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EUR/USD to Look into Confidence Indicators for Guidance, as Risk Aversion Eased

The financial markets responded positively to news that US and China are back on the table for trade negotiation. At least for now, the fear of further escalation in tension is eased. DOW ended yesterday up 669.40 pts or 2.84% at 2420.60. S&P 500 gained 70.29 pts or 2.72% to close at 2658.55. NASDAQ also rose 227.87 pts, or 3.26% to 7220.54. Asian markets follow with Nikkei trading up over 1.6% at the time of writing. Hong Kong HSI is up 0.9%.

In the currency markets, Yen is paring much of its recent gains as risk aversion receded, and it’s trading as the weakest one for the week so far. Euro and Sterling are the strongest ones thanks to yesterday’s rally. But Canadian Dollar is picking up some steam in Asian session too. Trading could start to turn quieter as holidays approach. But Euro traders will look into confidence indicators to be released for the needed fuel for EUR/USD to head to 1.2555 resistance. Also, US consumer confidence will be a feature of the day.

Fed Mester supports gradual rate hike, against a steep path

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Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester she supports gradual rate hike “this year and next year”. At the same time, she’s “against a steep path” in tightening because “we want to give inflation time to move back to goal”. She sounds optimistic saying that “this year is shaping up to be another good year for the economy.” And for monetary policymakers, the task is to “calibrate policy to this healthy economy so that the expansion is sustained.”

The government’s tax cut poses “some upside risk” to the forecast, and Mester expects a better read on household spending “over the next several months”. Globally, she noted that “for the first time in many years, economic activity around the world is picking up and forecasts for global growth are being revised up.” And, “this should have a positive feedback effect on the U.S. economy via exports.”

Meanwhile, she warned that trade developments are a “risk to the forecasts”. And the uncertainty “may not be resolved quickly”. But it didn’t change her outlook for the over economy yet.

Goldman Sachs bullish on gold price

Goldman Sachs published a note that’s bullish on gold price yesterday and expected it to outperform over the coming months. It’s forecasting four Fed hikes this year, which is one more than FOMC’s own projection. And the bank admitted that its upbeat view on gold is “counter-intuitive”.

However, the report pointed to empirical data for the past six tightening cycles of Fed, and found gold has “outperformed post rate hikes four times”. And according to their analysts, “the dislocation between the gold prices and US rates is here to stay”. It added that the bullish view was also driven by higher inflation, rising EM wealth and increased risk of equity correction. Also, it’s a likely a function of investors “waiting on the sidelines” and the becoming interested in Gold again once the tightening “catalyst” has passed.

Here is our quick technical view on gold

On the data front

Japan corporate service price rose 0.6% yoy in February, below expectation of 0.7% yoy.

German import price and Eurozone M3 money supply will be released in European session. But the focuses would be on confidence indicators including business claims, economic confidence, services confidence and industrial confidence.

Later in the day, US will release S&P Case-Shiller house price as well as Conference Board consumer confidence.

EUR/USD Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.2376; (P) 1.2419 (R1) 1.2490; More….

The break of 1.2445 resistance confirms resumption of rebound from 1.2154. Intraday bias stays on the upside for further rally to 1.2555 high, which is close to 1.2516 key long term fibonacci level. We’d be cautious on reversal from there. But decisive break will carry larger bullish implications. On the downside, below 1.2358 minor support will turn intraday bias neutral first. And further break of 1.2338 will target 1.2154 and below again.

In the bigger picture, key fibonacci level at 38.2% retracement of 1.6039 (2008 high) to 1.0339 (2017 low) at 1.2516 remains intact despite attempts to break. Hence, rise from 1.0339 medium term bottom is still seen as a corrective move for the moment. Rejection from 1.2516 will maintain long term bearish outlook and keep the case for retesting 1.0039 alive. Firm break of 1.1553 support will add more medium term bearishness. However, sustained break of 1.2516 will carry larger bullish implication and target 61.8% retracement of 1.6039 to 1.0339 at 1.3862 in medium term.

Economic Indicators Update

GMTCcyEventsActualForecastPreviousRevised
23:50JPYCorporate Service Price Y/Y Feb0.60%0.70%0.70%
06:00EURGerman Import Price Index M/M Feb-0.30%0.50%
08:00EUREurozone M3 Money Supply Y/Y Feb4.60%4.60%
09:00EUREurozone Economic Confidence Mar113.3114.1
09:00EUREurozone Business Climate Indicator Mar1.361.48
09:00EUREurozone Industrial Confidence Mar6.98
09:00EUREurozone Services Confidence Mar16.517.5
09:00EUREurozone Consumer Confidence Mar F0.10.1
13:00USDS&P/Case-Shiller Composite-20 Y/Y Jan6.10%6.30%
14:00USDConsumer Confidence Mar131130.8

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