German Inflation Hits a Five Month Low, But Euro Continues Higher
- German inflation hits a five month low
- Below target inflation allows ECB to remain accommodative
- EUR/USD continues higher despite release
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German annual inflation set a new five month low in September, but the decline in consumer prices failed to stop the Euro’s move higher.
The consumer price index rose 1.4% from September 2012, less than expectations for the annual inflation to remain unchanged from August’s 1.5% rate. The German CPI did not change on a monthly basis, according to a preliminary estimate by the Federal Statistical Office.
Germany is the biggest economy in the Euro-zone, where inflation for the whole region was reported at 1.3% in August and well below the ECB’s target 2.0% inflation rate. In September, ECB President Draghi repeated that he expects interest rates to remain at current or lower levels, and the below-target inflation rate allows the central bank to maintain accommodative policy without worries of driving prices higher at a faster than desired rate. Therefore, declining inflation should be Euro negative.
However, the Euro did not react significantly to today’s German inflation release. EUR/USD continues to trade around 1.3550 in Forex markets at the time of this writing, following an earlier rise to a new weekly high. A seven month high recently set at 1.3568 may provide resistance, and support may come in by the key 1.3500 level.
EUR/USD Daily: September 27, 2013
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