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EUR/USD Extends Losses; Reaches Lower Support as Italian Counting

EUR USD at low support as Italian counting continues February 25 2013
EUR USD at low support as Italian counting continues – click image to enlarge

EUR/USD extends its falls after the European session ended and it is now hanging on lower support. The pair is at fresh 8 week lows.

Counting in Italy continues. Markets fear a hung parliament that would lead to instability and perhaps new elections, or a return of Silvio Berlusconi. Both scenarios are possible.

EUR/USD is now trading at 1.3138, after dipping its toes below support at 1.3130. The 1.3130 line is only a minor one. The bigger move is the break below 1.3170, which was the top border of a higher range.

Further support appears at 1.31, followed by 1.3030. All these are small cushions on the way down. The most important support level is 1.30 – this is not only a round number, but this line also served as support.  For more levels and events, see the euro to dollar forecast.

Update: No mercy for EUR/USD: the pair now trades at 1.31, which is the next support line. 1.3130 only held the pair for a few minutes.

Update 2: It seems that 1.31 isn’t holding either, but the break below this line needs to be confirmed.

Update 3:  Italian Senate Deadlocked – Grillo can trigger new elections

Update 4:  USD/JPY falls on safe have comeback, so,  EUR/JPY crashes 600 pips.

Update 3: EUR/Dollar already trades at 1.3080 as Berlusconi could win both houses – a nightmare for Angela Merkel.

EUR USD Daily Chart Heading to 1 3000 as Italian fears mount February 25 2013

This is how the pair looks under 1.31, on the daily chart:

Results for the lower house are expected at 20:00 GMT. Bersani’s PD could win there. Results for the Senate are due at 23:00 GMT. Berlusconi could win there, especially if he wins his home region of Lombardy.

The first exit polls showed a victory for Bersani and Monti, even though Monti’s figures weren’t impressive. A second round of more substantial data already showed a much more complex picture and EUR/USD began the big downfall.  The range of EUR/USD is nearly 200 pips so far.

If Berslusconi gets a narrow win in Lombardy (Senate elections), it could also be thanks to the transfer of Mario Balotelli to AC Milan. Berslusconi owns the team and Balotelli is a very talented football player, even if somewhat controversial.

Yohay Elam

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