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EUR/USD  has picked up where it ended last week, trading quietly in the mid-1.30 range.  There are only two economic releases to kick off the new trading week. The Eurozone will release Consumer Confidence, while the US publishes Existing Home Sales, a key release. The markets will be looking for some good news after a long streak of weak US data.

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

EUR/USD Technical

  • Asian session: Euro/dollar  edged higher, touching a high of 1.3084, before consolidating at 1.3052.  The pair  is  unchanged in the European session.
  • Current range: 1.3000 to 1.3050.

Further levels in both directions:   EUR USD Daily Forecast April 22

 

  • Below: 1.30, 1.2960, 1.2880, 1.2805, 1.2750 and 1.27.
  • Above: 1.3050, 1.31, 1.3140, 1.3170, 1.3255, 1.3290, 1.3350 and 1.34.
  • On the upside, the pair is testing 1.3050. 1.31 is stronger.
  • 1.3000 is providing support. This is followed by 1.2960.

Euro  steady  in mid-1.30 range  – click on the graph to enlarge.

EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 12:30 US FOMC Member William Dudley Speaks
  • 14:00 Eurozone Consumer Confidence. Exp. -24
  • 14:00 US Existing Home Sales. Exp. 5.02M

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

 

EUR/USD Sentiment

  • US numbers continue to point downward: What’s wrong with the US? The country’s economic releases continue to disappoint the  markets, as  this week’s key releases fell below expectations. Thursday brought more bad news, as employment and manufacturing numbers missed the mark. Unemployment Claims came in at 352 thousand, higher than the estimate of 349 thousand. The Philly Fed Manufacturing Index dropped from 2.0 points to 1.3 points,  nowhere near  the  estimate of 2.7 points. The alarm bells may not have gone off just yet, but the continuing weak numbers are raising concerns about the extent of the US recovery.
  • Italy’s president reelected:  There were dramatic developments in Italy over the weekend. President Giorgio Napolitano, who was supposed to be replaced, was reelected to a new 7 year term. As well, the leader of the center-left PD party, Pier Luigi Bersani, resigned. Napolitano will be tasked with trying to break the logjam and shepherd the parties put a coalition together. If he fails, the country may have to again go to the polls. Fresh elections would mean more uncertainty and would weigh on the euro.
  • G20 Meeting Goes Soft on Japan:  There was little surprise that the  G20 did not take Japan to task over its monetary policies, which have resulted in the yen taking a tumble. Although Japan has faced a lot of criticism leveled against Japan, the G20  issued  a very soft statement about monetary easing which didn’t even mention  Japan.  So, we can expect  the yen to continue to weaken and this will impact on EUR/USD.
  • IMF pessimistic about Eurozone: Last week, the IMF released its World Economic Outlook on global growth, and had bad news for the Eurozone. The  report  found that  the Eurozone is the weakest part of the global economy,  and  forecast contraction in GDP this year for  Italy, France and  Spain.  The report downgraded German growth from  0.9% in January to 0.6%.  The IMF urged the ECB to lower interest rates in order to stimulate the stagnant Eurozone economy. Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard did not mince words about the dire situation in Europe, stating that “the slump in the Eurozone is worrisome”.