EUR/USD set to extend falls after the breakdown, US stimulus becomes dollar booster
Taking full responsibility – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has reportedly acknowledged her mistakes in the bloc’s vaccine debacle. That is unlikely to help the euro. The old continent’s lag in immunizing its population has been raising fears of a double-dip recession and is weighing on the common currency.Britain’s inoculation campaign has already reached 14% of the population – and its vaccination strategy seems to have been vindicated. Spacing AstraZeneca’s shots have proved more efficient in preventing COVID-19 than injections only a month apart. The EU has a substantial amount of AZ’s doses in the pipeline, so that is good news also for the continent – but deliveries are still delayed. Malta, the bloc’s leading country in the field, has only reached 4.9% of its population. had been supported by the upbeat market mood, partially driven by hopes for US stimulus. The safe-haven dollar dropped on hopes that the US would recover faster and that it would pull the entire world forward. However, President Joe Biden’s relief package may turn into a greenback booster.Democrats have advanced the full package in the Senate using a partisan reconciliation process – raising the chances for approving $1.9 trillion of new funds as Biden originally suggested. That is far above a package of roughly $600 billion that a group of ten Republicans suggested. Investors are upgrading their outlooks in response to prospects of additional spending, buying stocks and selling bonds – and the resulting increase in Treasury yields makes the dollar more attractive.Is it a lose-lose situation for EUR/USD? Not so fast. First, nothing in Washington is decided until the last moment, and moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin may still oppose parts of the relief package such as a substantial increase to the minimum wage.Secondly, the positive development around AstraZeneca’s vaccine mentioned above may still weigh on the dollar. Moreover, there are growing signs that Israel’s immunization effort – the world’s most advanced – is bearing fruit. Among those over 60, who were prioritized, hospitalizations and rates of severe illness are falling.Apart from the vaccine and political developments, two hints toward Friday’s are eyed. ADP’s private-sector jobs report is set to show a return to job growth in January after a disappointing drop in December. The ISM Services Purchasing Managers’ Index is forecast to edge lower, yet reflect ongoing growth despite the virus’s impact on the sector.See
All in all, market optimism is not necessarily positive for euro/dollar.EUR/USD Technical AnalysisMomentum on the four-hour chart remains to the downside and the pair remains on the back foot after convincingly falling below the triple-bottom of 1.2050. It is essential to note that the currency pair failed to climb back above this level, giving it extra importance.Support awaits at the new 2021 low of 1.2010, followed by 1.1960, 1.1930 and 1.1890, which were all in play in late 2020.Above 1.2050, the next resistance lines to watch are 1.2090, 1.2130 and 1.2190.