EUR/USD is flat in the Thursday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1286, down 0.01% on the day. On the release front, German Final CPI came in at 0.2%, matching the forecast. Eurozone industrial production declined 0.5%, weaker than the estimate of -0.4%. In the U.S., unemployment claims is expected to dip to 215 thousand. On Friday, the U.S. releases retail sales reports and UoM consumer sentiment.
German and eurozone numbers disappointed on Thursday, but the euro shrugged off the weak numbers. German Final CPI came in at 0.2%, unrevised from the initial reading. Still, this gain was much smaller than the April gain of 1.0%. Eurozone industrial production continues to struggle, posting a third consecutive decline. The ongoing contraction reflects significant weakness in the manufacturing sector, which has been hit hard by global trade tensions, which have lessened demand for German and eurozone exports.
In the U.S., the focus was on consumer inflation indicators for May. CPI slowed to 0.1%, down from 0.3% in the previous release. This matched the estimate. The core reading posted a gain of 0.1% for a fourth straight month, shy of the forecast of 0.2%. With the May inflation numbers remaining low, there could be more pressure on the Fed to lower interest rates in order to boost economic activity and inflation. The likelihood of further rates this year is increasing – the CME Group has set the odds of a July cut at 66% and another cut in September at 50%. Lower interest rates makes the U.S. dollar less attractive to investors, so investors will be keeping an eye at alternative assets.
Thursday (June 13)
- 2:00 German Final CPI. Estimate 0.2%. Actual 0.2%
- 4:00 Italian Quarterly Unemployment Rate. Estimate 10.4%. Actual 10.4%
- 5:00 Eurozone Industrial Production. Estimate -0.4%. Actual -0.5%
- All Day – Eurogroup Meetings
- 8:30 US Import Prices. Estimate -0.3%
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 215K
- 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage
- 13:01 US 30-year Bond Auction
Friday (June 14)
- 8:30 US Core Retail Sales. Estimate 0.5%
- 8:30 US Retail Sales. Estimate 0.7%
- 10:00 US Preliminary UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 98.1
*All release times are DST
*Key events are in bold
EUR/USD for Thursday, June 13, 2019
EUR/USD for June 13 at 6:55 DST
Open: 1.1288 High: 1.1304 Low: 1.1286 Close: 1.1286
EUR/USD was flat for most of the Asian session and has edged lower in European trade
- 1.1212 is providing support
- 1.1300 was tested in resistance earlier on Thursday. It is a weak line
- Current range: 1.1212 to 1.1300
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.1212, 1.1120 and 1.1046
- Above: 1.1300, 1.1434, 1.1553 and 1.1621
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