EUR/USD falls to 3-month low on soft Services PMIs

  • EUR/USD declines to two-month low
  • Eurozone, Germany Services PMIs indicate contraction
  • Eurozone inflation expectations steady at 3.4%

The euro is back to its losing ways on Tuesday, after holding steady a day earlier. In the North American session, EUR/USD is trading at 1.0745, down 0.48%. The euro has faltered badly, losing about 2% since Wednesday and trading at its lowest level since July.

Eurozone inflation expectations edge higher

ECB Christine Lagarde has been talking about the importance of beating inflation but has shrugged when asked about interest rate policy. Lagarde spoke in Jackson Hole in late August and again on Monday in London, hammering home the messsage that inflation remains too high and the ECB will maintain high rates for as long as necessary in order to bring inflation back to the 2% target.

Lagarde’s hawkish message in these speeches gave no hints as to whether the ECB would raise rates at its meeting on September 14th. Perhaps she is keeping the markets guessing, but another reason could be that the ECB hasn’t yet decided whether to hike or hold, with doves and hawks at the ECB strongly divided on the next move. Inflation remains high at 5.3% but another hike increases the risk of tipping the weak eurozone economy into a recession.

Lagarde stressed on Monday that it was critical for the ECB to keep inflation expectations firmly anchored. I can only imagine her frustration today on reading the ECB monthly survey which indicated that inflation expectations for the next 12 months remained at 3.4% in July, and rose from 2.3% to 2.4% for three years ahead. Eurozone inflation has been moving in the right direction, but it appears that bringing it back down to target could take years.

Eurozone, German services PMI indicate contraction

The services sector has helped carry the eurozone economy at a time when manufacturing continues to decline. However, the expansion in services came to a crashing halt in August as indicated in today’s PMIs for the eurozone and Germany. The 50.0 line separates contraction from expansion.

The eurozone Services PMI for August was revised to 47.9 from a preliminary 48.3 points. This marked the first contraction in services activity this year and was the weakest reading since February 2021. The news wasn’t much better from Germany, the bloc’s largest economy. The Services PMI was confirmed at 47.3, the first contraction in eight months and the lowest level since November 2022. The euro has fallen about 0.50% in response to the weak services data, another painful reminder of the fragility of the eurozone economy.


EUR/USD Technical

  • EUR/USD is testing support at 1.0716. Below, there is support at 1.0658
  • There is resistance at 1.0831 and 1.0889

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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