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EUR/USD  began the new trading week with a slide from the highs reached late in the previous week. The reasons for this modest slide comes from  outside the euro-zone: the weak Chinese data over the weekend, the  growing tension towards the FOMC decision and even Scotland’s referendum are on the agenda. Will we see the pair exit the comfortable range?

Here’s a quick update on technicals, fundamentals and sentiment moving the pair.

  • Asian session: The pair began high but eventually dropped below 1.2960.
  • Current range:  1.2920 to 1.2960

Further levels in both directions:

EURUSD September 15 technical analysis fundamental outlook and sentiment

  • Below: 1.2920, 1.2865, 1.2840, 1.28 and 1.2750.
  • Above: 1.2960,  1.30, 1.3050, 1.31 and 1.3175.
  • There are two clear ranges: 1.2865 to 1.2920 and 1.2920 to 1.2955.

EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 9:00 Euro-zone  Trade Balance. Exp. 15.9 billion.
  • 12:30 US  Empire State Manufacturing Index. Exp. 16.4 points.
  • 13:15 US industrial output. Exp. +0.4%.
  • 13:15 US  Capacity Utilization Rate. Exp. 79.3%

* All times are GMT.

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

EUR/USD Sentiment

  • Weakness in China: Industrial output in China grew  at the slowest pace since 2008 and this triggered worries all over the world.  Europe and  Germany in particular  have  busy trade with the economic giant and a slowdown is a worry, triggering a “risk off” environment.
  • Tensions towards the FOMC: The US continues growing nicely with Friday’s good figures reminding us of this strength. However, there are also signs of stagnation, seen in jobless claims for example. What will the Fed do?. A 7th taper is expected, but what will the sentiment be? There is speculation that the Fed will remove the word “considerable” regarding the timing of the first rate hike, but there are reasons to think otherwise.  We talk about this in the latest podcast.
  • Scottish reverberations:  Thursday’s referendum in Scotland is controlling every move of GBP, with mixed polls, but also has implications for the euro: a Yes vote would raise the cause of Catalonia in Spain and perhaps other regions seeking independence.
  • Europe awaits German  business sentiment and inflation data: The European front will warm up later in the week with the  German ZEW business survey and final inflation data for August. So far, it is also relatively quiet on the other front: Ukraine. See how to trade the German ZEW number with EURUSD.

In our latest podcast, we talk about the FOMC meeting.

Download it directly here.