Strong U. of Michigan Confidence Survey to Fuel Bearish EUR/USD Series
- U. of Michigan Confidence Survey to Increase for First Time Since October.
- 12-Month Inflation Expectations Currently Sit at 2.7%- Highest Reading for All of 2017.
Trading the News: U. of Michigan Confidence
A meaning rebound in the U. of Michigan Confidence survey may fuel the recent series of lower highs & lows in EUR/USD as it encourages the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to further normalize monetary policy over the coming months.
Data prints highlighting an improved outlook for the U.S. economy may push the FOMC to deliver a March rate-hike as ‘many participants judged that the proposed changes in business taxes, if enacted, would likely provide a modest boost to capital spending.’ In turn, the Fed may utilize the January 31 interest rate decision to prepare U.S. and households for higher borrowing-costs, with the dollar at risk of exhibiting a more bullish behavior as the central bank appears to be on course to deliver three rate-hikes in 2018.
However, a below-forecast print may spark a bearish reaction in the greenback as the FOMC faces a threat of completing its hiking-cycle ahead of schedule. New to trading? Review the ‘Traits of a Successful Trader’ series on how to effectively use leverage along with other best practices that any trader can follow.
|Period||Data Released||Estimate||Actual||Pips Change||Pips Change|
|12/08/2017 15:00:00 GMT||99.0||96.8||+5||+13|
December 2017 U. of Michigan Confidence
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The U. of Michigan Confidence survey unexpectedly weakened in December, with the index narrowing to 96.8 from 98.5 the month prior. At the same time, the gauge for future expectations slipped to 84.6 from 88.9, while 12-month inflation expectations climbed to an annualized 2.8% from 2.5% in November.
The mixed developments generated a muted reaction, with EUR/USD consolidating throughout the North American trade to end the day at 1.1769. For additional resources, download and review the FREE DailyFX Advanced Guide for Trading the News to learn our 8 step strategy.
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- The failed attempt to break above the 1.2320 (23.6% retracement) to 1.2370 (61.8% expansion) region raises the risk for a near-term pullback in EUR/USD as the pair starts to carve a series of lower highs & lows.
- Need a break/close below 1.2130 (50% retracement) to open up the 1.1960 (38.2% retracement) region, with the next downside area of interest coming in around 1.1810 (61.8% retracement).
- Keeping a close eye on the Relative Strength Index (RSI) as it slips below 70 and flashes a textbook sell-signal, but the broader out for EUR/USD remains constructive as both price and the momentum indicator preserve the upward trends carried over from late last year.
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