EUR/USD has paused on Thursday, after gains on the Wednesday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.2327, down 0.10% on the day. On the release front, eurozone and Germany Manufacturing PMIs missed their estimates. Eurozone Manufacturing PMI dropped to 56.6, down from 58.1 points. The German release slowed to 58.4, compared to the estimate of 59.8 points. German Ifo Business Climate also dipped to 114.7, matching the estimate. In the US, the key indicator is unemployment claims, which is expected to edge lower to 225 thousand. On Friday, the US releases durable goods and housing reports.
As widely expected, the Federal Reserve raised rates by a quarter-point on Wednesday, bringing the benchmark rate to a range between 1.50% and 1.75%. The markets were looking for any clues with regard to the pace of rate hikes in 2018 – currently the Fed is projecting three hikes, but a robust US economy could push the Fed to press the rate trigger four times. The rate statement did not directly address the issue, but there was a refreshing lack of Fedspeak from policymakers, who said that “the economic outlook has strengthened in recent months”. This phrase has not been used in previous rate statements, and if Fed policymakers reiterate positive sentiment towards the economy, could push the US dollar to higher ground.