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EUR/USD Dec. 31 – Lower in Thin Trade

EUR/USD  has lost  some ground on  Tuesday, as the  pair trades in the low-1.37 range in the  European session.  In economic news, US Pending Housing Sales posted a slight gain of 0.2%, well short of the estimate. Tuesday has just three releases, highlighted by US CB Consumer Confidence. The markets are expecting a sharp rise in the November reading. German markets are closed for a holiday, and there are no Eurozone releases on the schedule. With light trading due to the holiday season, traders should be prepared for more volatility than usual.

Here is a quick update on the technical situation, indicators, and market sentiment that moves euro/dollar.

EUR/USD Technical

  • EUR/USD  showed little movement in the Asian session, as the pair  stayed close to the 1.38 line. In the European session, the pair has lost ground and dropped to the mid-1.37 range.

Current range: 1.3710 to 1.3800.

Further levels in both directions:   EUR USD Daily Forecast Dec. 31th

  • Below: 1.3710, 1.3675, 1.3615, 1.3525, 1.3440, 1.34, 1.3320, 1.3240, 1.3175 and  1.31.
  • Above: 1.3800, 1.3832, 1.3940 and 1.4036.
  • 1.3800 is  providing weak  resistance. 1.3832 follows.
  • 1.3710 is  the next line of  support. 1.3675 is stronger.


EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 14:00 US S&P/CS Composite-20 HPI. Exp. 13.4%.
  • 14:45 US Chicago PMI. Exp. 61.3 points.
  • 15:00 US CB Consumer Confidence. Exp. 76.5 points.

For more events and lines, see the Euro to dollar forecast.

EUR/USD Sentiment

  • Euro shows volatility:  Low liquidity  over a holiday period can lead to strong currency movements, and we got a taste of that on Friday.  The euro shot up about 200 points and climbed close to the 1.39 line. As well, the recent Fed taper decision has fuelled a “risk on” atmosphere which led to increased selling of the safe-haven US dollar and boosted the euro. However, this move didn’t last and the euro retracted and closed the week in the mid-1.37 range. With thin trade likely this week as well due to the holidays, we can expect to see  more activity than usual  from EUR/USD.
  • US housing data disappoints: The first US release of the week did not impress, as US Pending Home Sales gained just 0.2% in November. This was well short of the forecast of 1.1%. However, the modest gain broke a string of five straight declines, so perhaps the key indicator has turned the corner on its recent downward spiral. Last week’s housing data looked much stronger, as New Home Sales beat the forecast.
  • Unemployment Claims Shine: US Unemployment Claims bounced back nicely on Thursday, following two disappointing releases. The key employment indicator fell to 338 thousand, compared to 379 thousand in the previous release. The estimate stood at 346 thousand. With the Federal Reserve poised to begin its long-awaited QE taper next month, employment  releases have taken on added significance. If the US labor market continues to improve, the Fed could decide on another taper as early as January, which would give  a boost to the US dollar against its major rivals.
  • US manufacturing, housing numbers point up: There was some holiday cheer from US releases  last week  as manufacturing and housing  data pointed upwards. Core Durable Goods Orders posted a strong gain of 1.2%, its best showing since April. The key manufacturing indicator had posted four consecutive declines, so the sharp gain was welcome news. Durable Goods Orders bounced back from a sharp decline in October with a gain of 3.5%, well above the estimate of 1.7%. New Homes Sales also impressed with a five-month high, climbing to 464 thousand. The estimate stood at 449 thousand. We’ll get another look at housing data on Monday with the release  Pending Home Sales, and the markets are expecting a strong reading from the  key housing indicator.
  • Ireland exits bailout program: With all the news about Eurozone bailouts for struggling countries, there was a happier episode as Ireland  recently exited the bailout program it had received from the EU and the IMF. Ireland had been party to the bailout for three years, and will now be able to borrow money on the international markets.  Key sectors such as tourism and agriculture are improving  and unemployment is down to about 12.5%. However, economic growth is expected to be limited, as the country was forced to undergo drastic budget cuts and tax increases as part of the bailout. Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said the exit from the bailout is a step in the right direction, but admits that the road to recovery will be a long one.




Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher - Senior Writer A native of Toronto, Canada, Kenneth worked for seven years in the marketing and trading departments at Bendix, a foreign exchange company in Toronto. Kenneth is also a lawyer, and has extensive experience as an editor and writer.