Euro Progresses as Markets Prep for NFP –



  • Euro area economic situation stays weak but EUR bulls capitalize on US data.
  • NFP and US ISM services PMI in focus tomorrow.
  • EUR/USD stays within developing rising wedge.

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The euro pushed higher after disappointing Euro area data showed weak manufacturing PMI’s (see economic calendar below) continue to plague the region. The HCOB manufacturing PMI release slumped to 3-month lows and the 16th consecutive print below the 50 level that marks the change from contraction to expansion. German and French PMI’s that were released prior also suggested significant weakness in demand via new order statistics that declined at a rapid rate. That being said, Dr. Cyrus de la Rubia, Chief Economist at Hamburg Commercial Bank stated that the Eurozone may be at its lows and could see an ascension in the months to come. This could be difficult with the current tight monetary policy environment and geopolitical uncertainty keeping business and investors on edge.

US labor data through the jobless claims print showed an increase relative to forecasts that could signal the beginning of an unwinding jobs market. Although there is minimal correlation between this report and the Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) figure tomorrow, coupled with the miss on ADP employment change yesterday, markets may be expectant of a weaker overall NFP release tomorrow.

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Source: Refinitiv




Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG

The daily EUR/USD daily chart remains within the pattern rising wedge (black) after testing wedge support yesterday. The lower long wick close yesterday naturally saw prices push higher today but this may be brief considering the weak economic data in the Euro area. Short-term directional bias hinges on tomorrow’s US NFP and ISM services PMI.

Resistance levels:

  • 1.0800
  • 1.0700
  • Wedge resistance

Support levels:

  • 1.0635/50-day MA
  • 1.0600
  • Wedge support
  • 1.0500
  • 1.0443
  • 1.0300


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