- EUR/USD fades Thursday’s downtick and regains the 1.1640 zone.
- The greenback resumes the downside on the back of lower yields.
- EMU, Germany flash Manufacturing PMIs surprised to the upside.
The single currency quickly leaves behind Thursday’s downtick and motivates EUR/USD to retake the 1.1640 region at the end of the week.
EUR/USD propped up by data
EUR/USD regains upside traction and returns to the 1.1650 zone on Friday on the back of the resumption of the selling pressure in the greenback and the upbeat tone in the broad risk-linked universe.
In fact, lower US yields weigh once again on the buck and forces the US Dollar Index (DXY) to fade the bullish intentions recorded during the previous session.
Also supporting the firm note in the pair emerges the better-than-expected preliminary readings for the Manufacturing PMI in both Germany and the broader Euroland for the current month.
Data wise across the pond, Markit will publish the flash PMIs also for the month of October.
What to look for around EUR
EUR/USD advanced further and clinched fresh October peaks near 1.1670 earlier in the week. While the improvement in the sentiment surrounding the risk complex lent extra wings to the par, price action is expected to keep looking to dollar dynamics for the time being, where tapering chatter remains well in centre stage. In the meantime, the idea that elevated inflation could last longer coupled with the loss of momentum in the economic recovery in the region, as per some weakness observed in key fundamentals, are seen pouring cold water over investors’ optimism as well as bullish attempts in the European currency.
Key events in the euro area this week: Preliminary PMIs in the euro zone (Friday).
Eminent issues on the back boiler: Asymmetric economic recovery post-pandemic in the region. Sustainability of the pick-up in inflation figures. Probable political effervescence around the EU Recovery Fund in light of the rising conflict between the EU, Poland and Hungary. ECB tapering speculations.
EUR/USD levels to watch
So far, spot is gaining 0.13% at 1.1638 and faces the next up barrier at 1.1669 (monthly high Oct.19) followed by 1.1709 (55-day SMA) and finally 1.1755 (weekly high Sep.22). On the other hand, a break below 1.1602 (20-day SMA) would target 1.1571 (low Oct.18) en route to 1.1524 (2021 low Oct.12).
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