EUR/USD Price, Chart, and Analysis
- German data beats but Euro reaction is muted.
- ECB Minutes may give more clarity on the recent rate decision.
- EUR/USD set to press lower as Jackson Hole looms.
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The German economy expanded by the faintest of margins in the second quarter of the year, according to official figures released by Destatis. Final figures showed the German economy expanded by 0.1% in Q2, compared to forecasts of 0%, while annualized numbers show the economy growing by 1.7%.
While today’s numbers are marginally better than forecast, the German economy is seen contracting in the next two quarters, the officially accepted definition of a recession. Rampant inflation and sky-high energy prices are severely disrupting the Euro Zone’s largest economy as the country’s decades-old dependency on Russian energy return to haunt Germany.
Euro Forecast – EUR/USD Plunging Into Parity as US Dollar Bulls Run Amok
The latest German Ifo data also beat expectations, but uncertainty among companies remains high. According to the Ifo Institute, ‘a bleak mood hangs over the German economy’, with companies across a range of industries remaining pessimistic despite the current situation improving marginally.
Today’s data had little effect on the single currency as traders move to the sidelines ahead of Fed chair Jerome Powell’s speech on Friday at the Jackson Hole symposium. Before Mr. Powell’s speech, traders will get to mull over the second reading of US Q2 growth (today at 13:30 UK) and the central bank’s preferred inflation reading, Core PCE (Friday at 13:30 GMT).
Later on today the latest ECB minutes will be released (12:30 UK) and may give the market more clarity behind the central bank’s decision to hike rates by 50 basis points and for the outlook for interest rates in the coming months. Over the course of this month, Euro Area bond yields have moved noticeably higher as traders price in a more hawkish ECB. In the 10-year space, German Bunds yield 1.36% (+58bps), while Italian BTPs trade at 3.65% (+67bps). Italian borrowing costs will be closely monitored by the ECB and any further rally in yields may force the central bank to step in and stem the rise.
After breaking parity on more than one occasion this week, EUR/USD is likely to enter a holding pattern between 0.9900 and 1.0050 ahead of Friday’s speech by chair Powell. While the outlook for the short-term remains unchanged around current levels, looking further ahead the pair look set to weaken further, especially if chair Powell doubles down on his hawkish stance on Friday. On the flip side, the pair may use parity as a level of support if the Fed signals that growth worries are now returning to the fore.
EUR/USD Daily Price Chart August 25, 2022
Retail trader data show 70.27% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 2.36 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 0.90% lower than yesterday and 25.42% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 8.09% higher than yesterday and 13.07% lower from last week.
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests EUR/USD prices may continue to fall. Positioning is less net-long than yesterday but more net-long from last week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a further mixed EUR/USD trading bias.
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