EUR/USD Steady after Positive Euro-zone GDP Data

The EUR/USD was steady as German and French GDP for Q3 were both slightly higher than the estimates. Although the two biggest economies in the EZ recorded very modest growth of just 0.2%, the markets are happy to see any good news, given the dismal situation in the Euro-zone. Italian and Euro-zone GDP both posted drops, but also managed to beat the forecast. In the US, the minutes of the Fed’s October policy meeting were released, with the Fed hinting at further monetary easing measures in 2013. There are three key releases out of the US – Core CPI, Unemployment Claims and the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index.

EUR/USD Technical

  • Asian session: Euro/dollar was steady, and consolidated around 1.2740. The pair has inched higher in the European session.
  • Current range: 1.2750 to 1.28.

Further levels in both directions:  

  • Below: 1.2750, 1.2690, 1.2624, 1.2590, 1.25, 1.2440, 1.2390, 1.2250, 1.2140 and 1.2042.
  • Above: 1.28, 1.2880, 1.2960, 1.30, 1.3030, 1.3080, 1.3140, and 1.3170.
  • 1.2750 is providing weak support as the pair improves. 1.28 is the next line of resistance.
  • 1.2690 has strengthened on the downside.

Euro/dollar steady after positive Euro-zone GDP data – click on the graph to enlarge.

EUR/USD Fundamentals

  • 6:30 French Preliminary GDP. Exp. +0.0%. Actual +0.2%.
  • 7:00 German Preliminary GDP. Exp. +0.1%. Actual +0.2%.
  • 9:00 ECB Monthly Bulletin.
  • 9:00 Italian Preliminary GDP. Exp. -0.4%. Actual -0.2%.
  • 10:00 Euro-zone CPI. Exp. +2.5%. Actual +2.5%.
  • 10:00 Euro-zone Core CPI. Exp. +1.5%. Actual +1.5%.
  • 10:00 Euro-zone Flash GDP. Exp. -0.2%. Actual -0.1.%.
  • 13:30 US Core CPI. Exp.+0.1%.
  • 13:30 US Unemployment Claims. Exp. 372K.
  • 13:30 US CPI. Exp. +0.1%.
  • 13:30 US Empire State Manufacturing Index. Exp. -7.2 points.
  • 14:00 US FOMC Member Jeffrey Lacker Speaks.
  • 15:00 US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. Exp. +1.1 points. See how to trade this event with USD/JPY.
  • 15:00 US Mortgage Delinquencies.
  • 15:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Exp. -13B.
  • 16:00 US Crude Oil Inventories. Exp. 2.5M.
  • 18:20 US Fed Chairman Bernard Bernanke Speaks.
  • 23:30 US FOMC William Dudley Speaks.

For more events and lines, see the Euro to dollar forecast

EUR/USD Sentiment

  • Greek bailout saga continues: European finance ministers and the IMF met in Brussels earlier in the week, but failed to reach an agreement on Greece’s long-term debt. Without a deal, no further funds can be released to Greece under the bailout agreement. The finance ministers agreed to give Greece a two-year extension, until 2016, to reduce its deficit to 2% of GDP. The EuroGroup also decided to postpone a decision on the next tranche of aid until November 20. Greece has warned that it will run out of funds by November 16, so it’s not a pretty situation. Meanwhile the rumor mill is in full gear, with a the German newspaper Bild reporting that Greece could receive one lump sum payment of some 44 billion euros. This would certainly ease the situation in Greece and bolster the euro as well.
  • Greek parliament approves budget: The Greek parliament voted Sunday to approve the government’s 2013 budget. The budget contains harsh austerity measures required for Greece to receive the next tranche of aid under the bailout package. The close vote (167-128) underscores the deep opposition to the budget, which raises taxes and the retirement age, and reduces the salaries of many public workers. Despite the vote, the troika is still unwilling to release more funds, which could complicate things for the already beleaguered Greek government.
  • Euro remains under pressure: Recent developments have not been kind to the European currency, which has been hit by the triple whammy of the Greek crisis, weak Euro-zone data (particularly in Germany) and the US fiscal cliff crisis. Greece is still waiting for more funds, as the EuroGroup and IMF co.... The euro has been flirting with the psychological 1.27 level, and if the Greek situation spins out of control, we’re likely to see the currency take a tumble against the dollar.
  • US grapples with fiscal cliff crisis: With the US election behind us,the looming fiscal cliff crisis is set to occur unless US politicians can get their act together, and soon. Fiscal cliff refers to a situation whereby tax breaks are set to expire at the same time that government spend..., starting at the end of 2012. Congress and President Obama will have to reach some compromise over deficit reduction, otherwise the US could be hit with a recession in 2013. Fresh from his electoral victory, President Obama has fired the opening shot, demanding that Republicans accept a plan that would raise $1.6 trillion in new taxes over the next 10 years. The Republicans are sure to reject this proposal. With sides digging in their heels, we could be in for a nasty, protracted fight between Congress and the president.  
  • Greek turmoil could lead to Grexit: With Greece facing tremendous political and economic problems, the country’s membership in the Euro-zone is in jeopardy. Recent EU Summits and Euro-group meetings have not led to any breakthroughs, and an agreement on additional funds for Greece remains elusive. Both Greece and Germany may have reached their limits, and there ar.... The German economy is in trouble, and many politicians and senior officials are not happy about coughing up more funds for Greece. Is Germany playing with fire? Time is becoming more and more critical, as Greece is likely to run out of money sometime in November without further aid. The uncertainty will likely keep up pressure on the wobbly euro.
  • Independence winds blowing in Spain: The government in Madrid is feeling better about itself, so much so that it has decided to only request a bailout “when the time is right”. However, the separatist winds are getting stronger, with Catalonia holding elect.... For its part, the central government has balked at giving Catalonia more of a say in its finances, which has only served to fan the separatist flames. If the pro-independence parties win the upcoming election, we could see a backlash from Madrid.

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