EUR/USD TALKING POINTS
- Recessionary fears grip global markets.
- Spotlight on anti-fragmentation for Europe.
- EUR/USD trading at key technical levels.
EURO FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP
With the little in the way of market moving events over the weekend, global market including the euro has been left at the mercy of market sentiment. The situation in Ukraine and decisions by Russia could weigh negatively on the Eurozone should energy flows into the region be cut. The economic calendar is similarly light this week (see below) giving precedence to recessionary fears leading up to Wednesday’s commencement of high impact events. This being said, the mornings news helped bolster euro bets after hawkish comments from Deutsche Bank’s CEO around hiking rates quicker than expected while talks around the anti-fragmentation tool is primed to be the talk of the town over the next few weeks. Should the ECB manage to clarify or agree on a path forward regarding ‘anti-fragmentation’, this could be extremely bullish for the euro.
From a dollar perspective, quarter/half yearly flows buoyed the greenback last week which may see some short-term reprieve for the euro, while we may see muted price action today due the Independence Day holiday in the U.S.
EUR/USD ECONOMIC CALENDAR
Source: DailyFX economic calendar
EUR/USD DAILY CHART
Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG
Price action on the daily EUR/USD chart shows bulls once again defending the key area of support around the 1.0340 (January 2017 swing low). This key inflection point could mark the start of a extended move lower with the formation of the recent descending triangle pattern which will require a confirmation break below support. A rejection would thus occur if we see a breakout above triangle resistance coinciding with the 1.0601 swing high.
- Trendline resistance (black)/50-day EMA (blue)/1.0601
- 20-day EMA (purple)
IG CLIENT SENTIMENT DATA: BEARISH
IGCS shows retail traders are currently LONG on EUR/USD, with 70% of traders currently holding long positions (as of this writing). At DailyFX we typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment resulting in a downside bias.
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