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EUR/USD  has started the new week quietly, after some strong gains late last week. The pair has jumped close to a cent since  Wednesday, as it trades in the mid-1.36 range in Monday’s European session.  On Friday, Non-Farm Payrolls slumped to an eighteen-month  low, but the Unemployment Rate improved sharply. It’s a very quiet start to the week, with just two releases on the schedule. In the Eurozone, Italian Industrial Production dropped to 0.3%, missing the estimate. The sole US release is the Federal Budget Balance.

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

EUR/USD Technical

  • EUR/USD  was steady  in the Asian session,  consolidating at 1.3675. The pair  has edged lower in the  European  session.

Current range: 1.3615 to 1.3675.

Further levels in both directions:   EUR USD Daily Forecast Jan. 13th

  • Below:  1.3615, 1.3550, 1.3450, 1.34, 1.3320, 1.3240 and  1.3175.
  • Above: 1.3675, 1.3710, 1.3800, 1.3832, 1.3940 and 1.4036.
  • On the upside, 1.3675 is under strong pressure. 1.3710 follows.
  • 1.3615 is providing support. 1.3550 follows.


EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 9:00  Italian Industrial Production. Exp. 0.6%. Actual 0.3%.
  • 19:00 US Federal Budget Balance. Exp. 44.3B.

*All times are GMT

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


EUR/USD Sentiment

  • Non-Farm Payrolls tumble:  US employment  data had a promising start in 2014, but Friday’s Non-Farm Payrolls was a  disaster, posting its lowest gain since May 2012. The key employment  indicator dropped to  just 74 thousand, down from 203 thousand a month earlier. This was nowhere near the estimate of 196 thousand.    Although the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7%, this was due to a drop in the participation rate. The participation rate dropped to 62.8%,  its lowest since 1978. This figure points to a worrying trend of a jobless US recovery.    
  • Taper  likely to continue despite  weak NFP:  Last week’s dismal Non-Farm Payrolls report may create some concern in the  markets, but is unlikely to change the Federal Reserve’s  path of tapering QE, which it started  just  this month. In December, outgoing Fed chair Bernard  Bernanke  strong hinted that  the  Fed planned to wind  up  QE by the end of 2014,  reducing  the asset-purchase program by increments of $10  billion at each meeting. The Fed  next meets for a policy meeting  on  January 28, and the question is will the Fed reduce  QE by another  $10 billion, down to $65 billion each month.  Most analysts feel that  one bad employment report will not affect the taper  schedule and we will see a reduction in  QE  at the next meeting.              
  • ECB holds course: The  first ECB rate announcement of 2014 was a non-event, as the central bank held the benchmark rate at a record low of 0.25%. Mario Draghi’s press conference did not make waves and move the currency markets, as has often been the case in the past. Draghi  said  that monetary policy will remain accommodative for as long as is needed to help the Eurozone economy recover, and that interest rates will likely remain at present or lower levels for the foreseeable future. If growth and inflation indicators continue to look weak, the ECB may have to  take action at its next meeting in February.
  • Portugal  heads for bailout exit: Portugal is scheduled to end its bailout program in May, which saw the country receive a rescue package from the EU and the IMF which amounted to EUR 78 billion. Portuguese Treasury Minister Castelo Branco is hopeful that the country will be able to sell bonds through auctions before May. Until now, Portugal has been relying on banks to sell bonds. The end of the bailout should  allow Portugal full access to debt markets. Ireland, which exited a bailout program in December, became the first Eurozone member to do so since the debt crisis which rocked the bloc in 2009.