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EUR/USD: Trading the Existing Home Sales

Existing  Home Sales report is a leading indicator of housing activity. The indicator is released on a monthly basis, and helps analysts track consumer spending. A higher reading than that expected by the market is bullish for the dollar.

Update: the actual number is 5.04 million, above expectations, EUR/USD slides.

Here are all the details, and 5 possible outcomes for EUR/USD.

Published on Tuesday at 14:00 GMT.

Indicator Background

The Existing Homes Sales Report measures the number of new single-family homes sold the previous month. An increase in home sales sends a strong signal of consumer spending and confidence in the economy.

The  indicator  jumped to 4.89  million in  May, a six-month  high.  This easily beat the estimate of 4.74 million. The markets are  expecting the upward swing to continue, with  the June  estimate standing at 4.98 million. Will the indicator meet or beat  this rosy prediction?

Sentiments and levels

The euro has  lost  close to two cents  in July  and  the general direction of the pair remains down, due to a long list of reasons. Euro/dollar could take a break before the next move and consolidate around 1.35. US data has turned mixed and that trend could continue this week. A drop in IFO will not be so surprising after the weak ZEW number. Assuming the Ukraine-Russia and Israel-Hamas conflicts will take just a small  step back from the headlines, we can see a return of stability  for at least a brief period. So, the sentiment is  neutral on EUR/USD towards this release.

Technical levels, from top to bottom: 1.3650 1.3585, 1.3550, 1.35, 1.3450 and 1.34.

5 Scenarios    

  1. Within expectations: 4.95M to 5.01M: In such a case, EUR/USD is likely to move within range, with a small chance of breaking higher.
  2. Above expectations:  5.02M to 5.06M: An unexpected higher reading can push EUR/USD below one support level.
  3. Well above expectations: Above 5.06M: A sharp increase could push the pair below  a second support level.
  4. Below expectations:  4.90M to 4.94M: A reading lower than forecast could send EUR/USD above one resistance level.
  5. Well below expectations: Below 4.90M: A sharp decline would signal weakness in the housing sector. In such an outcome, the pair could break  through a second  resistance level.

For more on the Euro, see the EUR/USD forecast.

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.