The euro has posted sharp losses today and has dropped below parity. In the North American session, is trading at 0.9989, down 0.65%.
German Manufacturing PMI remains in contraction
Germany’s manufacturing sector continues to struggle. The August dipped to 49.1, down from 49.3 in July. The drop was not dramatic, but it marked a second straight reading of contraction, and was the lowest level since May 2020, at the start of the Covid pandemic. Manufacturing, indeed the entire German economy, has been hurt by the uncertain outlook and rising inflation. With an energy crisis this winter a constant worry in Europe, cost pressures remain high and are showing an upside risk.
in the eurozone continues to move higher. This week, Germany and the eurozone reported that inflation accelerated in August. In Germany, jumped to 7.9%, up from 7.5% in July. It was a similar trend in the eurozone, with inflation rising to 9.1%, up from July’s record high of 8.9%. Unlike the Fed or the BoE, which have dramatically raised interest rates, the ECB’s benchmark rate stands at just 0.50%, which will have little effect on inflation. The ECB has fallen behind and is paying the price after dismissing rising inflation as transitory and maintaining its ultra-loose policy. The ECB’s next meeting is on September 8 and the August inflation reports have boosted expectations for a super-size 75 basis point rate increase. Such a move would likely provide the euro with some badly-needed support.
Today, the US releases , one of the most important events on the economic calendar. The August report is expected to show a strong gain of 300,000, after the unexpected massive gain of 528,000 in July. We could see some significant movement from the on Friday – a strong reading would likely boost the US dollar, while a weak release would likely weigh on the greenback.
EUR/USD is testing support at 0.9985. Below, there is support at 0.9880
There is resistance at 1.0068 and 1.0173
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