EUR/USD – Euro subdued in thin holiday trade, EU election sees far-right surge

EUR/USD has started the new trading week quietly. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1195, down 0.08% on the day. There are no German or eurozone events. In the U.S., markets are closed for Memorial Day, and there are no U.S. indicators. With no data releases, traders can expect a quiet day for the pair. On Tuesday, Germany releases Ifo Business Climate, while the U.S. posts CB Consumer Confidence.

The votes have been tallied in the European parliamentary elections, as over 200 million voters went to the polls in 28 EU countries, including the U.K. The results were dramatic, as far-right parties across Europe made gains at the expense of centrist parties. In France, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party came in first, handing a stinging defeat to President Macron. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives lost ground, and voters in the U.K sent a strong message to Labor and the Conservatives, as Nigel Farage’s Brexit party won the most seats. The ramifications are already being felt, as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called a general election after his Syriza party fared poorly in the EU elections. The euro has not shown much movement on Monday, but could face headwinds as investors digest the results.

German numbers were mixed last week. Manufacturing PMI pointed to contraction for a fifth straight month, with a reading of 44.3 in May. Ifo Business Climate slipped to 97.9, its lowest score since February 2010. However, GDP improved by 0.4% in Q1, compared to no growth in Q4 of 2018. The eurozone manufacturing PMI also showed contraction, with a reading of 47.7. There was better news from the services sector, as German and eurozone PMIs were above 50, pointing to expansion.

The U.S. ended the week on a disappointing note, as April durable goods orders were softer than expected. Durable goods orders slumped 2.1%, just below the estimate of -2.0%. This marked the sharpest decline since January 2018. The core reading slowed to 0.0%, down from 0.4% a month earlier.

Markets in holiday mood

MEU elections not so bad for EUR or GBP

EUR/USD Fundamentals

Monday (May 27)

  • There are no events on the schedule

Tuesday (May 28)

  • 2:00 German GfK Consumer Climate. Estimate 10.4
  • 10:00 US CB Consumer Confidence. Estimate 130.1

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Monday, May 27, 2019

EUR/USD for May 27 at 6:50 DST

Open: 1.1204 High: 1.1215 Low: 1.1191 Close: 1.1195

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.0950 1.1046 1.1120 1.1212 1.1300 1.1434

EUR/USD showed little movement in the Asian session and has posted slight losses in European trade

  • 1.1120 is providing support
  • 1.1212 was tested earlier in resistance and is under pressure
  • Current range: 1.1120 to 1.1212

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.1120, 1.1046 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.