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EUR/USD continues to show volatility and declined by 1.3%. It was the euro’s worst week since late August. The upcoming week has 7 events. Here is an outlook at the highlights and an updated technical analysis for EUR/USD.
The PMI readings for services and manufacturing were all within expectations, pointing to contraction in manufacturing but expansion in the services sector. German manufacturing PMI came in at 42.1, as the country’s manufacturing sector continues to sputter.
In the U.S., there was good news from the services sector, which continued to show expansion in October. Services PMI improved to 54.7, above the estimate of 53.5 points. The UoM Consumer Sentiment index dipped to 95.7, shy of the forecast of 97.0 points. There was a significant development on the trade front, as a Chinese report stated that the U.S. and China had agreed to phase out tariffs. However, no timetable was given.

EUR/USD daily chart with support and resistance lines on it. Click to enlarge:

  1. Spanish Parliamentary Election: Sunday, All Day. Spaniards are off to the polls for the second time this year. With no clear front runner, the result could lead to political instability in the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy.
  2. German ZEW Economic Sentiment: Tuesday, 10:00. This key confidence indicator remains mired in negative territory. The index dipped to -22.5 in October, but is expected to improve to -13.2 in November. The all-eurozone index is also expected to improve to -11.5, up from -23.5 points.
  3. German Final CPI: Wednesday, 7:00. German inflation remains subdued and is expected to improve to 0.1% ijn October, confirming the initial estimate.
  4. Eurozone Industrial Production: Wednesday, 10:00. The eurozone manufacturing sector has struggled, with this indicator posting two declines in the past three readings. Another decline is expected in September, with an estimate of -0.2%.
  5. German Preliminary GDP: Thursday, 7:00. The German locomotive contracted by 0.1% in Q2, and another decline of 0.1% is expected in Q3, which could weigh on the euro.
  6. Eurozone Flash GDP: Thursday, 10:00. This is the second estimate of GDP, and is expected to remain steady at 0.2% in September. This would confirm the initial estimate back in October.
  7. Eurozone Final CPI: Friday, 10:00. Eurozone inflation remains low, with the September release projected to drop from 0.8% to 0.7%. This would confirm the initial estimate.

EUR/USD Technical analysis

Technical lines from top to bottom:

1.1390 was a stepping stone on the way up in late January and capped EUR/USD earlier.  1.1345 is next.

1.1290 has held in resistance since the first week of July. 1.1215 is next.

1.1119 (mentioned  last week) remains relevant.

1.1025 has switched to a resistance role after sharp losses by EUR/USD last week.

1.0950 is the first support level.

1.0829 has held in support since April 2017.

1.0690 is the final support level for now.


I am neutral on EUR/USD

The euro continues to show strong swings in both directions, making it difficult to establish a trend. The U.S. economy continues to outperform the eurozone, but recent rate cuts by the Federal Reserve has investors looking for alternatives to the U.S. dollar.

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