EUR/USD gains continue after dismal week

EUR/USD has recorded gains for a second straight day. In Tuesday’s North American session, EUR/USD is trading at 1.1703, up 0.34% on the day. The pair is looking to recover from a decline of 1.7% last week, marking its worst week since March.

Lagarde notes euro’s appreciation

ECB President Christine Lagarde spoke before a European Parliament Committee on Monday, and her speech touched on the high value of the euro. EUR/USD is up 6.6% since June 1st, as the euro has taken full advantage of a retreating US dollar. Although the dollar recovered ground last week, ECB policymakers remain deeply concerned about the high exchange rate.

Lagarde noted the strong euro in her remarks on Monday, when she said that one of the reasons that the eurozone is showing deflation is due to the currency’s high value. Lagarde said that the ECB would continue to monitor the euro’s strength, but did not elaborate on any moves the central bank might make if the euro continued to appreciate. A strong euro has also made European exports more expensive on world markets, which is hampering the eurozone’s economic recovery. Lagarde will address an ECB conference on Wednesday, and it will be interesting to see if she again makes reference to the value of the euro in her remarks.

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EUR/USD Technical

  • EUR/USD broke through resistance at 1.1692 in the Asian session. The next resistance line is at 1.1719, followed closely by the 10-day MA line
  • There is support for the pair at 1.1627, followed by a support line at 1.1589

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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.