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EUR/USD to Press Fresh Monthly Highs on Lackluster U.S. CPI

EUR/USD to Press Fresh Monthly Highs on Lackluster U.S. CPI

David Song, Shuyang Ren,

- U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) to Slow for Fourth Time in 2014.

- Core Rate of Inflation to Hold at Annualized 1.7% for Third Month.

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Trading the News: U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI)

A downtick in the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) may spark a more meaningful rebound in EUR/USD as it dampens the interest rate outlook for the world’s largest economy.

What’s Expected:


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Why Is This Event Important:

It seems as though the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is in no rush to normalize monetary policy as a growing number of central bank officials highlight the downside risk for inflation expectations, and a marked slowdown in price growth may undermine the bullish sentiment surrounding the greenback as central bank hawks Richard Fisher and Charles Plosser lose their vote in 2015.

Expectations: Bearish Argument/Scenario




Average Hourly Earnings (YoY) (OCT)



Personal Income (SEP)



ISM Non-Manufacturing (OCT)



Subdued wages paired with the slowdown in service-based activity may drag on price growth, and a weaker-than-expected CPI print may trigger a larger rebound in EUR/USD as market participants scale back bets for higher borrowing costs in the U.S.

Risk: Bullish Argument/Scenario




U. of Michigan Confidence (NOV P)



NFIB Small Business Optimism (OCT)



Consumer Confidence (OCT)



Nevertheless, the ongoing improvement in household and business confidence may stoke faster price growth, and a strong inflation report should boost the appeal of the greenback as it raises the Fed’s scope to normalize monetary policy sooner rather than later.

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How To Trade This Event Risk(Video)

Bearish USD Trade: U.S. CPI Slows to Annualized 1.6% or Lower

  • Need to see green, five-minute candle following the release to consider a long trade on EURUSD
  • If market reaction favors a bearish dollar trade, buy EURUSD with two separate position
  • Set stop at the near-by swing low/reasonable distance from entry; look for at least 1:1 risk-to-reward
  • Move stop to entry on remaining position once initial target is hit; set reasonable limit

Bullish USD Trade: Headline & Core Price Growth Exceed Market Expectations

  • Need green, five-minute candle to favor a short EURUSD trade
  • Implement same setup as the bearish dollar trade, just in the opposite direction

Potential Price Targets For The Release

EUR/USD Daily Chart

EUR/USD Daily Chart

Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

  • With the break of the monthly opening range, will watch former support on EUR/USD for new resistance.
  • Interim Resistance: 1.2610 (61.8% expansion) to 1.2620 (50% retracement)
  • Interim Support: 1.2280 (100% expansion) to 1.2300 pivot

Read More:

Scalping the EURNZD Recovery- Interim Resistance 1.5980

Price & Time: Make Or Break For AUD/USD

Impact that the U.S. CPI report has had on EUR/USD during the last release


Data Released



Pips Change

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Pips Change

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10/22/2014 12:30 GMT





September 2014 U.S. Consumer Price Index


The U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) held steady at an annualized rate of 1.7% in September amid forecasts for a 1.6% print. At the same time, the core rate of inflation also remained unchanged at 1.7% during the same period. Lower energy and transportation costs continued to drag on price growth, while the report showed stable prices for nearly all other sectors. With the subdued outlook for inflation, the Fed may retain the highly accommodative policy for an extended period of time in order to balance the risks surrounding the region. The better-than-expected CPI print spurred a bullish reaction in the greenback, with EUR/USD slipping below 1.2675 during the North America trade to end the day at 1.2637.

--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst and Shuyang Ren

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