EUR/USD has started the week with slight gains. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1238, up 0.20% on the day. In economic news, it’s a light data calendar, so we’re unlikely to see much movement from the pair on Monday. Germany’s trade surplus widened to EUR 18.7 billion but still fell short the forecast of EUR 19.0 billion. The Eurozone Sentix Investor Confidence improved to -0.3, marking a four-month high. In the U.S., the sole event is factory orders, which is expected to decline by 0.5%. On Tuesday, the U.S. releases JOLTS Jobs Openings.
The eurozone economy continues to sputter, and it hasn’t helped that the German locomotive has also lost a gear. Germany’s manufacturing sector has been hit hard with the fallout of the nasty global trade war. This has dampened demand for German exports, such as vehicles and auto parts. German manufacturing PMI is showing contraction and factory orders have declined for four straight months. However, there was positive news on Friday, as German industrial production posted a strong gain of 0.7%, ending a streak of four successive declines. The improvement is a result of a surge in construction, but with demand from abroad remaining soft, the manufacturing sector is likely to face further headwinds.
With the eurozone mired in a slowdown, there was no surprise over the dour tone of the ECB minutes on Thursday. Policymakers noted that economic data continued to be soft, highlighting the manufacturing sector. The minutes expressed concern about continuing global trade concerns, which has had a negative effect on the eurozone economy. As well, inflation is expected to remain low. With the ECB acknowledging that the economic outlook is poor, there is little likelihood of an interest rate hike before 2020. This will make the euro less attractive to investors.
Monday (April 8)
- 2:00 German Trade Balance. Estimate 19.0B. Actual 18.7B
- 4:30 Eurozone Sentix Investor Confidence. Estimate -1.7. Actual -0.3
- 10:00 US Factory Orders. Estimate -0.5%
Tuesday (April 9)
- 10:00 US JOLTS Job Openings. Estimate 7.54M
*All release times are DST
*Key events are in bold
EUR/USD for Monday, April 8, 2019
EUR/USD for April 8 at 6:55 DST
Open: 1.1216 High: 1.1242 Low: 1.1215 Close: 1.1240
EUR/USD has posted small gains in the Asian and in European sessions
- 1.1212 remains a weak support level
- 1.1300 is the next resistance line
- Current range: 1.1212 to 1.1300
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.1212, 1.1120, 1.1046 and 1.0951
- Above: 1.1300, 1.1434 and 1.1553
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