EUR/USD has posted losses on Thursday. In the European session, EUR/USD is trading at 1.1696, down 0.43% on the day. The euro has had a rough week, as the pair is down 1.3 per cent, erasing last week’s gains. In the US, Advance GDP soared 33.1% in Q3, above the estimate of 32.0%. Unemployment claims fell to 751 thousand down from 787 thousand a week earlier.
ECB maintains interest rates at 0.00%
At today’s ECB policy meeting, members decided to hold the course, maintaining interest rates at 0.00%, and QE at a pace of EUR 20 billion/mth. The rate statement noted that rates will stay at “present or lower levels” until inflation rises to around the 2 percent level. The news did not move the euro, but investors will be interested on hearing more from ECB President Lagarde, who will hold a press conference later today (13:30 GMT).
Today’s meeting was held against a backdrop of a struggling eurozone economy and new lockdowns in Germany and France, as Europe struggles with an explosion in the number of Covid-19 cases. The second wave of the virus, which is sweeping the continent, is threatening the eurozone’s tenuous economic recovery. Investors will be treated to a host of eurozone releases on Friday. Investors will be particularly interested in German GDP for the third quarter as well as eurozone consumer inflation.
Germany is the bellwether for the rest of the eurozone, and a strong GDP read could boost sentiment towards the euro. The consensus is that Germany’s economy bounced back in Q3 with a gain of 7.3%, after a miserable Q2 release of -9.7% (revised from -10.1%). The inflation front appears bleaker, however. Eurozone CPI in October is projected to remain at -0.2%, which would mark a third straight decline. Core CPI, which is slightly stronger, is expected to repeat the September figure of 0.2%.
The labor market has been hit hard by Covid-19, as the economic downturn has led to higher unemployment. In April, the unemployment rate in the eurozone stood at 7.3%. This climbed to 8.1% in August, and the rate is expected to edge higher to 8.2% in September.
- There is resistance at 1.1789. The next resistance line is at 1.1830
- We find support at 1.1676, followed by a support line at 1.1635
- USD/CAD broke below the 20-day MA on Tuesday, and the pair continues to lose ground