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EUR/USD July 2 – Modest Losses as Markets Await ADP

EUR/USD has edged lower on Wednesday, as the pair trades in the mid-1.36 range in the European session. In economic news, Spanish Unemployment Change posted a sharp decline, but fell short of expectations. In the US, today’s highlight is ADP Nonfarm Payrolls, with the markets expecting a significant improvement  in  the June reading. As well, Federal Reserve Janet Yellen will speak at the IMF in Washington.

 Here is a quick update on what’s moving the pair.

Update: CPI stands at 0.5%, core CPI rises to 0.8%


  • EUR/USD  was steady in the Asian session,  trading around the 1.3560 line. The pair is unchanged in the European  session.
  • Current range:  1.3650 to 1.3677

Further levels in both directions:   EURUSD. Daily Forecast July 2


  • Below: 1.3650, 1.3585, 1.3550, 1.35, 1.3450, and 1.34.
  • Above: 1.3677, 1.37, 1.3740, 1.3785,  1.3830, 1.3865 and 1.3905.
  • On the downside, 1.3650 is under strong pressure. 1.3585 follows.
  • 1.3677 is an immediate resistance line. The round number of 1.37 is next.


EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 7:15 Spanish Unemployment Change. Estimate -147.3K. Actual -122.7K.
  • 9:00 Eurozone Final GDP. Estimate 0.2%. Actual 0.2%.
  • 9:00 Eurozone PPI. Estimate 0.1%. Actual -0.1%.
  • 11:30 US Challenger Job Cuts.
  • 12:15 US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change. Estimate 207K.    See how to trade this event with EUR/USD
  • 14:00 US Factory Orders. Estimate -0.4%.
  • 14:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -2.2M.
  • 15:00 US Fed Chair Janet Yellen Speaks.

*All times are GMT.

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

EUR/USD Sentiment

  • Eurozone unemployment numbers improve: With the ECB meeting for a policy meeting on Thursday, Eurozone employment numbers are being carefully scrutinized. There  was good news on Tuesday, as the  Eurozone Unemployment Rate dipped to 11.6%, its lowest level in almost two years. This edged below the estimate of 11.7%. The strong reading  could contribute to  the ECB deciding  to maintain current policy and not introduce a more accommodative  monetary stance. At the June meeting, the ECB took unprecedented steps to combat low growth and inflation, including negative deposit rates.  In Spain, the Unemployment Change posted an excellent  reading, coming in at -122.7 thousand. This was shy of  the estimate of -147.3 thousand.  Spanish  unemployment numbers tend to be  very strong in the summer months due to the tourist season.
  • US releases improve after GDP: Last week’s US GDP release for Q1 was a disaster, as the economy contracted by a staggering 2.9% in Q1. However, the markets remained calm, and the US dollar escaped without much damage against most of its major rivals. More recent releases have been better, notably consumer confidence and housing data. Pending Home Sales jumped 6.1%, crushing the estimate of 1.4%. This was the strongest gain since May 2013. This reading followed New Home Sales and Existing Home Sales, which  both beat their estimates. The markets are keeping a close eye on ADP Nonfarm Payrolls, which is published prior to the official NFP release. The markets are expecting the indicator to improve to 207 thousand, compared to a gain of just 179 thousand a month earlier.
  • German numbers slip: Weak German data continues to be a concern. The week started with Retail Sales, the primary gauge of consumer spending, posting its third straight decline. The indicator came in at -0.6% last month, well off the forecast of +0.8%. Unemployment Change, which had posted strong declines in the first quarter of the year, has reversed direction and recorded two straight gains, pointing to trouble in the employment sector. In June, the indicator came in at +9K, compared to an estimate of -9K. The euro is sensitive to German data, as Germany is the largest economy in the Eurozone.
  • Doubleheader on Thursday: In a rare event (due to the 4th of July), the ECB’s press conference and the Non-Farm Payrolls are  released at the same time, Thursday 12:30 GMT. The markets are expecting softer numbers for June, so traders should be prepared for some movement from EUR/USD. Join a free webinar on Wednesday at 13:00 GMT about this climax of events.


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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.