• EUR/USD meets initial resistance near 0.9930 on Thursday.
  • The dollar reverses the earlier pessimism and regains traction.
  • EMU Retail Sales, ECB Accounts next on tap in the domestic docket.

EUR/USD now returns to the area below the 0.9900 mark after failing to advance further north of the 0.9930 region earlier in the session.

EUR/USD looks to dollar, ECB

EUR/USD clings to the daily gains and manages to regain some composure following Wednesday’s sharp pullback and amidst the persistent buying pressure around the greenback.

The bullish attempt in the pair comes in tandem with another uptick in the German 10-year bund yields, this time regaining the area north of the 2.00%. The daily upside in the German yields so far fall in line with their US peers, which flirt with the 3.75% area.

In the euro docket, the German Construction PMI eased to 41.8 in September, while Retail Sales in the euro area come next seconded by the publication of the ECB Accounts. Across the Atlantic, the weekly Claims will be the sole release along with speeches by FOMC’s Cook, Evans and Waller.

What to look for around EUR

EUR/USD looks to extend the bounce past the 0.9900 hurdle after Wednesday’s steep corrective decline.

In the meantime, price action around the European currency is expected to closely follow dollar dynamics, geopolitical concerns and the Fed-ECB divergence. The latter has been exacerbated further following the latest rate hike by the Fed and the persevering hawkish message from Powell and the rest of his rate-setters peers.

Furthermore, the increasing speculation of a potential recession in the region - which looks propped up by dwindling sentiment gauges as well as an incipient slowdown in some fundamentals – adds to the sour sentiment around the euro

Key events in the euro area this week: Germany Construction PMI, EMU Retail Sales, ECB Accounts (Thursday) – Germany Retail Sales (Friday).

Eminent issues on the back boiler: Continuation of the ECB hiking cycle. Italian post-elections developments. Fragmentation risks amidst the ECB’s normalization of its monetary conditions. Impact of the war in Ukraine and the persistent energy crunch on the region’s growth prospects and inflation outlook.

EUR/USD levels to watch

So far, the pair is gaining 0.02% at 0.9882 and the breakout of 0.9999 (weekly high October 4) would target 1.0023 (55-day SMA) en route to 1.0050 (weekly high September 20). On the flip side, the initial support comes at 0.9535 (2022 low September 28) ahead of 0.9411 (weekly low June 17 2002) and finally 0.9386 (weekly low June 10 2002).

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