EUR/USD – Euro rally continues as Fed’s Powell hints at rate cut

EUR/USD has posted winning sessions for three successive days, and the upward trend has continued on Wednesday. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1284, up 0.26% on the day. On the release front, German and eurozone services PMIs beat expectations, with scores of 55.4 and 52.9, respectively. Eurozone retail sales dropped 0.4%, its first decline in four months. In the U.S., ADP nonfarm payrolls is expected to drop to 185 thousand in May, after a sparkling gain of 275 thousand in April. ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI is projected to show strong expansion, with an estimate of 55.6. On Thursday, the ECB is expected to maintain its key interest rate at a flat 0.00%. In the U.S., the key event is unemployment claims.

There were no surprises from the PMIs readings in May. The services sector continue to shows expansion in both Germany and the eurozone. The German release slowed to 55.4, down from the reading of 55.7 in April. It was a different story for manufacturing, as manufacturing PMIs pointed to contraction in Germany and the eurozone. Both indicators have been mired in contraction territory for most of 2019. This is a result of ongoing trade tensions, which have reduced global demand for German and eurozone exports, and dampened the manufacturing sectors.

The Federal Reserve has tried to present an aura of neutrality regarding rate moves, but has taken a sharp U-turn this week in favor of an easing bias. On Tuesday, Fed chair Jerome Powell said that the Fed would “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion”, and analysts noted that he did not mention his “patient” approach to monetary policy, which has been a buzzword in Powell’s recent comments. This comes on the heels of comments from James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Fed. Bullard stated that the Fed might have to lower rates shortly due to low inflation and the ongoing trade war with China. Bullard warned that the Fed may have to deal with “an economy that is expected to grow more slowly going forward, with some risk that the slowdown could be sharper than expected due to ongoing global trade regime uncertainty“. Bullard added that the current benchmark rate, which is at a range of 2.25% to 2.50%, is too high for current economic conditions, and recommended lowering rates in order to stabilize the economy.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Wednesday (June 5)

  • 3:15 Spanish Services PMI. Estimate 52.5. Actual 52.8
  • 3:45 Italian Services PMI. Estimate 49.9. Actual 50.0
  • 3:50 French Final Services PMI. Estimate 51.7. Actual 51.5
  • 3:55 German Final Services PMI. Estimate 55.0. Actual 55.4
  • 4:00 Eurozone Final Services PMI. Estimate 52.5. Actual 52.9
  • 5:00 Eurozone PPI. Estimate 0.4%. Actual -0.3%
  • 5:00 Eurozone Retail Sales. Estimate -0.5%. Actual -0.4%
  • 8:15 US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change. Estimate 185K
  • 9:45 US FOMC Member Clarida Speaks
  • 9:45 US Final Services PMI. Estimate 50.9
  • 10:00 US ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 55.6
  • 10:00 US FOMC Bowman Speaks
  • 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -1.7M
  • 14:00 US Beige Book

Thursday (June 6)

  • 2:00 German Factory Orders. Estimate 0.1%
  • 5:00 Eurozone Revised GDP. Estimate 0.4%
  • 7:45 ECB Monetary Policy Statement. Estimate 0.00%
  • 8:30 ECB Press Conference
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 215K

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Wednesday, June 5, 2019

EUR/USD for June 5 at 7:05 DST

Open: 1.1252 High: 1.1289 Low: 1.1251 Close: 1.1261

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1046 1.1120 1.1212 1.1300 1.1434 1.1553

EUR/USD ticked higher in the Asian session. The pair edged higher in European trade but has given up these gains

  • 1.1212 is providing support
  • 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 1.0950
  • Above: 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.