. Estimate -2.0
- 20:30 US FOMC Member Rosengren Speaks
Tuesday (March 26)
- 3:00 German GfK Consumer Climate. Estimate 10.8
- 6:30 US FOMC Member Evans Speaks
- 8:30 US Building Permits. Estimate 1.32M
- 10:00 US CB Consumer Confidence. Estimate 132.1
*All release times are DST
*Key events are in bold
EUR/USD for Monday, March 25, 2019
EUR/USD for March 25 at 6:30 DST
Open: 1.1301 High: 1.1323 Low: 1.1289 Close: 1.1323
EUR/USD was flat in the Asian session and has posted slight gains in European trade
- 1.1300 was tested earlier in support. It remains a weak 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 1.1610
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