Euro/dollar recovered nicely as leaders finally seemed to wake up and encounter the Spanish crisis. Can this hope continue for another week, before the Greek elections? The upcoming week consists of important inflation and industrial output indicators. Here is an outlook for the upcoming events and an updated technical analysis for EUR/USD.
Spain is expected to receive only 40-80 billion euros, dedicated for the banking system without any requirements for austerity. This could be cheered by the markets, but probably for a short time, as Spain will require much more money, and its drop from the list of countries providing bailout funds raises the pressure on all the others. The ECB, which is the single most powerful factor, hasn’t offered any help. Is it waiting for politicians to move first? This is part of the hope in the markets for now. es for more money dropping from the US are lower as well, after Bernanke didn’t provide any hints about QE3, and even said that “returns are diminishing“.
- French Industrial Production: Monday, 6:45. Europe’s second largest economy has experienced a drop of 0.9% in industrial output, following a rise in the same scale. A small rise is expected for the month of April: +0.2%.
- German Final CPI:Wednesday, 6:00. According to the preliminary release, prices fell in May by 0.2%. This will probably be confirmed. More price falls will enable a rate cut in July.
- Industrial Production: Wednesday, 9:00. After Germany disappointed with a significant drop of 2.2% in its output, the figure for the whole euro-area will likely be negative as well, following a drop of 0.3% last month. Expectations stand on a drop of 0.9%.
- German WPI: Thursday, 6:00. German inflation still plays an important role in the ECB’s rate decision, so that also the Wholesales Price Index is of importance. After a rise of 0.5% last month, another small rise is expected now: +0.4%.
- ECB Monthly Bulletin: Thursday, 8:00. One week after Draghi introduced updated growth and inflation reports, we will get a wider picture of the situation, as the ECB members saw it in their meeting. This publication tends to move the euro.
- CPI:Thursday, 9:00. The initial CPI estimate was a bit below expectations: 2.4%. However, this is still above the target. The 2.4% will likely be confirmed now, and Core CPI will likely stand on 1.6%.
- Employment Change: Friday, 9:00. This is a rather late figure, reflecting the change in Q1. Nevertheless, it can give a wider picture. Employment fell by 0.2% in Q4 and has likely fallen as well in Q1, by another 0.2%.
- Trade Balance: Friday, 9:00. The euro-zone, as a whole, had a surplus of 4.3 billion euros last time. Germany’s surplus is around 3 times this figure. So without Germany, the deficit would be wide. A similar figure is expected now: 4.2 billion.
* All times are GMT
EUR/USD Technical Analysis
Euro USD started the week by trading between 1.24 and 1.2540. It then broke higher but couldn’t make a move above the all-important 1.2624 line (mentioned last week). It then lost the high range and eventually closed at 1.2513.
Technical lines from top to bottom:
1.2873 is the previous 2011 low set in January, and it is distant resistance now. This is a very strong line separating ranges, as also seen in May 2012. 1.2814 is now stronger after being a clear line separating ranges in May 2012.
1.2760 is a pivotal line in the middle of a trading range seen earlier.. It provided support early in the year and is now of high importance. 1.2660 was a double bottom during January and the move below this line was confirmed after a struggle.
1.2623 is the previous 2012 low and remains important. Attempts to rise above this line have failed, including in June 2012. This is a critical resistance line separating ranges . Below, 1.2587 is a clear bottom on the weekly charts but is only minor resistance now.
1.2540 served as minor resistance and also support in June 2012. 1.2460 is minor support after stopping a euro rally in June 2012.
1.24. It provided some resistance in June 2010 and is now minor support. 1.2286 is a new minor line of support after being the swing low in June 2012.
Further below, 1.2330 is another historical line after being the trough following the global financial meltdown in 2008. The new 2012 low of 1.2288 is minor support now.
1.22 is minor support below, after serving as such in June 2010. 1.2144 is already a very strong line on the downside: it was a clear separator two years ago, when Greece received its first bailout.
The round number of 1.20 is of course highly important in the psychological level. Below, the 2010 trough of 1.1876 is apparent, before the launch value of the euro at 1.17 to the dollar in 1999.
Steep Downtrend Channel Broken
The steep downtrend channel mentioned last week was clearly broken to the upside.
I am neutral on EUR/USD
Has Germany really bent for the euro? Is it becoming more flexible on Spanish aid, eurobonds and a fiscal union like it is pressured to? This is still to be seen. In the meantime, some stability on hope for global action can be expected before the Greek elections on June 17th. Afterwards, it’s a different story.
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