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The US ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) is based on a survey of purchasing managers, excluding  those in  the manufacturing sector. Respondents are surveyed for their views on the services sector in the US. A reading which is higher than the market forecast is bullish for the dollar.

Update: ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI crashes to 51.4 – EUR/USD leaps

Here are all the details, and 5 possible outcomes for EUR/USD.

Published on Tuesday at 14:00 GMT.

Indicator Background

Analysts are always interested in the views of purchase managers about the economy, as they are considered to be attuned to the latest economic and financial developments. Thus, PMI readings are quite important, and an unexpected reading (higher or lower than the forecast) could affect the movement of EUR/USD.

The July report dipped to 55.5 points,  short of the forecast of 56.0. Still, this reading points to solid expansion in the services sector. Little change is expected in the August release.

Sentiments and levels

The ECB is far from achieving its inflation target and keeping pressure on the euro is essential to raising inflation levels. Any hints of future easing would likely push the euro lower. Over in the US, the Fed is expected to move in the opposite direction, with a rate hike a strong possibility in December.  So, the overall sentiment is bearish on EUR/USD towards this release.

Technical levels, from top to bottom: 1.1335, 1.1230, 1.1190, 1.1125, 1.1070 and 1.10

5 Scenarios

  1. Within expectations: 52.0 to 59.0: In such a case, EUR/USD is likely to rise within range, with a small chance of breaking higher.
  2. Above expectations: 59.1 to 63.0: An unexpected higher reading can send the pair  below one support  level.
  3. Well above expectations: Above 63.0: A sharp jump by the  PMI could push EUR/USD downwards, and a second  support level might be broken as a result.
  4. Below expectations: 48.0 to 51.9: A weak reading could push the pair  upwards and break one  resistance line.
  5. Well below expectations: Below 48.0: A sharp contraction by the index would indicate significant contraction  in the services sector. This could push the pair higher, possibly breaking a second  resistance line.

For more on the euro, see the EUR/USD forecast.