Euro Weaker on Geopolitics & US Inflationary Pressures –



  • Focus on China, Israel-Palestine and economic data.
  • EUR/USD could re-test yearly lows at 1.0445.

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The euro ended the weak lower after the US dollar received support from escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East via its safe haven appeal. Should this trend continue, the proc-cyclical EUR/USD will likely extend its downside.

US CPI and the Michigan consumer sentiment report both showed signs of sticky inflationary pressures to come that has supplemented the USD. Although there is little chance of an interest rate hike for the November meeting, there may be some knock-on effect down the line, particularly if crude oil prices continue to rise.

The week ahead is relatively quiet but will contain a few key sets of data including the US retail sales report and euro area core inflation. Retail sales is expected to come in lower which could see some dovish re-pricing of the Fed’s rate forecasts. Euro core inflation is also anticipated lower and with European Central Bank’s (ECB) officials remaining pensive around turning too accommodative too soon, this may change and weigh negatively on the EUR. To round off the week, Fed Chair Jerome Powell will speak and possibly provide some clues as to the Fed’s thinking after the recent slew of economic data.

China has been somewhat overlooked of recent but softening Chinese inflation has brought back concerns around the country’s growth – traditionally a positive relationship with the euro. Regardless of the Chinese government to stimulate the economy, weak data remains and does not bode well for euro bulls.

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Source: Refinitiv




Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG

The daily EUR/USD chart closed marginally above the 1.0500 psychological handle on Friday and stays within the bearish zone of the Relative Strength Index (RSI). Moving forward it will be difficult to select a directional bias as markets are so easily influenced by the war between Israel-Palestine and any escalation/de-escalation could move the pair in either direction. Traders should exercise caution during this period with sound risk management technique.

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IGCS shows retail traders are currently neither NET LONG on EUR/USD, with 71% of traders currently holding long positions (as of this writing).

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