EUR/USD Remains Vulnerable Ahead of Key Data Releases
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EUR/USD PRICE, CHARTS AND ANALYSIS:
- EUR/USD Looks Vulnerable as US CPI and Euro Area GDP Lies in Wait.
- European Commission Upgrades Growth Forecast for 2023 and Downgrades Inflation Expectations in a Positive for the Euro Area.
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EUR/USD FUNDAMENTAL OUTLOOK
EURUSD remains flat following the London Open despite the European Commission raising the EU growth forecast for 2023. The risk averse market environment hasn’t helped keeping any potential bullish move at bay ahead of the US inflation and EU GDP data releases tomorrow.
The European Commission noted that the EU economy entered 2023 on a better footing than projected in Autumn and lifted their growth outlook for the year to 0.9% in the Euro Area. The Euro Area looks set to avoid a technical recession thanks in large part to declining gas prices and a robust labor market. The Commission also downgraded their inflation expectations with headline inflation now expected to fall to 5.6% in 2023.
ECB policymakers Centeno and de Guindos meanwhile were largely positive in comments made this morning. Both of whom discussed positives around the inflation outlook moving forward while stating that rate hikes beyond March will remain data dependent.
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Friday’s University of Michigan released their preliminary consumer sentiment survey which indicated an uptick in the one-year inflation expectations with a print of 4.2% up from 3.9% in January. This does not bode well for US inflation data, while wage growth remains a problem due to a tight labor market.
Later today we have Federal Reserve Policymaker Michelle Bowman with more hawkish rhetoric likely to add a bit of pressure on EURUSD, however I expect any major moves on the pair to remain on hold until tomorrow’s US inflation print and GDP growth rate figures out of the Euro Area.
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From a technical perspective, last week’s breakout of the ascending channel does hint at further downside for EURUSD with the weekly candle close adding further credence to the idea that further losses are in store for the pair.
The short-term outlook is a bit more mixed as we have bounced off the daily low printed in the Asian session around 1.0655. A push slightly higher to retest the lower end of the ascending channel at 1.0745 cannot be ruled out before EURUSD continues its downside move with support at 1.0645 and lower the 1.0600 handle.
EUR/USD Daily Chart – February 13, 2023
IG CLIENT SENTIMENT: MIXED
IG Client Sentiment Data (IGCS) shows that retail traders are currently LONG on EURUSD with 57% of traders currently holding short positions. At DailyFX we typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact that traders are LONG suggests EURUSD prices may continue to fall.
Written by: Zain Vawda, Market Writer for DailyFX.com
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