EUR/USD: Trump’s triumph fails to lift euro, fiscal stimulus, central bankers critical
Break or bounce at 1.18? That is the question for EUR/USD traders, which have seen the world’s most popular currency pair retreat after two attempts to move toward the round number after President Donald Trump was discharged from hospital.
The critical key is the US fiscal stimulus. The sooner and the larger a relief package comes, the more the safe-haven dollar can fall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – who refused to go the coronavirus-infested White House – had a long telephone conversation with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The extended conversation is an upbeat sign, and so is the lack of any leak from that talk. No news is good news in this case.
Democrats want a package worth $2.2 trillion and Republicans are only willing to go with $1.5 trillion. Will the GOP throw money at voters in the last bid to tilt the election?
That logic did not work earlier in the summer when additional funds could have changed the economic course ahead of the vote but may work now, amid the president’s diminishing odds of winning the election.
Trump, who said he is “feeling better than 20 years ago,” is probably not that content with his standing in opinion polls. National averages are pointing to rival Joe Biden leading by around 8% and he also trails in critical battleground states. The most recent surveys suggest were taken after the debate but do not fully encompass his positive coronavirus test.
It seems that he did not get a sympathy bump. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, 65% of voters – including 50% of Republicans – agreed that “if President Trump had taken coronavirus more seriously, he probably would not have been infected”
Models by FiveThirtyEight and The Economist are also pointing to a growing chance that Democrats win the Senate. A clean sweep for Dems implies regulation and taxes which markets dislike but also a larger stimulus package that investors are eager for.
Central bankers return to the scene on Tuesday. Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, will speak about the economy as coronavirus infections are on the rise. In her home country of France, Parisian bars will be closed on Tuesday. The Spanish capital Madrid is under lockdown and infections are advancing rapidly in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Ireland.
If Lagarde expresses concerns and readies more stimulus – also amid falling inflation – could suffer. On the other hand, data from the summer remains encouraging – German factory orders exceeded projections with an increase of 4.5% in August.
Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, will also deliver remarks later in the day. He is unlikely to stray from the bank’s pledge to keep rates lower for longer, but without offering any imminent changes to the policy.
Recent economic figures have been pointing to ongoing recovery, albeit losing steam. The report showed an increase of 661,000 jobs, fewer than expected. On the other hand, the ISM Services Purchasing Managers’ Index beat estimates. With four weeks to go until the elections, Powell is unlikely to say anything earth-shattering.
Overall, politics dominate but central bankers could also have a significant impact.
EUR/USD Technical Analysis
EUR/USD is trading above the 50 and 100 Simple Moving Average, and benefiting from upside momentum. However, it is capped under 1.18, which is a psychologically significant level, the highest in two weeks, and where the 200 SMA hits the price.
Further above, 1.1870 was a high point in mid-September and it is followed by 1.1895 and 1.1915.
Support awaits at 1.1735, which provides support in early September, followed by 1.1730, a cushion from last week, and by 1.1610.