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EUR/USD has edged lower in Wednesday trading, after the pair pushed above the 1.39 a day earlier. In the European session, the pair  is  trading slightly  above the 1.39 line. Taking a look at Wednesday’s releases, French and German indicators both posted declines and missed expectations. In the US,  the Federal Reserve will be in the spotlight as Janet Yellen testifies before Congress on Wednesday and Thursday.

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

EUR/USD Technical

  • EUR/USD  was flat  in the Asian session, trading around 1.3930. The pair has  edged lower  in the European session.

Current range: 1.3905 to 1.3964.

Further levels in both directions:     EURUSD Daily Forecast May7

 

  • Below: 1.3905, 1.3865, 1.3830, 1.3785, 1.3740, 1.37, 1.3650 and 1.3560, 1.3515 and 1.3450
  • Above: 1.3964, 1.40, 1.4055 and 1.4105
  • 1.3964 is  the next line of resistance. The  key  level of 1.40 is next.  
  •  1.3905 is providing weak support. 1.3865 is stronger.  

EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 6:00 German Factory Orders. Exp. +0.3%. Actual -2.8%.
  • 6:45 French Industrial Production.  Exp. +0.3%. Actual -0.7%.
  • 6:45 French Trade Balance. Exp. -4.0B. Actual -4.9B.
  • 8:10 Eurozone Retail PMI.  Actual 51.2 points.
  • 12:30 US Preliminary Nonfarm Productivity.  Exp. -0.9%.
  • 12:30 US Preliminary Unit Labor Costs.  Exp. 2.3%.
  • 14:00 US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Testifies Before Joint Economic Committee of Congress.
  • 14:30 US Crude Oil Inventories.  Exp. 0.9M.
  • 17:01 US 10-year Bond Auction.
  • 19:00 US Consumer Credit.  Exp. 15.4B.

*All times are GMT

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

EUR/USD Sentiment

  • Yellen visits Congress: All eyes are on Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen, who  testifies before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress later on Wednesday. Although recent US employment data has been positive, Yellen continues to be guarded about the economic recovery, and if she repeats these sentiments before Congress, the dollar could be the main loser.  Meanwhile, the  Federal Reserve trimmed its QE program by $10 billion last week. This marks the fourth cut since December, reducing the asset purchase scheme to $45 billion/month. The tapers are no longer moving markets as they  were just a few months ago. The Fed is expected to wind up QE before the end of the year, so we could see a rate hike in early 2015, depending of course, on the strength of the US economy and the job market.
  • Spanish  data impresses markets: Spanish data  often lags well behind the Eurozone leaders, but Spanish data looked superb on Tuesday. Unemployment Change dropped by 111.6 thousand, crushing the estimate of -49.1 thousand.  We tend to see sharp drops in unemployment  during  the busy tourist season, but  the April slide was clearly much  sharper than the markets had anticipated.  Spanish Services PMI  continues to improve, and the reading of 56.5 marked its highest level since  March 2007. The estimate stood at 54.3 points. Also on Tuesday, there was positive news from Eurozone Retail Sales,  the primary gauge of  consumer spending. The indicator  posted a gain of 0.3%,  beating the estimate of -0.2%.  
  • Will ECB make a move?: The ECB has done its best to allay concerns about deflation, but Eurozone inflation indicators continue to point downwards. Eurozone PPI posted its third straight decline in April, coming in at -0.2%. Last week, German Preliminary CPI did no better, also declining by  0.2%. Will the ECB announce any action at Thursday’s policy meeting? ECB head Mario Draghi has stated that negative deposit rates or even QE are on the table, but the markets have heard this often before and these remarks have not had much effect, as the euro remains at high levels against the US dollar. However, with EUR/USD approaching the 1.40 line, Draghi will be under pressure to show that he is serious about tackling low inflation. Here are some scenarios as we await the ECB announcement.
  • US economy: High hopes for Q2: The narrative of a  weak US economy in Q1 due to the  harsh winter (mentioned also by the Fed)  versus a rebound in Q2 is strengthening: Q1 GDP was a shocking 0.1% and could be revised to contraction. On the other hand, Friday’s employment data bodes well for Q2, as Nonfarm Payrolls soared and the Unemployment Rate dropped significantly.    As well, higher manufacturing and services PMIs and strong consumer confidence could signify improvement in Q2.
  • QE taper train keeps chugging:  As widely expected, the Federal Reserve trimmed its QE program by $10 billion on Wednesday.  This marks the fourth cut since December, reducing the asset purchase scheme to $45 billion/month.  The tapers are no longer  creating headlines as they did just a few months ago, and the dollar didn’t get any lift against its major rivals. The Fed acknowledged the winter effects and left the fireworks for the June decision.