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EUR/USD reached a new 8 month high on the back of the US government shutdown, but soppted at resistance. Draghi’s speeches, Industrial data and the IMF meeting are the highlights of this week. Check out  these events among others, and an updated technical analysis for EUR/USD, now in a higher range.

The ECB left all rates unchanged postponing new policy moves until the fragile  euro zone  recovery strengthens. The ECB became concerned with rising market interest rates over the summer, and pledged to keep the benchmark rates at a minimum low for an extended period. And while the central bank remains ready to act with new LTROs, falling inflation is currently not a worry. Draghi’s content message add fuel to the EUR/USD fire, that was lit by the US government shutdown – an unresolved theme dominating the news.

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EUR/USD daily chart with support and resistance lines on it. Click to enlarge:EUR USD Technical Analysis October 7 11 2013 chart for foriegn exchange trading currencies fundamental outlook and sentiment

  1. Sentix Investor Confidence: Monday, 8:30. Euro zone  sentiment improved for the first time in more than two years in September a vote of confidence in the Eurozone economy, reaching 6.5 points after minus 4.9 in August signaling the end of recession. The reading beat market forecast for minus 4. A boost in exports and increased spending pulled the euro zone out of recession in the second quarter of 2013. A further boost to 10.9 is expected now.
  2. German Trade Balance: Tuesday, 6:00. Germany’s trade surplus narrowed in July to 14.5 billion following 15.8 billion in the previous month as exports weakened. In unadjusted terms, trade surplus decreased slightly to 16.1 billion euros from 16.9 billion euros, amid a rise in imports. Exports to the European Union as a whole edged up by 0.8 percent and exports to the rest of the world were up by 3.6 percent, the statisticians said. A rise to 15.1 billion is expected.
  3. German Factory Orders: Tuesday, 10:00. German factory  orders declined in July, down 2.7% following a 5.0% boost in demand by the  Paris Air Show  a month earlier.  Economists expected a small drop of 0.7%. On a yearly base, orders advanced 2%, when adjusted for the number of working days. German economy expanded 0.7% pulling the 17-nation euro area out of its longest-ever recession. Manufacturing expanded and business confidence increased to a 16-month high in August, indicating a solid pick-up in German economy. A pick-up of 1.2% is expected now.
  4. German Industrial Production: Wednesday, 10:00. German manufacturing output fell 1.7% in July, following a 2.0% gain in the previous month. However a two-month average suggested that industry in Europe’s largest economy  is on the path to recovery. The current drop in production could be related to the previous month, where output boosted 2.0% driven by a high number of public holidays. The general trend indicates growth in manufacturing and significantly stronger in  construction. A rise of 1.1% is expected.
  5. French Industrial Production: Thursday, 6:45. French industrial output fell unexpectedly by 0.6% in July after a 7.4% plunge in the previous month, due to lower car production and mineral refining, casting shadow over French recovery in the beginning of the third quarter. The data suggests the  economy  is still weak after pulling out of recession in the second quarter. A rise of 0.7% is forecasted.
  6. ECB Monthly Bulletin: Thursday, 8:00. The ECB monthly bulleting released in September revealed that the Euro area has recovered during the Q2 of 2013 and is expected to continue its recovery in the remaining year however, the Euro Zone should continue the reforms, in order to strengthen recovery.  The Euro area real GDP, edged up 0.3% in the second quarter of 2013. ECB projected an annual GDP decline of 0.4% in 2013 and an expansion of 1.0% in 2014. ECB interest rates will remain at present or lower levels for an extended period of time.
  7. Mario Draghi speaks: Thursday, 13:00. ECB President Mario Draghi is scheduled to speak in New York where he is likely to discuss the Eurozone recovery and his plans for further easing measures to ensure a speedy recovery. Market volatility is expected. He managed to deflect sensitive political questions in the last statement. What will he say now?

*All times are GMT

EUR/USD Technical Analysis

Euro/dollar started the week with a Sunday gap and dropped to 1.3476. It then stabilized in the previous range before pushing higher and trading between the 1.3570 and 1.3650 lines (mentioned last week) before making a last minute tumble.

Technical lines from top to bottom:

1.3940 was a peak in September 2011, over two years ago, and is just before the round number of 1.40. 1.3870 capped the pair during the fall of 2011 and served as the “shoulders” in a H&S pattern.  1.38 is a round number and also worked as a temporary cap during that period of time.

1.3710  was the 2013 peak, and is getting closer. The line is the next big target.1.3650 temporarily capped the pair during that period of time and is stronger after capping the pair in October 2013.

1.3570  is the swing high of September 2013 and also proved itself as resistance afterwards.  1.35  is a nice round number and a pivotal line or “magnet” within the range.

1.3460  worked as support in late September and should be watched for any downside moves.  1.3415  was the peak back in June and works as another line of support.

1.3325  worked as a double top in early September and it was crossed only with a Sunday gap. It remains a clear separator of ranges.  It is followed by 1.3240, which capped the pair in April and also had a role in August. It worked as support in September.

1.3175  capped the pair during July 2013. 1.3100  is worked as temporary resistance in December 2012 and is becoming more important once again, after capping a recovery attempt in June and then in July and providing support in September.

It is followed by 1.3050, which proved be strong support in May 2013, defending the round number in more than one occasion, but it is less significant now.  The very round  1.30  line was a tough line of resistance. In addition to being a round number, it also served as strong support and recently worked as a pivot line.

EUR/USD holding well above broken uptrend resistance

The line accompanying the pair since early June was broken by the big surprise and the pair managed to stay on top of it.

I remain bearish on EUR/USD

ECB president Mario Draghi was relatively upbeat and didn’t hint about any upcoming easing (despite falling inflation). In a twist of events, the Italian government survived and Berlusconi was defeated. Nevertheless, EUR/USD ends the week almost unchanged. What will happen when the uneasy economic reality returns to bite? This could come from Greece, Spain or even Germany, which is unlikely to pull all the zone forward.

In the US, the political crisis undoubtedly hurts the greenback. The situation with each day that goes by, but there’s a good chance that the US will resolve its issues sooner than later, and most importantly avoid an unimaginable default, which could have horrible consequences.

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