Published: 2/19/2018 7:01:00 AM
The euro has paused on Monday after strong losses on Friday. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.2420, up 0.08% on the day. On the release front, the eurozone current account surplus narrowed to EUR 29.9 billion, short of the estimate of EUR 30.5 billion. There are no US indicators, as US markets are closed for Presidents' Day. On Tuesday, Germany releases ZEW Economic Sentiment and the eurozone will publish Consumer Confidence.
The euro lost close to 1% on Friday, as the US posted sharp housing and consumer confidence reports. Building Permits jumped to 1.40 million in January, up from 1.30 million in December. This easily beat the estimate of 1.29 million. Housing Starts followed suit and improved to 1.33 million in January, up from 1.19 million a month earlier. This was well above the forecast of 1.28 million. There was more positive news from consumer confidence, as UoM Consumer Confidence climbed to 99.9, well above the estimate of 95.4 points. This marked a 4-month high.
The recent turbulence in the global stock markets has triggered strong volatility in the currency markets, and ECB President Mario Draghi recently stated that the ECB was concerned about the euro's sharp fluctuations. Last week, Draghi weighed in on Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency which has seen wild fluctuations in recent months. There are growing calls for regulation of these currencies, and central banks could play a key role in such regulation. However, Draghi poured cold water on any ECB involvement, saying that it was not its responsibility to ban or regulate Bitcoin. Draghi added that the ECB was exploring the use of blockchain, a digital technology to monitor Bitcoin transactions.
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Open: 1.2410 High: 1.2435 Low: 1.2387 Close: 1.2420
EUR/USD posted slight gains, but retracted in the Asian session. The pair is showing little movement in European trade.
EUR/USD ratio is showing slight movement towards long positions. Currently, short positions have a majority (60%), indicative of EUR/USD breaking out and moving to lower ground.
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