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Stern Powell Keeps Pressure on Euro



  • Fed > ECB last week contributing to euro weakness.
  • Euro & US CPI the main attraction this upcoming week.
  • EUR/USD bears hopeful for downside breakout.

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The euro has been largely impacted by central bank speakers last week with the Federal Reserve winning the hawkish battle. Fed Chair Jerome Powell pushed back against dovish talk and left the door open for additional interest rate hikes if necessary – a net gain for the US dollar over the course of the week.

Poor Chinese economic data has not helped the euro with a continuing downward trend negatively impacting an already fading manufacturing sector within the region. Money markets have consequently priced in roughly 85bps of cumulative rate cuts by December 2024 vs the Fed’s 75bps, thus playing into the hands of the greenback via the carry trade. The USD remains favorable due in the current environment through a comparatively stronger economy as well as the ongoing war in the Middle East that plays into its safe haven allure.

The week ahead (see economic calendar below) is relatively more action packed than last week with both euro area and US releases are scheduled throughout the week. Focus will be aimed at US CPI and euro CPI respectively. Euro area headline inflation is expected to drop sharply to 2.9% from 4.3% which could weigh negatively on the euro should this actualize.


Source: Refinitiv

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Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG

The daily EUR/USD daily chart has once again failed to breach bear flag resistance and stays sandwiched between the 200-day moving average (blue) and 50-day moving average (yellow). Wlthough the pair is currently above the midpoint level of the Relative Strength Index (RSI), the technical pattern above suggests a bearish undertone should flag support break.

Resistance levels:

  • 1.0800/200-day MA
  • Flag resistance
  • 1.0700

Support levels:

  • 1.0635
  • 50-day MA
  • 1.0600
  • Flag support
  • 1.0500


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