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EUR/USD  has edged lower, dropping below the 1.36 line in Wednesday trading. In economic news,  Eurozone Retail Sales jumped 1.5%, reversing directions after two consecutive declines. The Eurozone Unemployment Rate remained steady at  12.1%. German Factory Orders posted a sharp gain, while German Trade Balance improved, but fell short of the estimate. In the US, today’s highlight is the ADP Non-Farm Employment Change. The markets  are expecting a lower reading for December. As well, the Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its most recent policy meeting.

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

EUR/USD Technical

  • EUR/USD  edged higher in the Asian session,  touching a high of 1.3635 before consolidating at 1.3618. The pair  has dropped  below the 1.36 line in the European  session.

Current range: 1.3525 to 1.3615.

Further levels in both directions:   EUR USD Daily Forecast Jan. 8th

  • Below:  1.3525, 1.3440, 1.34, 1.3320, 1.3240 and  1.3175.
  • Above: 1.3615, 1.3675, 1.3710, 1.3800, 1.3832, 1.3940 and 1.4036.
  • 1.3615 has reverted to a resistance role as the euro loses ground. 1.3675 is stronger.
  • On the downside, there is support at 1.3525.

 

EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 7:00  German Trade Balance. Exp. 18.9B, actual 17.8B.
  • 9:00  Italian Monthly Unemployment Rate. Exp. 12.6%, actual 12.7%.
  • 10:00  Eurozone Retail Sales. Exp.  0.2%, actual  1.4%.
  • 10:00  Eurozone Unemployment Rate. Exp. 12.1%, Actual 12.1%.
  • 11:00 German Factory Orders. Exp. 1.2%. Actual 2.1%.
  • 13:15 ADP Non-Farm Employment Rate. Exp. 199K. See
    how to trade this event with USD/JPY.
  • 15:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Exp. -1.6M.
  • 18:01 US 10-year Bond Auction.
  • 19:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes.
  • 20:00 US Consumer Credit. Exp. 14.8B.

*All times are GMT

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

 

EUR/USD Sentiment

  • Euro hits  early January  storm:  The  euro has not had much to cheer about in 2014, as the common currency has lost  close to two cents in the past week. Surprisingly, the currency hasn’t received a boost from recent Eurozone data, which has generally  looked sharp. German and Eurozone retail sales jumped in December, and German  Unemployment Change sparkled with a sharp drop.  As well, recent Spanish  numbers have impressed. At the same time, Italy and France are struggling, and inflation and growth in the bloc  remain subdued.
  • German numbers sparkle: Germany started off 2014 with sharp numbers, as Retail Sales improved by 1.5%, reversing a downtrend of two straight declines. This beat the estimate of 0.5%. Unemployment Change was very sharp, declining by 15 thousand, the first decline in five months. On Wednesday, German Factory Orders jumped 2.1%, easily beating the estimate of 1.2%. Trade surplus widened to 17.8 billion euros, but this missed the estimate of 18.9 billion. The strong numbers we have seen in January are indicative of an improving German economy, which bodes well for the Eurozone.
  • Eurozone inflation remains weak: Eurozone CPI showed more of the same in December, posting a gain of 0.8%. This is well below the ECB inflation target of 2%. The central bank has responded with rate cuts which have lowered the benchmark rate to a record low of 0.25%, but inflation hasn’t risen as hoped. The ECB will meet and announce a rate decision on Thursday.
  • Senate confirms Yellen: As expected, the US Senate confirmed Susan Yellen as  chair of the Federal Reserve by a wide margin on Monday. Yellen becomes the first woman to head the powerful central bank. She has been a strong supporter of outgoing chair Bernard Bernanke, who lowered interest rates and implemented a QE program  in order to  boost  a struggling  US economy. The Fed has now started to trim the $85 billion QE scheme, with a  $10 billion cut as of January. We could see another taper at the next Fed policy meeting in late January. Yellen takes over the helm of the Fed  on February 1, and will chair her first policy meeting in March.
  • Markets eye US employment releases: The markets  are awaiting the ADP  Non-Farm Payrolls later on Wednesday, which precedes Unemployment Claims on Thursday and the official NFP  release on Friday.  NFP can impact the next Fed decision, after 2013 ended with QE tapering. While it was small, the Fed did indeed change policy, and this could have a  significant positive impact on the US dollar. With another taper in January a strong possibility, every employment release will be under the market microscope and could impact on the currency markets.
  • Dollar  outlook for  2014: Many analysts see the dollar strengthening in 2014, but the euro is certainly expected to give a fight. Here is one outlook: 2014 – Conditional Dollar Strength.