- The EUR/USD clawed its way back above the $1.2000 level as European traders return to work.
- A busy day with euro-zone GDP, the ADP NFP, and the Fed decision stand out.
- The technical picture shows somewhat oversold conditions.
The EUR/USD is off the lows of $1.1982 seen on Tuesday and has recaptured the round $1.2000 figure. The US Dollar is paring its gains after storming the board on Tuesday. The greenback extended its gains as bond yields remained elevated and the moves were exacerbated by thin liquidity. Most European countries enjoyed the Labor Day holiday, and several other financial centers were closed for the day. The US ISM Manufacturing PMI slightly missed expectations, but that was only a bump in the road for the US Dollar.
As Asian and European traders are back to work, we see a limited reversal of the move. However, the pair faces big tests ahead. Euro-zone manufacturing PMI data will keep markets busy in the wake of the day, but the more important data is due at 9:00: the euro-zone GDP report. The figures pointing to a slowdown in the first quarter of the year are expected to be summed up in a quarterly growth rate of 0.4% after 0.6% in Q4 2017. Significant surprises are unlikely as several countries have already posted their GDP prints.
The highlight of the early American morning is the ADP Non-Farm Payrolls. A within-average gain of 200,000 is expected in April after a robust rise of 241,000 in March, before revisions. It is important to note that the previous month’s figure was not indicative of the official Non-Farm Payrolls report. Nevertheless, it is expected to have an impact on markets.
- ADP employment Preview: Private hiring set to double the historical standards for April
- How to trade the US ADP NFP with USD/JPY
And the best is kept for last. The Federal Reserve is expected to leave the interest rate unchanged when it publishes the statement at 18:00 GMT. However, recent upbeat figures, especially from the weaker inflation link, are expected to keep officials happy and to result in a bullish statement that will cement a rate hike in the following meeting in June.
At some point, the US Dollar will make a significant downside correction that may be triggered by the wrong reason and could catch traders by surprise. The current upside move seems to be more limited.
EUR/USD Technical Analysis
The RSI is struggling around 30, pointing to oversold conditions. Another struggle is with the closely watched 200-day Simple Moving Average. The pair is attempting to recover above this level which stands at $1.2013. Momentum remains decidedly down.
On the topside, $1.2055 was the April 27th low and now turns into resistance. Further up, the $1.2090 line was the peak of 2017 and serves as another cap. The March 1st peak of $1.2155 is next up.
Looking down, $1.1982 is the fresh May 1st low. Further down, $1.1920 was a low point in January. Much lower, $1.1820 was a stubborn line of support back in December.