Euro Forecast: EUR/USD Breakout Gains Momentum but Fibonacci Resistance on Radar
- EUR/USD soars nearly 2.5% this week, rising to its best levels since February 2022
- A dovish repricing of interest rate expectations following softer-than-expected U.S. inflation data may be responsible for recent moves in the FX space
- Market dynamics and positive may favor the euro in the coming week
The euro's strong rally was mainly driven by broad-based weakness in the U.S. dollar, following softer-than-expected U.S. CPI and PPI data. For context, both indicators surprised to the downside, signaling that price pressures in the North American economy are cooling faster than initially envisioned, an encouraging situation for the Federal Reserve.
PAST WEEK ECONOMIC DATA
Source: DailyFX Economic Calendar
Progress on the inflation front led markets to repriced lower the Fed's hiking path. Although the odds of a quarter-point hike at this month's FOMC gathering remained virtually unchanged above 90%, traders unwound bets in favor of an additional 25 basis points adjustment in September. This means the central bank could be on the verge of concluding its tightening campaign soon.
The dovish reassessment of interest rate expectations put strong downward pressure on U.S. Treasury yields, especially at the front end of the curve. To provide some color, the 2-year note was trading at its highest level in 16 years, near 5.11%, last Thursday, but late this week, it was back down to 4.74% following the latest developments.
Focusing on next week, the economic calendar will be somewhat light. In the U.S., the only release of note will be the June retail sales report on Tuesday. In the Eurozone, June CPI data could get some attention, but it is unlikely to be a big source of volatility, as it will be the second and final estimate, which generally incorporates little revisions compared to the flash report.
INCOMING DATA IN THE US AND EU
Source: DailyFX Economic Calendar
With no major high-impact events on tap over the next several days and the Fed entering its blackout period ahead of its July 25-26 meeting, there are no significant catalysts that could cause the market narrative to shift in favor of the U.S. dollar. Against this backdrop, EUR/USD could extend its recent advance, but its upside potential may be limited given the pair's overbought conditions in the FX space.
EUR/USD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
EUR/USD has been on a tear in recent days, blasting past one technical resistance after another. On Friday, the pair managed to extend its advance, sustaining the last breakout to trade near 1.1237, the highest exchange rate since February 2022.
Looking ahead, if prices are able to hold above 1.1200, sentiment around the euro could improve further, reinforcing bullish appetite and paving the way for a move towards 1.1275, the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the Jan 2021/Sept 2022 sell-off. Above this ceiling, attention shifts to 1.1375.
On the flip side, if upward momentum fades and gives way to a market reversal, initial support is located around the 1.1200 area. If tested, the price reaction around this key floor should be closely analyzed for near-term guidance, bearing in mind that a breakdown could expose 1.1115/1.1080, followed by 1.1010.
EUR/USD TECHNICAL CHART
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