- The Euro trades with decent gains against the US Dollar.
- Stocks in Europe reverse part of their initial drop.
- EUR/USD meets immediate contention around 1.0500.
- The USD Index (DXY) looks supported around 106.40.
- German Wholesale Prices rose 0.2% MoM in September.
- US NY Empire State Manufacturing Index takes centre stage in the American session.
The Euro (EUR) starts the new trading week on a positive foot against the US Dollar (USD), encouraging EUR/USD to extend the rebound from the 1.0500 neighbourhood and regain the 1.0540 zone on Monday.
The Greenback sheds some ground following last week’s tops near 106.80 when measured by the USD Index (DXY) against the backdrop of an improved market sentiment for risk assets. Meanwhile, the background of the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) tighter-for-longer stance appears unchanged.
Continuing to focus on monetary policy, investors are anticipating that the Fed will maintain its stance of not making any adjustments to interest rates throughout the remainder of the year. At the same time, those in the financial markets are pondering the possibility of the European Central Bank (ECB) putting a halt to policy modifications, even though inflation levels exceed the bank’s target and concerns are growing regarding the potential for a future economic downturn or stagflation in the region.
On another front, the speculative community kept trimming their net long positions during the week ended on October 10, this time reaching levels last seen in late October 2022. Market participants continued to factor in the likelihood that the ECB’s hiking cycle might have reached a peak against the persistent view that the Fed could maintain its restrictive stance for a longer period than initially anticipated.
On the domestic calendar, Wholesale Prices in Germany rose 0.2% MoM in September and contracted 4.1% over the last twelve months, while the trade surplus in the broader euro bloc widened to €6.7B in August.
In the US, the regional manufacturing gauge tracked by the NY Empire State Index is due, along with September’s Monthly Budget Statement.
Daily digest market movers: Euro leaves behind recent losses and advances beyond 1.0500
- The EUR picks up fresh upside traction against the USD.
- US and German yields start the week with humble gains.
- Markets anticipate that the Fed will keep rates unchanged.
- Investors expect the ECB will extend the pause in its rate rise campaign.
- Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East remain high.
- The PBoC keeps its One-Year LPR unchanged at 2.50%.
- BoE’s Huw Pill suggests there is further job to do when it comes to tackle inflation.
- Potential FX intervention remains on the cards around USD/JPY.
Technical Analysis: Euro does not rule out a drop to YTD lows
EUR/USD leaves behind part of the recent two-day lows and manages to gather fresh steam beyond 1.0500 on Monday.
If the upward momentum continues, there is a possibility that EUR/USD could revisit the September 20 high of 1.0736 and potentially reach the significant 200-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) at 1.0822. Breaking above this level may lead to testing the August 30 peak at 1.0945, approaching the psychological threshold of 1.1000. Further breakthroughs beyond the August 10 high of 1.1064 could potentially push the pair towards the July 27 top at 1.1149 and even reach the 2023 peak of 1.1275 seen on July 18.
On the downside, if selling pressure resumes, there is a possibility of retesting the 2023 low at 1.0448 from October 3 and potentially challenging the significant psychological level of 1.0400. If this level is breached, it could pave the way for a retest of the weekly lows at 1.0290 (November 30, 2022) and 1.0222 (November 21, 2022).
As long as the EUR/USD remains below the 200-day SMA, there is a potential for sustained downward pressure.
German economy FAQs
The German economy has a significant impact on the Euro due to its status as the largest economy within the Eurozone. Germany’s economic performance, its GDP, employment, and inflation, can greatly influence the overall stability and confidence in the Euro. As Germany’s economy strengthens, it can bolster the Euro’s value, while the opposite is true if it weakens. Overall, the German economy plays a crucial role in shaping the Euro’s strength and perception in global markets.
Germany is the largest economy in the Eurozone and therefore an influential actor in the region. During the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis in 2009-12, Germany was pivotal in setting up various stability funds to bail out debtor countries. It took a leadership role in the implementation of the ‘Fiscal Compact’ following the crisis – a set of more stringent rules to manage member states’ finances and punish ‘debt sinners’. Germany spearheaded a culture of ‘Financial Stability’ and the German economic model has been widely used as a blueprint for economic growth by fellow Eurozone members.
Bunds are bonds issued by the German government. Like all bonds they pay holders a regular interest payment, or coupon, followed by the full value of the loan, or principal, at maturity. Because Germany has the largest economy in the Eurozone, Bunds are used as a benchmark for other European government bonds. Long-term Bunds are viewed as a solid, risk-free investment as they are backed by the full faith and credit of the German nation. For this reason they are treated as a safe-haven by investors – gaining in value in times of crisis, whilst falling during periods of prosperity.
German Bund Yields measure the annual return an investor can expect from holding German government bonds, or Bunds. Like other bonds, Bunds pay holders interest at regular intervals, called the ‘coupon’, followed by the full value of the bond at maturity. Whilst the coupon is fixed, the Yield varies as it takes into account changes in the bond’s price, and it is therefore considered a more accurate reflection of return. A decline in the bund’s price raises the coupon as a percentage of the loan, resulting in a higher Yield and vice versa for a rise. This explains why Bund Yields move inversely to prices.
The Bundesbank is the central bank of Germany. It plays a key role in implementing monetary policy within Germany, and central banks in the region more broadly. Its goal is price stability, or keeping inflation low and predictable. It is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of payment systems in Germany and participates in the oversight of financial institutions. The Bundesbank has a reputation for being conservative, prioritizing the fight against inflation over economic growth. It has been influential in the setup and policy of the European Central Bank (ECB).