Euro starts week with a yawn

The euro has posted small gains in the Monday session. Currently, EUR/USD is trading at 1.2127, down 0.11% on the day.

German Business Climate improves

German data started the week on a positive note. The Ifo Business Climate improved to 92.4 in February, up from an upwardly revised 90.3 in January. This beat the estimate of 90.5 and marked a 4-month high. The Ifo institute statement noted that the German economy is performing well despite the lockdown “mainly because of the strong industrial economy”. Germany’s Manufacturing PMIs have been well into expansionary territory, and the January read improved to 60.6, its highest level since January 2018.

The strong Business Climate release follows last week’s ZEW Economic Sentiment index, which jumped from 58.3 to 69.6. This indicates that financial experts are more confident about economic conditions in Germany in the next six months. At the same time, German consumers have not shared in the optimism over the economy. The GfK Consumer Climate index has mired in negative territory since last March, and the January reading fell t0 -15.6, down from -7.3. The February data will be released on Thursday, and another weak release is expected, with a forecast of -14.0.

Will Eurozone inflation break out? 

With major economies slowly getting on their feet, their are expectations that pent-up inflationary pressures will lead to higher inflation levels in 2021. We saw this with the most recent German CPI data, and the eurozone is expected to follow suit, with January CPI releases on Tuesday (10:00 GMT). Eurozone headline inflation has posted five straight declines, but is expected to explode with a gain of 0.9%. A strong gain would point to an increase in economic activity and would be bullish for the euro.

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EUR/USD Technical

  • EUR/USD faces resistance at 1.2184. Above, there is resistance at 1.2251
  • There is support at 1.2037. This is followed by a support line at 1.1957
  • The 50-day moving average (MA) is at 1.2003

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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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