The Dollar continued its drop against the Euro yesterday, after the Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell, commented that the Fed is taking a cautious look at the economy. Moreover, emphasis was placed on a patient, data dependent approach to monetary policy, that the Fed has adopted since the January FOMC meeting.
Data releases have been quite supportive of the US slowdown, with January appearing to be much weaker than expected, a combination of the slowdown and the US government shutdown, as predicted in our post, published in mid January. Durable goods came out worse than expected, and so did the manufacturing indices; housing market data and the PMIs gave out mixed signals about the state of the economy. Even though the Case-Shiller index showed grew by 4.2% in December, this was a material decline compared to expectations of 4.5% and a growth rate of 5% in October.
In anticipation of the Powell testimony later today, the Trump – Kim Jong Un meeting, scheduled to take place in about an hour, can potentially have a strong impact on the Dollar. An agreement for the denuclearlization of North Korea would beneficial for both countries as the US could benefit from another trade partner in the region, while opening the borders to exports and imports would certainly imply a brighter future for the Asian nation. Furthermore, it would also potentially provide the beginning of the end of the North-South Korea tensions, which have been going on since the end of WWII. Politically, an agreement with North Korea would mean a lot to Donald Trump, given the criticism he has received over multiple topics through the course of his presidential term. Notably, he could shift the focus away from Michael Cohen’s deposition today, who is expected to accuse the president about racism and lies. With regards to the rest of the world, a successful summit would also boost confidence for a trade deal between the US and China.
Technically, the EURUSD pair has been trading between the 50% (1.1374) and 61.8% (1.4068) Fibonacci levels, defined by the January 31st and February 15th lows. The two points technically provide the immediate Support and Resistance points, even though, with regards to Resistance, the 1.14 level is also likely to be a psychological level. At the moment, the short-term MA has crossed the long-term MA from below, while the remaining technical indicators are also supportive of this signal, as neither the MACD index nor the RSI suggest that the trend has ended.
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