• EUR/USD bounces back from weekly lows, lifted by higher-than-expected Eurozone inflation figures.
  • European and US yields rise, supporting the euro amid expectations of ECB and Fed rate moves.
  • Comments from ECB's Holzmann and Richmond Fed's Barkin influence market sentiment on monetary policy.

The EUR/USD stages a recovery after falling to weekly lows of 1.0795 and climbs back above the 1.0800 figure, trading at 1.0817, up 0.11%. Inflation data from the Eurozone (EU) spurred a leg-up, as data exceeded estimates, while traders digest the release of Manufacturing PMI data

The major rebounds after EU’s data exceeds forecasts

EU inflation was revealed in the mid-European session, with figures edging lower but exceeding economists' forecasts. The EU Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose 2.6% YoY above estimates of 2.5%. Core HICP increased 3.1% YoY, above the consensus of 2.9% but lower than January’s 3.3%.

Consequently, yields in Europe and the US rose, thus providing a tailwind for the EUR/USD. Investors continued to project 90 basis points of rate cuts in 2024, expecting the first rate cut in June. Economists at Nordea and Commerzbank estimate the European Central Bank (ECB) would slash rates gradually, based on the thesis that wage increases loom.

Following the data, ECB Robert Holzmann commented they need to remain attentive to risk to inflation, adding they can’t rush decisions on rates.

Across the pond, the Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin delivered hawkish remarks, saying, "We’ll see if there are rate cuts this year.” Barkin added that if numbers remain inconsistent, they should take that into consideration, emphasizing that he is in no rush to ease policy.

S&P Global revealed that manufacturing activity in February expanded sharply, with the PMI edging up from 50.7 to 52.2. Later, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that February Manufacturing PMI came at 47.8, below estimates of 49.5 and January’s 49.1.

EUR/USD Price Analysis: Technical outlook

During the week, the EUR/USD fell below the 1.0800 figure, but sellers failed to push prices toward the February 20 low of 1.0761, which would have exacerbated a deeper pullback to 1.0700. However, Relative Strength Index (RSI) studies are about to turn bullish, opening the door for further upside. If buyers lift the pair above the 200-day moving average (DMA) of 1.0828, the Euro will remain bid and reach for the 50-DMA at 1.0871.

EUR/USD Price Action – Daily Chart

EUR/USD

Overview
Today last price 1.08
Today Daily Change -0.0009
Today Daily Change % -0.08
Today daily open 1.0809
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1.0789
Daily SMA50 1.0875
Daily SMA100 1.0822
Daily SMA200 1.0829
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1.0856
Previous Daily Low 1.0796
Previous Weekly High 1.0888
Previous Weekly Low 1.0762
Previous Monthly High 1.0898
Previous Monthly Low 1.0695
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.0819
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.0833
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.0784
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.076
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.0724
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.0844
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.088
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.0905

 

 

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