EUR/USD – Euro Slips to 6-Month Low on Weak German, Eurozone PMIs

After a quiet start to the week, EUR/USD has posted considerable losses in the Wednesday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1726, down 0.45% on the day. On the release front, German and eurozone PMIs missed expectations in the manufacturing and services sectors. In the US, the key event is the release of the Federal Reserve minutes from the May policy meeting. On Thursday, Germany releases Final GDP and GfK Consumer Climate, and the ECB will publish the minutes of its April policy meeting. The US will release unemployment claims and Existing Home Sales.

Weak PMI data in May has sent the euro lower in the Wednesday session, as the currency dipped below the 1.17 line for the first time since mid-November. Investors are particularly concerned that both German and eurozone manufacturing PMIs dropped for a fifth straight month. German Manufacturing PMI posted its weakest gain in 16 months, while the eurozone indicator posted its worst reading in 18 months. These numbers, while certainly disappointing, should not cause any alarm, as the PMIs continue to indicate expansion in the services and manufacturing sectors. Still, the fact that growth was softer than expected could give ECB policymakers reason to re-evaluate the planned wind-up of its stimulus program in September.

The Federal Reserve will be in the spotlight on Wednesday, as analysts pore over the minutes of the May policy meeting. The Fed did not raise rates at the meeting, but a strong US economy has raised expectations that the Fed will press the rate trigger in June – according to the CME Group, the odds of a June hike stand at 100%. The markets will be looking for some guidance from the May minutes, and if the message from Fed policymakers is hawkish, traders can expect the dollar to post gains against the euro and other major rivals.

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EUR/USD Fundamentals

Wednesday (May 23)

  • 3:00 French Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 53.6. Actual 55.1
  • 3:00 French Flash Services PMI. Estimate 57.1. Actual 54.3
  • 3:30 German Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 57.9. Actual 56.8
  • 3:30 German Flash Services PMI. Estimate 53.1. Actual 52.1
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 56.1. Actual 55.5
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Services PMI. Estimate 54.7. Actual 53.9
  • 9:45 US Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 56.6
  • 9:45 US Flash Services PMI. Estimate 54.9
  • 10:00 Eurozone Consumer Confidence. Estimate 0
  • 10:00 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -2.5M
  • 14:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes

Thursday (May 24)

  • 2:00 German Final GDP. Estimate 0.3%
  • 2:00 German GfK Consumer Climate. Estimate 10.8
  • 4:00 ECB Financial Stability Review
  • 7:30 ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 220K
  • 10:00 US Existing Home Sales. Estimate 5.56M

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

 

EUR/USD for Wednesday, May 23, 2018

EUR/USD for May 23 at 4:30 DST

Open: 1.1778 High: 1.1790 Low: 1.1699 Close: 1.1726

 

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1448 1.1613 1.1718 1.1809 1.1915 1.2025

EUR/USD ticked lower in the Asian session and has posted stronger losses in European trade

  • 1.1718 is fluid. Currently, it is providing weak support
  • 1.1809 is the next resistance line

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.1718, 1.1613, 1.1448 and 1.1313
  • Above: 1.18o9, 1.1915 and 1.2025
  • Current range: 1.1718 to 1.1809

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD ratio is almost unchanged in the Wednesday session. Currently, long positions have a majority (55%), indicative of trader bias towards EUR/USD reversing directions and moving higher.

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