EUR/USD: Will The 1.10-Barrier Withstand The Upward Pressure?

Dear Traders,

While U.S. nonfarm payrolls have surged to 292K jobs in December, beating all estimates, Friday’s dollar rally did not last long. The spoilsport was slower wage growth, which disappointed the market’s expectations and increased less than 2.7 percent.  The EUR/USD experienced a sharp dip towards 1.08 at the time when payrolls were released but the pair was able to quickly recover all losses. As noted in previous analysis, the 1.10-1.1050 area remains to be a key resistance zone. As long as the currency pair trades below that area, we will favor a bearish stance, targeting lower price levels at 1.0810 and 1.0720.

The British Pound fell to a five-year low against the dollar, dipping slightly below the 1.45-mark. A reason for GBP’s current weakness is a more pessimistic outlook for a first rate increase by the Bank of England. In the light of the current financial turmoil in China the BoE’s policy stance could be more dovish, waiting with a liftoff until well into 2017. In addition, the uncertainty surrounding the U.K.’s possible exit from the European Union threatens to weigh on the economy, which is why the BoE is expected to keep policy unchanged for a considerable time. The central bank will announce its latest monetary policy decision on Thursday. Aside from the BoE interest rate decision, Industrial and Manufacturing Production numbers, scheduled for release on Tuesday could be interesting to watch.

The most important piece of U.S. data will be Retail Sales, due for release on Friday. Furthermore, we will have some speeches of Federal Reserve officials throughout this week, which may impact on the dollar.

There are no major economic reports from the eurozone this week but the eurogroup meeting towards the end of the week could reveal interesting information for euro traders.

Let’s wait and see. We wish you a good start to this week and successful trading.

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