EUR/USD - Euro Weakens As PMIs Disappoint

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by: Dean Popplewell

By Kenny Fisher

EUR/USD has lost ground in Thursday trading. In the European session, the pair is trading slightly below the 1.37 line. It's a busy day in both the eurozone and the US. There wasn’t much to cheer about in the eurozone, as PMIs were mostly weak, and German and French inflation indicators both posted declines. In the US, there are three key releases later today – Core CPI, Unemployment Claims and the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index.

Eurozone PMIs were mostly weak in January. French Service and Manufacturing PMIs continue to point to contraction, while the eurozone numbers fell short of their estimates. German numbers were mixed, as Manufacturing PMI was well short of the estimate, while Services PMI managed to beat the forecast. These weak figures from the eurozone's two largest economies do not bode well for the eurozone and the euro responded with modest losses

It hasn’t been a very good week for US releases up till now. Building Permits dipped to 0.94 million, its lowest level in five months. The indicator fell short of the estimate of 0.98 million. The Producer Price Index dropped to 0.2%, down from 0.4% a month earlier. Although the index did match the forecast, we continue to see weak inflation numbers, indicative of an underperforming economy. On Tuesday, the culprit was the Empire State Manufacturing Index. The important manufacturing indicator slid to 4.5 points in January, down sharply from 12.5 a month earlier. Meanwhile, the hiccups continue on the employment front, as Unemployment Claims were higher than expected last week. If the markets don’t see some solid numbers on Thursday, the euro could gain more ground.

According to the Federal Reserve minutes, we’re unlikely to see interest rates go up if unemployment drops to 6.5%. Previously, the Fed had said they would consider raising rates at the 6.5% threshold, but with unemployment falling faster than expected, Fed policymakers agreed that it would “soon be appropriate” to revise the Fed’s forward guidance regarding interest rate levels. The minutes also show that the Fed will likely continue trimming QE, barring any downturns in the economy.

EUR/USD for Thursday, February 20, 2014

Forex Rate Graph 21/1/13

EUR/USD February 20 at 12:35 GMT

EUR/USD 1.3702 H: 1.3763 L: 1.3646

EUR/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3410 1.3585 1.3649 1.3786 1.3893 1.4000
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  • EUR/USD has posted losses in Thursday trading.
  • 1.3649 continues in a support role. The next support line is at 1.3585.
  • 1.3786 is the next line of resistance. Next, there is resistance at 1.3893.
  • Current range: 1.3649 to 1.3786

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3649, 1.3585, 1.3410, 1.3347 and 1.3255
  • Above: 1.3786, 1.3893, 1.4000 and 1.4149.

OANDA's Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD ratio has reversed positions on Thursday, pointing to gains in long positions. This is not consistent with the pair's current movement, as the euro has lost ground. Short positions have a strong majority, indicative of trader bias towards the dollar moving higher against the euro.

The euro has posted losses following weak PMI numbers out of the Eurozone. We could see some further movement in the North American session, as the US releases Unemployment Claims and other key releases later in the day.

EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 7:00 German PPI. Estimate +0.3%. Actual -0.1%.
  • 7:45 French CPI. Estimate -0.3%. Actual -0.6%.
  • 8:00 French Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 49.6 points. Actual 48.5 points.
  • 8:00 French Flash Services PMI. Estimate 49.5 points. Actual 46.9 points.
  • 8:30 German Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 56.4 points. Actual 54.7 points.
  • 8:30 German Flash Services PMI. Estimate 53.4 points. Actual 55.4 points.
  • 9:00 Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 54.2 points. Actual 53.0 points.
  • 9:00 Eurozone Flash Services PMI. Estimate 51.9 points. Actual 51.7 points.
  • 9:42 Spanish 10-year Bond Auction. Actual 3.56%.
  • 13:30 US Core CPI. Estimate 0.1%.
  • 13:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 335K.
  • 13:30 US CPI. Estimate 0.1%.
  • 14:00 US Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 53.6 points.
  • 15:00 Eurozone Consumer Confidence. Estimate -11 points.
  • 15:00 US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. Estimate 9.2 points.
  • 15:00 US Flash Mortgage Delinquencies.
  • 15:00 US CB Leading Index. Estimate 0.5%.
  • 15:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate -255B.
  • 16:00 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 2.1M.

*Key releases are highlighted in bold

*All release times are GMT

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