EUR/USD calm on US holiday

EUR/USD is showing limited movement on Thursday. Currently, EUR/USD is trading at 1.1904, down 0.07% on the day. With US markets closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, we can expect a quiet North American session.

Euro closing in on 1.20 level

Unlike some of the other major currencies, the euro hasn’t posted sharp gains this week against the struggling US dollar. Slowly but surely, however, the pesky euro has moved within striking distance of the 1.20 level, which has psychological importance.

The euro hasn’t been this strong since early September, but it should be noted that this upswing is more a case of US dollar weakness, rather than euro robustness. The eurozone economy remains in slow gear as the Covid pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the bloc. The German locomotive, which was usually the go-to to boost the eurozone, is suffering from worsening economic conditions. There was another reminder of Germany’s woes on Thursday, as GfK Consumer Climate slipped to -6.7 in November, down from 3.1 beforehand. The index has been mired in negative territory, which indicates pessimism, since April, when the Covid pandemic began to spread in Europe.

The ECB minutes presented a rather glum picture of the economy, noting that headline inflation would likely remain negative into early 2021, which was more pessimistic than the September forecast. The minutes acknowledged that growth had rebounded in the third quarter, but added that the most recent data supported the view that the recovery was losing steam and there were clear risks to GDP in Q4, such as plans for further lockdowns. The ECB holds its next policy meeting in two weeks and is widely expected to implement further easing, which could weigh on the euro.

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EUR/USD Technical

  • There is resistance at 1.1936. Above, the next resistance line is at 1.1977
  • There is support for the pair at 1.1817, followed by a support line at 1.1776
  • EUR/USD easily broke above the 10-day MA line earlier in the week, which is a signal of an uptrend

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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.
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