EUR/USD: Struggling to recover for three good reasons, set to resume falls?
Plasma push – President Donald Trump’s talk of approving a coronavirus cure including plasma has boosted the market mood and weighed on the greenback. Efforts to accelerate approval of immunization candidates from Pfizer and AstraZeneca also keep bid – but that remains limited.
Another positive development comes from Sino-American relations, where the will reportedly allow China’s WeChat to continue operating. Nevertheless, Trump’s comments that “we do not want to do business with China” are countering that .
There are three factors keeping the pressure on EUR/USD:
1) Coronavirus concerns
The increase in European coronavirus cases is accelerating, with worrying uptrends in all countries. Spain is the epicenter, but the recent leap in French cases is also grabbing the headlines.
This resurgence also pushed Markit’s preliminary purchasing managers’ indexes lower, especially in France but also in Germany. So far, COVID-19 remain low in the old continent, but that may change as it did in America
2) Fear of the Fed
The Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes from the July meeting showed reluctance to add more monetary stimulus – especially Yield Curve Control that investors are eyeing. That document boosted the dollar last week but may have been dated.
, President of the Federal Reserve, is due to speak on Thursday and may shed light on the bank’s plans. Powell will address the virtual Jackson Hole Symposium, a venue that has been previously used to send clear messages to markets.
If the Fed Chair remains cautious about further moves – only urging lawmakers to do more – markets may struggle and the safe-haven dollar has room to rise.
3) EUR/USD Technicals show bears are in control
Euro/dollar is trading below the 50 and 100 Simple Moving Averages and momentum remains to the downside. Moreover, the currency pair set a lower high on Friday, indicating the downtrend.
Support awaits at 1.1750, the low point on Friday, followed by 1.17, a double-bottom from earlier this month. The next levels are 1.1625 and 1.1545.
Resistance awaits at 1.1830, a swing low from last week, followed by 1.1870, 1.1915, and the two-year high of 1.1965.