Saturday, October 12, 2013

EUR/USD Forecast (October 14-18)

EUR/USD traded in range on the US uncertainty and eventually closed the week marginally lower. Will it pick a new direction now? German ZEW Economic Sentiment, industrial and inflation data are the main market movers.

EUR/USD was supported by the US government shutdown and the upcoming debt ceiling deadline, as well as the poor jobless claims reading. Germany posted an unexpectedly strong trade surplus of 15.6 billion in September but Factory Orders dropped by 0.3% while expected to gain 1.2%. Germany is the leading economy in the Eurozone, having a strong impact on market sentiment.

1. German Import Prices: Monday. German Import Prices expanded 0.3% on a monthly basis during July, in line with market expectations following a 0.8% decline in the previous month.No change is expected now.

2. Industrial Production: Monday, 9:00. Euro-area industrial output declined unexpectedly by 1.5% during July, following a 0.6% gain in the prior month. The fall was worse than the 0.1% decline predicted by economists. The reading indicated recovery is expected to be mild in the third quarter, despite small gains in the Euro members.A rise of 0.8% is anticipated this time.
 
3. Eurogroup Meetings: Monday, 9:00. Eurogroup meetings held in Brussels will be attended by the Eurogroup President, Finance Ministers from Eurozone member states, the Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, and the President of the European Central Bank. They discuss financial issues, related to the Eurozone and develop support mechanisms. Officials usually release information to press which can cause volatility in the markets.

4. French CPI: Tuesday, 6:45. Consumer prices increased 0.5% in August, in line with expectations following a 0.35 fall in July, lowering annual inflation to 0.9%. Food prices fell 0.4%, health products declined 0.1% and health services 0.7%. The main gains occurred in clothing and shoes. Inflation is expected to drop 0.3% now.

5. German ZEW Economic Sentiment: Tuesday, 9:00. German monthly survey of economic sentiment soared to 49.6 in September from 42.0 in August, reaching the highest level since April 2010 and beating market consensus for a rise to 45.3. This rise is a clear sign that German economy is strengthening. German domestic demand and exports improved significantly. A small drop to 49.2 is projected.

6. ZEW Economic Sentiment: Tuesday, 9:00. The ZEW economic sentiment for the euro zone, edged up to 58.6 in September, rising sharply from the 44 points registered in August and beating analysts’ expectations of a reading of 47.2. German No 1 economy in the Eurozone is still gaining momentum in light of positive improvements in the Euro member stated. A further rise to 59.4 is expected now.

7. Italian Trade Balance: Wednesday, 8:00. Italy’s trade surplus widened in July to 5.9 billion euro, up from EUR4.7 billion in the same month last year. However, exports declined 2.3% from June while imports rose 0.4%. Energy products were the main reason for growth in imports, a potential sign that Italy’s economy is beginning to stabilize after eight quarterly contractions in a row. Trade surplus is expected to narrow to 5.21 billion.

8. Inflation data: Wednesday, 9:00. Inflation in the Eurozone was tame in August despite the loose monetary policy exercised by the ECB. Lower prices of fuels further slowed the pace of inflation in August to its lowest level in several months. CPI in the 17-nation Eurozone rose 1.3% in August following 1.6% in July, marking the slowest pace of increase in four months. Core process advanced 1.1% Unchanged from July. European Central Bank (ECB) president, Mario Draghi said inflation pressures would remain tame for the rest of the year. The ECB projects prices in the 17 nations using the euro are expected to rise 1.4% this year and 1.3% in. CPI is expected to rise 1.1%, while core CPI is predicted to increase 1.0%.

9. Current Account: Thursday, 8:00. The eurozone’s current account surplus narrowed to 16.9 billion euros in July from 19.8 billion euros in June, worse than the 18.3 billion surplus anticipated by analysts. Over the 12 months to July, the current account showed a surplus of 204 billion euros, compared with a surplus of 79.4 billion euros a year earlier. Eurozone’s current account surplus is expected to widen to 17.7 billion.

 *All times are GMT
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