EUR/USD – Euro slips to 22-month low as German business confidence dips

EUR/USD is unchanged on Thursday, after sustaining considerable losses on Wednesday. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1152, down 0.02% on the day. On the fundamentals front, there are no German or eurozone events. In the U.S., durable goods orders is expected to rebound with a gain of 0.7%, after a sharp drop of 1.6% in the previous release. Core durable goods is projected to gain 0.2%. As well, unemployment claims is forecast to rise to 199 thousand. On Friday, the U.S. releases the initial reading for first-quarter GDP, with an estimate of 2.2%. We’ll also get a look at UoM consumer sentiment, which is expected to drop to 97.1 points.

The euro was shaken out of its Easter week slumber on Wednesday, with EUR/USD recording a loss of 0.65%, its sharpest decline since early March. The euro has dropped to a level not seen since June 2017. The sharp drop was triggered by a soft German business confidence release. Ifo Business Climate fell to 99.2, shy of the estimate of 99.9 points. Although the indicator remains close to the 100-level, it has softened considerably since 2018. Investors are nervous about the economic outlook in the eurozone, and the euro is vulnerable to key German releases that miss expectations.

The ECB released its economic bulletin on Wednesday, which provided a somber assessment of the eurozone economy. The ECB took note of the global trade war and the downside risk to the eurozone. The report noted that large negative effects could materialise if “trade tensions were to escalate further. Uncertainty related to protectionism is weighing on economic sentiment and it may raise further, potentially eroding confidence and affecting the euro area and the global economy more significantly.”

The U.S-China trade war continues to weigh on global markets, and the EU and the U.S. are also engaged in a tariff war. The German and eurozone manufacturing sectors have been particularly hard hit, and manufacturing PMIs are mired in negative territory, pointing to a continuing decline in manufacturing.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Thursday (April 25)

  • 3:00 Spanish Unemployment Rate. Estimate 14.5%. Actual 14.7%
  • 8:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.2%
  • 8:30 US Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.7%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 199K
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 90B

Friday (April 26)

  • 8:30 US Advance GDP. Estimate 2.2%
  • 8:30 US Advance GDP Price Index. Estimate 1.3%
  • 10:00 US UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 97.1
  • 10:00 US UoM Inflation Expectations
  • US Treasury Currency Report

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Thursday, April 25, 2019

EUR/USD for April 25 at 10:30 DST

Open: 1.1154 High: 1.1262 Low: 1.1145 Close: 1.1152

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.0950 1.1025 1.1120 1.1212 1.1300 1.1434

EUR/USD was flat in the Asian session and this trend continues in European trade

  • 1.1120 is providing support. It could be tested on Thursday
  • 1.1212 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.1120 to 1.1212

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.1120, 1.1025 and 1.0950
  • Above: 1.1212, 1.1300, 1.1434 and 1.1553

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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.